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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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Two reasons for criminals to be afraid

Hope you’re into crime dramas, because both of the new dramas this week are all about catching criminals that have eluded justice. I’ll be checking out Criminal Minds (if any legal site picks it up–PLEASE tell me if I’ve missed the news). Either of these spark your interest?

Falsify
32 (mini) episodes, SBS
Monday/Tuesday
Available on OnDemandKorea.com and KoCoWa.com (as Distorted)

Prosecutor Kwon So-ra is close to losing her faith in the justice system until she meets and teams up with two investigative journalists. Reporter Han Moo-young firmly believes in a pragmatic approach when it comes to revealing the truth behind his brother’s death—he doesn’t care what he has to do as long as he finds out what really happened. Meanwhile, the talented Lee Suk-min has been held back in his own career because he is unwilling to sacrifice his integrity for an ends-justify-the-means mentality. Together the trio is determined root out corruption in Korean society—no matter where it takes them.

 

Criminal Minds
20 episodes, tvN
Wednesday/Thursday
Availability unknown

Kang Ki-hyung leads a six-member behavior analysis team at the National Criminal Investigation Department.  When quick-tempered Kim Hyun-joon, a former police investigator who trusts his instincts, joins the team, he frequently clashes with Team Leader Kang and the coldly logical and incorruptible Ha Sun-woo, who was born into a wealthy and powerful family. The three of them, along with Yoo Min-young (media specialist), Hwang Nana (computer specialist), and Lee Han (all-around genius), track down serial killers and violent criminals that the police have not been able to catch on their own.

This is a remake of the U.S. television series Criminal Minds.

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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.

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A Forest Full of Secrets This Week

We have just one new drama headed our way this week, and it looks like it could be fun.  Is it on your watch list?

Secret Forest
16 episodes, tvN
Saturday/Sunday
Available on DramaFever.com (as Stranger)

A childhood brain surgery affected Hwang Shi-mok’s ability to experience emotion. As an adult, his cold, logical outlook has served him well as a prosecutor—one of the few who isn’t corrupt. Shi-mok meets Lt. Han Yeo-jin during a murder scene investigation, and the two of them team up to root out corruption in the prosecutorial ranks and to hunt down a serial killer.

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Four New Dramas This Week

Apparently this week needed to one-up last week. We’ve got quite the range, too, from sageuks to science fiction. The networks were also kind enough to not debut everything on the same day, so there’s a chance I may actually try to watch more than one of these.

My Sassy Girl
32 (half) episodes, SBS
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

Scholar Gyun Woo, a serious and studious man, has been tasked with teaching the crown prince. He wasn’t expecting to meet Princess Hye Myung and have her turn his world upside down. Hye Myung is anything but the model of a Joseon princess. She isn’t graceful or demure; instead, she is sassy, loud, and uninterested in conforming to expectations. Gyun Woo is completely unprepared to fall in love with Hye Myung.

This drama is a Joseon-era remake of the 2001 romantic comedy of the same name.

 

Seven Day Queen
20 episodes, KBS2
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com

This drama portrays the tragic story of Queen Dangyeong, who held her position for just seven days, the shortest reign of any Joseon queen. In her youth, she caught the attention of two royal brothers: the future King Yeonsangun, a jealous man who would become a tyrant, and his half-brother, the future King Jungjong. She fell in love with and married the half-brother, and although they survived King Yeonsangun’s rule and were crowned king and queen, the two of them were torn apart when her father attempted a coup against King Jungjong. The king was forced to depose his beloved queen due to pressure from rival political factions.

 

The Best Hit
32 (half) episodes, KBS2
Friday/Saturday
Available on DramaFever.com

Popular idol group member Yoo Hyun-jae has reputation for causing scandals. Lee Ji-hoon, an excellent student, has his eyes set on becoming and idol himself—while lying to everyone else about his plans to study for the government exams. Hyun-jae and Ji-hoon end up leading a group of twenty-somethings who are similarly trying to sort out what they want out of life and how to get it. Through this group, the drama explores the lives of young adults as they learn how to make their own places in the world.

 

Duel
16 episodes, OCN
Saturday/Sunday
Available on DramaFever.com

Crime squad chief Jang Deuk-cheon is a good, caring father to his young daughter. Jang Soo-yeon. When Soo-yeon is kidnapped, he is left with a ticking clock and one bizarre clue: two identical men at the crime scene. The mystery deepens when Deuk-cheon discovers that these men are actually clones. Will Deuk-cheon be able to save Soo-yeon and figure out the truth behind her kidnapping and the clones’ origins?


I’ll definitely be checking out Seven Day Queen (and possibly Duel, I don’t collapse in a puddle of too-many-shows-to-keep-up stress). Are any of these dramas on your to-watch list? Let me know!

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Three Dramas to Start the Week

I sure hope that you didn’t have anything planned on Monday and Tuesday this week because there are three new dramas premiering.

