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“IRIS” set to air during prime time in Japan

Posted by diopatra on February 2, 2010

Korean blockbuster drama “IRIS” is set to air during prime time on Japanese television, according to the show’s producer Taewon Entertainment on Monday.

Taewon said Japanese broadcaster TBS announced the Korean TV series will run Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m., a slot usually assigned to domestic TV dramas.

Artist View, the show’s marketing promoter in the country, explained that such programming is proof that Japanese people are looking forward to watching a Korean blockbuster action drama, not just Hallyu fans expecting to watch a Korean dramas and its cast.

“We expect the airing of ‘IRIS’ to appeal to the general mass in Japan and be the driving force in re-establishing the position of Korean dramas in the country,” an official at Artist View was quoted as saying.

“IRIS”, which originally aired in Korea from October 2009 thru December 2009, starred a handful of top Korean actors including Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee, Jung Joon-ho, Kim So-yeon and T.O.P. of idol group Big Bang. The action and romance-filled espionage drama was a smash hit, scoring a viewership rating of nearly 40 percent and dominated the small screen throughout its run.

“IRIS” is scheduled to air on Japan’s TBS satellite channel starting March 6 and on public networks starting mid-April.


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SBS gives double dose of medical drama

Posted by diopatra on February 2, 2010

Starting tomorrow, SBS fills in its prime-time weekday night timeslots with a double dose of medical drama. SBS’ new Wednesday and Thursday night series “Sanbuingwa” will be joining the broadcast network’s Monday and Tuesday night medical series “Jejungwon The Hospital” to bring viewers a full four days worth of doctor-driven theatrics.

Actress Jang Seo-hee stands at the epicenter of the new hospital soap. After garnering an award for her “Kill Bill”-worthy performance as a vengeful wife in the hit SBS series “Cruel Temptation,” Jang has tapped into yet another dramatic role in “Sanbuingwa.”

Donning a set of scrubs and a pixie cut, the actress drops revenge-crazed heroine for a stint as a second year ob-gyn fellow whose personal problems rival those of her own patients.

Shipped off to a countryside hospital for performing an abortion on a patient who did not want to give birth to a second disabled child, Seo Hye-young (Jang Seo-hee) not only has to cope with her own recent demotion, she also has to grapple with the fact that she is pregnant, a condition she strives to keep secret at her new workplace.

Hope is not lost on Seo. The troubled heroine finds not one but two potential love interests. Candidate number one is a pediatrician played by “Famous Princesses” actor Ko Joo-won. Candidate number two is an infertility clinic physician played by “Hearts of Nineteen” actor Seo Ji-suk.

The addition of “Triple” hottie Song Joong-ki as Seo’s resident underling could have viewers envying rather than pitying the heroine as she bosses around her young and attractive subordinate while holding court to two doctors.

Actor Song won female fans over as a love struck speed skater in the MBC series “Triple” before bolstering his fan base as the ill-fated brother of the female lead in SBS’ “Will it snow for Christmas?” Now he is tackling the role of Ahn Kyung-woo, a second year resident for whom obstetrics and gynecology is just a brief sidetrack to a lucrative career in dermatology and weight loss.

“Because Kyung-woo has a careless and flippant side to him, senior physician Seo Hye-young (Jang Seo-hee) constantly scolds him,” Song described his character in a press release from SBS. “But it is because of Hye-young that he is able to slowly mature as a doctor and as a person.”

Despite the presence of heartthrob Song and veteran lead Jang Seo-hee, “Sanbuingwa” faces a formidable rival in KBS’ “The Slave Hunters.” The KBS blockbuster rode to the top of the viewer rating charts when it first started airing and is maintaining its lead.

“Sanbuingwa” first airs tomorrow night on SBS at 9:55 p.m.

Korea Herald

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Chae Rim and Choi Siwon in Oh My Lady

Posted by diopatra on January 27, 2010

This kind of seems like an odd pairing, but perhaps the story will carry it: Chae Rim (Dal Ja’s Spring) and Super Junior’s Choi Siwon have been cast as the leads in SBS’s new drama Oh My Lady.

Chae Rim plays an ordinary housewife who becomes the manager of a top star in this romantic comedy series. Her character is a spunky 35-year-old ajumma who takes the job to earn money so she can take back her young child, who is in the care of her husband. Choi’s character is a prickly actor who finds himself in an absurd living situation with Chae Rim, but then falls for her. Directing is Family Honor’s Park Young-soo, and the drama begins filming in early February.

