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 take on what dramas and actors/actresses are getting recognition in a drama year. The notable names up for the Daesang top price are familiar faces to getting awards: Lee Byung Hun for Mr. Sunshine, Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food‘s Son Ye Jin, Kim Nam Joo as Misty, Jo Seung Woo in Life, and my fave choice in Lee Seon Kyun who turned in a career performance (among his many) in My Ahjusshi. The cast from those dramas also pepper the other acting categories, and other dramas/cast getting nods include both sets of leads Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young in Why Secretary Kim and While You Were Sleeping with Lee Jong Seok and Suzy. Below is the full list with lots more award categories than the Korean Drama Awards. Continue reading

Audience Poll Selects Women of Dignity and Secret Forest as Best K-dramas in Second Half of 2017

The viewers have spoke again, this time a poll on what Korean audiences think is the best K-dramas of the second half of 2017. Topping the list is jTBC hit Women of Dignity followed by tvN drama Secret Forest (Stranger), … Continue reading

SBS Drama While You Were Sleeping Wraps Up in Tidy Bow with Plenty of Could Have Been Betters Regrets

I’m not angry or upset that SBS Wed-Thurs drama While You Were Sleeping didn’t end up meeting expectations. Unlike other K-dramas which vexed me so, this one was just placid enoug h I watched with increasingly detached interest and was … Continue reading

Yoon Kyun Sang and Lee Sung Kyung Make Adorable Couples Cameo in Flagging While You Were Sleeping

I finally figured out the flaw of SBS Wed-Thurs drama While You Were Sleeping, and the reason why ratings aren’t higher and are in fact fading again. The drama’s two flaws are familiarity, both in screenwriter Park Hye Ryun‘s writing … Continue reading

While You Were Sleeping and Hospital Ship Find Ratings Parity with Mad Dog an Improvement Over Manhole

It feels like the kiddos have headed to the playground and finally there are three adults ready to rumble. This week’s new arrival Wed-Thurs insurance fraud investigation drama Mad Dog on KBS premiered to 5.5% AGB nationwide rating, which is … Continue reading