Hope You’re Hungry

Sometimes I am amused to see what is and is not deemed worthy of multiple seasons. Will you be checking out the latest installment of the Let’s Eat franchise? (Yes, I know I’m late.)

Let’s Eat 3
16 episodes
tvN
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com and DramaFever.com

Goo Dae-young is looking for something that only summer food and nostalgia can provide. After a long slump, he’s wishing for the simpler life of his college days. Dae-young runs into an old classmate, Lee Ji-woo, and together the two of them will reminisce about their twenties over delicious food and—maybe—fall in love.

A Mini Drama and Melodrama

Just two dramas for you this week: one is a mini musical and the other is a reconstructive surgery melodrama. I might check out To Jenny since it’s so short. Are either on your list?

To Jenny
KBS2
2 episodes
Tuesdays
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Park Jung-min’s whole life is music, and while he dreams of someday becoming a famous musician, his stage fright gets in the way of his talent. When he runs into Kwon Na-ra again—the girl he has had a crush on for seven years but was too shy to talk to, let alone confess to—he decides to push past his fear. But Na-ra isn’t interested in catching anyone’s attention, right now. After the girl group she was in failed, she just wants to disappear. Can Jung-min write a song that will connect their hearts?

Let Me Introduce Her
SBS
40 (mini) episodes
Saturdays
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

After facial reconstruction surgery, Ji Eun-han wakes up without her memories. Her surgeon, Hang Kang-woo, tries to help her piece together her past life, and in the process, he finds himself falling for her. Meanwhile, Eun-han’s husband, anchorman Kang Chan-ki, has a seemingly perfect life—but he has secrets of his own.

A Housekeeper and a Historical Headed Your Way

We’ve got two new dramas coming out this week, and while I’m tempted by Mr. Sunshine, I think I’m going to pass.  I couldn’t find official confirmation, but rumors say that Neflix has gotten the license for it. I guess we’ll see if it shows up on the site six weeks down the road.

Your House Helper
KBS2
32 (mini) episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Kim Ji-woon left his promising career at a major conglomerate to become a housekeeper, and he excels at everything from folding laundry to basic household maintenance—and even “cleaning” his clients’ hearts. He has four new clients: Im Da-young, an internet at an advertising agency who is desperate to land a full-time position so she can afford the house her father left her; Yoon Sang-ah, a jewelry designer who has just broken up with her boyfriend; Han So-mi, who is terrified of men until she meets Ji-woon; and Kang Hye-joo, who is having difficulty with her male roommate.

Your House Helper is based on the 2014 webtoon of the same name by Seung Jung-yun.

Mr. Sunshine
tvN
24 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

During the 1871 U.S. expedition to Joseon, a slave boy boards one of the boats and leaves his home—but not forever. He returns years later as an American soldier, Eugene Choi (Choi Yoo-jin), and is far more interested in maintaining U.S. interests than the country he was born into, now under Japanese occupation. That begins to change when he meets Go Ae-shin, an aristocratic daughter turned revolutionary, who is determined to fight for her country’s freedom. But Eugene isn’t the only man in Ae-shin’s orbit: Gu Dong-mae, a member of the Black Dragon Society, and Kim Hee-sung, her betrothed, are focused on her exploits as well. Meanwhile, the widowed Kudo Hina returns to Joseon with her Japanese husband’s fortune, intent on building a life that her collaborator father can’t control.

2 Spec Fic and 1 Office Comedy Headed Your Way

We have a good mix of dramas premiering this week! I’m personally interested in Secretary Kim (despite my abysmal track record with office comedies). Are any of these on your list?

Are You Human, Too?
KBS2
18 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

When a suspicious accident leaves Nam Shin, heir to the PK Group, in a coma, his mother, Oh Ro-ra, is desperate to protect him and his position from the conspiracy that almost killed him. As one of top people in the field of artificial intelligence, Ro-ra gathers a group of fellow scientists to create an android—dubbed Nam Shin III—to take Nam Shin’s place. Ro-ra also hires Kang So-bong to be Nam Shin III’s bodyguard and help him act like a human in order to fool Nam Shin’s enemies. But while all the humans focus on Nam Shin, Nam Shin III begins to develop feelings of his own, and the android starts to wonder if he will be able to have a life independent of just being a substitute for someone else.

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?
tvN
16 episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com

Lee Young-joon, vice president of Yoomyung Group, is so self-absorbed that most of the time he doesn’t register what his secretary, Kim Mi-so, tries to say to him. Mi-so has a stellar reputation in the corporate world for her secretarial skills, but after spending the last nine years making her boss look good and managing his narcissistic ego, she finally decides to submit her resignation. It’s time for Mi-so to find her own way in the world—but will Young-joon be able to function without her?

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim is based on Jung Kyung-yoon’s 2013 novel of the same name. Kim Young-mi’s 2016 webcomic was also based on the novel.

