Lee Ji Hoon Will Not Attend Press Conference for MBN Drama Sponsor Reportedly Due to Scheduling Conflict But Insiders Say It’s Due to Him Being Demoted From Male Lead as Seen in Name Order on Official Drama Page

Man, K-actor Lee Ji Hoon seemed to have finally gotten his first big break. After the last few years in steady second male lead territory, with River Where the Moon Rises he really shined in his role sometimes even eclipsing the performance of either of the two male leads. He got his first male lead role thereafter in MBN drama Sponsor opposite Han Chae Young and all seemed fine until a few months ago when a production member claimed that Lee Ji Hoon brought a gangster-seeming friend to the set with implied threats. Lee Ji Hoon’s side said it was all a misunderstanding and apologized. But last month eagled eyed netizens noticed that the official MBN drama page for Sponsor suddenly showed second male lead Koo Sa Jung‘s face next to Han Chae Young where previously it was Lee Ji Hoon there. It appeared that Lee Ji Hoon was being demoted quietly as the male lead, not sure if the script had been tweaked to make it happen or simply being done on the promo level. That coupled with the news that Lee Ji Hoon will not attend the Sponsor press conference definitely makes this behind-the-scenes brouhaha seem more likely.

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K-actor Lee Ji Hoon Alleged by Production Staff on K-drama Sponsor of Bringing Thug Friend to Set Causing Disturbance and Original Screenwriter Adds that He was Fired and the PD and Staff Changed When He Complained About Too Little Scenes

This week there was a drama production behind-the-scenes brouhaha and it surrounds upcoming revenge melodrama Sponsor and male lead Lee Ji Hoon. A production team member on the drama posted online that Lee Ji Hoon brought a friend to the … Continue reading

KBS Sageuk Drama River Where the Moon Rises Ends with 6.8%, 8.3% Ratings, a Sweet Ending, and a Lot of What Could Have Beens

I feel like I just watched half a drama, but considering all the behind the scenes trials and tribulations that befell this production, I’ll give it as a glass half full scenario. KBS Mon-Tues sageuk River Where the Moon Rises … Continue reading

River Where the Moon Rises Releases New Stills Gearing Up for Final Two Episodes This Coming Mon-Tues

I started my K-drama journey on a sageuk, years and years ago. A good and proper sageuk, all 55-episodes that was Seodongyo full of slow and meaningful developments interspersed with cliffhanger episode endings and plenty of meat to keep me … Continue reading

The Attempted Coup in Episode 17 of River Where the Moon Rises Deflates Like a Souffle as Both Male Leads Hie Off to Angst Afterwards

Remember when what happened to KBS drama River Where the Moon Rises was like the biggest news in K-ent? Oh what a month does to keep one upping another in terms of wild news and crazy scandals. River has now … Continue reading

Episode 16 of River Where the Moon Rises Stays at 6.0%, 7.8% Ratings as the Plot Barrels Ahead into Fighting, Deaths, and a Thwarted Coup

I’ve stopped digging too deeply into the why, where, how, whats of River Where the Moon Rises, the early episodes I was super excited about and tried to analyze only to realize stuff just sorta happened and the foundations were … Continue reading

Fractures Appear in the OTP as Episode 15 of River Where the Moon Rises Shows the Price of Playing the Political Game with Ratings of 6.7%, 7.8%

It’s the final stretch for KBS Mon-Tues sageuk River Where the Moon Rises, and that hubbub of the earlier real world distractions have abated and now it’s back to the same old shallow drawing board in terms of telling a … Continue reading

A Smartly Won Battle Gets Ga Jin and Ondal Back to the Palace in Episode 13 of River Where the Moon Rises as Ratings Stay at 6.8%, 8.7%

It’s wild to think that a week ago the worst thing to befall K-dramas in 2021 was the male lead swap in River Where the Moon Rises, and then Joseon Exorcist came along and went “Hold my beer.”. Mon-Tues remains … Continue reading

The OTP Consummate Their Marriage But War is Looming in Episode 12 of River Where the Moon Rises as Ratings Stay at 6.8%, 8.1%

The verdict has to be in now with River Where the Moon Rises, as a sageuk it’s just not compelling but for weathering the real life craziness its come out stronger than before. The previews for episode 13 next week … Continue reading

Na In Woo’s First Full Appearance in Episodes 9-10 of River Where the Moon Rises is Surprisingly Better than Ji Soo in Bringing More Mature Presence to the Role

Man, now I wish I never watched Queen Cheorin because seeing Na In Woo suck six-ways to Sunday in his second male lead role there really was the worst introduction to this actor that could have happened. I say this … Continue reading

Kim Soo Hyun, Song Joong Ki Among Selection of Male Actors in First Release From the KOFIC Korean Actors 200 List

The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is assembling a list call the Korean Actors 200 (includes both actors and actresses) to represent the top acting talent from the industry with an express aim to raise further international recognition of the breadth … Continue reading