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Premiere Watch: The Empire, The Golden Spoon, One Dollar Lawyer

Premiere Watch: The Empire, The Golden Spoon, One Dollar Lawyer

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Hot on the heels of our midweek drama premieres we have our new weekend dramas. From Kim Sun-ah leading a new melo, to the wonderful-looking Yook Sung-jae fantasy, to a wacky Namgoong Min… what to watch first?!

The Empire

Premiere Watch: The Empire, The Golden Spoon, One Dollar Lawyer

Premiere Watch: The Empire, The Golden Spoon, One Dollar Lawyer

Time slot: Saturday-Sunday
Broadcaster: JTBC
Genre: Melodrama, law
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: Kim Sun-ah is back after tearing it up in Secret Boutique back in 2019. Now she’s headlining a melodrama about a wealthy and powerful family that’s been leading players in law for generations. However, Kim Sun-ah’s heroine wants to break free from the confines of her chaebol family and the life that comes as a result of prestige and power. I have no doubt the acting in this drama will be top notch, but JTBC hasn’t worked that hard to pull in any younger viewers — perhaps intentionally, to offset all the rom-coms going on? — so we’ll have to see how this one goes.

TL;DR: Kim Sun-ah is great in everything, JTBC melo, acting will be great but we’ll see about the script

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The Golden Spoon

Premiere Watch: The Empire, The Golden Spoon, One Dollar Lawyer

Premiere Watch: The Empire, The Golden Spoon, One Dollar Lawyer

Time slot: Friday-Saturday
Broadcaster: MBC
Genre: Fantasy, drama
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: Some characters in The Golden Spoon are painfully impoverished, while others are disgustingly wealthy, but the one thing all our characters have in common is that they’re adorable. Yook Sung-jae leads as our “pauper” character whose life gets turned upside down with the help of an enchanted golden spoon. He switches places with Lee Jong-won’s “prince” character, and the result is confusion, conflict, and very troubled lovelines. This drama looks so young and fun, and between the fantasy premise and our two young men in the lead, I’m counting down till this one premieres.

TL;DR: Fantasy premise, prince and pauper theme, cute young cast, expectations are high

One Dollar Lawyer

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Premiere Watch: The Empire, The Golden Spoon, One Dollar Lawyer

Premiere Watch: The Empire, The Golden Spoon, One Dollar Lawyer

Time slot: Friday-Saturday
Broadcaster: SBS
Genre: Law, drama, comedy
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: Namgoong Min is back after The Veil with fewer muscles but way more comedy. In One Dollar Lawyer, he plays a wacky attorney who defends the downtrodden for the Korean equivalent of $1.00 per case. He’s joined by intern Kim Ji-eun and partner Choi Dae-hoon, and it looks like it will be a lot of fun. That being said, there are far too many “case of the week” legal dramas happening right now; I’m hoping our characters’ stories and their scrappy fight for justice doesn’t get weighed down by too many disconnected side stories.

TL;DR: Your reason to watch is Namgoong Min being goofy yet suave

 
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