‘On Air’

Chungmuro/Film News
On Air the movie?
by | August 14, 2010 | 16 Comments
SBS’s On Air was a successful drama when it aired in 2008, with its rapid-fire dialogue, entertainment-industry setting, and parade of high-profile star cameos. A new movie is in the works that is being described as a movie version, titled Entertainment (tentatively), which seems like a really bad idea in that it’s such a generic... More »

Celebrity News
Wedding announcements for Lee Seon-kyun, Ricky Kim
by | April 7, 2009 | 54 Comments
Is love in the air, or what? (Well, it IS spring…) Well, Mr. Voice is off the market — Lee Seon-kyun of dramas Coffee Prince, White Tower, and My Sweet Seoul is getting married to his longtime girlfriend, Jeon Hye-jin. The couple has been dating for six years, and is looking to marry next month... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Finding merit in the mediocre [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 31, 2008 | 75 Comments
2007 was a rich year for drama-land. There was something for everyone, whether your tastes ran toward dark thrillers (Devil), intense dramas (White Tower), heart-warmers (Thank You), off-the-wall eccentrics (Mixed-up Investigative Agency), trendy fare (Coffee Prince), romantic comedies (Dal Ja’s Spring), and so on. 2008, on the other hand… not so much. Every drama has... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Dahee Fanel’s 2008 review [Year in Review, Part 3]
by | December 30, 2008 | 60 Comments
The K-drama world rolled into 2008 still riding the high that was 2007, a year in which a startling number of quality dramas were made, and enjoyed. Maybe it rolled in too fast. It ended up getting smothered by the waves of its previous success. In fact, you could say that it even got hit... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
A grump reviews 2008 [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 29, 2008 | 91 Comments
How should one convey bad news in writing? By creating a buffer first. Avoid traumatizing your audience with the bad news all at once, but instead cushion the blow so that you can maintain goodwill. That textbook approach (business communication, by the way) would be dandy if the crop of 2008 dramas I watched was... More »

Drama Casting & News
Nominees for the 2008 Korea Drama Festival Awards
by | October 9, 2008 | 42 Comments
Choi Su-jong of “Dae Jo Young,” Kim Haneul of “On Air” Nominees are out for the 2008 Korea Drama Festival awards, and the list is rather ho-hum. For example, the nominees for Best Drama are: Legend (MBC), Mom’s Dead Upset (KBS), Dae Jo Young (KBS), and Gourmet (SBS). At first I was disappointed in the... More »

From Coffee Prince to On Air
by | August 29, 2008 | 12 Comments
Coffee Prince‘s scene-stealing “Harim,” or actor Kim Dong-wook, is taking the stage for his musical debut in the lead role of frank and straightforward “Alex” in the production of On Air: Season 2. On Air: Season 2 is described as a “cheerful romantic musical” that takes place at a radio station, centering around a younger... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
First-date dramas
by | June 5, 2008 | 113 Comments
I was thinking how I’ve been watching lots of first episodes of dramas these days, but haven’t found anything to dive into since the end of Who Are You? It’s starting to feel like going on a string of disappointing first dates — measuring up expectations versus performance, anticipation versus letdown, etc. You know, there’s... More »

Drama Casting & News
Wouldn’t be an On Air event without a hyped-up cameo
by | May 7, 2008 | 21 Comments
SBS’s current ratings hit On Air is winding down, and although its initial three-episode extension was then curtailed to merely one, it will end its run likely on a high note next week. And in typical On Air fashion, they’re doing it with yet more high-profile cameos. Hines Ward — NFL football player and Super... More »

Celebrity News
At least she has a day job
by | April 29, 2008 | 17 Comments
The second OST for On Air is out, and so is the track Kim Haneul sings. The song is cute. Her voice is weak. (It sounds like something indie band Misty Blue could have performed — I would’ve loved to hear it recorded by someone with stronger vocal control.) She can carry a tune, but... More »