Although I raised my eyebrows at first glance, the more I mull it over, the more I can see this happening. Chae Rim is a bright actress who can do both comedy and drama, and although I have been largely unimpressed by idol-stars-turned-actors, I thought Choi Siwon was thoroughly adorable (and showed decent comic timing) in the sageuk comedy Story of Hyang Dan. I can already picture him pulling off the spoiled actor role in an updated sort of Full House meets Last Scandal.

Their real-life age difference is 8 years; by the time the drama airs, Chae Rim will have newly turned 31 and Choi Siwon will have turned 23. That’s not too different from the age difference in Dal Ja’s Spring, and with all the ‘81 and now ‘82 actors heading off to military service, I think we’ll be seeing more of these older-women/younger-men romances. It may become an overused plot point, but what else can you do when all your top actors are suddenly in the early-twenties generation? You can either pretend they’re older, or roll with it.

Oh My Lady will take over the timeslot from current series Wish Upon a Star starting in March, which indicates two things: (1) SBS is sticking with its 9pm Monday-Tuesday experiment, and (2) this will probably have a similarly light, funny tone.

Via Star News, OSEN
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[Down With Love] Spends NT$1,500,000 on 10 Bus Stop Advertisements

Posted by diopatra on January 27, 2010

Source: China Times
Translation by: shyun_y @

F4 members, Jerry Yan and Vanness Wu will be competing with each other directly on 31 Jan 2010 in their respective idol drama. With Wu starring in TTV and SET’s idol drama, [Autumn Concerto] still maintaining a viewership rating of 7, and CTS’s [Hi My Sweetheart] with a recent peak of 5 for its rating, CTV and GTV are set to expand their publicity outreach for [Down With Love]. On 25 Jan 2010, the two TV stations will spend another NT$1,500,000 for advertisements at 10 bus-stops along Renai Road, Taipei. The advertisements will showcase the photos of [DWL]’s love story.

GTV specially selected bus-stops along the route, beginning from The National Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall to Lin Sen South Road. Each bus-stop will feature a different themed-Jerry and Ella’s love story in [DWL]. Members of the public can take photos with the advertisements and upload them onto their blogs. They can send their webpage links via MSN or to the [DWL] forum, and stand to win the autographed character photos from the male and female leads.

[Down With Love] will be shown on 31 Jan 2010. With the ongoing fierce viewership rating fights and especially with [Hi] showing its last episode on 31 Jan, the TV stations are definitely doing their best to publicize their drama via all channels.

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‘The Partner’ Drawing Growing Attention

Posted by diopatra on July 7, 2009

The new KBS2 legal drama “The Partner” has been receiving a good response, with its viewing rates increasing. In the third episode on July 1, Kang Eun-ho (Kim Hyun-joo) and her partner Lee Tae-jo (Lee Dong-wook) won their first case together where a brother was suspected of killing his half-sister.

The case showed that the two can be perfect partners, as Eun-ho approaches a case with a warm and sincere heart and Tae-jo uses cool-headedness to secure evidence. They succeeded in convincing the jury that the defendant Jeong Jae-ho killed his sister by accident when everyone else believed that he committed the crime on purpose, thereby leading the jury to deliver a “not guilty” verdict.

Eun-ho said in the last proceeding, “The law I know is not something hideous that creates innocent victims but something benevolent that listens to and cares for people falsely accused. We should not create even one innocent victim even if that means having 10 criminals on the loose, and the defendant Jeong Jae-ho is the very ‘one’ man we can save.”

Her line demonstrates the purpose of the drama — to depict lawyers who people want, that is, those who work for justice rather than money or fame and put finding the truth before anything else.

The performance of An Seok-hwan playing Jae-ho’s father also caught viewers’ attention. When he said, sobbing, “I want him to get punishment, but please forgive him. I feel hatred toward both the one who was killed and the one who killed. But they are all my children,” it touched the hearts of not only jurors in the drama but also viewers.

Viewers wrote messages on the drama’s web board, saying, “I shuddered to watch An’s performance. It just made me cry with him,” “The drama gets more and more interesting with speedy development and a well-structured story,” and “It’s like watching a real court case.”

The fourth episode on July 2 also kept viewers engaged as it pitted Tae-jo against his brother Young-woo (Choi Chul-ho) in a case where a secretary of an executive at a large company was murdered.

“The Partner” airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:55 p.m.

source: KBS

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