New Korean Dramas: July 2020

I cannot believe it’s July already! Half the year gone! This month, we again have a long list of Korean drama premieres — 9 to be exact! Without further ado, let’s have a look at them:

Memorial / Into The Ring


Network: KBS
On: July 1
Slot: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Stars: Nana, Park Sung Hoon
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Politics
I’m not generally into shows or movies of the politics genre but this one has a cute lead pair and looks like a fun ‘opposites attract’ romance. It’s set in a local district office where Nana’s (Kill It) bubbly character joins and helps in solving people’s problems. Park Sung Hoon (Psychopath Diary) plays a rule-abiding civil servant.


Men Are Men / To All the Guys Who Loved Me

Network: KBS
On: July 6
Slot: Mondays & Tuesdays
Stars: Yoon Hyun Min, Hwang Jung Eum, Seo Ji Hoon
Genre: Romance, Comedy

The usual contemporary rom-com with a career woman who no longer believes in love and marriage after repeated heartbreaks. Enter two men who vie for her affections. Hwang Jung Eum was just recently seen in Mystic Pop Up Bar. Yoon Hyun Min (My Holo Love) plays a CEO with cold outside, warm inside character while Seo Ji Hoon (School 2017) plays a webtoon artist with some past connection with the heroine. Written by the writer of Painter Of The Wind and My Little Baby.


Train

Network: OCN
On: July 11
Slot: Saturdays & Sundays
Stars: Yoon Shi Yoon, Kyung Soo Jin
Genre: Thriller, Fantasy

After the recent The King: Eternal Monarch, we have another parallel universe drama around the corner. But this time it’s a thriller with Yoon Shi Yoon (Psychopath Diary) playing a detective who tackles a serial killer case (do we have any other cases in dramaland thrillers!) and the two worlds. I’m excited for the actor and hoping for a much better subject handling this time, with some slick action to boot.


Flower Of Evil

Network: tvN
On: July 29
Slot: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Stars: Lee Jun Ki, Moon Chae Won
Genre: Thriller

The cast and the plot — both sound super interesting. Lee Jun Ki and Moon Chae Won play spouses who have a daughter and are living a happy life. But things change once the detective wife starts suspecting the husband, who is actually hiding his past. The actors have previously worked together in Korean remake of Criminal Minds.


The Good Detective

Network: JTBC
On: July 6
Slot: Mondays & Tuesdays
Stars: Son Hyun Joo, Jang Seung Jo, Lee Elliya
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Set in Incheon, the show is about two detectives who have different styles — one is old school while the other believes in science and evidence. The story is not exactly new but I really like Son Hyun Joo (Itaewon Class) and it’s JTBC, so that adds more points to this show. The drama is penned by the writer of Untouchable and Masked Prosecutor.


Was It Love?

Network: JTBC, Netflix
On: July 8
Slot: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Stars: Song Ji Hyo, Son Ho Joon, Song Jong Ho, Kim Min Joon,
Genre: Romance, Comedy

Another addition to ‘one woman with multiple romantic prospects’ dramas. Hey, I’m not complaining! Modern romance dramas with wit and charm are totally my cup of tea! And it’s JTBC, so we can surely hope for something fresh. I like the cast too.


Graceful Friends

Network: JTBC
On: July 10
Slot: Fridays & Saturdays
Stars: Yoo Joon Sang, Song Yoon Ah, Bae Soo Bin, Han Eun Jung
Genre: Drama

JTBC is definitely taking the prize for maximum premieres this month. And talk about a top notch cast! Graceful Friends is about a group of friends in their 40s (yay!) whose life is disturbed when a murder is committed in their town. This one surely looks along the same lines as Sky Castle. Colour me intrigued!


She Knows Everything

Network: MBC
On: July 8
Slot: Wednesdays and Thursdays
Stars: Kang Sung Yun, Jo Han Sun
Genre: Mystery

This is a 4 episode short drama where a real estate agent and a detective join hands to solve a mystery in an apartment undergoing renovation. It can be watched for a good suspense ride with less time commitment.


United Effort to Accomplish One Thing / Chip In

Network: MBC
On: July 8
Slot: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Stars: Kim Hye Joon, Oh Na Ra
Genre: Drama

Somehow this show has a low buzz. It also looks like a makjang weekend drama from the poster. It can surely be a dark horse though. Anyway, it is about a battle over property. Leading lady Kim Hye Joon was last seen in Netflix drama Kingdom.


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