Premiere Watch: The Lies Within, Leverage
Secrets, lies, and scams are central to week’s new dramas. It’s a good week to be a fan of thrillers.
The Lies Within
Time slot: Saturday & Sunday
Episode count: 16 episodes
Reasons to watch: Lee Yoo-young has had a privileged, yet relatively grounded upbringing considering she’s lived her life in the spotlight. As the daughter of a popular politician, she’s used to attention but doesn’t crave it and has settled into a relatively happy life with her husband. One day, her world is turned upside down when her father dies in a car crash, and her husband suddenly disappears the same day. Stranger still, a message is delivered to her with the instruction to run for political office and win if she ever wants to see her husband again. On a search for the truth, she partners with small town cop Lee Min-ki. Lee was once a city cop, but he transferred to a small town to get some peace and quiet. But as the officer in charge of investigating the death of Lee Yoo-young’s father, it seems a quiet life won’t be possible as he finds clear signs that the “accident” was no accident.
Time slot: Sunday
Broadcaster: TV Chosun
Genre: Legal thriller
Reasons to watch: A remake of an American TV show by the same name, Leverage centers around Lee Dong-gun, a one-time insurance fraud investigator. After working for years to catch the “bad guys,” he has a revelation that causes him to turn in his resignation letter. Lee hasn’t gone into early retirement however, he has a new calling–finding the real bad guys. To achieve his aim, he puts together a team of the best thieves and scam artists around. It turns out Lee Dong-gun has quite the knack for being a criminal mastermind and his crack team of fraudsters will include Jeon Hye-bin, Kim Sae-ron and Kim Kwon. If you like Robin Hood stories, you might enjoy this modern twist on a story where the bad guys get their due.