K-netizens Marvel at Screenwriter Park Hae Young’s Diversity of Genres and Writing 5 Critically Acclaimed Dramas in a Row Starting From Old Miss Diary on Through My Liberation Notes

Famed K-drama screenwriter Kim Eun Sook may be the most consistently successful ratings hit and buzz queen, but a few other screenwriters have notched their own success. K-netizens this week are discussing screenwriter Park Hae Young thanks to her current critically acclaimed by jTBC drama My Liberation Notes (Liberation Diary). She’s not a prolific screenwriter and has done only 5 dramas since 2004 but each one has been lauded, is a ratings hit, and/or won awards. Starting with Old Miss Diary to weekday drama I Live in Cheondamdong then Another Oh Hae Young to My Ahjusshi (My Mister) and now My Liberation Notes, she has not had a simple miss in quality. Even more impressive is how broad range, each of these is a different genre, mood, tone, and style. Of her dramas that I have watched, I Live in Cheongdamdong and Another Oh Hae Young, both are in the list of all time faves.

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tvN Holds Vote on Favorite Network K-drama for its 15th Anniversary Including Hits Vincenzo, Crash Landing on You, Misaeng, Goblin, Answer Me 1988 and Many More Nominees

Well this is going to be interesting to see which drama wins, whether it’s quality or motivated by fan mobilization to get out the vote. tvN is partnering with TVing to run a vote (click here) for the audiences’ favorite … Continue reading

Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food Tops List of Most Talked About K-drama of 2018 Followed by My Ahjusshi and Mr. Sunshine

Korean polling site Good Data released on January 1 the results of the 2018 K-drama buzz meter, aka the most talked about K-dramas of the year. Coming in first is jTBC romance Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food (Something in … Continue reading

2018 is the Year Cable K-dramas Fully Surpassed Big Three in Top Ten Lists and Comparative Ratings

Success takes hard work and 2018 saw the first time that cable K-dramas fully dominated the landscape over Big Three network dramas, in both critical top 10 lists and comparative adjusted ratings. After nearly a decade of concerted effort to … Continue reading

Donga News Polls Entertainment Insiders with Mr. Sunshine and My Ahjusshi Topping 2018 Best List

This poll may not be large but it’s got an insider’s perspective on what was considered the best in drama land for 2018. Donga News polled entertainment industry insiders including directors, screenwriters, and producers to pick their top of the … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

The 2018 Usual Drama Suspects Lead the Nominations for the 2018 Seoul Awards

I feel like I can start copying and pasting from my last two drama award nomination posts since it’s the same few drama names, actors, and actresses making the list. The 2nd annual Seoul Awards assembled by Sports Seoul released … 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

Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food and My Ahjusshi Lead Buzz Meter of K-dramas in First Half of 2018

The results are in for the most talked about K-drama of the first half of 2018, and the winner is unsurprisingly the most polarizing drama so far in Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food (Something in the Rain). It’s rare … Continue reading