We are looking at three new premieres this week and thankfully some of them pad out the drama schedule a bit more (translation: they’re not weekend shows). KBS’s sageuk will likely be successful in the dead quiet Monday-Tuesday slot, while Netflix hits us with some magic, and ENA offers their first drama to the public.
Time slot: Monday-Tuesday
Genre: Drama, historical, romance
Episode count: 16
Reasons to watch: If I said Jang Hyuk + Lee Joon + Kang Hanna, would you be sold? Thought so. Add these three front-lining an epic sageuk, and it’s practically guaranteed to be great. Right, Show?! Covering the reign of a fictional king, the drama tells the story of political intrigue, separated lovers, and the puppet master behind the throne. As much as the setup sounds good, it’s the cast that I keep coming back to. I’m just dying to see Jang Hyuk and Lee Joon face off here, and all the masterful acting we’re sure to get as all three of our characters vie for survival, power, and love.
Time slot: Wednesday-Thursday
Genre: Comedy, drama
Episode count: 16
Reasons to watch: It’s just a bunch of question marks from me on what to expect from ENA here, but There is No Gu Pil-soo is the first drama under the new network after their merger and rebrand. It might not be the sort of drama to attract a lot of global attention, but there’s a lot coming down the pike from them, so it should be interesting. In the meantime, There is No Gu Pil-soo stars Yoon Doo-joon and Kwak Do-won in what’s touted as a comedic bromance story, but with relatable storylines around education, employment competition, social issues, and more. I can’t say I’m banging down the door to check this one out, but I do love me some wacky Yoon Doo-joon.
Time slot: Friday
Genre: Drama, fantasy, musical
Episode count: 6
Reasons to watch: Ji Chang-wook singing. Hwang In-yub singing. If I liked musicals at all, this would excite me to the core. Since I don’t, it doesn’t, but I’m still curious for what Netflix has up their sleeve here. In the long-awaited adaptation of the webtoon Annarasumanara, Ji Chang-wook plays our resident magician, while Hwang In-yub and newbie Choi Sung-eun get pulled into his magic. Without much context on the source material, I’m hoping this is cute, but with some depth too. Then again, knowing Netfix, it’ll have a darker edge. Who’s tuning in?