It’s still June, and the premieres are still coming in! This week we have some streaming service offerings via Netflix and Coupang Play, and the latest from TV Chosun.
Time slot: Fridays (1x week)
Broadcaster: Coupang Play
Genre: Melodrama, thriller
Episode count: 8
Reasons to watch: I’ll be honest and say I’m not sure what to make of this melo-y sounding drama. Coupang Play’s previous One Ordinary Day scarred me for life with its creepy edge so I’m going into this one with my eyes half closed. That being said, Suzy is starring here, and I can’t see her picking a drama that’s too scandalous, right? Right?! In Anna, she plays a young woman who, after telling a fib, winds up taking on another identity and living a lie. It looks like there’s a good deal of suspense in store.
TL;DR: Streaming content, Suzy, doppelgänger drama
Time slot: Friday (single drop)
Genre: Crime, action, thriller
Episode count: 6
Reasons to watch: Whether you are a fan of the original TV series or not, Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area is sure to pull in a lot of attention. With a title as long as its ensemble cast, we have the likes of Yoo Ji-tae, Park Hae-soo, Jeon Jong-seo, the still-long-haired Kim Ji-hoon (thank you drama gods), Lee Hyun-woo, and more. Set in a unified Korea, our team of good bad guys plans and executes what’s said to be the biggest heist in history. Knowing Netflix, this drama will have a dark edge, violence, and a very stylized direction. But will it have characters we can love and get behind? Will it make us wait on the edge of our seats in between the release of part one and part two?
TL;DR: Remake, ensemble cast, suits and masks, Netflix edge
Time slot: Saturday (1x week)
Broadcaster: TV Chosun
Genre: Dark comedy, mystery
Episode count: 12
Reasons to watch: TV Chosun might not be the biggest broadcaster out there, but they seem to have a knack for producing the dramas that people want to see. With The Witch is Alive, we have the wonderful Lee Yuri in an over-the-top story of revenge. The real draw might be the premise of the three colorful (as in wildly dangerous, desperate, and possibly homicidal) women that come together over a shared goal.
TL;DR: Black comedy, Lee Yuri, over-the-top dramatics, strong female leads