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New week, new drama goodies, but also a small change in content. There is so much to cover out there, but spam torture is not how I roll, so today's piece and probably pieces in the foreseeable future will include upcoming drama news I find interesting. My personal take on some of them remains, of course. Today I talk about "Argon", "Hospital Ship" and a different kind of healing dramas.
Since I cover "Falsify", I may as well stay on the topic of journalism. Drama "Argon" premieres on September 4th and I have taken it on for episode reviews. I cannot say the promotional material excites me; I have seven years of bubbly female leads and authoritarian male leads in fancy suits behind me. That being said, the concept of responsible journalism is very timely and I hope this fictional interpretation treats it with respect. The series has new teasers out, as well as a poster and a trailer.
One of my biggest disappointments about "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" is how quickly it went from a small-town hospital to a fancy arena for power games with Rich Evil Dude™ and his lackeys. The same is unfortunately true for most medical dramas I have watched. "Hospital Ship" can hopefully do better as a story about healing on the go, because the concept of reaching remote areas to help citizens is very appealing and fresh. The drama has a trailer out and Jo Hyun-jae will make a cameo appearance.
The label "human/healing drama" always makes me nervous. Upcoming series "Live" is honest about its tear-jerking element, but my distrust mostly stems from the industry's frequent refusal to tackle simple, understated humanity. Like with the aforementioned "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim", larger-than-life is favored over the beauty of the ordinary. "Live" and "Flying Trapeze", which may cast Park Shin-yang, can hopefully do the label justice, because if works like "Incomplete Life" have taught us anything, it is that Korean drama can nail everyday stories just fine.
Upcoming Drama Goodies
CJ E&M is looking for fresh talent, as the company's "O'PEN Center" will provide new writers opportunities to create short dramas for tvN. Song Ji-hyo has been cast in one such drama called "Drama Stage - The B Manager and the Love Letter". "Man Who Lays the Table" has a second teaser our and we have script reading photos from "The Temperature of Love". "Buam-dong Avengers" is gathering its cast and that includes the addition of Yoo In-soo and also Choi Byung-mo. "Mad Dog" has confirmed its main cast, "Revolutionary Love" has landed its leads and "Four Men" has added new names.
Itching for a drama is rare for me and while I have other work to do, I want "Save Me" right now. As much as I like "Falsify", it is very run-of-the-mill. "Man-Hole" is a funny little show, which I will probably marathon for a series review. Will "Argon" be the fourth consecutive hit for me this season?
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
"[Orion's Drama News] Truth and Healing"
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