K-ent Industry Insiders Poll Mr. Sunshine as Best Drama and Hwayugi as Worst Drama of 2018

This is an interesting poll and I find myself agreeing with most of the selections with a few deviations. Joynews polled 200 Korean drama industry insiders to vote for their best and worst dramas of 2018, which admitted hasn’t ended yet with a few more high profile dramas to air. But the poll results more or less reflect the quality of things to date and it’s not surprising to see tvN hit period patriotic drama Mr. Sunshine topping the poll for Best Drama. Following to round out the top 5 list is Misty, 100 Days My Prince, My Ahjusshi, and Live.

On the opposite spectrum the drama voted worst for 2018 was Hwayugi (A Korean Odyssey) which I have to agree with as the first few episodes aired in 2017 were an awesome start but the remainder in 2018 was a straight shooter of narrative crap. The other four dramas voted as worst were Return with the leading lady switch debacle, the unwatchable The Undateables, Let’s Eat 3 ending abruptly with the male lead off to the military, and Time also with the narrative schism with a male lead who left the drama due to health reasons. Check out the full voted list below, and its worth noting that in the best drama category all the top vote getters are cable dramas and it’s not until 12th place does a big three drama in Where Stars Land gets on the list. Continue reading

tvN drama Mr. Sunshine Ends With Phenomenal Reviews and Record Breaking Rating

I’ve been watching K-dramas over for over a decade and covering the industry via this blog a little less than that, and I can vouch for how difficult, sanctimonious, and exacting the domestic Korean netizens are even more than when … Continue reading

Popular Dramas and High Profile Stars Like Lee Byung Hun and Son Ye Jin Lead 2018 APAN Star Award Nominations

Following behind the nominations for the Korean Drama Awards come the nominations for the 2018 APAN Star Awards which is on its 6th year now. It’s skewed towards the popular more than elite selection metrics but as always an interesting … Continue reading

SBS drama Return and tvN Drama Mr. Sunshine Currently Tops 2018 Drama Ratings for Network and Cable

There is still three months left in 2018 and plenty can change in the drama ratings ranks but so far the tally remains comparatively low ratings for network dramas while cable continues to impress with how strong it is airing … Continue reading

Mr. Sunshine Hits New Ratings High Over 16% As Drama Has Four More Episodes Remaining

It’s odd to see the comparative lack of buzz for tvN period patriotic drama Mr. Sunshine among the international audiences when this drama could be screenwriter Kim Eun Sook‘s highest praised drama to date among South Korean viewers and critics. … Continue reading

tvN Period Drama Mr. Sunshine Garners Continued Directorial and Acting Praise as Ratings Break 12% in Episode 8

Four weeks into the airing of screenwriter Kim Eun Sook‘s latest drama opus Mr. Sunshine and she can rest easy knowing that her reputation as a ratings gravy train continues. The drama premiered on tvN with 8.852% ratings which was … Continue reading

Final Batch of Drama Posters and Stills for Mr. Sunshine Airing on tvN this Saturday July 7th

Readying for the arrival of tvN period drama Mr. Sunshine, premiering this weekend now that Lawless Lawyer has cleaned up the lawlessness in Gisung city, feels apropos to post on the 4th of July. Will the fireworks of what is … Continue reading