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Good Job, Queen of Housewives


Eom Ki-joon, Chae Rim of “Good Job, Good Job”

There are a couple of new dramas on the block, although I don’t know if either of them will make a splash. Both come from MBC, who’s probably sweating bullets now that East of Eden has left the building, and taken with it its high-profile stars, its twisty storylines, its onscreen and offscreen drama — and oh yeah, its consistently solid ratings.

The first of the new shows to air is the Chae Rim vehicle Good Job, Good Job [잘했군 잘했어], which kicked off this weekend. Next will be Monday and Tuesday’s new offering, Queen of Housewives [내조의 여왕].

The reason I think both MBC dramas have a steep uphill climb ahead of them isn’t because they’re both sure to suck. Rather, both look cheerfully good-natured; too bad this is the age of the “makjang drama” — those over-the-top dramas we love to hate but watch anyway (or 욕하면서 보는 드라마).

(No really, it’s practically becoming a genre in and of itself. Evil characters, birth secrets, terminal illnesses, over-the-top violence, convoluted love geometry — this is the era of all of ’em.)


Chae Rim with co-stars Eom Ki-joon, Kim Jung-hwa, Kim Seung-soo

Given that it’s Chae Rim’s television return after last year’s disappointing action series Rivals (aka Powerful Opponents), Good Job, Good Job probably ought to have drawn a bigger premiere than its disappointing 7.4% rating on Saturday. She plays a single mom and co-stars with Eom Ki-joon, who racked up lots of positive responses for his turn in The World They Live In.

But Good Job wasn’t able to improve upon the similar numbers for the drama it replaced, Golden Age of My Life. Instead, KBS’s My Precious You remains strong in the weekend timeslot, and drew a 27.7%. On the upside, it looks cute and it’s only a first episode so obviously there is room for improvement.

(FYI, the prime-time weekend shows air at a later hour and are KBS’s Empress Cheon-chu and SBS’s Family Honor.)


Queen of Housewives

It’ll probably be worse for tomorrow’s premiere of Eden‘s replacement series, Queen of Housewives.

Following one popular “makjang” drama (Eden) and with another going full-steam (Boys Before Flowers), I don’t know that audiences will be swayed to a “comic and upbeat” series revolving around several married couples.

It’s also got to contend with the new historical drama Ja Myung Go struggling for some ground next door on SBS, which also had poor opening numbers but at least boasts bigger names and heavy pre-show buzz.

(Wanna know why the outstanding Return of Iljimae is faltering? How could it compete with the dramatic excesses of Cain and Abel and I Hate You, But Let’s Try Again? Daily drama Wife’s Temptation is another prime example of a makjang series — it rakes in the criticism but consistently tops the ratings charts.)

In Queen of Housewives, Kim Nam-joo‘s (Voice of a Murder) character had met Oh Ji-ho (Single Papa In Love) when he was a promising medical student, and the two married. However, after fainting in body dissection, he left school and tried getting jobs elsewhere, only to be fired constantly. He is now unemployed, to the frustration of his wife. “Queen of Housewives” refers to his wife’s determination to do whatever she can to get him back on his feet.

The other couples featured include: Lee Hye-young (Dal Ja’s Spring) with Choi Chul-ho (Big Sister); and Sunwoo Sun (Tale of the Nine-tailed Fox) with Yoon Sang-hyun (Three Dads One Mom), who incidentally fessed up that his new perm is Gu Jun-pyo-inspired. Ah, Boys Before Flowers, her grasp is far and wide — even spilling over into competitor-drama territory!

Via Segye, Joongang Ilbo

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I've noticed that Chae Rim always look sooo young!!!!

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i want to see how chae rim's new drama does..i really liked her in Dal Ja's Spring..

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really, we ARE STILL in the makjang stage. I think last year we kind of strayed a little bit away from that, but I guess with East of Eden and kkotnam, we've swayed back. Still remember the good old days with Kim Sam Soon and My Girl and Full house, where makjang dramas were not as popular...

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Chae Rim is gorgeous.

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ARGH!! It makes me soo frustrated that awesome dramas like the Return of Iljimae don't get better ratings. Of course, I'm a Boys over Flowers addict, but the beauty and down-to-earth-ness of ROI is keeping me sane. It's too bad that the masses don't appreciate, or even realize, that there's great stuff out there that's wayy better than the makjang stuff....

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Queen of Houswives probably won't make a dent on Boys Over Flowers, but I predict it'll do better than Chae Rim's drama. Kim Nam Joo is an ahjumma magnet.

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"Kim Nam Joo is an ahjumma magnet."

HAHAHAHAHAH.

