Premiere Watch: If You Wish Upon Me, A Model Family, Stock Struck
New dramas, you say? A complete smattering of different genres and tones, you say? Well, that’s what we have with this week’s new shows: a healing drama set in a hospice, another dark crime thriller from Netflix, and a quirky ensemble dramedy on TVING.
If You Wish Upon Me
Time slot: Wednesday-Thursday
Genre: Drama, life, healing
Episode count: 16
Reasons to watch: If You Wish Upon Me seems like the perfect intersection of the heart-rending goodness of Chocolate and the troubled boy in need of healing from Just Between Lovers. Or is this just me being relentlessly optimistic? Maybe. Either way, that’s what I’m expecting, since Ji Chang-wook plays a tortured and tattooed hero who finds himself working with a hospice team that grants last wishes to its patients. With the ever-great Sung Dong-il and Sooyoung (who seriously made me love her in Run On) also leading the way, there is nothing bad I can say about this cast, this premise, or anything.
TL;DR: Tortured, troubled, tattooed Ji Chang-wook. That’s literally all you need to know, folks.
A Model Family
Time slot: Friday (single drop)
Genre: Crime, thriller
Episode count: 10
Reasons to watch: Not gonna lie, it’s hard to find reasons to watch this one, at least in my brain. The cast is basically it. With the impossible-not-to-love Jung Woo as our hero who gets mixed up in some terrifying drug crimes, Park Hee-soon who couldn’t be not magnetic if he tried, and Yoon Jin-seo as a wife with secrets — well, that’s basically it. The rest is your standard Netflix crime show: desperate men, desperate measures, and overall desperation. It will surely be gritty and impactful, but likely stick to the Netflix recipe of being beautifully produced, skillfully made, and almost unbearably dark.
TL;DR: Jung Woo, Park Hee-soon as another sexy-scary bad guy, why does Netflix have to keep making shows like this
Time slot: Fridays
Genre: Comedy, drama, slice-of-life
Episode count: 12
Reasons to watch: As I’ve said before, it’s hard to nail down what to expect from TVING these days — they’re either master-quality dramas that should have been simultaneously aired on tvN (IMHO), or they’re fly-by-night dramas that whiz past the world without much attention (I’m looking at you Dr. Park’s Clinic). With Stock Struck, though — from the promos to the cast — it feels like we might be getting something fun. The drama follows five main
ants characters (Han Ji-eun, Hong Jong-hyun, Jung Moon-sung, Kim Sun-young, and Jang Kwang) who team up to “conquer” the stock market and change their lives for the better — i.e., make a killing. All does not go according to plan, but that’s where the story is, eh?
TL;DR: Cast of 5 cute “ants” who try to win at the stock market, TVING, streaming, Hong Jong-hyun comeback, we could use a cute comedy