I feel like there are fewer K-dramas nowadays, or maybe it’s just fewer K-dramas that excite me enough to anticipate and later write about. The falling domestic ratings may indicate the K-viewers feel the same way, and it’s hard to fault that sentiment when dramas are packed with PPL to the point of being distracting and the story lines are lackluster. The C-drama industry remains chugging along full steam ahead, with too many in production and waiting to air dramas for me to keep track of.
One of the biggest ratings hits last year was the fantasy wuxia drama Ancient Sword Legend which rocketed male lead Li Yi Feng to the big leagues and cemented Yang Mi‘s status as a drama ratings queen. They are trading their period costumes for fancy modern garb, reuniting for upcoming C-drama Fall in Love Like a Star. He plays a top star, she’s his manager, but their romance goes back to college era best friends and navigates the trappings of fame and fandom. Filming is well underway and the first stills are out looking very sleek and sweet.