Viu seals the biggest content deal in Asia with JTBC

To mark its firm commitment to continuously provide Asian content through the Web and to strengthen its Asian content line-up, the pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video service provider Viu has already sealed a deal to gain access to over 80% of Korean cable TV firm, JTBC.
The deal is deemed to be the biggest regional content volume that JTBC has partnered and signed in Asia, allowing Viu to broadcast their content alongside other major broadcasters’ such as KBS, MBC, SBS, and CJ E&M.
This move certainly added more shows on the platform and targeted at Korean content fans in key markets like Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

“We are pleased to present JTBC’s exciting programme line-up to fans across Asia which reaffirms Viu’s commitment to bringing premium Asian content to our viewers and our position as the preeminent OTT video platform in Asia,” commented Janice Lee, Managing Director of Viu parent company PCCW Media Group.

Furthermore, to fully expand and enrich the depth of their current content lineup, Viu has also introduced its own Original series which are produced in Indian, Chinese, and Indonesian languages, by renowned and award-winning directors, artists, and top-of-the line production houses in the Asian region.
“The drama series and variety shows of JTBC have a track record of success with high ratings bearing testament to their excellent quality and high entertainment value. While we will continue to maintain our premium standards in all our productions, we are very pleased to collaborate with Viu, one of Asia’s foremost OTT video services, so that our programs could access a bigger audience across the region with Viu’s highly engaged user base.” said Jung Kyung-Moon, JTBC Content Hub Chief Executive Officer.
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Lee Sung-Kyung to star upcoming tvN romance-fantasy drama ‘About Time’ with Lee Sang-Yoon

Lee Sung-Kyung is back to make our hearts go flutter as the Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo actress and actor Lee Sang-Yoon are cast as leads in tvN romance-fantasy drama series “About Time.”

Lee Sang-Yoon will portray the character of Lee Do-Ha, the chairman of a cultural foundation who unwittingly stops Choi Michaela’s lifespan clock.

Lee Sung-Kyung will play the character of Choi Michaela, a musical actress with a special ability to see a person’s lifespan. One day, she meets a man Lee Do-Ha (Lee Sang-Yoon) who stops her lifespan clock.

The upcoming tvN drama “About Time” is slated to air in May, in South Korea.

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TRAILER: “Are You Human, Too?”

See first teaser trailer of KBS2 upcoming sci-fi drama, “Are You Human, Too?” here!

Seo Kang Joon will play as a son of a wealthy family who runs a large company. After an unexpected accident, he falls into a coma. His mother Oh Ro-Ra, who will be played by Kim Sung-Ryoung, is an authority on brain science and artificial intelligence creates an android named Nam Shin III– an android that looks like just like her son Nam Shin.

“Are You Human Too?” will first air sometime during the first half of 2018 in South Korea.

Returning Stars and Rising Rookies In These Korean Dramas to Spoil Us This 2018

I experienced some sort of Korean drama hiatus for a couple of months. I thought that the drama titles produced in the last quarter of 2017 were forced, poorly produced, and seemingly the writers haven’t had enough time to thoroughly conceptualize a solid story line.

Although I noticed the lack of presence of popular Kdrama Oppa[s] (most of them are currently rending their mandatory military service) this year, the hope I saw in a few rising stars, who took the limelight and continued to bring in good stuff for Kdrama fans to enjoy, brought satisfaction *still* in some way.

Since this hope made me so excited to what it seems to be a pocketful of sunshine (in this particular drama realm, if I may say) I decided to briefly list down a few new Korean drama titles, highlighted by returning celebrities and promising rookies in brief summation.
IU and Lee Sun-Kyun in “My Ajeossi”

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Just about to sprinkle more goodness this year, singer and actress IU is back as the lead in upcoming TvN drama “My Ajeossi” together with Lee Sun-kyun, who will be playing the (and for the second time, after playing one in The Coffee Prince) Ajeossi role. The story is about a May-December relationship that will help both characters to heal and surpass old wounds. The drama is slated to air in the first half of 2018. Nara of K-pop group Hello Venus will also join the cast.

When Jang Dong-gun “Suits” the remake

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This iconic Oppa is back with a remake of the popular US drama series, “Suits”! Actor Jang Dong-gun will be playing the role of Harvey Spector, a successful but quite an unorthodox lawyer. Park Hyung-sik will also join Jang Dong-gun in the remake. The Korean version of the series will show current courtroom drama trend and will air in the first half of 2018 on KBS2.

Seo Kang-Joon in “Are You Human, Too?”

