The 2020 Baeksang Awards held on June 5, 2020 will take place without an audience for the first time in its history but at least it will take place and be broadcast. The nominations were released today on May 8th and there are a few surprises of who was in and not in but mostly I am really pleased! The Best Drama nominations went to When the Camellia Blooms, Hyena, Crash Landing on You, Kingdom 2, and Stove League. I’m surprised not to see Itaewon Class, The World of the Married, and Hospital Playlist there but the latter hasn’t aired enough episodes so may be eligible next year. Best Actor nods went to Hyun Bin, Namgong Min, Joo Ji Hoon (for Hyena and not Kingdom), Kang Ha Neul, and Park Seo Joon.
Best Actress is STACKED oh wow even K-netz is saying this is the toughest race – Kim Hee Ae, Gong Hyo Jin, Son Ye Jin, Kim Hye Soo, and IU, and yes IU feels like the young outlier and I wouldn’t have nominated her this year for Hotel Del Luna as she really should win more for My Ahjusshi. I’m thrilled for so much love thrown at Crash as supporting roles there also got nods – Seo Ji Hye and Kim Sun Young both in Best Supporting Actress, and gruff Yang Kyung Won for Best Supporting Actor, and even Kim Young Min got a Best Supporting Actor nod except its for Married and not his role in Crash.
Consider me perpetually impressed with Kim Soo Hyun‘s popularity and staying power. This week Sports Chosun celebrated its 30th anniversary by conducting various polls of Korean industry insiders including agency heads, network presidents, PDs, screenwriters, and with over 100 votes … Continue reading
The tripling of ratings in three weeks is something to write about. SBS Fri-Sat drama Hot Stove League premiered on December 13th with a super low 3.3% AGB nationwide ratings. It’s since only gone up and the most recent episode … Continue reading
I’m a big sports fan in the Big Three for me: American football, basketball, and baseball, but even I had to look up what stove league was referring to. The title Stove League for the upcoming K-drama about baseball references … Continue reading
It will be a familiar face that joins K-actor Namgong Min in his upcoming feel good sports drama Stove League. His costar Park Eun Bin in the 2013 sageuk Hur Jun, the Original Story has been confirmed for Stove League, … Continue reading
I haven’t seen a baseball themed K-drama in years and oddly it might just work. Namgong Min has been cast as the male lead in upcoming SBS early winter 2019 K-drama Stove League set in the world of South Korean … Continue reading
I haven’t been following along too closely to upcoming KBS Wed-Thurs drama Doctor Prisoner, partially because its a medical drama but also due to my lack of interest in its predecessor the currently airing What’s Up Poong Sang (Liver or … Continue reading
K-actor Namgong Min‘s last drama The Undateables may have been neigh unwatchable but to err on the side of caution it’s promising that he’s leaving the rom-com genre behind for possibly donning prison scrubs. And that’s a double pun as … Continue reading
You couldn’t pay me to watch SBS Wed-Thurs drama The Undateables (Handsome Guy and Jung Eum) after the excessive hijinks of the first episode and that opinion appears to be the majority in Korea as the drama wrapped up airing … Continue reading
A slotting in of new dramas in two networks has solidified the lead of KBS legal drama Suits in the lead among a generally weak pack of prime time dramas. Suits is staying steading in the 9% range with Thursday’s … Continue reading
It looks like I can’t stop Hwang Jung Eum from hamming it up like she’s in a silent movie and needs to act by expression alone, but conversely Namgong Min is so exquisitely restrained that it balances the drama universe … Continue reading
I’m going to keep my expectations low for upcoming SBS rom-com The Undateables (Handsome Guy and Jung Eum) because the two teasers so far are really frustrating watching leading lady Hwang Jung Eum. She’s like the opposite of male lead … Continue reading
I’m definitely seeing the handsome part of upcoming SBS romance drama Handsome Guy and Jung Eum with the release of the first stills of male lead Namgong Min. He’s so nomnomnom fine, and getting better with age especially if I … Continue reading