Life on Mars
OCN
16 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

Han Tae-joo is a detective who has a reputation for sticking to his principles. While Tae-joo is on the trail of a serial killer, he ends up in a serious accident. He wakes up in 1987 and soon realizes that if he’s ever going to return to the present, he needs to solve a murder case. For that, he enlists the help of fellow detectives Yoon Na-young, Kang Dong-chul, Lee Yong-gi, and Jo Nam-sik.

Life on Mars is based on the 2006 BBC One drama of the same name.

Five New Dramas This Week

And will wonders never cease? DramaFever has the license for two of them! *gasp* There’s a surprisingly large spread here in terms of genres and airing dates, so here’s hoping there’s something for you here. I’ll admit to being interested in Sketch and Goodbye to Goodbye, though we’ll see whether that last one is a Viki Pass Plus or not. In any case, are any of these taking up a slot on your watch list?

About Time
tvN
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com

Budding musical actress Choi Michaela has a secret gift that is too terrifying for the stage—she can see how much time a person has left to live. When 101 days shows up on her own arm, Michaela knows she is running out of time. But when she encounters Lee Do-ha, a chief director at a cultural foundation, Michaela realizes that being near him stops her lifespan countdown. Michaela’s life-or-death desperation to be near Do-ha transforms into more romantic feelings for the two of them, but Bae Soo-bong is upset by the growing distance between herself and Do-ha, her fiancé.

Miss Hammurabi
jTBC
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

Park Cha Oh Reum is a new judge and an idealist who aspires to be a protector of the common people. She wants to turn the court into a place of justice for those who are otherwise powerless before the law. Fellow judge Im Ba-reun prefers to rule from his head, not his heart, and he has a reputation for following the rules precisely. The two of them are mentored by Han Se-sang, an experienced judge who has a thorough understanding of the law and understands its practical applications. Together the three of them try to figure out what justice truly is.

 

The Undateables
SBS
32 (mini) episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Jeong Eum loves the idea of a passionate, all-consuming romance, but she gave up on that fantasy after her first love ended. Now she works as a relationship counselor to try to help others cope with their own clashes between their romantic ideals and harsh reality. Meanwhile, Hoon Nam is an expert in the theory of love but has yet to be moved by it himself. He prefers to keep himself distant from others. The two of them are unprepared for the feelings developing between them. Can they sort out what love really is for them?

 

Sketch
jTBC
16 episodes
Friday/Saturday
Available on DramaFever.com

Detective Yoo Shi-hyun isn’t just a sketch artist—some of her drawings are prescient. With those cryptic drawings, she can reveal events three days in the future, and she and her colleagues may have a chance at stopping terrible crimes before they happen. She encounters the vengeful Detective Kang Dong-su, who is searching for his fiancée’s murderer, and Sergeant Kim Do-jin, whose pregnant wife was also murdered. The three of them, along with their team leader Moon Jae-hyun and Oh Young-shim, will try to stop the horrific crimes Shi-hyun draws and bring a serial killer to justice. But they are unprepared for one complication: Shi-hyun isn’t the only one who can see the future.

Goodbye to Goodbye
MBC
40 episodes
Saturday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Seo Young-hee separated from her husband after discovering his affair, but her life gets even more complicated when her son, Han Min-soo, gets his girlfriend pregnant. While Min-soo wants his girlfriend, Jung Hyo, to get an abortion so he doesn’t have to give up his carefree college days (or repeat his parents’ mistakes), Jung Hyo decides to keep their child. She ends up moving in with Young-hee, and together they try to bond and figure out what they want from their lives.

Two MBC Dramas This Week

MBC has an entirely new weeknight lineup for you. Will you be checking either of them out? I’ll confess that Come and Hug Me has my attention–I would very much like this setup if it were done as thoughtfully as Just Between Lovers. Hope springs eternal, right?

Investigation Couple
MBC
32 (mini) episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com (as Partners for Justice)

Prosecutor Eun Sol uses her photographic memory to bring criminals to justice. While she is passionate about her job, her rookie status and occasional clumsiness sometimes get in her way. She teams up with Baek Bum, a 10-year veteran of the National Forensic Service, who has a reputation for being prickly and eccentric. Together, the two of them will do everything they can to track down a serial killer in the 8th Eastern District.

 

Come and Hug Me
MBC
32 (mini) episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Han Jae-yi and Chae Do-jin were childhood friends and sweethearts, but their innocent relationship was torn apart when Do-jin’s father was revealed to be a serial killer and that Jae-yi was the daughter of one of his victims. Years later, the two of them are united. Do-jin has joined the police force in order to atone for his father’s evil, and Jae-yi has become a famous actress. Will they be able to find comfort and solace in one another as adults?

One Romance and Two Thrillers This Week

Will wonders never cease? I’m actually interested in all three of the new dramas airing this week, though my desire to watch them varies significantly. Honestly, if I pick any of these up, it will probably be determined by which of these I can get with my standard Viki Pass. Will you be checking out any of them?

