Premiere Watch: Reborn Rich, Please Send a Fan Letter, Somebody, Weak Hero Class 1
Our latest cohort of dramas is here, and in a crazy broadcasting decision, they’re all releasing on the same day. Granted, they each have different weekly airing schedules — and very different flavors — but, well, it will be a busy Friday.
Time slot: Friday-Saturday-Sunday
Genre: Fantasy, melo
Episode count: 16
Reasons to watch: After what feels like months of waiting and teasing and hype, Reborn Rich is making its premiere. With just about everything going for it, if this isn’t a smash hit I think all of JTBC will be crying. Song Joong-ki stars as the metaphorical servant of a chaebol group who dies wrongfully on their watch (and perhaps at their hand). When he reincarnates into 1987, he’s suddenly the youngest son of said chaebol family — but has retained the memories of his past life, it seems. Smells like revenge. With Lee Sung-min and Shin Hyun-bin also leading this stellar ensemble cast, this drama is expected to kill the competition.
TL;DR: Song Joong-ki returns (!!), giant epic cast, 3-episode airing schedule, chaebol’s youngest son, revenge
Please Send a Fan Letter
Time slot: Friday-Saturday
Episode count: 4
Reasons to watch: MBC purposefully moved up the premiere of this adorable 4-episode drama to overlap with Reborn Rich, which I’m taking as a clear signal of tone — one akin to all the rom-coms that other networks air during the Superbowl, for instance. So, if chaebol revenge isn’t your speed, you can tune into this rom-com where Yoon Park finally lands the lead, and he’s paired with Sooyoung. The two get involved when Yoon Park fakes a fan letter reply in Sooyoung’s name for the sake of his ill daughter, and I’m sure there will be much squeeing and crying involved in this setup.
TL;DR: Yoon Park in a leading man role, short drama, promises to be adorable, bring tissues
Time slot: Friday (single drop)
Genre: Psychological, thriller, mystery
Episode count: 8
Reasons to watch: I happen to love Kim Young-kwang — but I don’t know if I’m ready to see him become a serial-killing psychopath. That’s right, leave it to Netflix to give us another disturbing setup: a woman who creates a social connection app finds that it’s the link in a serial murder. But instead of, you know, amping up the app’s security and bringing the killer to justice, she gets into a sordid and disturbing romance with him. However, the writing and directing look like they’ll be masterful… if you can make it past the subject matter.
TL;DR: Deranged Kim Young-kwang, smitten Kang Hae-rim, Netflix, serial murders, hook-up apps
Weak Hero Class 1
Time slot: Fridays
Genre: Youth, drama, thriller
Episode count: 8
Reasons to watch: Maybe it’s because we’re neck-deep in another dark high school thriller (Revenge of Others), but I feel like I’m ready to dive into Weak Hero Class 1. The premise is a shrimpy-looking kid who fights back against the violence at his school using smarts, psychology… and yeah, probably more violence. Park Ji-hoon takes the lead with Choi Hyun-wook, Shin Seung-ho, and Hong Kyung, so even if some of them break our hearts playing cruel bullies, we know they’re actually puppies underneath (right??).
TL;DR: Park Ji-hoon from Wanna One, Choi Hyun-wook from Twenty Five Twenty One (!), fighting back against school violence, webtoon adaptation
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