Ten Most Memorable 2015 K-Drama Scenes (Part 1 of 2)

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I’m enjoying the end-of-year wrap-ups at Dramabeans, but the new format this year got me thinking about the 2015 K-dramas that won’t get a mention. While my favorites Kill Me, Heal Me, I Remember You and Healer get plenty of love, there were a few mediocre shows that also came up with memorable scenes. I don’t want to forget the things … Read more

May Drama Report: Ratings & Reactions

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It’s a sad fact that K-drama creators depend on unpredictable audience ratings and equally unpredictable production decisions. TvN brought it home for fans of Ex-Girlfriend Club this month when it shortened the romantic comedy due to low ratings. But even without reminders like this, I never forget that “audience engagement” has a big influence on the stories producers choose to tell. For … Read more

2015 Baeksang Nominations: Thoughts on Multiple Personalities vs. Schizophrenia [Updated 5/26]

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(5/26: Scroll down for results.) When the 2015 Baeksang nominations came out a few weeks ago, I looked for Ji Sung’s name first. And I was excited to see him nominated for best actor. I won’t try to hide the fact that I’m a fan of the Kill Me, Heal Me star. But the nominations also made … Read more

April Drama Report: Ratings & Reviews

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We have a wave of new shows starting over the next few weeks: Warm and Cozy (formerly known as Jeju Island Gatsby), Producer, Masked Prosecutor and True Romance (formerly Chaebol’s Daughter). That makes now a good moment to pause and look at last month’s K-drama scene. One thing was clear in April: as we saw with Healer back in January, … Read more

March Drama Report: Ratings and Reviews

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The show I cared about most in March was Kill Me, Heal Me, but now it’s time to look around. What other shows did well in March? And what buzz-worthy shows should I check out now that we’ve run out of split personality dramas? Weekends Though I’m not into weekend dramas, I’m fascinated by the news that … Read more