Nominees Announced for the APAN Star Awards 2014

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.┬áDespite 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?

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New Drama’s for the Mon-Tues Time Slots

The three major Korean TV channels (SBS, KBS and MBC) are set to air brand new dramas in the coming week after the delay due to the Sewol Ferry tragedy which put a halt to all dramas and variety shows. The three dramas will be airing during the same time slot, however KBS2’s, Big Man starring Kang Ji Hwan, Choi Daniel and Lee Da Hee will air its first episode tonight (28th of April) whilst SBS’s, Doctor Stranger starring Lee Jong Suk and MBC’s, Triangle with Lee Beom Soo, JYJ’s Jaejoong and ZE:A’s Siwan will go on air for the first time next Monday the 5th of May. Continue reading

‘You Came from the Stars’ Holds First Script Reading

We finally get our first look at the cast of You Came from the Stars (formerly known as “Man from Another Star” or “Man from the Stars”), which actually held its first script reading on October 14th at the SBS Tanhyeon Production Center. Kim Soo Hyun, Jeon Ji Hyun, Park Hae Jin, Yoo In Na and a number of familiar supporting actors (Kim Chang Wan, Na Young Hee, Lee Il Hwa, Yoo In Young, Ahn Jae Hyun, Jo Hee Bong) were in attendance. I don’t see Yunho of DBSK anywhere, so perhaps that casting fell through after all?

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