There Go Your Saturdays

I don’t know why three different networks are suddenly putting Saturday-only shows into their lineups and then debut them all on the same day, but hey, I’m not a network scheduler. Oh, we’ve also got the second season of Mystery Queen, plus it turns out that Children of a Lesser God got pushed back because of the Olympics and thus also starts on this Saturday. Dear lord. Any of them on your watch list? I’m tempted by Grand Prince.

Mystery Queen 2
KBS2
16 episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on KoCoWa.com/Viki.com (as Queen of Mystery 2)

Yoo Seol-ok used to dream of becoming a detective, but her life took a different turn after she married a prosecutor. Seol-ok ended up as a housewife—until a mystery crossed her path. She ended up solving it when no one else could, and in the process, earned the respect of Detective Ha Wan-seung. In this second season of the show, Seol-ok and Wan-seung continue working together to solve crimes.

 

Good Witch
SBS
40 episodes
Saturday
Available on Viki.com

Housewife Cha Sun-hee and flight attendant Cha Do-hee are identical twins with opposite personalities. Sun-hee is warmhearted and kind, and she supports her currently unemployed husband, Bong Chun-dae. Do-hee, on the other hand, is coldhearted and has a “witchy” reputation. One day, Sun-hee has to pretend to be Do-hee, and she meets co-pilot Song Woo-jin, who has is selfish and narcissistic.

My Husband, Oh Dak-joo
MBC
24 episodes
Saturday
Available on KoCoWa.com/Viki.com (as My Husband, Mr.  Oh!)

Han Seung-joo is an ambitious PD at a broadcasting station, but her status as a single woman in her mid-30s has been holding her back. In order to get access to the social power of being a married woman, Seung-joo proposes a marriage of mutual benefit to Oh Jak-doo, a naive man who lives in the mountains. Seung-joo and Jak-doo start their marriage without feelings, but it doesn’t stay that way for long.

Grand Prince
CSTV
20 episodes
Saturday
Available on Viki.com

Sung Ja-hyun is the daughter of a government official. Her beauty and personality attract the attention of not one, but two princes: Lee Kang and Lee Whi. Lee Kang is the heir to the throne, and his ambition to keep his place in succession and desire to win Ja-hyun’s heart make him dangerous. Lee Kang, meanwhile, is third in line for the throne, and he falls for Ja-hyun just as deeply. How far will these brothers go to win Ja-hyun’s heart?

Ghosts and Middle-Aged Love

There are two new dramas premiering this week–one about middle-aged couples finding love, and the other about a detective who can see ghosts. Are either of them on your watch list?

Should We Kiss First
SBS
32 (mini) episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Flight attendant Ahn Soon-jin is having a difficult time dealing with the death of her daughter and being asked to resign at work. Previously divorced, Soon-jin is certain she will never find real love—until she meets Son Moo-han, who works at an advertising company. Their budding relationship is complicated by their inexperience with love and the appearance of Soon-jin’s ex-husband, Eun Kyung-soo, and his new wife, Baek Ji-min.

 

Children of a Lesser God
OCN
16 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Availability is unknown

Rookie detective Kim Dan has the supernatural ability to see ghosts. Her power allows her to see the moments of a victim’s death, and she hopes to use that information to catch murderers. Kim Dan ends up partnered with Chun Jae-in, a genius detective with a reputation for only caring about facts and logic. The two of them stumble upon a conspiracy, and they will have to work together in order to bring down the powerful group of people behind it.

Sure Hope You Like Short Track Speed Racing

Just in case you aren’t already drowning in Olympic-themed items, our new drama this week is sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Radio Promotion Association with the help of the Pyeongchang Committee. It is about two short track speed skaters, their competition, and their love for an ex-figure skater. Will you be checking it out?

Short
OCN
4 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com

Kang Ho-young was scouted by Kangbaek University for speed skating. Even though he is a rookie, he quickly begins to challenge Park Eun-ho, the so-called king of short track speed skating and son of a prestigious sports family. The two of them end up in a friendly rivalry, both on the track and off, when they fall in love with Yoo Ji-na. Ji-na was a figure skater until an injury ended her career. Now back in Korea after studying abroad, Ji-na has decided to audition for a girl group.

Sure Hope You Like Babies

I’ve got one new drama for you this week, and it involves three men and a baby. I’m not currently in the mood for comedy, but is it on your watchlist?

Eulachacha Waikiki
jTBC
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com (as Go Go Waikiki)

When a single mother and her child arrive an Itaewon guesthouse, they upend the lives of the three men running it.

