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Two new dramas, plus one I missed

We’ve got a little bit of everything this week, though none of them really speak to my soul.  Are any of these on your to-watch list?

Temperature of Love
40 (mini) episodes, SBS
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

Lee Hyun-soo has spent the last ten years as an assistant screenwriter, and she had been gaining recognition in her field. She goes by the username Jane online, and she strikes up an internet friendship with the username Good Soup. Their chatting turns into flirting, and Hyun-soo finds herself with a crush on Good Soup. Good Soup is really Ohn Jung-sun, a restaurant owner who often clashes with his distant mother. Things get complicated quickly when Hyun-soo’s friend, Ji Hong-ah, falls in love with Jung-sun, and Park Jung-woo, primary investor in Good Soup, falls for Hyun-soo. These four friends will have to sort out their romantic feelings and their friendships when Hyun-soo and Jung-sun meet face to face for the first time.

Temperature of Love is based on Ha Myung-hee’s 2013 novel, Good Soup Never Picks Up the Phone.

Andante
16 episodes, KBS1
Sunday
Available on DramaFever.com

High school student Lee Shi-kyung has earned his antisocial and computer nerd reputation. He’s far more interested in what’s going on in his neighborhood PC room than his family, so his life gets turned upside down when they suddenly move to the countryside. He and his younger sister, hot-tempered cosplay nerd Lee Shi-young, end up being sent to a really weird high school. There they meet Park Ga-ram, a top student who wants to become a doctor, and Kim Bom, a mysterious and shy girl. Shi-kyung will have to force himself out of his comfort zone in order to survive and thrive in this new place.

 

And the one I missed last week:

Borg Mom
8 episodes, MBC
Friday
Available on Viki.com

Seven years ago, Choi Go-bong’s wife died not long after giving birth to their son, Yool. Yool is now ready to begin his school year at a prestigious kindergarten, and because of this, Go-bong believes his son needs a mother. Since Go-bong is a leader in the artificial intelligence and robots fields, he decides to build Yool a mother. This “borg” mother clashes with the other mothers at the school and their obsessions with status and wealth.

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Time to head back to 1979

I feel like it has been ages since dramaland has given us a girl-focused coming-of-age story. Is this drama on your watchlist?

Girls’ Generation 1979
8 episodes, KBS 2
Monday/Tuesday
Available on KoCoWa.com/Viki.com

Daegu, 1979. High school student Lee Jung-hee has a one-sided crush on fellow student Son Jin, who works part-time at a pharmacy. Her life gets more complicated when a transfer student arrives at school. Park Hye-joo is from Seoul, and she instantly catches the attention of a lot of people, including Son Jin. As the school year goes by, Jung-hee and Hye-joo will need to figure out their budding friendship and what they both want out of life.

This coming-of-age drama is based on a 2009 novel Lingerie Girls’ Generation (란제리 소녀시대) by Kim Yong-hee.

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One investigative reporting team for you

This week we have one new drama that’s all about investigative journalism. It sounds interesting, especially since just eight episodes means that the corruption-go-round will be shorter than usual. Will any legal sites pick it up? Is it on your to-watch list?

Argon
8 episodes, tvN
Monday/Tuesday
Availability unknown

Lee Yeon-hwa is a contract reporter with just three months left to go at HBC when she gets assigned to the investigative reporting team behind the show Argon. The show’s team leader is Kim Baek-jin, an exacting man who is strict about uncovering the truth and demands perfection. Yeon-hwa wants to earn an official position as a reporter on the team, and she must endure Baek-jin’s strict training in order to gain the skills and experience necessary to be an asset to the team.

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One medical and one family drama coming up

We have two new dramas coming up this week. I’m probably going to skip both of them, but are either of them on your watch list?

Hospital Ship
40 (mini) episodes, MBC
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on DramaFever.com

After an incident cuts off Song Eun-jae’s opportunity to be a surgeon at a prestigious hospital, she takes her skills to a humanitarian project. The hospital ship is home to different doctors and medical staff, and their mission is to travel around to remote places and treat those who are out of range of more conventional medical care. Eun-jae is less than enthused with her (often stubborn) patients, but fellow doctor Kwak Hyun has a far better bedside manner than she does. Hyun’s father is the man who owns the hospital ship, and he works hard to connect with his patients. Meanwhile, Kim Jae-geol specializes in traditional medicine, much to the consternation of his father—and Eun-jae, who disdains the practice. The three doctors need to figure out how to get along and how to care for their patients as a team.