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"Good Job, Good Job probably ought to have drawn a bigger premiere than its disappointing 7.4% rating on Saturday. "

Yeah, this one just needs some time. My Precious You is wrapping up in a few weeks. I think Good Job Good Job could do Woman of Matchless Beauty ratings.

"How could it compete with the dramatic excesses of Cain and Abel and I Hate You, But Let’s Try Again? "

Return of Iliimae was losing its audience before Cain and Abel started airing though. Given its arty direction, it was probably meant all along to be a mania show.

"Still remember the good old days with Kim Sam Soon and My Girl and Full house, where makjang dramas were not as popular…"

Makjang dramas were popular in 2004 and 2005 too. They've always been a staple of Korean TV, especially SBS. In fact, with how the economy has gone, we may be starting to see a decline in makjang dramas. East of Eden was a hit, but MBC still lost money. Cain and Abel will probably finish #2 in its time slot, but SBS will probably still take a loss given its protracted budget and production run. If Princess Ju Myung Go doesn't do at least decent number, it will be a huge loss for SBS.

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Yes, Chae Rim still looks young!

But I really want to watch Queen of Housewives >___________<

teehee, belleza, I'm always surprised how you know so much! I'm always learning something ^^

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AH the power of the curly curly perm! May all bend to its will *evil laughter*

I actually would be interested in seeing Queen of Housewives. As much as I love BBF and BBF-style dramas, its nice to have a variety.

This next part has more to do with a comment you made on your last BBF recap: "Although, I admit to having a few moments of wondering whether PD Jeon just recently saw Goong and is trying to recapture the ambiance of that score. No, they’re not the same songs, but a couple of them sound familiar"

Actually one of them IS the same song - not the same as a Goong song mind you, but the same as a Goong S song. Here, I found the scene in Goong S where the familiar song plays and uploaded it onto youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGsoR30UCuc&feature=channel

I think I remember you saying a long time ago that the song is a reprise of "Ice Pond" from the original Goong, but listening to both songs, I don't think they're that similar beyond having the signature classical Second Moon style.

Man, all I want is to have a clean version of this song :'( I hope it's released on the second OST.

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well, the cast members from Dal Ja's Spring putting out shows (Chae Rim, Lee Hye Young) could only ever be good for the world LOL i looooved that show so much and all of them were so talented :)

ah and awesome twitter status! "the only things harder to read than bad writing is pretentious writing" CLASSIC. pointing this out= WIN!

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i like the sentence ' Ah, Boys Before Flowers, her grasp is far and wide — even spilling over into competitor-drama territory! ' .
it is really funny and i strongly agree.

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i love Chae Rim!! She's always so cute in dramas~

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Curious about 'Good Job Good Job' due to Eom Ki-joon (he was very good in The World They Live in). However he needs a haircut if that first pic is anything to go by....LOL

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Yay! Lee Hye-Young would return to the small screen. I miss her as Wee Seon-Ja in Dal-Ja's Spring...and yes, Dal-Ja's back as well. :)

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@ #3 zaizai00,
exactly... i also miss dramas with simple plot and simple storylines were so well-done and well received by the audience as well... makjang dramas are not bad, i guess, IF done well... but then again, it's not my cup of tea...

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when can we watch Good Job,Good Job in mysoju???
we really miss Chae Rim after Powerful Opponents.....
she`s so cute in her new hairsyle!

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Queen of Housewives looks like it might be ok but both dramas seem to be lacking something special that would set them apart from their competition. Honestly I can't wait for the extremely overrated Boys Before Flowers to end. It has taken over every aspect of my Kdrama world and I haven't watched a single episode. The "F4" CF's are all over TV, the cast are always being talked about (and/or parodied) on my favorite variety shows, and the blogs are overrun with the most insignificant and trite news pertaining to the show and its cast (news about someone getting hurt or dying isn't insignificant but someone getting a haircut or smoking a cigarette is). Sorry for the rant but I seem to be apart of the minority that hates BBF so I'm speaking on behalf of the few others that feel the same. One show I have been enjoying is Family Honor. It's predictable (what Kdrama isn't nowadays) but the story is still good and the acting is better than a lot of other shows. You should check it out if you haven't already. I'd love to hear what you have to say about Family Honor, even if it's negative.

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욕하면서 보는 드라마 HAHAHA
i think chaerim looks better and maybe even more comfortable in ajooma fashion!

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i agree BBF is really over-rated .. enough already with Lee Min HO and who cares if JP and JD got together .. they probably will kill each other anyway ... let them have each other .. who cares ...........

