K-media Discusses How Descendants of the Sun is the Only Ratings Success Pre-produced K-drama in 2016

K-media is taking stock of 2016 and the results are not exactly promising for the future of pre-producing K-dramas. What was once a rarity such as the mega budget Legend felt like a norm in 2016 with a slew of fully pre-produced K-dramas aimed at being simulcast in China and further recoup costs. I don’t know which of the pre-produced dramas ended up making back its costs and earning a profit, but in terms of domestic Korean ratings there is only one success story in Descendants of the Sun. Kim Eun Sook‘s high profile disaster and medical drama was a ratings hit in Korea and overseas, and remained the only such pre-produced drama despite a slew of other high profile projects subsequently released. Uncontrollably Fond was a middling release, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo an abject failure, Hwarang a new release but slow out of the gate, Cinderella and Four Knights didn’t make a dent, and Entourage ended up being an epic face plant. Continue reading

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds Retains Top K-drama Influence Ranking for September 2016 Followed by Incarnation of Jealousy

September ended with a buzz less whimper as far as I’m concerned. The summer K-dramas long over, the early fall series are all delivering their respective goods without anything upending expectations set from the premiere episodes to show me that … Continue reading

tvN Picks Up Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam’s Cinderella and Four Knights for Latter 2016 Airing

This is one pre-produced K-drama that is filming so far off the radar it definitely benefits from the periodic news update. Manhwa to drama adapted Cinderella and Four Knights¬†has been scooped up by cable network tvN, which at this point … Continue reading

Park So Dam and Jung Il Woo Lead the Pretty Brigade at Cinderella and Four Knight’s Script Reading

There have been a few script readings recently but with this new addition comes the reminder that viewing trends are changing and cable may have been the new thing a few years past but now it’s onward to online dramas. … Continue reading

Cinderella and Four Knights Finalizes Casting of Leads Park So Dam, Jung Il Woo, and Ahn Jae Hyun

Casting is complete for upcoming web drama Cinderella and Four Knights, and is way more promising that I initially thought. Thanks to locking down K-movie actress Park So Dam, this fluffy drama adaptation of a manhwa merits a look even … Continue reading

K-movie Actress Park So Dam is the Female Lead of Cinderella and Four Knights with Jung Il Woo and Ahn Jae Hyun

Casting is complete in a really surprising yet promising way for an upcoming online drama based on a popular webtoon. Cinderella and Four Knights, which already cast the two main male leads in Jung Il Woo and Ahn Jae Hyun, … Continue reading