Kang Dong-goo used to be a celebrated director, but his career has since gone downhill. Even though Chun Joon-ki barely scrapes by on his supporting actor roles, he dreams of hitting it big someday, like his celebrity father. Meanwhile, Bong Doo-sik wanted to become a popular screenwriter, yet he winds up having to freelance for other people in order to survive. The three of them decide to go into business as guesthouse owners—and they quickly find themselves just as unsuccessful and on the verge of financial ruin. However, when Yoon Ah shows up with her child as the newest residents, the three men decide they have to keep the guesthouse open.

Revenge, Romance, and Reconnection

There are three new dramas out this week, one about revenge, one about romance, and one about reconnection between spouses. Personally, I think Misty is the most intriguing of the lot (and I’m noping out of the age gap on Radio Romance). Are any of these on your to-watch list?

Cross
tvN
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Availability unknown

Fifteen years ago, Kang In-kyu’s father was murdered by Kim Hyung-bum. In order to avenge his father’s death, In-kyu becomes a doctor at Sunrim Hospital and volunteers at the prison in which Hyung-bum is serving time. Go Jung-hoon is the head doctor of an organ transplant center, and his daughter, Go Ji-in, is an intern and organ transport coordinator. Jung-hoon and Ji-in get caught up in In-kyu’s quest for revenge against Hyung-bum.

 

Radio Romance
KBS2
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

When Song Geu-rim was a little girl, she and her blind mother used to listen to the radio all the time. That sparked Geu-rim’s life-long interest in radio, and she is now a writer on a struggling radio program. Geu-rim casts actor Ji Soo-ho on her radio program, but Soo-ho finds it difficult to work whenever he has to go off-script because he learned as a child actor that he had to hide his real thoughts and feelings behind a mask. Geu-rim and Soo-ho must work together to keep the radio program on the air.

 

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

Anchorwoman Go Hye-ran works on a prime time news show, but her popular public image has been hiding her rocky marriage to public defender Kang Tae-wook. When Hye-ran becomes a suspect in a murder, Tae-wook decides to take on his wife’s case. As the two of them work together to clear Hye-ran’s name and find the real killer, they fall in love all over again.

One Well-Intentioned Kidnapping This Week

I’m delighted to have Lee Bo-young back on my screen in this 2010 remake of the jdrama Mother. Here’s hoping it goes well! As of the moment I’m writing this, I don’t know who officially has the license. Viki still had a fan page as of Saturday, but DramaFever had a  page with a “Coming Soon” banner on it. Guess we’ll find out. Will you be watching it?

Mother
tvN
16 episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on DramaFever.com (as Call Me Mother)

While Soo-jin is working as a temporary teacher at an elementary school, she notices Hye-na, one of her students. Hye-na stands out because of her odd behavior and unkempt appearance, and Soo-jin finds out that Hye-na is being abused by her mother, Ja-young. So when Soo-jin finds Hye-na alone outside, she decides to kidnap Hye-na in order to protect her and become her new mother.

This show is a remake of the 2010 Japanese drama of the same name.

One fantasy romance to start 2018

There’s one short time-travel romantic comedy for you to kick off 2018. Personally, I think the older version of Shin-woo should focus on helping his younger self woo Ji-soo, but that’s just my adult self trying to make this setup less creepy. Will this make it on your watch list?

Longing Heart
OCN
8 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

Math teacher Kang Shin-woo still regrets never confessing his feelings to his first love, Han Ji-soo, from high school. So when strange circumstances throw him back ten years into the past, he finds himself with a second chance at resolving his feelings. However, the one thing Shin-woo didn’t expect was to run into any competition—much less competition from his own, younger self.

This drama is based on the webtoon Aeganjang by Kim Hee-ran and Kim Byung-gwan.

One Monkey King, just for you

There’s just one release for you this week, but it is the highly anticipated A Korean Odyssey, by the Hong sisters. I’m tempted by the drama, but since Netflix has the license and I don’t have Netflix, I’ll have to pass. Is it on your watch list?

Edit: Many thanks to esun for pointing out that Viki also has the license.

A Korean Odyssey
16 episodes
tvN
Saturday/Sunday
Available on Viki.com and Netflix (eventually)

Based on the classic Chinese classic novel Journey to the West, this drama is a modern-day fantasy adaptation by the Hong sisters.

