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I think the latest news is chock full of script readings! Which also gives me an opportunity to talk about shows that I missed posting when their casting was announced. News Bites is a segment where latest news of Korean Dramas will be discussed at a common place. So let’s dive into the latest tidbits of dramaland!

This is quite a lineup of stars — Im Shi Wan (Misaeng, Strangers From Hell), Shin Se Kyung (Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung), Sooyoung (Tell Me What You Saw) and Kang Tae Oh (The Tale of Nokdu — looking forward to see him in a modern role after this sageuk turn) have been confirmed for drama Run On. The show will have two couples, which always brings a ‘yay!’ from me. The first two actors play ex-sprinter/ sports agent and translator respectively while the latter two play sports agency CEO and art student. The show will be about their relationships and life in general. Nothing new but it’s JTBC and I like the cast a lot.

Script readings were held for lots of dramas recently:

  • Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (quite a mouthful) with Go Ara (Haechi), Lee Jae-Wook, and Kim Joo-Hun. The show is set in a small village (looks like it’s becoming a trend) and is a love story between a pianist and a free spirited man with part time jobs. Lee Jae Wook just recently did another country setting show, When the Weather is Fine. Kim Joo Hun is currently appearing in It’s Okay To Not Be Okay as Seo Ye Ji’s heroine’s publisher. The drama is penned by the writer of cute feel good shows like  Shopaholic Louis and My Secret, Terrius.

  • Remakes of Hollywood TV or films are nothing new in dramaland and a new addition is 18 Again, based on 2009 comedy film 17 Again starring Matthew Perry and Zac Efron, where a 30 something man magically turns into his 17 year old self and tries to rewrite his life. It’s a good thing that they have changed the number to 18, otherwise it could be confused with another title, Still 17 (aka Thirty But Seventeen). The Korean drama stars Yoon Sang-Hyun (Secret Garden), Kim Ha Neul (On the Way to the Airport) and Lee Do Hyun (Hotel Del Luna). This is another JTBC show. And yay for Wi Ha Joon (loved him in Romance Is A Bonus Book). Costars also include Lee Ki Woo (Flower Boy Ramen Shop) and Kim Yoo Ri (Item).

  • Channel A is bringing melodrama Lies Of Lies with Lee Yoo Ri (My Father is Strange) and Yeon Jung Hoon (Vampire Prosecutor) this September. It is about a mother who is arrested for the murder of her chaebol husband. When she is released out of prison, she plans of reuniting with her daughter who is now adopted by the hero’s reporter character. Her plan includes pretending to fall in love with him and become the daughter’s stepmother. The show is written by the screenwriter of daily dramas like Enemies from the Past and Cheongdamdong Scandal.

  • MBC drama When I Was The Prettiest stars Im Soo Hyang (My ID is Gangnam Beauty), Ji Soo (Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon) and Ha Suk Jin (Radiant Office) in the lead roles and the plot certainly gives me vibes of early 2000s Korean dramas. The two actors play brothers who fall for the same woman. And yes, there is an ex-girlfriend too who is still not over the relationship. Written by the screenwriter of sageuk Grand Prince.

Eric (Another Miss Oh), Yoo In Na (Goblin) and Im Joo Hwan (The Game: Towards Zero) have been confirmed for new MBC drama The Spy Who Loved Me. First, I really like the cast! The drama sounds interesting too with Yoo In Na playing a woman who was once married to a secret agent and is now married to an industrial spy. The drama is being penned by the writer of films like The Age of Shadows and The Drug KIng, this being her first TV show. It is set to air from October.