Upcoming TV series takes on divorce in light-hearted yet in-depth manner

"The Best Divorce" sounds ironic in itself as the two words are incompatible, like water and oil. Generally, couples resort to divorce in the most unfortunate, worst circumstances.

The new KBS 2TV's series, also known as "Matrimonial Chaos," seeks to delve into the delicate, complicated relationships of married couples, and ruminates on the commonly-asked question, "Is marriage the completion of love?"

   What happens when an attempt to salvage an unhappy marriage, which one has entered into in pursuit of happiness, only creates more misery?



Swindling bad guys of dirty money, 'Player' aims to be a gratifying action series

Is it justifiable to claw back -- illegally -- money made through illegal means? Many Koreans might find the idea of reclaiming ill-gotten gains thrilling and satisfying because many white collar criminals in the country get just a slap on the wrist for their crimes.

"Player," an upcoming television series on OCN, a cable movie channel that has emerged as a strong player in the Korean TV industry with a number of well-made shows, aims to provide viewers with just that kind of satisfaction when they watch crooks and swindlers have their wealth confiscated.


Two new cable drama series smash weekly TV chart

Two television series on cable channels tvN and OCN made strong debuts on the weekly TV chart by taking the top two spots, data showed Wednesday.

"Dear Husband of 100 Days," also known as "100 Days My Prince," on tvN rose to the top on its first week of broadcast with a Content Power Index (CPI) score of 281.6 for Sept. 10-16. OCN's "The Guest" came second with a score of 267.8.

"Dear Husband of 100 Days" had been highly anticipated among K-pop fans, as D.O. of popular boy group EXO plays the lead role.


YG-made sitcom to premiere on Netflix next month

A star-studded sitcom produced by YG Entertainment will premiere on Netflix next month, the Korean entertainment company said Monday.

"YG JeonJa" will be released on the online platform on Oct. 5 and feature the agency's celebrities. "JeonJa" in Korean is short for a strategic archive center.

Boy band BIGBANG's Seungri will appear in the show as an ambitious young man who tries to save the company, which is portrayed as struggling in the fictional show.


MBC drama 'Different Dreams' with Chinese investment to air in May

A new MBC drama supported by Chinese investment will air in May, welcoming news amid a near drought in cultural exchanges between the two nations, Seoul-based PR agency The Tik Tok said Thursday.

The PR company said China's Hangzhou Jiaping Pictures has confirmed that it will make an investment of an unidentified amount in the production of the spy romance titled "Different Dreams." For the last few years, there has been nearly no joint production of entertainment shows between Seoul and Beijing.


'High Society': an intriguing premise ruined by a rushed climax

Many recent Korean films such as "The Taste of Money" and "Inside Men," "Veteran" and "V.I.P.," have portrayed the financial and sexual misbehavior of people in high society. But director Byun Hyuk's new film "High Society" is not like them because it shows the perspective of a middle-class couple looking on longingly from the fringes of the lush life.

It's a terrific premise for a social satire, but the story is ruined by a climax that is so hurriedly put together that you are sure to raise your eyebrows.


Medical drama 'Life' now available on Netflix

"Life," an ongoing medical drama by the cable channel JTBC, is now available for streaming on the global streaming platform Netflix.

The first four episodes of the TV series was unveiled on Netflix starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday for the Asian region except Japan and in English-speaking countries except the United States, according to Netflix.

New episodes will be available at 1:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday, starting on Aug. 7.


Two new SBS dramas debut high on weekly TV rating

Two television series on SBS made a strong debut on the weekly TV chart, ranking second and third on their first week of broadcasting, data showed Wednesday.

The series "Your Honor" and "Still 17" premiered on July 25 and July 23 and recorded scores 253.3 and 248.9 respectively, on the weekly Content Power Index (CPI) for July 23-29.

For their latest episodes, they garnered viewership ratings of 7.7 percent and 8.8 percent, respectively, promising good numbers for television series on territorial networks, which have been underperforming their cable channel competitors.


Premiere of new series 'Boyfriend' confirmed for tvN in November

The new television series starring Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum is set to go on air on tvN in November, the series' production company said Monday.

The drama is scheduled for the 9:30 p.m Wednesday-Thursday slot on the cable channel.

The sad romance series revolves around a daughter of a high-powered politician married to a man from a chaebol family, played by the 36-year-old Song, and an ordinary young man, played by the 25-year-old Park.


‘Uncontrollably Fond' debuts at No. 1 on CPI chart

A new romance featuring two of South Korea's heartthrobs opened at the top of a TV popularity chart earlier this month, data showed Tuesday.

The KBS TV series "Uncontrollably Fond" tells the love story of an arrogant top star (Kim Woo-bin) and a shameless documentary producer (Bae Suzy) who meet again after surviving various trials in their personal lives. They thought they'd put their painful past behind them, but find themselves falling for each other again.

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