Son Oh-gong, the Monkey King, was exiled to the human world and had his powers sealed. In the moral world, he runs into Woo Hwi-chul, the Bull Demon King, who is now the CEO of an entertainment company. Jin Sun-mi is a real estate CEO and descendant of monks, and she has the ability to rid the world of demons and unseal Oh-gong’s powers. The three of them will clash as they fight to get rid of evil in Seoul—and try to obtain godhood and ascend to the immortal world.

It’s time for a lot of muted and dark colors

Our two debuts this week definitely have a winter-ish color palette, what with all the muted colors and grays and blacks. I find myself surprisingly interested in Just Between Lovers–I blame my winter mood–so we’ll see where that goes. I’m going to pass on Bad Guys: City of Evil, partly because I adored the original cast and partly because they seem to care even less about female characters than the first season. (You can’t even bother pretending there’s one in the main cast? Meh.) Are either of these on your watch list?

Just Between Lovers
JTBC
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com

Lee Kang-doo dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player, but his dreams were ruined when he broke his leg and his father was killed in a car accident. After his mother’s death from cancer, Kang-doo’s once rosy, wealthy life evaporates, leaving him drowning under medical debt and living in rundown motels. Ha Moon-soo discovers a beaten Kang-doo in an alley one day, and the two of them connect. Moon-soo has survivor’s guilt thanks to a car accident that killed her younger sibling, and running into Kang-doo gives her something else to focus on. Will their chance meeting offer them both the opportunity to heal?

Bad Guys: City of Evil
OCN
16 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

In this spin-off series of the 2014 Bad Guys, Woo Je-moon leads a team dedicated to using criminals to track down other criminals. Beside him is Noh Jin-pyung, a brilliant rookie prosecutor, and Jang Sun-chul, a disreputable detective. The two criminals assisting them are Heo Il-hoo, a “reformed” gangster turned fishmonger, and Han Gang-joo, who claims to have been framed but now seeks revenge. Together this team of five will go after the criminals that the regular methods of justice cannot reach.

Five dramas to kickstart December

I hope you have plenty of free time this week, because that’s the only way you’re going to be able to watch all of the dramas that premier this week. Are any of these on your watch list?

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

Jwa Yoon-yi is a phenomenal secretary with a reputation for getting things done, has a supportive personality, and is involved in an online community for secretaries. Unfortunately for her, Nam Chi-won is her new boss at HB Company, and he has a reputation for not wanting to interact with others and doing all of his work himself. Yoon-yi has to come to his rescue despite his prickliness, and things only get more awkward when it turns out that Chi-won is Yoon-yi’s newest tenant. Will Yoon-yi—and the other secretaries—be able to save their bosses from themselves?

 

Rude Miss Young-ae (Season 16)
16 episodes, tvN
Monday/Tuesday
Availability unknown

Lee Young-ae is back for a sixteenth season. Once again she and her friends will have to fight to survive the workplace and their thirty-something lives. But this time she has a new battle to fight: marriage.

 

 

 

Black Knight
16 episodes, KBS2
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Businessman Moon Soo-ho has a pure heart—so pure, in fact, that he chooses to face a terrible fate for the woman he loves. His 200-year love for Jung Hae-ra, now a travel agent in the modern world, may put them both in danger when they reconnect abroad. Hae-ra is a hardworking woman who maintains an optimistic attitude on life when everything seems to be going wrong for her. Meanwhile, a mysterious woman who has survived two hundred years entangles herself with Soo-ho and Hae-ra.

 

I’m Not a Robot
32 (mini) episodes, MBC
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com

Kim Min-gyu is the largest shareholder of KM Financials, and he is as isolated as he is wealthy due to his “allergy” to other humans. Hong Baek-gyun is one of the top robotics engineers in the world, but when it comes to romance and relationships, he is clueless. Baek-gyun doesn’t know why Jo Ji-ah dumped him, but he used his ex-girlfriend’s face for his most recent robot model. Ji-ah is an entrepreneur who is developing a proxy shipping service, but she ends up taking Baek-gyun’s part-time job offer: pretending to be the newest version of the robot at Min-gyu’s estate, without Min-gyu catching on to the fact that she is human.

 

The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World
4 episodes, tvN
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

Kim In-hee is living an ordinary life, until the day she is diagnosed with late-stage, terminal cancer. In-hee prepares to say goodbye to the family she has been devoted to: Jung-chul, her husband; Yun-soo, her daughter; and Jung-soo, her immature son. This is a remake of the 1996 drama of the same name.