5 Actors I Hope Come Back to the Small Screen in 2017

I figured since I already did one for actresses, I should do one for actors, too. Here’s an incomplete list of five men I hope come back to the small screen this year—only in something I want to watch this time. I’ll even toss in the kind of show I wish they were in!

#1 – Kang Ha-neul

Moon Lovers just wasn’t my cup of tea despite all of the pretty people involved. I would love to see Ha-neul back in a sageuk with a sword and flow-y hair. A fantasy sageuk, please, where he can hunt monsters and have a tormented, twisted romantic relationship with the antagonist (who is his first love, of course).

#2 – Ji Hyun-woo

Wanted was a valiant effort (on everyone’s behalf), but Ji Hyun-woo can definitely do better. While I love his deadpan/straight-man routine, I’d love to see him in a more expressive role. Maybe a sweet little return-to-my-small-home-village-after-the-death-of-my-parent(s)-and-fall-in-love-with-the-town-and-a-particular-townsperson-while-I-am-handling-the-estate sort of romance?

#3 – Yoo Ah-in

I don’t know if Yoo Ah-in has time to squeeze another drama in before he has to get his military service sorted out, but if he does, I’d actually like to see him in a slick psychological thriller where he’s the good guy. Give me a battle of wits where the loser earns a slit throat or a long prison sentence. He must wear a suit at least 75% of the time.

#4 – Jo Jung-suk

I’ve only completed one of his dramas and either gave up on or completely skipped all the rest, but Jo Jung-suk is a treasure and I want to watch his projects. He’s so good at comedy, but I’m thinking something more along the lines of another satire/dark comedy by the Heard It Through the Grapevine/Secret Love Affair team. Last year gave them plenty of material to work with, and I’m sure they can figure out a way to make him sing and dance.

#5 – Song Joong-ki

I wasn’t going to touch DotS with a ten-foot pole, but I still want to watch 16+ hours of Song Joong-ki. It’s been a while since he was in a sageuk, so I’d love to see him return to one. Something with a lighter tone than his last foray into the past—maybe as a peasant conman who has worked his way up to passing for nobility. Lots of clever cons and hijinks, plus a whirlwind romance or three.

Which actors would you like to see back in dramaland this year? Let me know!

3 Kdrama Couples that Should Reunite

Fall is here, and that means I’m starting to daydream again about fake dramas. Sometimes I’m trying to correct something I felt went wrong; other times I’m cramming everything I love together in one place in the hopes that something awesome will happen. Whenever news of a new drama in the works comes out, it’s fun to speculate with my friends about who we’d love to see in the lead roles. So here are three kdrama couples I would love to have reunite, plus the kind of drama I’d love to see them in if I had several spare million dollars to bankroll the project and industry contacts to make sure it all worked out.

#1 – Moon Chae-won and Song Joong-ki

These two were one of the absolute best things about messy melodrama Nice Guy, and I’d love to see them back together in a similarly dark romance. While they’d both be fun in and have experience with a Joseon-era historical, what I’m really itching for would be a drama centering on the April Revolution and the establishment of the eight-month Second Republic of Korea. Moon Chae-won and Song Joong-ki could be associated with Korea University (teachers/staff/etc., but not students) or be political activists, and the finale could be the May 16 Coup.

#2 – Go Ah-sung and Lee Joon

I loved these two as teenage parents battling against rich monsters in-laws in Heard It Through the Grapevine, and I’d love to see them again in a workplace drama. (I know, I can’t believe I want that either.) Just normal, slice-of-life, try-not-to-get-fired, scraping-by-paycheck-to-paycheck stuff, where they fall in love slowly, one bitching-about-their-bosses (offsite) coffee break at a time. No rich-man/poor-girl drama going on in the background, just supportive parents who want what’s best for their children, and children who are trying to figure out what they want in life. Maybe they’ll end up together in the end; maybe someone will get transferred to an international office—either way, they’ll struggle with post-college years and adulthood and find brief moments of contentment together.

#3 – Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yoo

You know what would honestly make my day? These two in a mystery/thriller. Yoon Eun-hye’s brother goes missing (AKA murdered, probably for witnessing something he shouldn’t have), and no one seems to care about it but her, so she starts her own investigation. Gong Yoo can either be the one detective that believes her or the PI who thinks it’ll be easy enough to track down some wayward younger brother—either way, he needs several excuses to wear nice suits so Yoon Eun-hye can wear lovely, slinky dresses. Together, the two of them will follow the corruption all way back to the brother’s body and the people who murdered him.

What kdrama couples would you like to see reunite on the small screen? What kind of show would you want them to star in? I’d love to hear it!