The Kdramas of 2016: Q4 Roundup

Just like that, the first two weeks of 2017 already flew by, and dramaland seems to sustain its momentum from the good productions it gave last year. This makes me optimistic that 2017 will just get better, with my current favorites –Goblin, Hwarang and the recently-concluded Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo making their (hopefully epic) finales in the first quarter, and some buzzworthy productions on the horizon.

But before I immerse myself with new dramas, let me go back to some of the talked-about productions I followed that wrapped up in the last quarter of 2016. Some were hits with both the local and international audience, while others surprisingly weren’t able to please all. And yeah, even though I was gung-ho about watching more dramas and writing reviews on all of them, I had to drop a few shows this time around.
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Q3 Pitstop: The Kdramas of 2016

Let the good dramas roll! 2016 is proving to be a strong drama year in the land of K-entertainment, continuing its streak with a bunch of summer dramas – anticipated hits and pleasant surprises alike – that captivated the audience. And with all these shows airing simultaneously, the battle for viewership got much more heated. Whichever side you’re on, all is fair in ratings war.

I especially loved the cable dramas that came out this year, thanks to their fresh content and hard-hitting themes. tvN continues to rock my world, and I found new favorites from OCN and JTBC. The main networks had some treasures too.

I was supposed to wrap up these dramas by yearend (like what I did in my midyear review), but I realized my list has gone a bit too long, and I found myself having a lot more to say about this batch. So I’m dividing the second half of the year and give you now a rundown of the dramas completed within July to September 2016.

*No plot details revealed. There may be minor hints here and there but nothing that will ruin your own drama experience.*
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My Two Cents on the Undeserved Cutdown of ‘Beautiful Mind’

It’s shocking and very upsetting indeed for the fans of Beautiful Mind, as KBS suddenly decides to pull the plug and cut it down by 2 episodes, bringing it now to only a total of 14 episodes. And just when it was getting better and better!

Not long after hearing about the news of the looming reduction, follow-up reports have surfaced to confirm that the decision has been finalized – with Jang Hyuk and a few KBS reps in-the-know beforehand. KBS points to conflict with the upcoming Summer Olympics as the reason behind the move, but I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t even dare touch its schedule if the drama performed well in terms of ratings. At the end of the day, ratings means revenue, and revenue means everything for a network, it seems.
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On My Drama Radar: What I’m Currently Watching

Dramaland continues to churn out interesting productions this summer; it’s going to be a challenge to keep up. One show ending (e.g. Another Oh Hae Young) means three other more will pop up and grab a share of your drama time.

Every now and then I shall share my current watch list, along with my thoughts on them mid-series. Most of them will be ongoing series, but there may be an old drama or two that I’d pick up or revisit.
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