New month, new premieres. Certain premieres from last month had been postponed and hence Zombie Detective and Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol will be starting in September. Also, a few JTBC shows have been delayed and yet to confirm their premiere date. All in all, September is bringing the following Korean dramas to our screens.
Network: Channel A
On: September 4
Stars: Lee Yoo Ri, Yeon Jung Hoon
Slot: Friday & Saturday
About: Lee Yoo Ri (Spring Turns to Spring) plays a woman who is imprisoned on the charge of murdering her rich husband. Her daughter is adopted by a TV reporter, played by Yeon Jung Hoon (Vampire Prosecutor). Once the former is out of jail, she leaves no stone unturned to reunite with her daughter.
Thoughts: The show sounds interesting with a new kind of story. It is a melodrama so a bit of over-the-top antics are expected. The cast is strong and looks like it has all the makings of becoming an addictive watch. Both the actors have delivered hit weekend dramas in the past and this one fits that bill in terms of vibe and plot.
Record of Youth
Network: tvN and Netflix
On: September 7
Stars: Park Bo Gum, Park So Dam, Byun Woo Suk
Slot: Monday & Tuesday
Genre: Romance, Youth, Drama
About: Set in the modelling industry, the show is about the aspirations and struggles of the young people.
Thoughts: First off, I love the cast! This is Park Bo Gum‘s (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) last drama before enlisting for military duty. Also, Park So Dam is returning to dramaland after Parasite, the global movie phenomena! The youthful aura of the drama is also alluring. It comes from the writer of shows like Doctors and Temperature of Love, nothing great but good enough for an easy watch.
Eighteen Again / 18 Again
On: To be announced
Stars: Kim Ha Neul, Yoon Sang Hyun, Lee Do Hyun, Lee Ki Woo
Slot: Monday & Tuesday
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
About: Based on 2009 Hollywood film 17 Again, the drama stars Yoon Sang Hyun (Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi) as an about-to-be-divorced jobless husband with regrets, who magically transforms into his 18 year old self one day. Kim Ha Neul (The Wind Blows) plays his wife (and an anchorwoman) and Lee Do Hyun (Hotel Del Luna) plays the younger counterpart.
Thoughts: I haven’t seen the original movie so that helps in not comparing the drama to anything. In itself, the story sounds fun and full of comic situations. Yoon Sang Hyun is an actor I always enjoy watching, his comic timing is great. Plus, it’s JTBC, so that factor adds further points to this show. Also, I really like Wi Ha Joon whose name is in the cast but I’m not sure about the role.
On: To be announced
Stars: Go Kyung Pyo, Seohyun
Slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Genre: Drama, Crime
About: The show is about how the private lives in today’s age are fabricated, stolen and shared. Seohyun (Time) plays a con artist whereas Go Kyung Pyo (Strongest Deliveryman) plays a manager at a large company.
Thoughts: I’m intrigued by the lack of clarity on the plot details. Again, being a JTBC drama brings some interest. It also marks the comeback of Go Kyung Pyo after the military service and I’m looking forward to it. Kim Hyo Jin (Mary Stayed Out All Night) also returns to small screen after 8 years in a supporting role. The actor I’m not sure about is SNSD‘s Seohyun as I have not seen her in anything. I do think the posters are quite stylish. Hoping for some substance too. The show is penned by the writer of acclaimed shows like Heartless City and My Beautiful Bride.
Man in a Veil
On: September 7
Stars: Kang Eun Tak, Uhm Hyun Kyung
Slot: Monday to Friday
Genre: Melodrama, romance
About: Kang Eun Tak (Love to the End) plays a man whose brain suffers injury after an accident and presently he has an intelligence of a 7 year old. Uhm Hyun Kyung (The Good Wife) plays a woman who aspires to become an announcer but has to let go of her dream to work to support her family.
Thoughts: An addition for daily drama fans! Story sounds somewhat different than most offerings in the category. I’m not into daily soaps but I’ve heard they are quite addicting.
Love Blooming House / Oh! Samkwang Villa
On: September 19
Stars: Jeon In Hwa, Jin Ki Joo, Lee Jang Woo
Slot: Saturday & Sunday
About: Jeon In Hwa (My Daughter, Geum Sa Wol) plays a woman who runs a house called Samkwang Villa where strangers start living together. The show is about their dynamics and bonding.
Thoughts: This one looks like an upbeat show with lots of fun and heart. I also like Jin Ki Joo (The Secret Life of My Secretary). Extra points for a creative Tetris like poster!
More Than Friends
On: Fridays & Saturdays
Stars: Ong Sung Woo, Shin Ye Eun, Kim Dong Joon
Slot: September 25
Genre: Romance, Comedy
About: Ong Sung Woo (At Eighteen) plays a photographer and Shin Ye Eun (He Is Psychometric) plays a calligrapher. They both are friends and have a crush on each other from past 10 years but didn’t admit their feelings due to a misunderstanding.
Thoughts: Friends to lovers is one of my absolute favorite romance tropes. That alone is enough to make me excited for this drama. I have no clue about the cast but they both look cute! This is the third JTBC drama in the list.
The School Nurse Files
On: September 25
Stars: Jung Yoo Mi, Nam Joo Hyuk
Slot: All 6 episodes uploaded in one go
Genre: Fantasy, comedy
About: Jung Yoo Mi stars as a newly appointed high school nurse with supernatural abilities. She uses this to exorcise evil spirits. Nam Joo Hyuk (The Light In Your Eyes) is a teacher who also has magical energy that protects him.
Thoughts: Relatively low-buzzed till now, the drama looks to be in the lines of Master’s Sun and Hotel Del Luna, meaning it mixes the supernatural with comedy. Another plus is being headlined by Jung Yoo Mi (Live). The drama is based on a novel.