Man Who Sets the Table
50 episodes, MBC
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

Lee Roo-ri has had enough. She has given up on getting a stable job at a large company, and her parents’ relationship is about to implode. On top of that, Roo-ri caught her boyfriend cheating on her. She decides to take a much-needed getaway to a foreign country, and while she’s there, she meets Jung Tae-yang. Tae-yang’s biggest priority is his own happiness, and he travels the world in search of it—and to help him cope with some problems of his own. After the two of them meet, Roo-ri’s life takes a sharp turn, and she and Tae-yang slowly change their bickering hostility into something more.

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Two twelve-episode dramas for you

Surprisingly, both new dramas this week have just twelve episodes. (My heart hopes that this is the start of a trend, because there is far less chance for meandering bloat with twelve episodes.) Will either of these make your watch list this week?

Single Wife
12 episodes, DramaX
Wednesday/Thursday
Availability unknown

Furniture designer Lee Ra-hee is preparing for the next stage of her life: marriage to a second-generation chaebol son, Hwang Jae-min. Jae-min, a former player, is finally ready to settle down with Ra-hee and work hard at his family’s furniture company. Shortly before the wedding, Ra-hee discovers that her first marriage to Lee Min-hong isn’t officially over. Min-hong never turned in the paperwork to finalize their divorce; he ended up in an accident instead. He also acquired amnesia and believes he’s still married to Ra-hee.

 

Age of Youth 2
12 episodes, jTBC
Friday/Saturday
Available on DramaFever.com (they’ve got a page for it, at least)

A year after the events of Age of Youth, the young women at Belle Epoque say goodbye to one housemate and welcome another. Yoon Jin-myung, recently returned from China, has finally found a job, and Jung Ye-eun is heading back to school after taking a much-needed break. Song Ji-won is still looking for a boyfriend, while Yoo Eun-jae is dealing with the emotional fallout of breaking up with her first love. They are all suspicious of their new housemate, Jo Eun, who may be hiding something from the rest of them.

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Two time-travel comedies this week

Of all the trends to come back in style, I hadn’t expected it to be time travel. Huh. Well, here’s hoping we end up with a better crop of good ones than we did back in 2012/2013. Also, what do I need to do to get more time-traveling ladies? Are either of these on your to-watch list?

Manhole: Feel So Good
16 episodes, KBS2
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on KOCOWA.com I’m assuming so even though they didn’t have a page for it when I wrote this post

Bong Pill has spent the last three years studying for the civil service exam without success. To make matters worse, his childhood friend (whom he has been secretly in love with all his life), Kang Soo-jin, is getting married in one week. With a little help from his friends—and a manhole that allows him to travel back and forth in time—Bong Pil is going to try to stop Soo-jin from falling in love with another man and getting married.

 

Deserving of the Name
16 episodes, tvN
Saturday/Sunday
Available on DramaFever.com (as Live Up to Your Name)

Cardiac surgery resident Choi Yeon-kyung is a firm believer in modern medicine. Her cold and logical outlook means she doesn’t put much faith in traditional medicine—or romance. Heo Im, an acupuncturist and practitioner of moxibustion, has been held back in the Joseon Era due to his status as the son of a concubine. He ends up traveling 400 years into the future, and Yeon-kyung is neither impressed by his medical practice nor his insistence that he’s a time traveler. Heo Im soon falls in love, despite their clashing personalities and views on medicine, and he decides he needs to prove his worth to Yeon-kyung.

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Two new dramas for the weekend

If you’re looking for a new show to start this weekend, you’re in luck! Personally, I’m intrigued by Rescue Me–are either of these going to make your to-watch list?

Strongest Deliveryman
32 (mini) episodes, KBS2
Friday/Saturday
Available on DramaFever.com

Delivery worker Lee Dan-ah is determined to climb the socioeconomic ladder and improve her situation in life. Choi Kang-soo is also a delivery worker with dreams of someday becoming a CEO. The two of them fight to overcome the obstacles thrown in their path as the ones at the bottom of Hell Joseon—and fall in love along the way.

Rescue Me
16 episodes, OCN
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

A religious cult is starting to take over a country town. Im Sang-me is initially one of the believers, but she ends up trying to flee from the darkness she finds there. Student Han Sang-hwan and his friends discover her in an alley, and she asks them to rescue her.

Save Me is based on the webtoon Out of the World by Jo Geum-san.