Circle: Two Worlds Connected
10 or 12 episodes, tvN
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

After aliens invade earth, two men twenty years apart must solve a mystery that connects them both. In 2017, Kim Woo-jin is a college student who begins investigating a series of suspicious deaths on campus and his brother’s mysterious disappearance. At the same time, aliens have begun their quest to control humans to keep them from self-extinction. In 2037, the aliens have succeeded in creating a “Smart Earth,” a crime-, disease-, and emotion-free world, in contrast to the lawless, plague-filled “General Earth.” Detective Kim Joon-hyuk begins investigating a murder in Smart Earth, one that should never have happened. Connecting these two is Han Jung-yun, a fellow student with Woo-jin. She is the link between the disappearances in 2017 and the murder in 2037. The three of them must uncover the mystery in order to save their worlds.

Fight My Way
20 episodes, KBS2
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com

A drama about four friends with third-rate qualifications who chase after their dreams despite the odds against them.

Choi Ae-ra dreams of being a tv anchor, but she currently works at department store’s information desk. Meanwhile, her childhood friend, Ko Dong-man, wants to be a professional taekwondo athlete but is stuck as a contract employee for a mediocre company. Their friends, Baek Seol-hee and Kim Joo-man, are in a six-year relationship, but their romance is heading for troubled waters.

Lookout
16 episodes, MBC
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

How far should people go to ensure justice when the police cannot solve crimes? Jo Su-ji, a former detective, is devastated when her daughter is murdered and the police fail to catch the killer. She teams up with Jang Do-han, a vengeance-driven prosecutor; Kim Eun-joong, a principled prosecutor; Seo Bo-mi, a recluse; and Gong Kyung-soo, a hacker. The five of them are either victims of violent crimes or have lost loved ones to violence, and they become vigilantes who step in when the police and society fail to punish criminals.


I’m personally really excited for Circle and Fight My Way. Which ones are on your to-watch list? Or are you holding out for something else?

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A mini, two fulls, and a weekender

May is a busy month for drama premiers, and this week is no exception. We’ve got four new shows starting up–which ones are on your to-watch list?

Individualist Ms. Ji-young
2 episodes, KBS2
Monday/Tuesday
Availability unknown

Ji-young, an individualist who purposefully avoids building relationships with others, meets Byuk-soo, a man who can’t survive without others.

 

 

Ruler: Master of the Mask
20 episodes, MBC
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on DramaFever.com

In the 18th century, Crown Prince Lee Sun discovers that Joseon is being run from the shadows by an organization called the Pyunsoo Hwe. This organization controls the clean water supply throughout the country, and that has given them an unbelievable amount of political power and wealth. Meanwhile, Han Ga-eun, the daughter of an executed military commander, seeks revenge upon the crown prince for his part in her father’s unjust death. Despite this, the two of them fall in love, and they join forces with their allies to take on the Pyunsoo Hwe and free Joseon from the organization’s powerful grasp.

Suspicious Partner
16 episodes, SBS
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com and DramaFever.com (as Love in Trouble)

Noh Ji-wook is a successful prosecutor who has recently made the switch to being a private attorney at an impressive law firm. There he meets prosecutor-in-training Eun Bong-hee, and the two of them immediately clash. Prosecutor Cha Yoo-jung, Bong-hee’s boss, also happens to be Ji-wook’s ex—and still has feelings for him. While attorney Ji Eun-hyuk is a friend of the Noh family, he privately resents Ji-wook. While Ji-wook and Bong-hee’s antagonistic relationship begins to develop into something less hostile, the two of them end up in the crosshairs of an amnesiac killer who keeps committing the same murder.

 

Bad Thief, Good Thief
50 episodes, MBC
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

Jang Dol-mok runs a messenger office during the day and at night becomes a thief who targets the corrupt members of South Korea’s elite. Kang So-ju, a police detective, is dedicated to her work and will do whatever it takes to protect the weak and catch criminals. Han Joon-hee grew up poor, and his hard work ethic and uncompromising principles led him to be a prosecutor. Yoon Hwa-young, a lawyer from a wealthy family, has caught both Dol-mok and Joon-hee’s eye, but So-ju’s bickering relationship with Dol-mok will complicate things as the thieves work to bring down the rich and the powerful who are manipulating society out of greed.

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Romances and Bromances This Week

I hate myself for typing that.

My Secret Romance, which starts today, is OCN’s first ever foray into romance–good luck to them! The second drama is action/adventure comedy from the sound of it, and it’ll be on Netflix. Are either of these on your watch list?

My Secret Romance
16* episodes, OCN
Monday/Tuesday
Available on DramaFever.com

Second-generation chaebol Cha Jin-wook used to care only about partying instead of his family’s nutrition company. He met the innocent,  never-had-a-boyfriend Lee Yoo-mi at a Jeju resort three years ago. Their whirlwind romance led to  one night together–and then Yoo-mi disappeared. Heartbroken, he ended his party boy ways and became obsessed with the family business.

Yoo-mi walks back into Jin-wook’s life when she is hired as a company nutritionist. The two of them pretend they don’t know each other, but the time they spent together in Jeju hangs between them. Do they have the potential to make a real relationship out of their one-night stand?

*DF’s site currently says 13 episodes, but everywhere else I’ve seen it says 16. So…we’ll see?

Man to Man
16 episodes, jTBC
Friday/Saturday
Available on Netflix (more info here)

Celebrity Yeo Woon-kwang is in need of a bodyguard. Enter Kim Sul-woo, a “ghost” bodyguard who is as mysterious as he is talented. His special investigations training is something that Woon-kwang will have need of. Through their adventures, their client/bodyguard relationship will change into friendship.