It seems that we’ll be ending 2016 with a bang as we watch many popular actors/actresses appear in these new shows. Some of these shows will have us revisit with familiar faces and others will be introducing new faces. Honestly, the line-up looks great! There are many more shows coming out then what I have listed, so you should definitely check to see what else is coming. This is just a guide to help you see what is upcoming and what I think will be fun to watch. Hopefully this list helps you get excited!
Nov 21 on MBC
Greed causes wealthy individuals to battle for more power and money. Seo Yi-Kyung (Lee Yo-Won) ambitiously wants to build her own empire. She is calm and passionate. She doesn’t believe greed is a sin. Park Gun-Woo (Jin Goo) possesses good looks and comes from a wealthy family that runs a large company. Seo Yi-Kyung is his first love and he is still in love with her. Lee Se-Jin (Uee) comes from a poor background. She desperately wants to escape from her situation.(mydramalist)
Plot wise not much is known about this show but from what little is known I’m expecting to see a show similar to High Society. Hopefully I’m wrong. Maybe we’ll be in for a surprise and this shows ends up like Liar Game! Lots of suspense, psychological twist, and interesting plot development. I’m pretty sure there is some romance, but I don’t know if its going to play a main role or be minor. That would be a nice addition, but this show doesn’t have any genre tags yet so I might be getting my hopes up….
The main reason to watch this show is because of the cast. I mean the male lead is Jin Goo! He was the 2nd main lead in Descendants of the Sun, but I think most fans will agree when I say he stole the show. I’m so excited to see him on TV again! I was thinking his next role would be for a detective or police show, so this is a little surprising. But I’m happy none the less!
Sweet Stranger and Me
Oct. 24 on KBS2
Hong Na Ri works as a flight attendant. Her mother passed away 3 years ago and she doesn’t have any other immediate family members. Hong Na Ri returns to her hometown to visit her mother’s grave during her death anniversary. There, she sees a young man at her mother’s grave. The man, Go Nan Gil, introduces himself as her father. Before Hong Na Ri’s mother died, she married Go Nan Gil. He now lives at her mother’s house and runs the small dumpling restaurant that her mother ran. (mydramalist)
This one actually came out this week, but I’m still going to go ahead and mention it. Once again I think the cast is what got me excited for this show (what can I say, I’m a sucker for a pretty face!). Kim Young Kwang who is known for his roles in Pinnochio, D-Day, and Go Ho’s Starry Night is the male lead, and I am so excited! He is such a great actor and romance shows are his best roles. Soo Ae from Mask is the main female lead, and let me tell you, this woman can act! Honestly the cast is great, but the leads seem like they’re going to make a great duo.
The plot sounded good, but I feel like there’s to many ways the story could end up failing. Hopefully the writers knew what they doing. If you’re going to have an amazing cast, the least you can do is have an amazing story.
Nov. 7 MBC
Genius surgeon will get through hardships after losing his memory in a car accident, Through his journey to get his memories back, He meets with his lover and learns the true meaning of Family and Love. (Mydramalist)
This show is supposedly 160 episodes, so I think its safe to say I’m a little worried. I have yet to see a show over 100 episodes stay strong, and maintain a good plot. Golden Pouch sounds like it has a solid plot, and medical shows can usually be longer because there are so many topics they can touch on. I’m not really familiar with the cast but that’s okay, because that means I can’t go into this with any bias!
Dec. 2 tvN
Dokkaebi (Gong Yoo) needs a human bride to end his immortal life. Meanwhile, the Angel of Death has amnesia. Somehow these two meet and live together. They see off those who have passed away and are now leaving this world.
