Empress Ki and Giant Screenwriter Helms Next MBC Mon-Tues Drama Tyrant

This is fantastic drama news, which still needs to be taken with a caveat at this point since it’s so far out on the horizon. MBC has brought Empress Ki screenwriter Jang Young Chul back after a three year hiatus and he will be helming the next Mon-Tues long drama series for the network after the currently airing 50-episode makjang Glamorous Temptation ends its run in early Spring of 2016. I did not like Jang Young Chul’s Empress Ki, despite the ratings and awards for that drama as he did take home the MBC screenwriter drama award that year, but I loved his earlier works like Giant and History of the Salaryman. MBC has paired up writer Jang with the veteran MBC PD who helmed Legendary Witch and Hundred Year Inheritance, both weekend dramas but got decent enough ratings. The new drama is tentatively titled Tyrant and will be male lead based. Continue reading

Yay or Nay: Recent K-drama Trend of Older Established Actors Supporting Younger Male Leads

I was a little hesitant around the casting of Healer when it was first announced with Ji Chang Wook as the titular character. I wondered what the drama was going to do having Yoo Ji Tae around as well. Thankfully the … Continue reading

You From Another Star and Misaeng Top CPI Rankings for Most Influential K-drama of 2014

Television boxtop ratings are still important but less so now that online streaming of television shows, not to mention the ease of DVR recording and other alternate forms of consumption. The changing landscape means the unlikelihood of K-dramas garnering 50% … Continue reading

2014 Drama Reviews: Enjoyment in the Good and the Inexplicably Bad

Year end drama reviews always starts off like a looming chore, telling me to wash the dish one more time even though I’ve washed it thoroughly already. But then I grow to appreciate it, the added step may yield a … Continue reading