Has PD Na Yong Suk’s popular TvN variety show “Three Meals a Day” served its final course? A representative from TvN has confirmed that there will be no more seasons of “Three Meals a Day” in Jeongseon county, however there may still be a possibility for another season of “Three Meals a Day” after the ending of the second season of the upcoming “Three Meals a Day – Fishing Village” but right now there is nothing set in stone. Continue reading
It’s awards season again, the time of year when top stars trot out to accept recognition for their work in TV/film/entertainment and impress (or shock) us all with their red carpet fashion choices. The list of nominations have been released for the APAN Star Awards 2014, which covers all dramas that aired on the Big 3 channels (SBS, MBC, KBS) as well as cable networks from October 1st, 2013 to September 31st, 2014. Along with the nominee roster is confirmation of the special guest performers who will grace the event, which includes Chen of EXO, Ailee, Red Velvet, T-ara and Dae Guk Nam Ah.
The APAN Star Awards is part of the Daejeon Drama Festival and a relatively new event – this year will mark the third time the awards have been held. This year’s ceremony will take place on November 15th (5:00-10:00 PM KST) at the Hall of Jeongsimhwa International Cultural Center, Chungnam National University in Daejeon. Despite its fairly new status, it’s an interesting way to see which dramas and its actors stood out most across the board (the network-hosted award shows every year are really an excuse for broadcasters to give everyone who gave them ratings a pat on the back).
With that said, the nominees this year are fairly obvious on the whole (in particular, Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun being nominated for You Who Came From the Stars and Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin for It’s Okay, It’s Love in the Top Excellence Actor/Actress categories), though not without its fair share of head-scratchers (like Kang So Ra and Jin Se Yeon both being nominated for Excellence Actress for Doctor Stranger – why that drama is even included on an awards list is beyond me). There’s also the Daesang to consider – last year’s Daesang was taken home by Song Hye Kyo for That Winter, The Wind Blows. I’d say it’ll come down to either Stars or It’s Okay, It’s Love for the big winners, but we won’t know until November 15th – in the meantime, what are everyone’s choices for each category?
With all the main players in the story introduced and the background laid out in the first two episodes, Episode 3 brings our hero fully into the heart of the ground-shaking political events that are being set into motion – whereas he was previously an unwitting participant, an outsider who found himself caught up in something beyond his understanding, Dal Hyang is now (more or less) officially considered part of the team, for good or ill. More interestingly, the naïve country boy who’d lost his sole (rather simple) reason to join the military before has now been challenged to rediscover his purpose. Passing the exam was the easy part – the question now is what he should do hereon. Turn his back and return to his peaceful existence, or follow the prince and achieve something not just great, but worthwhile?
It’s raining teasers and stills for upcoming KBS weekend drama Wonderful Season! If I was surprised what a warm and nostalgic tone the first teaser took, I’m downright in love with the adorable second teaser, which features Kim Hee Sun as Cha Hae Won, a tough and delightfully unrefined debt-collector. She’s loud, abrasive and certainly not shy of confrontations, clashing often with Kang Dong Hee (Taecyeon). Heh, I’m looking forward to this portrayal already.
KBS weekend drama Wonderful Season (also known as Very Good Times or Wonderful Days) is gearing up to air on February 22nd, having recently released a surprisingly cute 40-second teaser. Producer expectations are sky high after it reportedly broke the 10,000 view mark after 3 days (not exactly viral, but still) and there has been much talk regarding the distinct Gyeongsang dialect that the cast has had to practice, since the drama is set in Gyeongju.
It’s hard to shake off the idea that a drama written by melo-queen Lee Kyung Hee (of Nice Guy fame) will be… well, dark and melo, and both leads Lee Seo Jin and Kim Hee Sun is better known for their serious roles. But first teaser certainly sells the “warm, healing drama” description that has been attached to Wonderful Season and I, for one, am certainly not complaining.