Drama Premiere: The Struggles of a Shy Guy in ‘Introverted Boss’

A wacky case of opposites-attract: Introverted Boss is tvN’s new office rom-com this month, from the makers of loved dramas Marriage Not Dating and Another Oh Hae Young. While the title got me curious (I feel very strongly about the topic of introversion/extroversion), I’m still on the fence about this drama after seeing its first two episodes. I must say, though, that Yeon Woo-jin gives me the biggest reason to watch on.
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Fantasy, Romance, Bromance, and a lot more in 6-minute teaser of ‘Goblin’

After what felt like an eternity, Gong Yoo’s highly-anticipated comeback drama Goblin (aka The Lonely Shining Goblin) is only just a couple of days away. And here’s the English subbed version of its long preview to get us even more hyped up.
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Teaser: Swoon 7 Times with Upcoming Web Drama “Seven First Kisses”

This must all be just a dream… Seven of the hottest men in K-entertainment AND top actress Choi Ji Woo together in one production? Lotte Duty Free has just made fantasy to reality.

Upcoming web drama Seven First Kisses (also known as First Kiss for the Seventh Time) is an upcoming otome game web drama about a forever-single Lotte Duty Free employee Min Soo Jin (played by the lucky girl Lee Cho Hee) who meets a “fairy godmother” (played by Choi Ji Woo) and was granted the chance to meet seven gorgeousssss men with different qualities.

And I thought we had enough of reverse harems this year.
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Last Week in Dramaworld: One Timeslot, Three Premieres

Another eventful week in dramaland as the big three networks simultaneously premiered their newest Wed-Thu fall dramas last week – SBS with megaproduction Legend of the Blue Sea, KBS with family melodrama Oh My Geum-bi, and MBC with youth sports drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo. I love the diversity in this batch that caters to different audiences (they should learn from the counterproductive overabundance of medical dramas and sageuks in one timeslot earlier this year grr). It’s pretty clear that SBS would be the ratings leader this time, and people are just speculating as to how much – i.e., would Legend easily surpass the peak of Descendants of the Sun? But we shouldn’t easily write off its competition, which also deserve viewers’ attention.

I’ve watched all three premieres and will be sharing my quick thoughts on the first two episodes of each. No spoilers.
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First Impression: A Strange Family/Romantic Setup in ‘The Man Living in Our House’

This year’s fall drama lineup is getting filled with rom-coms, as a couple more make their premiere this week. Replacing the hit youth sageuk Moonlight Drawn by Clouds and having the heavy task of sustaining the high ratings of its predecessor (before passing the baton to yet another youth sageuk Hwarang: The Beginning) is The Man Living in Our House, a peculiar noona romance between a flight attendant and her – er – stepdad. Now that premise doesn’t sound very appealing, but the pilot week was interesting enough.
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On My Drama Radar: My Current Watchlist

I have a lot to catch up on in the world of Kdramas, as I’ve only kept track of a handful of dramas lately. I did check out a couple of premieres last week, and I’m quite pleased with my current roster of (mostly) rom-coms. Feeling warm and fuzzy inside could somewhat help battle a cold in this weather. Teehee.
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#OnMyDramaRadar: My Drama Week in Emojis

Fall dramas are starting to roll in and as much as I want to check them all out *and* be up-to-date with my current dramas. I still. can’t. do. it. 😫 I need help stretching some days to at least 30 hours. Any time-benders out there?⏳⏳⏳

I’m a little behind with my watch list – for some of them it was intentional. So for this round I may not be reacting to the latest episode out. Please hold back on the spoilers though. Heehee 😉
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Amnesia, Cohabitation, and Lots of Clinginess in New Fall Drama ‘Shopping King Louis’

Seo In-guk is one busy man. I haven’t quite gotten over his clever cons and occasional satoori in 38 Task Force and now he’s back in dramaland – speaking random English and French!

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New MBC Wed-Thu drama Shopping King Louis opened this week, promising a quirky romance between an amnesiac chaebol raised abroad and a kindhearted (this seems to be an understatement) country bumpkin. Honestly though, it started out as a bit too weird and ridiculous for my liking, but the main couple’s winning performances got me watching on. The second episode is much better with the chemistry and cuteness now that the hijinks are kicking in. However I’m still cautious that things may spiral out of control in the future. I’ve already been burned by quite a number of dramas to be blindly optimistic.
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Raise Your Glass for the Premiere Week of ‘Drinking Solo’

This is a drama that lured me to watch solely by its title. The phrase “drinking solo” bears a negative connotation (I presume more so in Asian countries than the West), but it can be comforting and liberating when you let it. I should know; I’ve done it too. And I was intrigued as to how this show will interpret the title.

So I jumped in without any expectations – I don’t know the actors except for Gong Myung (whom I completely forgot about until I saw him appear onscreen) and I haven’t seen the Let’s Eat series (which inspired this spinoff). I might have imagined some dramatic brandy-pouring or wine tasting 101, but I’m glad Drinking Solo (also known as Let’s Drink) is actually heavier on the human angle than plain alcohol appreciation. It looks at the different approaches to drinking, and the different reasons why people do so.
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First Impression: New JTBC Drama ‘Fantastic’ is Gives More than Celebrity Romance

My Friday-Saturday drama lineup suddenly felt empty after Age of Youth and The Good Wife said goodbye last week, which no amount of cohabitation hijinks from Cinderella and the Four Knights can solely fill. Hence I checked out the new JTBC drama FantastiC (while I still got spare time in my hands), which at the very least would let me see Ji-soo. Maybe it’s premiere burnout (my slate just looks totally different from a few weeks ago), but this drama didn’t quite captivate me as much as its predecessor AoY did. But it has some potential; and it looks like the K-audience are responding positively, maintaining ratings above 2% on its opening weekend (at 2.2%, 2.4%).
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