Wok of Love
SBS
40 (mini) episodes
Monday/Tuesady
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Chef Seo Poong used to be at the top of Korea’s culinary ladder. He worked at the best Chinese restaurant in the country, but when his popularity faded, he crashed hard. Now Poong works at an obscure restaurant that has fallen on hard times. The building the restaurant is in is owned by Doo Chil-sung, a former gang member who has recently done time in prison. Poong and Chil-sung’s paths cross with Dan Sae-woo, a rich woman who frequently craves Chinese food.

Secret Mother
SBS
40 (mini) episodes
Saturday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Psychiatrist Kim Yoon-jin leaves her job after the death of her daughter and throws herself into being a housewife by caring for her son and supporting her husband’s career. Yoon-jin hires Lisa Kim, an expert in helping high schoolers prep for college, but Lisa has an agenda of her own for getting into Yoon-jin’s household: uncovering the truth behind her sister’s disappearance. Meanwhile, homicide detective Ha Jung-hwan is the only person who believes Yoon-jin’s doubts surrounding her daughter’s death and works with her to uncover the truth.

Lawless Lawyer
tvN
16 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Available on Viki.com

Bong Sang-pil was a member of a gang, but he turned his life around in order to avenge his mother. Now a lawyer, Sang-pil has a reputation for finding loopholes in the law and for being unafraid to use his fists when necessary. He teams up with fellow lawyer Ha Jae-yi, who is hot-tempered and reckless in her work. Together the two of them will use their profession (and less reputable methods) to take down the powerful people who think they’re above the law.

Two Remakes in Dramaland

Guess who can’t keep track of dates and totally missed the fact that we had two separate shows premier last week? Me. In an interesting turn of events, they’re both remakes, one from the U.S. and the other from the U.K. Are they already on your list?

Suits
KBS2
16 episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Availability unknown

Choi Kang-seok is a top lawyer at one of South Korea’s most prestigious law firms. After a chance encounter with Go Yeon-woo, a college dropout with a photographic memory, Kang-seok decides to hire Yeon-woo as an associate even though Yeon-woo doesn’t have the credentials for the position.

Suits is based on the 2011 U.S. series of the same name.

 

Mistress
OCN
12 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Available on Viki.com (in limited territories)

Four friends have their lives overturned due to their complicated relationships with others. Café owner Jang Se-yeon receives a mysterious phone call, while high school teacher Han Jung-won struggles to conceive a child and then has her life fall apart after a one-night stand. Psychiatrist Kim Eun-soo’s ex-boyfriend died, but she fears her secrets will be exposed when her ex’s son comes to see her as a patient. Meanwhile, law secretary Do Hwa-young has ex problems of her own—her ex-boyfriend’s wife is the firm’s latest client, and she wants to get evidence of her husband’s cheating.

Mistress is based on the 2008 U.K. series Mistresses.

One Miracle Coming Up

We’ve got just one new drama this week, which is a bit of a relief after all the premiers that happened in March. Will you be checking it out? If you ask me, the real miracle would be if we ended up with a poly family in this drama.

The Miracle We met
KBS2
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on KoCoWa.com/Viki.com

Song Hyun-cheol is a branch manager at Shinhwa Bank. Even though he’s doing well in his career, he is a terrible husband. When Hyun-cheol dies in a car crash at the age of 42, another man’s spirit enters his body. This other man is also named Hyun-cheol, and he winds up struggling to support two separate families and his two wives.

Doctors, Con Artists, and Noonas

We’ve got three new kdramas this week, and I am absurdly bitter that Netflix has entered the kdrama market as I’ve been desperately wanting to watch Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food ever since I heard it was first announced. Alas, it looks like I’ll have to skip it. Are any of these dramas on your watch list?

A Poem a Day
tvN
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Availability unknown

Woo Bo-young always wanted to be a poet, but she chose to study physical therapy in order to make ends meet. She joins a hospital’s physical therapy department under Ye Jae-wook. He is a team leader at the hospital and also teaches new therapists. Shin Min-ho is another trainee at the hospital, but he’s only there because his parents forced him to when his grades weren’t good enough for medical school. This drama follows the lives of Bo-young, Jae-wook, and Min-ho, along with the other people in their department, as they try to figure out life.

 

Switch
SBS
32 (mini) episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Sa Do-chan is a brilliant man who could have taken the bar exam and become a prosecutor—but instead he uses his intellect to scam, cheat, and lie his way through life as a conman. Do-chan teams up with several other people, including Prosecutor Oh Ha-ra, to take care of the criminals that escaped the justice system.

 

 

Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food
jTBC
16 episodes (maybe?)
Friday/Saturday
Allegedly on Netflix as Something in the Rain

Yoon Jin-ah works as a supervisor at a coffee shop with her best friend, Seo Kyung-seon. Even though Jin-ah’s life seems pleasant and easy as a single woman in her 30s, Jin-ah feels like her life is hollow and directionless. When Kyung-seon’s little brother, Joon-hee, returns from abroad, Jin-ah’s life and heart get shaken up.