Good Doctor’s writer and director, Park Jae-bum and Kim Min-soo, are reteaming for another project to launch early next year, which is titled Blood. And just as I’m about to joke that the title makes me think of vampires more than doctors, I see that this drama is about vampire doctors. Ha! Also, get thee away from me? (Look, I like my vampires; I just don’t want to in any way facilitate their drinking me.)
Blood is described as a drama about a vampire lead character that’s set in a hospital, and deals with the conflict between good and evil, as well as immortal love and other vampirey themes. Sounds pretty vague, but we’ll have to wait and see on the drama’s tone, which in this kind of genre is really a make-it-or-break-it factor.
Huh, isn’t this interesting: KBS’s 2013 human medical drama Good Doctor is getting the Hollywood treatment, and remake rights have been sold to American broadcaster CBS.
Actor Daniel Dae Kim, who is also the CEO of his own production company, 3AD, confirmed in an interview that they are in the process of finalizing talks with CBS. Apparently CBS has been in talks with KBS since the American Film Market took place last November, and are now at the contract stage.
There have been instances of Korean dramas being licensed or optioned for potential remakes in the past, a notable recent case being tvN’s sci-fi time-travel thriller Nine being sold with the aim of getting a pilot produced. Nine was a smart, high-concept show with a fresh take on the time-travel trope so I could see it easily making the leap from Korea to Hollywood, but Good Doctor surprises me a little. (Trivia: Kim Yunjin was pivotal in getting Nine licensed and is attached as producer, while her Lost husband/co-star is involved with Good Doctor. Small world.)
The one good thing about working one day a year and outsourcing most of your menial labor to elves is that it gives you plenty of time to watch dramas. This year I discovered that I had watched them all wrong before, because when you watch with an open mind, you can gain valuable life lessons about love, forgiveness, and the true meaning of Christmas. So I wrote down all of the nuggets of brain-gold that I mined from this year’s shows, which I’m sharing with you now.
Far be it from me to deny you all the wisdom dramaland has imparted upon me. Live and learn, my grasshoppers.
SONG OF THE DAY
J Rabbit – “We Need a Little Christmas” [ Download ]
Given the sheer volume of shows that dramaland puts out every year, I can think of plenty of reasons as to why I dropped a title or two from my watching list in 2013. And yet, I also realized that there almost always happened to be something or someone behind why I watch the ones I did to the (sometimes) bitter end.
So maybe you’ve finished some of these on this list, maybe you haven’t; but that’s okay, because I watched for you. Because you all rock and you make writing about them totally worth it.
One last thing: since there was such a variety of shows I watched this year, I’ve separated them by format, and then chronologically by airdate for your reading convenience.
SONG OF THE DAY
Monstar OST – “After Time Passes” [ Download ]
Another year has flown by, and it’s time to look back, reminisce, and assess how 2013 treated us in dramaland. And in taking a trip down memory lane (sure it’s a short lane, but so’s the memory), it strikes me that 2013 was pretty good in churning out a steady diet of watchable dramas, but a little stingy on the standouts. Which is to say, there were many, many dramas I enjoyed (including some that were so flawed that there was no reason to have enjoyed them as much as I did), but few if any that I really loved.
In my very unscientific approach to judging a year in dramaland, I generally feel that if a year brings me at least one awesome drama that gets me in both the head and the heart, it’s been a satisfying year. By that criteria, I’ll have to say 2013 falls a bit short of drama excellence, because I missed having that mind-and-body absorption into a drama and its world. Yet there were enough solid offerings to keep me well entertained, so I can’t be too disappointed.
And yes, there were some stinkers too, but that’s what man invented liquor for. So grab a drink, raise your glass, and join me in looking back on the year that was. (If you don’t see your favorite drama in this review, there’s a good chance it’ll be covered in the upcoming reviews. We’ve done our best to cover as much as possible, we swears. We have the dark circles to prove it.)
SONG OF THE DAY
Suspicious Housekeeper OST – “First Love” sung by Kim So-hyun [ Download ]
Here are your Beanie Awards! It’s December, which means our monkeys are madly typing away in the backroom to prepare our annual Year End Review Extravaganza, which we’ll be kicking off soon. But before we do that, here’s your chance to vote for your favorites of the year and see how it stacked up for you.
Here, you can refresh your memories about what you voted for in years past:
We’ll be rolling out our Year End Reviews in the coming days and weeks, so keep an eye out. If you’re curious about past years’ reviews, here’s a Year In Review tag for your convenient browsing purposes.
Running time: 63:25
In which we:
And so we must bid farewell to our pediatrics team with whom we’ve come to know and love through their dedication and devotion to the lives they save each day. Any good surgeon knows that one must close up cleanly to speed up the recovery process. But there are always unforeseen factors that serve to complicate the situation, and then one can only hope that time will heal all wounds.
Good Doctor finished its run with a 19.0% and 19.2% for its penultimate episode and series finale, respectively.
SONG OF THE DAY
Good Doctor OST – “Dacapo” [ Download ]
When all the world is made of faith, trust, and pixie dust, it’s easy to forget that this medical dramaverse has something to do with cases, patients, and emergencies. Getting lost in your own Neverland is a dangerous endeavor when you’re hooked in by an innocent wish to see all children, except one, grow up. But with one week remaining, you wonder how the story will pan out when you’re busy chasing the second star to the right straight on ’til morning.
A dream can be a wonderful thing that drives your motivation, fulfill your greatest desires, and let you imagine your greatest fantasies. But sometimes it can also make you yearn for the unattainable, warn you for the future, and remind you of something already lost. That’s the incredible thing about dreams, though: even if you don’t get the outcome you expected, you can always dream up a new one.
If you can believe it, this show gets even funnier, which is something I didn’t expect this late in the game. In terms of numbers, Good Doctor holds the top spot with a 20.6%, setting us up for (hopefully) a good position in finale week.