Lore signing in with a reminder that a whole slew of new dramas are premiering in the next 30 days. If you are in the same boat that the residents of Stone Cities are currently cruising in (too many dramas, too little time) I suggest you take this as a call to action – we have to figure out how to stop time soon. Too many dramas…no time…must watch dramas…must stop time…
Here is what is up and coming in the next month:
Golden Rainbow fades off into the distance and gives us…Hotel King
MBC * Saturday/ Sunday* Premiering: April 5th * Starring: Lee Dong Wook, Lee Da Hae, Im Seul Ong, Wang Ji Hye
Plot: Chae Jae Wan (Lee Dong Wok) works at a hotel – but not because he enjoys the hospitality industry. Instead he seeks employment to take revenge against the Father that abandoned his Mother and him long ago. Lee Da Hae plays an heiress who has a stake in the hotel.
Thoughts: MY GIRL REUNION! Did I mention this is a My Girl reunion? Because it is. A. My. Girl. Reunion. I am not sucked in by the plot but I am sucked in by the fact that I can see Lee Dong Wok and Lee Da Hae together in a drama after all these years. Count me in.
Inspiring Generation thankfully, finally ends and gives us…Golden Cross
KBS2 * Suspense / Melodrama * Wednesday / Thursday * Premiering April 9th * Starring: Kim Kang Woo, Lee Si Young, Uhm Ji Koon, Han Eun Jung
Plot: The top .00001% – a mysterious group of people who control Korea’s economy – lure in Kang Do Yoon (Kim Kang Woo), bringing him and his family to financial ruin. To top it off, Do Yoon’s sister is murdered. With his family in shambles, Do Yoon decides to seek revenge.
Thoughts: The writer is from Bridal Mask fame. I am intrigued to see Kang Woo take on the role, as his drama parts have been few and far between (last seen in 2012s Haundae Lovers). The story setup has me interested, mainly because I have a mental image of a shadowy secret society that could be incredibly interesting to see as antagonists.
Emergency Couple works out their differences and gives us…Gap Dong
tvN* Thriller / Mystery * Friday/ Saturday* Premiering: April 11th * Starring: Yoon Sang Hyun, Sung Dong Il, Kim Min Jung, Lee Joon
Plot: Gap Dong relays a story based on the real life Hwaseong serial murders which gripped Hwaseong in the late 1980s/ early 1990s. This fictional series of events has Moo Yeon (Yoon Sang Hyun) living with the fact his Father committed suicide twenty years ago….because he was the main suspect in the Gap Dong serial killings. Now Moo Yeon is a detective and is working to find the actual Gap Dong killer.
Thoughts: Gap Dong will mark a reunion for director Jo Soo Won and Yoon Sang Hyun, the duo worked on last year’s mega hit I Hear Your Voice. Jung In Ki and Sung Dong Il also appear in this series, and I am a sucker for both of their bodies of work. tvN has also shown they know how to produce a critically acclaimed thriller (Nine)- I am definitely going to have to check this one out.
Beyond the Clouds drifts off and gives us…Big Man
KBS2 * Melodrama * Monday/ Tuesday* Premiering: April 14th * Starring: Kang Ji Hwan, Choi Daniel, Lee Da Hee, Jung So Min
Plot: Kang Ji Hwan plays Kim Ji Hyeok, a man who has lived a downtrodden third-rate life. Ji Hyeok’s life takes a turn when he is sucked into acting as the heir to a large conglomerate. Stuff happens, and Ji Hyeok ends up seeking revenge against the conglomerate and the family that runs it.
Thoughts: KANG JI HWAN. *drooling* Kang Ji Hwan. Fun Fact: E-Kun and Lore became addicted to Korean Dramas through watching a show with Kang Ji Hwan (different shows, different years, before we became blogging buddies). Coincidence? I think not. I would feel guilty if I don’t tune in.
Cunning Single Lady ends and gives us…A New Leaf
MBC * Melodrama* Wednesday/ Thursday * Premiering April 23rd * Starring: Kim Myung Min, Park Min Young, Kim Sang Joong, Ahn Sun Young
Plot: Kim Myung Jin plays a cutthroat lawyer who goes to any lengths to win a case. An accident occurs, leaving him without his memory. Now stricken with amnesia Mr. Used-to-be-a-jerk lawyer goes up against the law firm he previously worked for.
Thoughts: I am happy to see Kim Myung Min returning to drama land (his first role since 2012’s King of Dramas). The writer last worked on Golden Time, while the director previously worked on I Miss You. I cannot claim to be super excited for this show, other than Myung Min’s participation, so I give this a huge wait and see (if I start hearing some positive buzz post premiere I will probably give it a chance).
God’s Gift 14 Days solves its mystery and gives us…Doctor Stranger
SBS * Medical / Action * Monday / Tuesday* Premiering: April 28th * Starring: Lee Jong Suk, Jin Se Yun, Park Hae Jin, Kang So Ra
Plot: Lee Jong Suk plays a man who was kidnapped as a child and raised in North Korea (he is from the South). As an adult he defects to the South, finding work at a hospital he struggles to find the resources to bring his lost love from North Korea.
Thoughts: The director of Doctor Stranger is Jin Hyeok, a name every drama fan should remember. He is an amazing director having worked on City Hunter, Master’s Sun, and Painter of the Wind. I kind of want to watch this show for the director (but I like the cast too).
Three Days ends and gives us…You’re All Surrounded
SBS * Romantic Comedy * Wednesday / Thursday* Premiering: April 30th * Starring: Lee Seung Gi, Cha Seung Won, Go Ah Ra, Oh Yoon Ah
Plot: The story focuses on a group of rookie cops at a Gangnam police station.
Thoughts: This sounds hilarious….or horrible, not sure which one yet. Lee Seung Gi is starring so I will probably check this one out. Go Ah Ra is also starring, after her fantastic turn on Answer Me 1994 I am excited to see how she does in this new role.
So, what will you be watching? Have you figured out how to stop time so more drama watching can occur? Can you let us know? Please- we will buy you a cookie! Two cookies! A whole truckload of cookies!
Doctor Stranger and You’re All Surrounded will be the only shows I watch out of the next batch, and I’m glad about that because I still have shows from the current season to watch, lol. I was going to watch Hotel King but not if it’s a weekend drama, urgh
I am with you on Hotel King- I wish it was not a weekend drama! I tend to stay away from weekend shows (either they are too long, or I never can get sucked into them the way I do the weekday dramas). You’re All Surrounded could be either terrible or great. A comedy about police could fall on either side of the fence but I think I will definitely check this one out (Lee Seung Gi wins again!)
Yeah, i’m pretty much just watching it for the cast, ha ha
I have only interest in the last three dramas. Maybe I am also going to watch one of the first ones, but only after listening to some people’s opinion ;))