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 recognition, except for the ones big enough to win at the Baeksangs. With so much good content coming out of tvN, awards are long overdue for some shows, so I’m glad that they finally had the chance to be recognized.
And now for the film section of the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards. The Baeksangs award the best of both film and television in one event, but we’re breaking up the posts for length and readability. Here’s the other half of the red carpet, which includes a few of the film nominees with their dramaland co-stars: 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards: TV Section.
In film the big winner was director Lee Jun-ik, who had two projects: the historical film The Throne starring Song Kang-ho and Yoo Ah-in, and Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet, based on the story of a real-life occupation-era poet, starring Kang Haneul. Dongju garnered a New Actor award for Park Jung-min, who should’ve broken out after Bleak Night but is starting to get more attention now (he’ll have a big role in tvN’s Entourage later this year).
The Baeksang Arts Awards are back with their 51st installment, awarding prizes in both film and television. Most of the entries were fairly predictable, though the night wasn’t without a few surprise wins.
One of the big surprises was variety PD Na Young-seok being named the Daesang winner in the TV category; although I wouldn’t have been at all surprised had he won the variety program award, it’s a rarity (a first, I believe) for a variety PD to take home the grand prize. But with his track record and Midas touch, there’s no denying he deserves the honor.
The best part had to be his flustered acceptance speech — the win clearly caught him off-guard — where he rambled a bit about how he might never stand up there again and would thus say what he wanted to say. That included making only-partially-joking comments about how in the variety world, “even more than awards, we like ratings” and how the second season of Three Meals a Day, which airs weekly on Fridays opposite The Producers, is even more fun in its second season, and if you happened to tire of watching Producers, you could switch the channel to tvN and catch Park Shin-hye on the show this week.
javabeans: We haven’t done a Variety Roulette in some time, but we’ve been meaning to do one for Witch Hunt for a while. We’ve been talking about it for months, it seems, but kept pushing it back because we didn’t have the time. But with Three Meals a Day getting cleared from the docket and Joo-won and Ahn Jae-hyun being slated as the guests for this episode, we decided to sit down and just do it.
girlfriday: Yeah it seemed like good timing all around. I really like Witch Hunt, which is basically a tame version of (American radio show) Loveline: guys taking callers’ stories and using that as a platform to talk about sex and relationships.
javabeans: Yeah, girlfriday was the one who told me I had to start watching, and I happened to tune in as they hit their first anniversary; the show has been airing for just over a year on JTBC. (This Roulette covers Episode 64.)
Spread the love around must’ve been this year’s mantra at the 50th annual Baeksang Awards, where the (somewhat) best of both film and television come to pick up shiny trophies. Once you get past the initial Huh, what, why? of the nominee list, the winners list is no surprise.
There wasn’t a big sweep by any one project this year, though The Attorney and You From Another Star were arguably the big winners for bringing home daesangs for Song Kang-ho and Jeon Ji-hyun. Song Kang-ho is always amazing in everything and should probably have been triple-nominated in the same category this year if they did that sort of thing; it was certainly his year in Chungmuro. And Jeon Ji-hyun, well she just wins at life. I’d give her a daesang for coming back to TV too, in the hopes that she’ll do it more often. Dramaland is always waiting for you!
EPISODE 1. Broadcast on February 19, 2013.
javabeans: This installment of Variety Roulette is the embodiment of the concept we were thinking of when we started the series — a stab in the dark with a brand-new show, with zero idea of what its concept even is. Today we’re looking at the premiere episode of Strong Heart’s replacement program, Hwashin (Incarnation?), whose meaning I’m still trying to figure out.
girlfriday: Is it a pun on Tuesday and God? God of Tuesdays?
javabeans: Hm, quite possibly. Although I think they’re going to be playing with the other meaning a bit: One of our three co-hosts, Yoon Jong-shin, introduces himself as “the incarnation of talk.” That he is.
There have been quite a few shakeups in varietyland this week, so it seemed a good time to catch up with News Bites. We’ve got something of a mass exodus of late, if you include the departure of Win Win and Come to Play. And now we may have to add Tuesday’s thunderdome talk show Strong Heart to the list…
This show’s on fire, isn’t it? I would’ve bet on tvN’s Answer Me 1997 being a cult hit with a fervent small fanbase, but it’s turning into a bona fide mainstream hit. Its leads Jung Eun-ji and Seo In-gook were recent guests on Go Hyun-jung’s talk program GoShow, and now the cast will be hosting the upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live Korea.
It’s the return of the News Bites! Can you believe it’s almost been two whole years since we did the last one? Either time flies or we’re lazy. Because those things are mutually exclusive and all.
Another new show! We’ve been keeping an eye on Vampire Idol, eager to see if the reality would prove to be as wacky and fun as it sounded. And based on the first few installments that premiered this week on cable channel MBN, I think I can safely say: It doesn’t suck. In fact, it’s pretty much just as hilariously random as I was hoping it would be.
javabeans: This show is amazing. And by amazing I mean completely and utterly ridiculous, but 100% entertaining.
girlfriday: It might have cost about 2 cents to make, but that adds to the camp factor by about 1000%.
javabeans: Really? I thought the outer-space and vampire planet effects were pretty good — but maybe it’s because I just watched MBN’s other daily sitcom, You’re Here (cubed), and that show has the production budget of a kindergarten play. It’s funny, because here I’m thinking, “Wow, so Vampire Idol took all of You’re Here’s money.”
girlfriday: I think you have to be at either end of the spectrum — Vampire Prosecutor, or Vampire Idol — in terms of production budget. Because anywhere in the middle is just half-assed. Vampidol is so shoestring that it’s endearing.
javabeans: So the premise: Vampires live on a planet called (what else?) Vampirutus. They’ve managed to tamp down their instinct to drink blood from living people, and now subsist on bottled blood. Now, this is a case where the writing totally worked with the recasting of the vampire prince. So you swap out pretty-boy hottie Noh Min-woo for older, shorter, tanner Lee Jung, right? And what do you do? Hang a lantern, of course.