Perfect K-Dramas for Men: Why They Don’t Exist

Perfect K-Dramas for Men: Why They Don’t Exist

My brother-in-law recently had his first encounter with a K-drama. And it was a certain rom com about a woman weightlifter. I want to share his reaction with you. But first, a question that haunts many K-drama fans—and every K-drama producer looking for a big ratings hit: What are good K-dramas for men? Now and … Read more

Discussion: Weirdest K-Drama Posters?

Discussion: Weirdest K-Drama Posters?

A few months ago, an astute reader raised the question of favorite and least favorite posters, and why K-drama posters are so often bad. The question has been haunting me ever since. Why do fans have to put up with so many lousy publicity images? Will there ever be a good K-drama that also has … Read more

“King of Dramas” (Series Review)

“King of Dramas” (Series Review)

Anthony Kim may be the greatest of K-drama anti-heroes. The cold impresario at the center of the 2012 comedy King of Dramas doesn’t have a sense of humor himself, but he doesn’t need one. The Korean entertainment industry itself is funny. Even without the magnificent Anthony, this show would still be interesting for its behind-the-scenes look at … Read more

May Drama Report: Ratings & Reactions

May Drama Report: Ratings & Reactions

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

Sadistic Cable Channel Does it Again: tvN Cuts Short “Ex-Girlfriend Club”

Sadistic Cable Channel Does it Again: tvN Cuts Short “Ex-Girlfriend Club”

I have things to do today, but I can’t let this one rest. The news this morning that tvN is shortening Ex-Girlfriend Club from 16 episodes to 12 is pretty pathetic. I can think of one good reason for cancelling four episodes: maybe the drama writer based the plot on real-life exes who are threatening … Read more

April Drama Report: Ratings & Reviews

April Drama Report: Ratings & Reviews

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