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The drama realm is never falling short of common sci-fi/robot storylines but this drama stood out for me—and of course the eye-candy Seo Kang-Joon is in it.

Seo Kang-Joon will be a robot processed with artificial intelligence that will be a stand-in for the comatose son of a rich family and then falls in love (now that is uncanningly interesting!) with a human being. The actor will play both the role of the robot and the son. This pre-produced sci-fi drama will air on KBS2.

Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-ri Travel Back in Time in “Mister Sunshine”


The rising actress Kim Tae-ri will highlight the upcoming TvN drama “Mister Sunshine” with actor Lee Byung-hun, to be aired in summer. Byung-hun will portray a character that went to America in the 1870s and surprisingly travels back in time to Joseon Era as a US soldier. The drama is the brainchild of Writer Kim Eun-sook and will be directed by Director Lee Eung-bok, who both had redefined success by giving us moving melodramas such as “Descendants of the Sun” and “The Goblin”.
Red Velvet’s Joy and Woo Do-han in “Great Temptation”


MBC’s new drama “Great Temptation” cast Red Velvet’s Joy and Woo Do-han as leads and scheduled to air in the first half of the year. In this drama, Woo will do everything to make Joy believe in love. The drama is based on the French novel, “Dangerous Liaisons”.
Bae Doo-na in Netflix Original drama “Kingdom”

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International star Bae Doo-na will star in Netflix Original series “Kingdom” and will be released in the latter half of the year through the global streaming app. The first Netflix Original Korean drama is an eight-episode series about a unique story of Joseon Era zombies. Quite interesting, eh?

OCN will air drama series “Voice 2” in 2018

OCN recently announced that the network will air sequel drama series “Voice 2” sometime next year in South Korea.  Cast or staff members for the sequel drama series has not yet been decided.

The original “Voice” drama series aired during the winter, 2017 time frame with Jang Hyuk andLee Ha-Na playing the lead characters.

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‘INFINITE’ member L (Kim Myung-Soo) offered a lead male role in drama series “Ms. Hammurabi”

‘INFINITE’ member L (Kim Myung-Soo) has been offered the lead male role in new law themed drama series “Ms. Hammurabi.” 

The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Ms. Hammurabi” by Moon Yoo-Seok.

L will play Im Ba-Reun, a rookie and individualistic judge who is strictly guided by principles. He tries to make decisions without using personal sympathy.  Although not decided yet, cable channel JTBC is considering airing the drama series in early 2018.

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Kwak Dong-Yeon cast as lead in KBS2 drama special “Slow”

Actor Kwak Dong-Yeon is starred in KBS2 drama special “Slow.”

Kwak Dong-Yeon will play main character Lee Ji-Won, a baseball player for his high school team and he’s dedicated to one thing only: baseball. He has stress that he might not be able to play professionally.

The drama special is the 9th installment in this year’s KBS drama special series and will air October 29, 2017 in South Korea.

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Main posters for tvN drama series “Revolutionary Love”

Two main posters for upcoming tvN drama series “Revolutionary Love” starring Choi Si-Won and Kang So-Ra are now out!

The drama’s main characters, Choi Si-Won plays Byun-Hyuk comes from a very wealthy family, but he suddenly has to work to support himself. Kang So-Ra plays Baek Joon. She works part-time jobs to support herself even though she graduated from a prestigious university. Gong Myung plays Kwon Je-Hoon. He works very hard to become successful.

“Revolutionary Love” will air this coming 14th of October, in South Korea.

 

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Lee Sun-Kyun to play as ajusshi again in tvN’s new drama “My Ajusshi”

Who would have thought that this actor will relive his iconic role of ajusshi, but an ajusshi of a younger lady, this time?

Lee Sun-Kyun star in tvN drama series “My Ajusshi.” He will play the lead male character who is in his 40’s. He meets a woman in her 20’s and they help each other get through difficulties.

“My Ajusshi” first airs sometime during the first half of next year in South Korea.

Song Joong Ki declined to star in upcoming Netflix original series

This is going to be quite an unfortunate news for Song Joong Ki fans: The Descendant of the Sun actor has turned down an offer to star in upcoming Netflix drama series “Kingdom” as the lead actor. No reasons were given as to why he declined the offer.

The drama series is based on webcomic “Burning Hell Shinui Nara” by Kim Eun-Hee and will also be directed by Kim Sung-Hoon.

“Kingdom” is scheduled to first stream on Netflix sometime during the second half of 2018.

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