Premiere Watch: Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me, Remarriage and Desires
July has been too quiet in terms of dramas, but our first premieres of the month are here! This week we have a youth fantasy drama from TVING, and a revenge satire from… Netflix?
Dear X Who Doesn’t Love Me
Time slot: Thursdays
Genre: Rom-com, fantasy
Episode count: 10
Reasons to watch: The jury is still out on TVING productions (at least to me, they still seem to be a bit all over the place in terms of quality), but their next venture is a cute little youth rom-com that screams I could have been a web drama. It’s not just the format (which consists of short 20-minute episodes released in batches of 3-4 per week), but also the overall vibes: a rookie cast in a thin-ish story that will likely act as a vehicle to see how our cast does carrying the weight of a drama. In the lead we have NCT’s Doyoung and Han Ji-hyo (who’s only had bit parts in dramas like Tomorrow and Business Proposal so far), joined by other newbies like Kwon Ah-reum, Bang Jae-min, Sohn Hyun-woo, and Kim Ji-hoon. Set on a college campus and revolving around a book of song lyrics that act like a love potion, this one could literally be a cotton candy gem, or the web drama you wished you didn’t click on when you were browsing YouTube at 2AM.
TL;DR: TVING, Doyoung, campus drama, magical song lyrics, super rookie cast, hit or miss (but please be cute!)
Remarriage & Desires
Time slot: Friday (single drop)
Genre: Revenge, melo, satire
Episode count: 8
Reasons to watch: Kim Hee-sun is back on our screens super fast after Tomorrow, probably thanks to the fact that Netflix produces their content way in advance of release. She’s joined by Jung Yoo-jin (who I love from Romance is a Bonus Book), Park Hoon (who I love from Memories of the Alhambra), and Lee Hyun-wook (who I don’t love from Sunbae Don’t Put on That Lipstick). The setting is a super elite marriage agency that matches up potential couples based on their wealth and other stats (or should I say specs). They’re the upper crust of the upper crust, and something tells me they don’t actually care about emotional honesty or love. The drama is promoted as a revenge melo that goes all in on the satire, but I’m just wondering if Netflix can pull off something that’s fun and cutting at the same time.
TL;DR: Queen Kim Hee-sun, Netflix, marriage agency, revenge, super elite 1%, eligible (but questionable) bachelors, vases will likely break