In past posts I have attempted to list the dramas I am looking forward to – by the meteorological season in which they will premiere. The more and more I live watch I realize that looking at dramas on a by-season basis does not keep me that much more informed; I am often looking forward to something that is months away and still has not firmed up its casting. So I have decided to start a new feature for Stone Cities, Coming Soon to Drama Land (creative title, I know). This feature will be a rundown of what shows are premiering in the coming month, along with some rambling on my part in regards to their plot and my thoughts. Hopefully this will be a little more informative about what is about to premiere in drama land, and keep you up to date (I feel like I need a freaking calendar of drama air dates anymore, these shows keep sneaking up on me). Cheers!
Note: I am listing weekday 2 episode shows as of this post. If you would like to see the information for dramas airing on the weekends or everyday as part of this new feature let me know and I will add them.
Medical Top Team
MBC * Medical Drama * Wednesday / Thursday * Premiering October 2nd * Starring: Kwon Sang Woo, Jung Ryeo Won, Ju Ji Hoon, Minho, Oh Yeon Seo
Plot: From the PD of the Moon Embraces the Sun, and the writer of Brain and God of Study, Medical Top Team is the story of a super team of Doctors, comprised of the best of the best in their respective fields.
Thoughts: I am kind of ehhh about this show, there is nothing that particularly captures my interest but nothing that drives me away either. I may tune in, just to see how Minho does.
SBS * Romance * Wednesday / Thursday * Premiering October 9th * Starring: Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, Kang Min Hyuk
Plot: A bunch of rich kids. A pretty poor girl. Yep, think Boys over Flowers 2.0.
Thoughts: The most buzzed about drama of 2013, I would be a fool to miss it. There is a huge potential for this show to suck, but there is also a huge potential for the cast, writing, and directing to pull through and deliver a classic Korean drama (that reminds a whole lot of people why they like these types of shows in the first place). Color me excited.
Marry Him if you Dare (Mi Rae’s Choice)
KBS2 * Time Travel * Monday / Tuesday * Premiering October 14th * Starring: Yoon Eun Hye, Choi Myung Gil, Lee Dong Gun, Jung Yong Hwa
Plot: Our heroine, Mi Rae, travels back in time to offer advice to her younger self; with an end goal of stopping herself from marrying her newscaster husband. Mi Rae’s jump back in time is based on the hope that with her future self’s advice she will end up living the life she wanted.
Thoughts: I am a fan of Yoon Eun Hye and this show was written by Hong Jin Ah of King 2 Hearts fame, so I am looking forward to this show. It took me a bit to warm up the idea (especially given Eun Hye’s awful perm) but as the days pass I find myself counting down until this show premiers.
Answer Me 1994
tvN * Nostalgic Pop Culture * Friday / Saturday * Premiering October 18th * Starring: Go Ara, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Woo, Kim Sung Kyun
Plot: From the creators of Answer Me 1997 comes another look back – this time focused on the era that marked the origins of Kpop (Seo Taiji and the Boys) and the emergence of the Korean Basketball league.
Thoughts: Answer Me 1997 was a surprise hit for tvN and a damn good show if I do say so myself. I will eagerly be tuning into this show, to see how it compares to AM1997 and (hopefully) differentiates itself from the original.
tvN * Sports – Historical * Monday / Tuesday * Premiering October 21st * Starring: Do Ji Han, Lee Elijah, Jung Dong Hyun, Kong Hyung Jin
Plot: Set during the time period between World War 2 and the Korean War, Basketball examines the story of the 1948 Korean Basketball Olympic team. A historic team, the first and last time North and South formed a joint Olympic Basketball team, this show focuses on the way basketball acts as a unifying moment for those living in turbulent and dangerous times.
Thoughts: The plot sounds like a fascinating look at the time period before Korea was truly “divided” but after it was ridden of Japanese rule. Coming from tvN, with a hard hitting storyline (come on, we all have to admit that tvN is more known for flower boy and answer me type series) I am intrigued.
MBC * Saguek * Monday / Tuesday * Premiering October 21st * Starring: Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, Ji Chang Wook, Kim Seo Hyung
Plot: The tale of the Ki (or Qi) Empress, the wife of the Emperor Huizong of the Yuan dynasty. The Yuan dynasty was the Mongolian dynasty that officially took control of China in 1271. Korea, at that time, was a marriage-alliance client state of China (the Kings of Korea were often son in laws of the Yuan dynasty, in turn royal Korean women were often wed to Princes of the Yuan dynasty), and the titular Empress Ki started her relationship with the Emperor of China as his concubine.
Thoughts: This is the show I hope I watch, but I know deep down I probably will not. I am a huge fan of Ha Ji Won and a history nerd, so this drama offers a lot in terms of learning and probable good acting. The episode count, at 60 (this is a saguek after all) leaves me feeling like I probably will never get through it, but I want to.