Three Dramas and a Mini Drama This Week

We have a bunch of new shows coming out this week: a workplace drama, a thriller, a historical, and a fantasy romance. The one I am most excited for (and have been excited for for ages now) is Saimdang: Light’s Diary. A sageuk starring a woman in her forties? Playing dual roles? Historical mysteries? Diaries? I am all over that.

Defendant
16 episodes, SBS
Mondays/Tuesdays
Availability unknown

Park Jung-woo, one of the top prosecutors in the country, finds himself on death row, having been convicted of the murder of his wife and daughter. Jung-woo, however, has no memory of what transpired, and ends up in a fight for his life to recover his memory and figure out what really happened on that tragic day in order to clear his name.

Chief Kim
16 Episodes, KBS2
Wednesdays/Thursdays
Available on Viki.com

Kim Sung-ryong, a gangsters’ accountant, ends up as a middle manager in the accounting department at TQ Group. Thinking this is a great opportunity to embezzle money from TQ Group, Sung-ryong actually gets tangled up vicious in office politics when TQ Group ends up on the brink of bankruptcy. Sung-ryong slowly experiences a change of heart and begins to care about his team–accountant Yoon Ha-kyung, intern Hong Ga-eun, and genius Seo Yool–and their rights in the workplace. He decides to stop trying to steal from the company and instead fight back against workplace corruption.

Saimdang: Light’s Diary
30 Episodes, SBS
Wednesdays/Thursdays (begins Thursday)
Available on Viki.com and DramaFever.com

Seo Ji-yoon, a Korean art history professor, discovers the diary of Shin Saimdang, a Joseon-era artist, poet, and calligraphist. When Ji-yoon reads through Saimdang’s diary, she learns more about Saimdang’s unconventional life–and the life of Lee Gyeom, a famous (fictional) writer, painter, and musician who was in love with her. As the historical tale unfolds, Saimdang’s husband, Lee Won-soo, becomes increasingly jealous of his wife’s close relationship with Lee Gyeom, while Choi Whieumdang blames Saimdang for being rejected by Lee Gyeom. Will Saimdang’s diary help Ji-yoon uncover the secrets behind a famous painting of an unknown Joseon woman, one of art history’s great unsolved mysteries?

Star of the Universe
3 Episodes, MBC
Thursdays
Availability unknown

After 19-year-old Byul is killed in an accident, she becomes a grim reaper. Upon her return to earth, she falls in love with Woo Joo, a singer and songwriter.Star of the Universe is the first in a trilogy of three-episode romances, called Three Colors of Fantasies. The color for this drama is white.


Which of these shows will you be checking out? Let me know in the comments!

 

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