Is anyone watching the daily drama Ugly Alert? I never dive into dailies unless I hear its da bomb, and only then will I start the slog towards over a hundred episodes and months-long commitment. I confess that normally leading man Im Joo Hwan would be more than enough for me to at least check out a few episodes myself. But seeing his leading lady Kang Sora at the press conference with a brand new completely different face just freaked me out. She looks pretty, but she looks like nearly a different person. Which kinda defeats the purpose of being a recognizable face already when it gets tweaked to the point I have to get to know the real her again. So that was off-putting, but she’s a good actress so it’ll probably take me some time but I’ll get used to it eventually and shrug and move on. So is Ugly Alert any good? Or is it falling into the current The Best Lee Soon Shin category of watching a boring drama just for a favorite leading man like Jo Jung Seok? I’m still plenty pleased Im Joo Hwan is back on the small screen, and with a daily and the long running duration he’ll probably be more visible in other entertainment contexts as well. He’s in the June edition of Sure Magazine sporting what I would call the “quirky dork” look. A bit of the boyish nerd crossed with a sartorial hipster vibe, though the clothes are mostly hideous he looks stylin’ wearing it. I love that Im Joo Hwan always has this bit of melancholy sensitivity you can see in his eyes. He manages to channel it masterfully whether he’s playing downtrodden characters or successful arrogant snobs. I worried a bit that some of the just returning from military service leading men might have too much competition with the rising young stars but with the advent of cable networks these last few years and the great (albeit inconsistent) quality coming from them, here’s to hoping Im Joo Hwan gets a nice meaty cable drama next.