Edited by Hong Hyun Jung
Translated by Eungee Joh
Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist (8/1)
tvN is working on a new franchise series set against the backdrop of the Joseon dynasty. Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist depicts the story of Yoo Se Poong (played by Kim Min Jae), a well-known internal medicine doctor who suddenly faces the shocking loss of his skills. As he meets Seo Eun Woo (Kim Hyang Gi) and Gye Ji Han (Kim Sang Kyung), he slowly works to become a true doctor who heals the heart. Unlike other period dramas that typically portray romance and conspiracy in the court, this new series focuses on portraying psychiatry in its storyline. After its trailer was unveiled, fans rushed to the comment section and wrote: “Can’t wait,” “I’m waiting with all my heart. Please hurry,” “What a chemistry” and “Can’t wait to see Se Poong become a true doctor!”
MBC, which focuses on Friday and Saturday dramas, will present a four-part weekday mini-series for the first time in a while. Hunted, the winner of the MBC Drama Screenplay Contest, tells a mysterious story in the countryside as a young man heads to the mountains to hunt the wild boars damaging his village’s crops. Things turn dark as he accidentally shoots a person and finds out that his son suddenly went missing. The production crew confidently remarked that the new series will be filled with extreme suspense and unexpected twists and turns.
If You Wish Upon Me (8/10)
Ji Chang Wook is coming back with yet another heartwarming story following The Sound of Magic. If You Wish Upon Me tells a touching story of a struggling young man who joins a hospice facility’s staff to fulfill the various last wishes of people in the final stretches of their lives. The drama is inspired by an organization in the Netherlands that fulfills the wishes of terminal cancer patients. As Son Ye Jin’s Thirty Nine won rave reviews for its portrayal of friendship and love among three friends who discover their friend’s terminal illness, anticipations are high for the upcoming project.
A Model Family (8/12)
My Name’s Park Hee Soon will once again play a gangster role in Netflix’s A Model Family. The series revolves around a once-ordinary family man on the brink of bankruptcy and divorce. He becomes tangled up in a criminal gang after discovering a bag full of cash left in a car, which belongs to a dead person. Jung Woo plays Dong Ha, who unwittingly steals the money, and Park Hee Soon plays Kwang Chul, the second-in-command of a dangerous drug syndicate looking for the money. Fans are excited to see the return of My Name’s hot villain Park Hee Soon in twisted new crime-thriller original A Model Family.
Stock Struck (8/12)
If you are interested in putting your money in stocks and bitcoins, Stock Struck will be the new drama that will steal your attention. Centered around the hottest investment trend in South Korea right now, Stock Struck follows five stock market investors who learn about life, love, and friendship through their mysterious investment meeting. Hong Jong Hyun, who will be making his TV return after a three-year hiatus, will play Choi Sun Woo, a man with a traumatic experience of stock trading who wishes to turn his life around.
The Law Cafe (8/29)
The Red Sleeve supernova Lee Se Young and Lee Seung Gi will be teaming up for a new legal drama after their appearance in 2018’s A Korean Odyssey. Based on a web novel of the same name, The Law Cafe tells the story of a landlord and a tenant who have been friends for 17 years. Lee Se Young plays beautiful lawyer Kim Yu Ri who has a personality like fire and Lee Seung Gi will be playing Kim Jung Ho, a former prosecutor once known as the “monster genius.”
Good Job (TBA)
Bossam: Steal the Fate stars Jung Il Woo and Kwon Yuri will be reuniting. The drama follows the joint investigation and romance story of a super-rich private detective and a woman with supervision. Jung Il Woo will play chaebol Eun Sun Woo, who is the owner of a conglomerate and also runs a detective agency. Yuri will be starring as Don Se Ra, a woman with supervision that allows her to clearly see tens of miles ahead of her. As ENA enjoyed their huge success through Extraordinary Attorney Woo, all eyes are on whether their upcoming drama will be able to continue their winning streak.
Shin Ha Kyun, who showed his intense emotional acting in Beyond Evil last year, will make his drama comeback through a new comedy series. In the Coupang Play’s upcoming original sitcom, Unicorn, Shin will play Steve, the slightly mad mastermind behind McCom. The drama will be the third project he will work on with director Lee Byung Hun after What a Man Wants and Extreme Job. Many are looking forward to his special comedic transformation as he once showcased a brilliant yet funny villain role as Lee Moo Bae in Extreme Job.
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