This show comes from the beautiful mind of Kim Eun-Sook (Writer of Descendants of the Sun, and Gentlemen’s Dignity) so I think its safe to say everyone has high expectations for this show. Especially since the lead male is Gong Yoo. I haven’t seen him on TV since I watched Big! He’s been in a few movies during that hiatus from Dramas but now he’s back in dramaland and I’m really excited to see what kind of character he creates! Lee Dong Wook is starring in this also so I’m expecting to see lots of shirtless scenes! Both men have great, muscular bodies. Makes you just want to lick their abs! (In a not creepy sort of way)
Hwarang: The beginning
Dec. 19 on KBS2
Drama series depicts the story of Hwarang (literally “Flowering Knights”) – an elite group of male youth in during the Kingdom of Silla.
I’m hoping this will be a scarlet heart and six flying dragons crossover! In my mind it will combine the in-depth story and plot line like Scarlet Heart, and the awesome fight scenes and character development of Six Flying Dragons! The cast is filled with beautiful faces and plenty of idols so I’ve been having fun learning more about each actor! So far there has not been any mention of romance in this show, and for a hopeless romantic like me that is usually a bad thing. Usually I would hesitate about whether I should watch a show with no romance or chemistry between characters but I’ll forgive Hwarang if there is no romance. If there was romance I might have to fight the lucky girl who gets to surround herself with these men.
I mean seriously, when Scarlet Heart first aired, it took a lot of effort for me not to fly to Korea and steal IU’s role. With a good wig, and a lot of makeup (or face mask) I could probably pass as her. Its just so unfair!
Father I’ll Take Care of You
Nov. 12 on MBC
A story about one husband and his wife who marry off their four daughters, only to have them come back home. They’re selfish women who have only looked out for themselves, but after re-entering the family home, they’ll learn how precious their parents are and will have renewed respect for their siblings (mydramalist)
I haven’t seen a good family drama since I watched the show “What Happens to My Family”. That family drama was perfect! There was great characters and good plot development. I laughed, screamed, and cried so much throughout the entire show. The multiple storylines were engaging and fun to watch. I hope this show can do the same! The plot sounds like it has the makings for a deep, emotional storyline but we’ll have to see if the writers are actually capable of delivering.
Legend of the Blue Sea
Nov. 16 on SBS
How can a mermaid from the Joseon era survive in modern-day Seoul? Shim Chung is a mermaid who finds herself transplanted to modern times. She is caught by Heo Joon Jae, a charming but cold con artist who is the doppelgänger for Kim Moon, the son of a nobleman from the Joseon Dynasty. But in the present time, Joon Jae works with Jo Nam Doo, a skilled conman who guides Joon Jae to become a genius scammer. But Joon Jae’s friend, Cha Shi Ah, who works as a researcher at KAIST, may be Chung’s only hope for surviving in her strange new world.
I’m not a big Lee Min Ho fan but since watching the movie Bounty Hunters I do have renewed interest in him. As a world renowned flower boy most of his shows seem to fall in what I call the “shoujo manga” category. He usually plays the handsome, rich, playboy character, which is found in most shoujo manga. Thus the name. His characters get kind of repetitive so that’s why I don’t particularly like him. He was funny in Personal Taste but that’s the only show that he starred in that I liked. In Legend of the Blue Sea his character seems a little different from his previous roles so maybe I’ll get to see a different side to him. I don’t want to get my hopes up just in case this show turns into some cliché romance show.
Nov. 14 on tvN
Yeong Bin is a rising star actor in South Korea. He has been best friends with Ho Jin, Joon, and Geo Book since they were all children. Yeong Bi belongs to a management company with Kim Eun Gab as the CEO
As an American I can proudly say, I have failed my country.I have never watched the HBO version. It’s a very popular show here in the states, and I’ve heard about it but I didn’t actually look up the show until I heard about the Korean version being made. Oops. The plot sounds simple and it seems similar to Gentlemen’s Dignity. Which If you haven’t watched that show then I recommend, you stop reading this and do that now! 빨리! (Ppali) That show is great! Its comedy, romance, and drama wrapped into a small package. The friendship between the main characters is the main focus of the story just like in Entourage! I’m expecting to see tons of crazy situations, and cute bromance scenes! Plus anything that Lee Kwang Soo is in is automatically good
Until next time!