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Four new dramas for midsummer

There’s something new for pretty much any taste this week, from the latest installment of the School franchise to a fantasy romance. I’m definitely going to check out The King Loves–please handle kings and romance and tragedy better than SDQ did–and may pick up another, depending on how I feel.

The King Loves
40 (mini) episodes, MBC
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com

Crown Prince Wang Won is eager for his father’s throne. His closest friend and trusted ally is Wang Rin, who also serves as his bodyguard. The two of them meet and become friends with the beautiful Eun San, daughter of the wealthiest man in the Goryeo Dynasty. The trio’s deep friendship is eventually put to the test when Wang Won and Wang Rin both fall in love with Eun San.

The King Loves is an adaptation of a 2011 novel of the same name by Kim Yi-ryung.

 

School 2017
16 episodes, KBS2
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com

High school student and webtoon artist Ra Eun-ho is determined to keep her sixth-place class ranking in order to get into the same college as a boy she has a crush on. But her academic future gets thrown into uncertainty when school officials believe she is a delinquent student. Meanwhile, the wealthy and rebellious Hyun Tae-woon gets transferred to Eun-ho’s school after being kicked out of his U.S. high school and immediately begins causing problems. Song Dae-hwi is a handsome student who gets good grades,. stands up for the weak, and often butt heas with Hong Nam-joo, another student. Eun-ho and the others will try to figure out how to survive a school system that puts their academic rankings above all other aspects of their lives.

Man Who Dies to Live
24 (mini) episodes, MBC
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on OnDemandKorea.com

In the 1970s, Jang Dal-goo traveled to the Middle East, where he adopted a new identity and became a successful count. He eventually flees the country in order to avoid a marriage he doesn’t want and returns to South Korea. Lee Ji-young, Dal-goo’s now grown up daughter, is married and an aspiring writer. Her husband, Kang Ho-rim, is a regular salaryman, and the two of them are entirely unprepared for Dal-goo’s reappearance in their lives.

Reunited Worlds
40 (mini) episodes, SBS
Wednesday/Thursday
Availability unknown

Jung Jung-won and Sung Hae-sung were childhood friends, until Hae-sung was killed in car accident when the two of them were 19. Twelve years later, Hae-sung appears out of nowhere, not having aged a day while Jung-won is now 31. While Jung-won tries to come to terms with the fact that her dead first love is alive again, Hae-sung tries to figure out how to fit back into a family and a world that have left him over a decade behind.


Which of these dramas are on your watch list?

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One modern adaptation of a historical fantasy coming right up

My corner of the internet has been…not enthused by this one, but I’ll admit that I’m intrigued by it (she says, not having actually watched any of the teasers). It has been years since I’ve read the first couple volumes of the manhwa, so I remember very little about it (other than the impression of it being gorgeous) and don’t really have any nostalgia to ruin. Plus, it has the Nine/QIHM PD and the Misaeng/Arang and the Magistrate writer, so I kind of want to give it a chance just for them. Will I? We’ll see how much SDQ irritates me.

Bride of the Water god
16 episodes, tvN
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

Summary: Psychiatrist Yoon So-ah doesn’t believe in the legends that say her family is cursed to be eternal servants of the gods. She has a life to live and debt to pay off; ridiculous superstitions aren’t worth her time. At least not until Habaek shows up at her practice, claiming that he is a water god and that she is his bride. Habaek needs her help to find a magical stone that will give him the power to take the heavenly throne.  Soon even more gods walk into So-ah’s life: Hoo-ye, a demigod and resort CEO who falls in love with So-ah; Mu-ra, a water goddess in love with Habaek; and Bi-ryum, a wind god who is in love with Mu-ra .

This drama is a modern adaptation of Yoon Mi-Kyung’s historical fantasy manhwa Bride of the Water God.


Are you a fan of the original manhwa? Will you be watching it?

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Woman of Dignity begins this weekend

Ooooh, I had forgotten about this one after the rush of premiers in late May/early June. It sounds like it could be fun. Is it on your watchlist?

Woman of Dignity
20 episodes, jTBC
Friday/Saturday
Available on DramaFever.com (maybe–they have a page for it)

Woo Ah-jin has it all—a personal maid, the best clothes, and a gorgeous home—thanks to the wealthy family she married into. But when her father-in-law’s financial fortune crashes and her husband betrays her, her privileged life vanishes overnight. Ah-jin soon meets Park Bok-ja, a mysterious woman who quickly becomes entangled with her life.