Edited by Hong Hyun Jung
Translated by Eungee Joh
MBC’s Tomorrow (4/1)
Tomorrow tells the story of grim reapers who work together to save the lives of those who are contemplating suicide. Kim Hee Sun and Rowoon‘s collaboration, her radical hair transformation, and the original webtoon’s immense popularity all play apart in amassing anticipation for the upcoming series. Kim Hee Sun, Rowoon, and Yoon Ji On will team up as the grim reapers who will be saving those who wish to die, and Lee Soo Hyuk will be playing a cold-hearted villain who will get in their way. The series will be released worldwide through Netflix.
JTBC’s Green Mother’s Club (4/6)
Green Mother’s Club tells a story about five moms in a competitive grade school community, as envy and secrets tangle and unravel their lives. Slated to air following Thirty-Nine’s wrap, the show is expected to keep the cast’s womance alive. Lee Yo Won, Choo Ja Hyun, Kim Gyu Ri, Jang Hye Jin and Ju Min Gyeong will star as the five mothers who have much in common. The show is expected to tell an exciting story about the competitive education system in South Korea much like Sky Castle, High Class, and the Penthouse series did in the past. The series will be released worldwide through Netflix.
SBS’ Again My Life (4/8)
Again My Life is a drama about a young prosecutor who gets a second chance at justice on the verge of his death. It will tell a satisfying revenge story much like Vincenzo and Taxi Driver, with a little bit of time traveling trope sprinkled atop just like the drama, Signal and Live Up to Your Name. Based on an original novel written by Lee Hae Nal, the series follows Lee Joon Gi’s Kim Hee Woo who wakes up 15 years into the past and embarks on a journey to destroy the corrupt politician named Cho Tae Seop (played by Lee Kyung Yeong) who had killed him.
tvN’s Our Blues (4/9)
Our Blues is a new omnibus-style show set on the beautiful island of Jeju. It is expected to tell vibrant life stories of fourteen different characters. The show features an absolutely incredible cast including Lee Byung Hun, Shin Min Ah, Cha Seung Won, Lee Jung Eun, Han Ji Min, Kim Woo Bin, Uh Jung Hwa and more. Shin Min Ah, who will be taking on her first motherly role in the upcoming series, shared that the new show “will deliver heartfelt messages of hope and love.” The series will be released worldwide through Netflix.
JTBC’s My Liberation Notes (4/9)
My Liberation Notes tells the story of three siblings and a mysterious stranger who wants to escape their frustrating lives. It is a freshly written series by My Mister and Another Miss Oh writer Park Hae Young. Lee Min Ki stars as the dreamless middle sibling Yeom Chang Hee, and Kim Ji Won plays the introverted youngest named Yeom Mi Jung who hates her dreary and dull life. Lee El takes on the role of the eldest named Yeom Ki Jung who is just desperate to find her love and Son Seok Gu joins the three as the always-drunk newcomer to the town. Many are excited to see if this new series will be able to break the all-time low record of JTBC dramas, now that Forecasting Love and Weather seems to have finally ended its vicious cycle. The series will be released worldwide through Netflix.
KBS’ Love All Play (4/20)
Love All Play revolves around a woman named Park Tae Yang (played by Park Joo Hyun) who has a great passion for sports and a man named Park Tae Joon (Chae Jong Hyeop) who views the sport as nothing but a job for him. It is the first Wednesday-Thursday drama series that KBS will be presenting three months after the wrap of its latest series, School 2021. If Racket Boys had brought us a touching story of middle school badminton players, this new show would be bringing us a heart-fluttering romance between full-fledged grown-ups in the badminton club. Looks like the success of this show may depend on how well it will balance the romance and sports tropes within the show. The series will be released worldwide through Disney Plus.
tvN’s Shooting Stars (4/22)
Shooting Stars is a new romantic comedy series about the people who work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. The Penthouse actor Kim Young Dae will be starring in the series as a top celebrity in the spotlight, and Lee Sung Kyung will be playing his PR manager, who ends up winding up with him. It is also interesting to note that the show is written by a former talent rep who has been in the industry for a long time.
MBC’s Showtime Begins! (4/23)
Showtime Begins! is a comedy detective series that revolves around a renowned magician and an upright police officer. Following his latest show Kkondae Intern, Park Hae Jin will be returning with yet another comedy series. This time, he will be starring as a magician with supernatural powers. He reportedly spent two months practicing magic tricks to play the master magician on the show. Jin Ki Ju will be taking on the role of a hot-blooded cop who later teams up with the magician who can see ghosts. SKY Castle and True Beauty actor Jung Joon Ho will be playing the afterlife guardian of Park, who has been keeping his family safe from generation to generation. Many are looking forward to this new series that will deliver a fun, romantic and mysterious story.
tvN’s The Killer’s Shopping List (4/27)
The Killer’s Shopping List is a comedy-mystery thriller that revolves around a cashier, supermarket owner and a local sheriff in an ordinary neighborhood in Seoul. When a suspicious body is discovered near an apartment complex, a supermarket receipt becomes a critical piece of evidence that kicks off a thrilling hunt for the killer. Lee Kwang Soo, who has been staying active this year starring in many big flicks, will be making his TV return after the 2018 drama Live. In this TV adaptation, he will star as a genius with a photographic memory who is currently going through a rough patch after failing three public service examinations in a row. Although he has been in job hunting mode since forever, he will be using his remarkable memory to track down the murderer in this upcoming series. AOA’s Seolhyun will star in the drama as his girlfriend who steps up to catch the culprit.
TVING’s Monstrous (4/29)
Monstrous is about the people who face strange terror after discovering a mysterious statue of the Buddha and the process of them chasing monstrous cases that shake the town to its core. The drama is penned by director Yeon Sang Ho, who helmed Train to Busan and Hellbound. As a spin-off to The Cursed series, the story will be told from the perspective of Im Jin Hee (Um Ji Won) based on the journals she wrote in the previous season. Koo Kyo Hwan and Shin Hyun Bin, who have emerged as rising stars, will play the two main characters who will be embarking on a journey to uncover the truth behind the strange events that seem to be unfolding in their town. Many expressed their anticipation for Yeon Sang Ho’s new occult show after the trailer got released.