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Good Job Good Job only showed the 2 first episodes...let's see a couple more it should be heating... just like DIESEl...

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So how would you rate Good Job based on its first epi? Do you think its interesting enough?

And yes, Chae Rim looks really young. I've seen her other pics where she's smiling. Gorgeous!

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I'm with you Jae-min. I can't stand BOF and the craze over it either!!! And this is coming from someone who liked Hana Yori Dango. BOF isn't even decent enough to be a guilty pleasure. All the overacting and underacting makes it so unbearable to watch.

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@Biscuit,

I personally don't think the problem is the dominance of makjangs. Rather, it's the continuing struggle of romantic comedies and dramedies to generate decent conventional ratings. And that's been going on a few years now, outside of Coffee Prince and Boys Before Flowers. Rom-coms are not only a core staple, but an important vehicle for establishing younger actors. There's been some success doing fusion shows to grab that same audience, but it's an expensive way to do it. I don't know if a "Chae Rim" could be born today in this climate.

The success of Boys Before Flowers is still shocking to me. I was predicting 10-15s with this one, but BBF may be more popular in Korea than Hana Yori Dango was in Japan. It'll be interesting when BBF goes over to Japan, whether it can crack the <21 audience there. (Which pretty much no Hallyu show has successfully done.)

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@ Belleza

What do you mean by a "Chae Rim"? Chae Rim herself, starring in warm-hearted dramas and getting good ratings or this generation's Chae Rim (the next CR)?

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Dear Dramabeans,
Would you by any chance know the name of the script writer of East of Eden? I finally had the time to finish watching ep56 and I want my 56 hrs I've spent watching this drama back!!!! Its my fault for clinging to some hope that it would have a decent ending!!! I want to make sure I stay clear away from any other dramas with the same writer. Thank you!

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The good news: Princess Jo Myung Go nearly doubled its ratings! Yay!! ^_^

The bad news: It still ended up 7.7. Doh!! T_T

Badder news: Queen of Housewives debutted with a 8.0. Which isn't great, but dang it still owned the Princess. I take back what I said about the JMG -- this is going to be an epic disaster in the making.

@Ina,

"Would you by any chance know the name of the script writer of East of Eden?"

Yeah, there's a lot of awesome backstories about East of Eden . . .

The writer primarily worked on sitcoms before she started up on East of Eden. It's said she spent almost 2 years preparing the story (ha!!)

Anyway, due to the stress of the live shoot as well as unhappy actors as well as pressure from MBC as well as, well, public reaction constantly complaining about the writing on the show, she had to go repeatedly to the hospital. Actors were especially unhappy because they were getting scripts at the very last minute, and at one point some of the actors were like "wtf? this isn't what I signed up for." For exammple, Lee Dae Hae!! As a result, MBC subbed the writer around episode 40 or so. This caused a radical shift in the characterization of the show. For example, President Guk started wearing fur, and a strange white man with a broken Irish accent named "Jackie" showed up on the show, listening in Korean and speaking in broken Irish English. God I love this show.

But, then, the original writer -- who at this point is bat-ish crazy -- unceremoniously showed up at the rehearsal sessions, even though she was already replaced. This caused even more confusion because the actors couldn't figure out who was actually in charge. Anyway, MBC decided to give the script back to the original writer -- BIG MISTAKE (you can thank HER for Lee Dong Wook's Darth Vader turn -- with "cowriting" credits to the 2nd writer. At this time, MBC needed to extend the show. When this happened, various actors started voicing their displeasure. Park Hae Jin expressed "uhh, well I'm not sure if there's enough story for a few more episode." Han Ji Hye in her blog "I confess I don't really understand my character anymore." Much fun!!

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Belleza,

Thank you sooo much for that info. Now I see and can understand why the ending was horrible. Who will ever hire a writer like her again? What an amazing story behind such a high profile drama. Thank you again.

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I confess I havent focused, ok, at all on EOE but some of the bts stories of this drama is unreal!

So let me get this straight, the original writer actually showed up at rehersals and MBC decided to let her continue??

And during this time when the original writer was recovering from her mental breakdown, was the show any better with her replacement?

These 2 dramas dont necessarily have that spark factor im looking for and the stories seem recycled news but I should give the new CR drama a whirl since I like her choice in scripts (especially Dal Ja!) and I loved UKJ in Worlds Within (the only redeeming thing in that drama and I love NHK's past works too!)

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"So let me get this straight, the original writer actually showed up at rehersals and MBC decided to let her continue?? "

Something like that. The official press said the original writer had to quit due to her being physically unable to handle the show's stress. But, when they replaced the writer, a few weeks after, the original writer showed up at the script readings uninvited. This confused the crap out of the actors.

