‘Cha Seung-won’

Drama Casting & News
Celebrating 10 years with the tvN10 Awards
by | October 9, 2016 | 300 Comments
Cable network tvN held its first-ever awards ceremony in celebration of its ten-year anniversary as a station, and its biggest dramas and variety shows were awarded prizes left and right. Seriously, there were so many awards. While the Big 3 stations (KBS, MBC, SBS) hold awards every year, cable shows usually don’t get the same... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Cha Seung-won’s Gosanja opens in second place at box office
by | September 15, 2016 | 35 Comments
Last weekend at the box office, crime-thriller Age of Shadows was the number one viewed movie in domestic theaters, but it was historical period film Gosanja (also known as The Map Against the World) that became the dark horse that surged in front of Hollywood blockbuster Alice Through the Looking Glass to place second. Set... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Nam Joo-hyuk joins new season of Three Meals a Day
by | June 7, 2016 | 19 Comments
The cast lineup has been finalized for the new season of tvN’s hit variety show Three Meals a Day, which will be returning in July for its fifth installment. Though they won’t be returning to Manjae Island, Na PD did recruit the Fishing Village cast for the new season, and Cha Seung-won (Hwajeong) and Sohn... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Back at sea for Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village
by | October 6, 2015 | 31 Comments
You know, Three Meals a Day has only been off the air for a few weeks (while Na PD was busy running around China with the 1N2D boys), but I’ve missed it a little. I guess I’ve just gotten used to the low-key everyday farm hijinks. I’m even more excited that this next season is... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Thing vs. Thing: Seojinnie vs. Chajumma
by | June 2, 2015 | 49 Comments
girlfriday: I can’t really imagine a context in which you’d compare Lee Seo-jin and Cha Seung-won as actors, since they’re such different types. But as variety personas on Na PD’s shows (Three Meals a Day), sometimes it feels like there’s a meta narrative of them competing against each other, even though they’ve never even been... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Cha Seung-won to follow up Hwajeong with another Joseon-era sageuk
by | May 11, 2015 | 11 Comments
I guess we won’t be seeing Cha Seung-won in this century anytime soon, because he’s following up his current 50-episode historical drama Hwajeong with a new movie also set in Joseon. (Though you know what we’re really waiting for is another stint as Chajumma on Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village. *puppy eyes*) The film... More »

Drama Recaps
Hwajeong: Episode 1
by | April 17, 2015 | 34 Comments
Hwajeong (or Splendid Politics, depending on your tolerance level) premiered earlier this week on MBC, and hits the ground running—no small feat considering that it comparatively has all the time in the world to tell the story of Gwanghae, the man who became king, and presumably a whole bunch of other things. My inability to... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hwajeong teases court politics and intrigue
by | April 1, 2015 | 28 Comments
We’re two weeks out from the premiere of MBC’s latest historical drama, Hwajeong (Splendid Politics), which has just released another teaser (the first teaser has been out a week; the second is newer). The sageuk trappings look familiar — royal protagonists looking conflicted, royal antagonists looking shifty and/or dark, court intrigue — but man, if... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
It’s a wrap for Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village
by | March 27, 2015 | 61 Comments
javabeans: You know, despite my early misgivings, Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village turned out to be a lot more interesting than I’d thought. And also, way more entertaining than the farmhouse edition, which was fun in a boring way, or maybe boring in a fun way. girlfriday: Yeah, for starters, there’s Chajumma. That’d be... More »

Drama Casting & News
Cha Seung-won dons his villain’s hat for Hwajeong
by | March 10, 2015 | 65 Comments
There was a time in my life when envisioning Cha Seung-won playing a future king or dignified gentleman would have been obvious—the default setting, really. I think of that time as Pre-Three Meals a Day, before he was the home-cooking badass Chajumma who could whip up gourmet meals in a flash, without recipes or breaking... More »