Drama Casting & News
Hit thriller Signal writer Kim Eun-hee announces next project
by | October 21, 2016 | 48 Comments
The writer of tvN’s hit crime drama Signal, Kim Eun-hee, revealed that she has started writing her next project. There were some rumors that she would be making a second season of Signal, but she has now stated that she is doing an altogether fresh project. At the 5th World Women Economic Forum this past... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Santa Strikes Back! [Year In Review, Part 6]
by | December 25, 2011 | 101 Comments
What the ever-lovin’ reindeer feculence? I get home from my overnight trans-earthian sleigh odyssey, settle back with my hard-earned fifths of whiskey to read up on what I’ve missed in dramaland, and find that they’ve finished the year-end reviews without me? This is an outrage! I know who’s getting their presents revoked this year! Goddamn... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Good, The Bad, and The Hmmm… of 2011 [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 15, 2011 | 257 Comments
  First off, I have to deeply thank – and bow to – Javabeans and Girlfriday – it’s an honor to be included with the most respected K-drama writers for this year. Compared to these fine people, I am an utter noob. Speaking of being such a noob, I shall now complain: It’s so hard to... More »

Drama Casting & News
The perils of the live-shoot drama system
by | March 27, 2011 | 138 Comments
Midas “I filmed all through the night until 6 o’clock this morning, and went home only to shower. We’ll have to pull all-night shoots tonight and tomorrow, too, to make the broadcast tomorrow.” That’s direct from the lips of a drama lead: Yeom Jung-ah, playing the chaebol heroine of MBC’s Royal Family, which is now... More »

Drama Casting & News
Sign apologizes for glitchy finale, promises a do-over
by | March 11, 2011 | 77 Comments
Forensic-crime drama Sign went out on a high this week — at least, ratings-wise — but it was hardly smooth sailing getting there. The most noticeable problems were the glaring glitches that marred the broadcast: audio cut in and out, sometimes repeating, editing was choppy, and an error screen with color bars was sent up... More »

Drama Casting & News
The geniuses of K-dramaland
by | March 5, 2011 | 102 Comments
Musicians, athletes, doctors, chaebols, beast men, candy men: All have been, at one point or another, the hot drama trend of the moment. Now geniuses are taking their place as the favored stereotype, with examples seen in Sign, Midas, and Paradise Ranch, to name a few. Well, that’s the stance proffered in the two source... More »

Drama Casting & News
Royal Family, Thorn Birds make weak premieres
by | March 2, 2011 | 75 Comments
Two new dramas premiered on Wednesday, but both were unable to carve out much of a space for themselves; SBS’s Sign shot up in the absence of My Princess, leaving both Thorn Birds (pictured above) and Royal Family (below) nursing disappointed hopes with single-digit premieres. The forensic-medical investigation drama Sign has been the leader in... More »

Drama Casting & News
Sign gets a new director, changes writer lineup
by | January 25, 2011 | 29 Comments
The production team of SBS drama Sign is undergoing a bit of shuffling, with its director switching hats and moving into role of scriptwriter instead. This move has raised some questions (and eyebrows) even though producers have issued assurances that there is no discord or internal strife. (Yet if nothing’s amiss, why the change?) The... More »

Drama Casting & News
My Princess surpasses 20% ratings, solidifies lead
by | January 13, 2011 | 100 Comments
In its second week, My Princess pulls away from the pack and increases its lead as the No. 1 show on Wednesday and Thursday nights, breaking the 20% mark and also the so-called MBC curse. (It should be noted that Personal Taste actually broke the curse as well; it was the only show of the... More »

Drama Casting & News
The race tightens even further between Sign, Princess
by | January 6, 2011 | 60 Comments
Yowsa, and I thought the race was tight yesterday, with only 0.2% separating the top two dramas. Thursday’s episode narrowed the gap even further, with Sign just barely hanging onto the lead by 0.1% — it pulled in a 17.7% over My Princess‘s 17.6%. What’s even more impressive is that both dramas rose from their... More »