Premiere Watch: Link: Eat, Love, Kill; Insider; Yumi’s Cells 2
The June barrage of drama premieres continues this week, and we have three new shows. First, the emotional linkage romance with Yeo Jin-gu and Moon Ga-young that, if nothing else, will be a great pairing. Next, a thriller featuring another great pairing: Kang Haneul and Lee Yoo-young. And last but not least, Yumi’s Cells is back for season 2! And that screeching sound you hear is just me, gearing myself up for more great writing.
Link: Eat, Love, Kill
Time slot: Monday-Tuesday
Genre: Romance, fantasy, mystery, drama
Episode count: 16
Reasons to watch: I love the idea of this pairing, and the premise of a mysterious emotional link seems as good as any for cute K-drama hijinks, appropriate tragic backstory, and the like. I have no doubt that our leads will bring the story to life — but the script is where the rubber meets the road, and our writer here has Suspicious Partner and I Remember You on their resume. Though not perfect, I’m okay with both of those as frames of reference, and with chef Yeo Jin-gu thrown into the mix, I’m hoping this is a lot of fun.
Time slot: Wednesday-Thursday
Genre: Action, thriller, drama
Episode count: 16
Reasons to watch: Kang Haneul is back in dramaland as a judicial trainee whose undercover mission goes terribly awry and lands him in prison. That logline is enough to pull me in, for sure, because there’s nothing quite like a hero who’s been wronged and has to somehow turn the tables. Also starring are Lee Yoo-young, Heo Sung-tae, and Kim Sang-ho, among the other talent, and I have a feeling we’ll have a dark and gritty tale ahead.
Yumi’s Cells 2
Time slot: Fridays
Genre: Romance, slice-of-life
Episode count: 14
Reasons to watch: I will just about deny the need for any K-drama to have multiple seasons, but there are a few exceptions, and Yumi’s Cells is one of them. First, because it fits the form of the source material, and second, because I loved the first season so very much, I’m ready and waiting for more. Somehow, Yumi’s Cells managed to take a concept that sounded juvenile and turn it into a lovely layer of metaphor, and I’m expecting more of the same from season 2. (The only question mark here is why in the world tvN doesn’t want to broadcast it directly instead of streaming.)
- tvN Links Yeo Jin-gu with Moon Ga-young in new promos
- Yeo Jin-gu, Moon Ga-young become bonded by a Link
- Yeo Jin-gu courted for fantasy drama opposite Moon Ga-young
- Lee Yoo-young schemes with Insider Kang Haneul to take down Heo Sung-tae
- Kang Haneul becomes an Insider in JTBC’s new action-suspense
- Lee Yoo-young to join Kang Haneul in JTBC’s Insider
- Kang Haneul comes back to dramaland in JTBC’s Insider
- Yumi’s Cells returns for season 2 with love in the air for Kim Go-eun and Jinyoung