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Reply 1994, To Get an Extension?

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The cable TV drama Reply 1994 응답하라 1994 (tvN), was originally set to have a 20 episode run on 1 episode per week but started airing back-to-back, (Friday-Saturday) episodes from the second week. The drama has aired 11 of its intended 20 episodes in the last six weeks. Initially, if completed as planned, a total of 20 episodes with 9 more remaining until the finale in the last week of December will be broadcast.

But the production company and network is now faced with a tough decision. To extend or not, that is the question. It is doing even better that it’s predecessor, Reply 1997. The rating is continuously rising. With cable TV standard, this is beyond remarkable. According to Nielsen Korea the ratings are as follows; Episode 1 2.6%, Episode 2-3 3%, 3.2%, Episode 4-5 4.2%, 4.7%,Episode 6-7 5.8%, 6.2%,Episode 8-9 7.1%, 8.1%,Episode 10-11 8.8% 8.8% (up 10.6%). Calling it a phenomenal hit would be a just summation.

PD Shin Won Ho however denied this rumor saying that there is no extension when asked by the media. He said, that a lot of things should be considered especially the story. It’s good to know that doesn’t want to sacrifice the quality of the drama for the sake of ratings.

Although I am not utterly loyal to this drama, I think that it’s throwback feel is what is drawing people to it. Nostalgia plus the hilarious cast of mismatch couples are just some of the perfect elements this drama offer. So if you aren’t watching this yet, I suggest you do, like right now!

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Sung Joon Joins Kim So Yeon for I Need Romance 3

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I was gonna write about this issue last week when news floated about Sung Joon’s possible involvement in I Need Romance 로맨스가 필요해 season 3, but thought against it. I bid my time because I had a feeling a confirmation is not far behind. So was I right or what?

Sung Joon will play the part of a 27 year old genius composer opposite lead female Kim So Yeon, a 33 year old hardworking woman who does not believe in love anymore after her failed relationships (or so she said). But in her heart she longs for love. In real life we know of course that he is actually way younger than his role but with his long limbs he can easily pass as someone older.

The idea of older woman-younger man romance is nothing new. We have seen this over time and quite successfully at that! I remember watching a very funny Ko Hyun Jung falling for her best friend’s younger brother, Chun Jung Myung in Foxy Lady (2006). And who could forget the ratings hit My Queen (Taiwan 2009) which brought together Cheryl Yang and Ethan Ruan. Lately there has been a few dramas with the same theme namely (China) Drama Go Go Go with Ruby Lin and Jiro Wang, (Japan) Last Cinderella with Ryoko Shinohara and Haruma Miura just no name a few.

This drama follows I Need Romance 2011 and 2012. It will air sometime in January 2014 over tvN.

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Basketball — tvN’s Newest Monday Drama with Do Ji Han

 

While everyone is busy talking about the super “hyped” The Heirs which brings together some of South Korea’s hottest and best looking young actors, over at the other side of the fence, tvN is quietly cooking up a dish with a whole lot of spice, flavor, aroma, so pleasing to the eyes that it’s mouthwatering!

Basketball/빠스껫볼 a drama set during the Japanese regime (1939-1948) a tumultuous time in Korean history and will center on the story about the first and only basketball team which made history by advancing to the quarterfinals of the 1948 London Olympics.

It will follow the story of a regular village-boy, Kang San played by Do Ji Han in his first lead role(you may remember him in his bit role in Incarnation of Money) who’s dream is to make it into the national basketball team. But will he be able to surpass or even compare to the “ace” of the team Min Chi Ho? which is played by Jung Dong Hyun, who’s an inspiration to all during those hard times. The two will be bitter rivals in sports and in love. A journey of self discovery and triumph set in the guise of sports but with a lot of political undertones, plus some sweet array of eye candy makes this drama a worthy addition to my watchlist.

There aren’t many sports centered dramas around, which makes this one sort of unique. Once in a while I do like this flavor, one particular favorite comes to mind, HOT SHOT. A Taiwanese drama about basketball. The story is nothing much and most of the scenes are overdone and cliche yet it boasted 3 of Taiwan’s hottest male idols Jerry Yan, Wu Chun and Show Luo. The 3 of them in one drama was all the reason I needed. Too much eye candy!

Basketball has more than this to offer. It has a bit of grit which I like. It starts airing October 21, Mondays at 22:00 on tvN.

 

Basketball: Trailer

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