MBC 2015 Drama Daesang Likely to Come Down to Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum, and Jeon In Hwa

Every year the three major Korean networks hold its own year end drama awards, not exactly what could be deemed objective but is certainly their own prerogative to do so. The K-ent pundits enjoy speculating as to who will watch away with the Daesang (Big Prize) of the night, and the first wave is here as one news report is calling the MBC race as a three-way fight between veteran actress Jeon In Hwa and twice costars Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum. Jeon In Hwa is the least buzzy of the three, playing the mom in weekend drama My Daughter Geum Sa Wol, and her presence here plays up the role of established respected veterans getting a nod when it comes to network awards time.

Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum are the expected contenders, him for Kill Me Heal Me, and her for both KMHM and the surprise hit She Was Pretty. If Hwang Jung Eum wins for She Was Pretty imma toss a table, but for KMHM she was incredibly solid. But compared to Ji Sung, I can’t in good faith say she ought to get it over him even for that drama, unless MBC is going by quantity over quality and giving her two dramas the weighted preference. We’ll know who wins come December 31st, but if Ji Sung doesn’t it’ll be one more in the long list of disappointing snubs of his transformative unforgettable performance in KMHM. Continue reading

Chinese Travelers to Korea in Summer of 2016 Pick Kim Soo Hyun, Jeon Ji Hyun, Lee Min Ho, and Park Shin Hye as Faves

At this point, the list of Korean actors popular in China is so consistent in the last two years, I’m actually waiting for one of the stalwarts to do something stupid and drop off the chart, or for another crazy … Continue reading

2015 Korea Drama Awards Has Misaeng and Heard it Through the Grapevine Getting Most Nods

On the even of the Seoul Drama Awards, another Korean awards show has released its nominees list for 2015 dramas and the result is a decidedly mixed bag. While I agree with the nominations for Heard it Through the Grapevine … Continue reading

Producer and The Girl Who Sees Smells Leads the Drama Content Power Index for First Half of 2015

The Contents Power Index (CPI) rankings are out, tabulating the most influential dramas of the first half of 2015. The ranking was for the period between January-June of 2015 and included all dramas aired on the big three as well … Continue reading

Joseon Gunman and Pinocchio Lead the K-drama Nominees of the 10th Annual Seoul International Drama Awards

The nominated finalists are out for the 10th annual Seoul International Drama Awards, which doesn’t just fete K-dramas but includes popular or critically acclaimed dramas and shows from around the world. It’s less prestigious but slowly growing in international recognition … Continue reading

TV Report Releases Industry PDs Vote on Best Dramas in Recent Years

I often get asked to recommend dramas but its so hard to gauge what others like or are in the mood for, whereas I watch what floats my boat sometimes in line with the consensus on quality and other times … Continue reading