Premiere Watch: Dark Hole, Bossam: Steal the Fate
Dramas, incoming! This week we have the latest from OCN (who am I kidding, it’s Lee Jun-hyuk we care about), and a new sageuk starring Jung Il-woo. Very different genres, very big question marks — which dramas (or actors) will you be tuning in for?
Time slot: Friday & Saturday
Genre: Horror, thriller
Episode count: 12
Reasons to watch: OCN’s thriller Dark Hole tells the story of a mysterious sinkhole whose noxious gases start to mutate the human population. That’s quite a logline, Show! Well, if one thing is certain, it’s that this post-apocalyptic thriller has definitely found the right broadcaster — and I would even say the right writer. Jung Yi-do previously brought us creepy and intense fare like Save Me and Hell is Other People, so I’m pretty convinced this will be more scary and compelling than it will be campy. Also, the cast is really refreshing. We’ve got Kim Ok-bin playing a righteous detective who believes in the human spirit, and Lee Jun-hyuk as a controversial reporter who might just be our hero and our comic relief in one (because I’m ready for that!).
Bossam: Steal the Fate
Time slot: Saturday & Sunday
Episode count: 20
Reasons to watch: If I was being totally honest, the real reason to watch Bossam: Steal the Fate is Jung Il-woo, who, given the right project, can be quite entertaining to watch. In Bossam he plays a lowlife who gambles, fights, and steals widows for money — a practice known as bossam, or bride-kidnapping, where a widow is stolen/given for money. That sounds like some ripe territory for drama! If Bossam does things right, it should be full of conflicted emotional ties, dire straits, and all sorts of subterfuge — fingers crossed. Also starring are Kwon Yuri and Shin Hyun-soo.