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.

Romances and Rich Families Headed Your Way

We’ve got three new dramas on the horizon. I don’t think I’ll be picking up any o f them, but will you be checking them out?

Let’s Look at the Sunset Holding Hands
MBC
32 (mini) episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com (as Hold Me Tight)

By all accounts, Nam Hyun-joo has a good life. She married her college sweetheart, Kim Do-young, and has spent half of her life as a housewife while he works as an architect. But when Hyun-joo is diagnosed with a serious illness, her perspective on her life shifts radically. She asks Do-young for a divorce—just in time for Do-young’s first love, Shin Da-hye, to return from abroad. In addition to turning her husband’s life upside down, Hyun-joo also complicates the life of Jang Suk-joon, her doctor. Hyun-joo and Do-young will have to reflect on the years they spent together while they confront Hyun-joo’s mortality.

My Ajusshi
tvN
16 episodes
Wednesday/Thursday
Available on DramaFever.com (as My Mister)

Lee Ji-han is struggling to get by as a temp worker, but her debt makes it impossible for her to get ahead. She accepts any job she comes across, and her latest one has her learning all about engineer Park Dong-hoon. He is a quiet man, but his cautious and stoic personality has taken its toll on his marriage, and he worries about his struggling brothers. As Ji-han and Dong-hoon get to know one another, they slowly start to build a strong connection—one that may allow them to help each other handle their problems.

Rich Family’s Son
MBC
50 episodes
Sunday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com (as The Rich Son)

Lee Kwang-jae is the immature son of a wealthy family. But he is forced to grow up quickly when his father dies and leaves the family burdened with a mountain of debt. In order to preserve his family’s honor, Kwang-jae decides to pay off all of the debt. While Kwang-jae struggles, Kim Young-ha decides to support him.

Seduction and Romance For You This Week

I’ll be honest, neither of these are particularly my cup of tea, but I could be tempted by The Great Seducer if I weren’t just side-eyeing how young they all are. XD Are either of these on your list?

The Great Seducer
MBC
32 (mini) episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com (as Tempted)

Best friends Kwon Shi-hyun, Choi Soo-ji, and Lee Se-joo are a wealthy trio of troublemakers, and both Shi-hyun and Se-joo have unrequited feelings for Soo-ji. After getting spurned by Lee Ki-young, Soo-ji wants to get revenge by messing with Ki-young’s first love, Eun Tae-hee. Soo-ji challenges Shi-hyun to seduce Tae-hee—who is notorious for her opinion on love and romance—and says that if he can, she will marry him. But everything begins to fall apart when Shi-hyun and Tae-hee develop genuine feelings for one another. Will their budding romance survive all of the lies, betrayal, and jealousy?

This drama was inspired by Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

Shall We Live Together
KBS2
50 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Available on Viki.com/KoCoWa.com (as Marry Me Now)

Park Yoo-ha has worked hard to complete medical school and her internship, and she wants to make her father and sister proud of her. Her father raised his four children on his own, and her older sister made many sacrifices for the family. She is focused on work to the point where she really just isn’t interested in others—and then her life gets upended when her father marries a very wealthy woman.

Jung Eun-tae is also a doctor who isn’t interested in marriage because he believe he is like his father—a man who placed his career over his family. After volunteering abroad on medical teams, Eun-tae finally returns to Korea and meets Yoo-ha.

Two Shows With Police Officers

We have two different shows with police officers in them this week, and for once it doesn’t look like either of them are thrillers. Will you be watching?

That Man Oh Soo
OCN
16 episodes
Monday/Tuesday
Availability unknown

Seo Yoo-ri is a police officer with a cheerful personality who supports her family on her own. One day she meets Oh Soo, who on top of working as an engineer, café owner, and barista, also uses a magical pollen to help people fall in love. Things get complicated when Oh Soo gets a dose of the pollen himself—and falls in love with Yoo-ri.

 

 

Live
tvN
16 episodes
Saturday/Sunday
Availability unknown

At the busiest precinct in the country, police officers Han Jung-oh and Yeom Sang-soo may be in over their heads. While Jung-oh has to fight against the sexism in the office to be taken seriously, Sang-soo gets on his superior’s bad side and is repeatedly struck by bad luck. Meanwhile, former rising star Oh Yang-chon has been demoted due to an unfortunate incident. Can the three of them figure out how to uphold justice both on and off the Hongil patrol?

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.