K-netizens Wonder if Reborn Rich Will Join the Pantheon of Event K-dramas in the Last Five Years Kicked Off by Sky Castle

High ratings usually means buzz but it takes an extraordinary set of circumstances to become a breakout so-called Event K-drama. That’s been the trend in recent years after the overall ratings decrease across the board in K-drama viewing with audiences going online rather than surrounding the television as a family in the evenings. K-ent is watching closely whether jTBC weekend drama Reborn Rich will become the next event drama. In the last five years there has been basically one a year and this year 2022 there is already one but there is room for truly connective stories that makes everyone want to talk about it or even know about it without having watched a single episode. It started with every parent’s dream/nightmare in Sky Castle, then fidelity is a pipe dream in The World of the Married, moving to makjang so crazy even crazy ran away Penthouse, then global hit Squid Game, and most recently autism presented with such intelligent storytelling in Extraordinary Attorney Woo. Reborn Rich definitely has the ratings to vy for a spot but whether it has the additional buzz remains to be seen. An event drama needs to have the entire country talking about it around water coolers.

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Snowdrop Tops the List of Most Tweeted About K-dramas of 2022 Followed by Twenty Five, Twenty One and A Business Proposal

It’s one thing to get viewers which usually means there is online buzz but sometimes the two don’t align. The list of most tweeted about K-dramas of 2022 (so far) has underwhelming and low rated jTBC period romance Snowdrop as … Continue reading

Baeksang Awards 2022 Voting Results are Out with Squid Game the Unanimous Pick for Daesang and Competition Fierce in the Male Lead Category with Junho Victorious

Oh I love seeing how the cheese is made! This also gives more legitimacy so here goes – the 2022 Baeksang Awards was last Friday and the judges have announced how the voting went. I’m only covering the television side, … Continue reading

Junho, Kim Tae Ri, Squid Game, and D.P. are the Big Television Side Winners at the 2022 Baeksang Arts Awards

The annual Baeksang Arts Awards was held this Friday night in Seoul and the 2022 edition totally dropped some surprises and some expected wins. In a first, the winner of the Popularity Awards Junho and Kim Tae Ri also won … Continue reading

Squid Game #1 in Netflix Shows in Terms of Total Hours Watched, Hometown Cha Cha Cha in 10th Place and Newly Premiered All of Us are Dead Hits 37th in One Week

Well this is an interesting tabulation of Netflix shows in terms of popularity. A new list is out through January 30, 2022 showing the cumulative hours watched of each Netflix show. I think it’s more accurate in some ways than … Continue reading

Netflix 2021 List of Most Watched K-dramas Worldwide Dominated by Fall Releases Squid Game, Hellbound, My Name then Vincenzo and Sweet Home

The phenomenon known as Squid Game really lifted the K-dramas that came after it, as evidenced by the Netflix most watched K-dramas worldwide top 10 list of 2021. Squid Game is number 1 of course, then it’s Hellbound in second … Continue reading

Squid Game and Kim Sun Ho Make the List of Top 10 Most Searched Terms on Korean Google for 2021

The helpful Google search engines continues to be the go to platform for anyone seeking information and the Korean search words in 2021 helps understand what was on people’s minds in Korea. Without splitting by category or top, only 2 … Continue reading

Squid Game Stars Lee Jung Jae and Jung Ho Yeon Represent at Various US Events Including The Gotham Awards, LACMA Gala, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The year 2021 is definitely the yet of Netflix K-dramas, and if you asked me in January which of the K-dramas Netflix produced that would be the big breakout hit I would not have necessarily picked Squid Game. I’m still … Continue reading

Netflix Japan Daily Top 10 Dominated by K-dramas Led by The King’s Affection and Squid Game

Every few years K-drama will get super popular in Japan, the trend starting with the granddaddy of them all Winter Sonata and continuing most recently into Crash Landing on You, with plenty in between. But those standalone hits did not … Continue reading

Squid Game and then D.P. Selected by Joynews Insider Poll of Best Streaming Shows of 2021

Looks like the Joynews Best Of insider poll this year has split the television programs with the streaming only programs. That’s fine though it would be interesting to see the same program stacking up against each other since where it … Continue reading