"And during this time when the original writer was recovering from her mental breakdown, was the show any better with her replacement?"

I personally felt the show improved significantly after the original writer was replaced. But, there would be a few scenes where you would feel embarassed for the actors, because they would have nothing to work with.

For example, in one scene, a Dong Chul and Grace find out her husband has died. This is how the scene was written.

Grace: "*puts down the phone upon hearing the awful news . . .* Mikuh . . Mikuh . . Mikuh . . Mikuh . . . "
Dong Chul: "Grace what's wrong?"
Grace: "Mikuh . . Mikuh . . Mikuh . . ."
Dong Chul: "Grace . . .TELL ME what's wrong!!"
Grace: "Mikuh . . is . . dead."

The above scene took 3 minutes. . . And then Grace's father comes home and asks what happened to her husband Mike.

President Guk: "What happened?"
Dong Chul: "Mikuh . . Mikuh . . .Mikuh . . "
Guk: "Tell me what happened!!!"
Dong Chul: "Mikuh . . . . *eyes gets big* . . .Mikuh . . . is . . . "
Guk: "Tell ME what happened!!"
Dong Chul: "Mikuh . . Mikuh . . .Mikuh . . . is . . . . . dead"

*cue Guk, Dong Chul, and Grace riding in a car looking extremely annoyed. nothing but silence*

The above scene took another 5 minutes. It took roughly 8 minutes for us to find out that Mike was slain. And more or less, THAT was the scene. Mikuh . . Mikuh . . . Mikuh . . .

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i will recommend queen of housewives, its quite funny

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Maejer-my comments in this drama show that it is so very nice..i wish thier will be part 2....

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My commen in thi korean drama that it is so very nice...i wish that thier will be part two...

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Love 'Queen of Housewives' Go check it out. Its has drama, comedy and in-between. All cast played their character with aplomb. Best kdrama so far!!!

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sorry to break it to you , but queen of housewives is pretty good...and...its obviously not just an opinion since it is now second on the ratings list.
and if you havent been watching, hateful but once again is pretty good although it is typical of the new trend of dramas these days (with the fighting and revenge and all). I think you need to actually watch the drama before judging if it'll be a hit or not. QUEEN OF HOUSEWIVES ROCKS. Plus kim nam joo's acting is pretty good, not phenomenal, but pretty good, making the drama easy and fun to watch.

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#36, Naturally it's a valid point to "actually watch the drama before judging if it'll be a hit or not." But if you look at the date of this post, you'll see that this was written before the show aired, and therefore was a preliminary introduction to a couple upcoming shows. If you read my latest post on the drama, you'll see I go more into detail.

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However, I just want to watch all dramas of Chaerim. She's so nice on screen. I hope she'll have a very hapy life either.

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Anyway, i still can not understand how and why the drama 'good job good job" isn't in the top ten of popular's rating? More than ever, Chaerim did so well her character on this drama. She 's very nice and hopeful, i like her so much. So that, i 'll watch all of her dramas.

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It's really interesting me from begining , the drama " good job good jbo" that i'd like to watch, but i have to wait for long time, because i can't find more new Ep. with English Sub. I like Chaerim on this drama for being of a warmly single mother. I wish that she 's alway happy on her reality life.

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I've never watched drama serials with more than 30 episodes, but I may give Good Job a go. Eom Ki Joon completely won me over in The World They Live In. (Though it seems a little strange to see Eom Ki Joon, Daniel Choi and Seo Hyo Rim, all from The World They Live In, reshuffled and reappearing in this drama...)

I've also seen some random scenes from random episodes and the acting looks pretty solid.

Plus, the little girl acting as Chae Rim's daughter is too cute...

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it an awesome drama!!!
does any one know the cell phones that the girls where using? lol i want one

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I always want to watch drama Good job, good job until the end, but i don(t know how can find ot out for new episods with english subtitle. It's very nice to watch, i like all the equipe of actresses or actors, special is actress Chaerim!

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Queen of Housewives was actually quite good (as well as entertaining). I got into it and finished watching the whole series within a week. I would say it deserves a rating close to the level of My Life's Last Scandal.

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im watching good job good job at epdrama.com . hope it helps !

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i'm posting belatedly since i never saw queen of housewives in its inception but the other day i started watching & wow it's super nice & addictive! i love yoon sang hyeon so much, Jun Pyo step aside! he's gorgeous with his moustache -- i didn't really notice him in 3 dads as he was unknown then i guess but QOH really hit me with this. (i even dream about him hahaha). soooooooooo cute yoon sang ssi! love him!

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