"Ojak Brothers" rates 33.6% 2012/01/15, Source
KBS 2TV weekend drama "Ojak Brothers" came in first place among all weekend dramas.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on January 16th, the December 15th episode of "Ojak Brothers" drew in 33.6% of viewers. This is 5.5% more than the previous episode's 28.1% on the 14th,...More
Dramas ready to ban 2011/11/19, Source
Article below was written as a joke targetting Commision that banned "A Thousand Kisses". So I advise not to take this seriously, but have fun during this gloomy November day (or night).
I prepared the list (with help of some readers on the blog) of dramas, that Comission board may take under the consideration of banning. And when you're on it, ban,...More
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop - Some Cable Freshness 2011/11/12
This new romantic comedy series has started airing over at tvN, a Korean cable channel. Big whoop, you'd tell me. Another rom-com from Korea. What's new, right? Quite a lot, I will say to you. Because romantic comedy is a very good genre to play "spot the difference" between the government controlled public television (for the most part, because there have been wonderful exceptions) and the corporate owned cable television.
For those who do not know of this, here is the short explanation. Public television is controlled by people and laws that use dated and sometimes even fascist ideology and practices when it comes to content. This means that, in public television, gay characters are not tolerated, a divorced woman is tainted and has no right to live, work and love and people are virgins until after their wedding, even if they are 30+ years old. Ok, not on all series, but these are some of the extreme and quite common issues that will seem plain weird and creepy to anyone living in the modern world.
We've had some fine and scary examples of that form of attempted (and often achieved) censorship lately, when the Korean Communications Commission and the Korean Advertisers Association started making a fuss about things which they deem harmful for audiences and which any person living in a modern society would consider plain crazy.
"A Thousand Kisses" has been one of the latest targets of the KCC
And as I say in my articles on cable tv, these limitations do not seem to exist much there. Whether they exist in the real Korea or not, I do not know, but they are definitely not traits of a modern version of the world. And a romantic series is the best way to illustrate that. Because those are usually for teen audiences and receive a lot of "treatment" from these moral government committees.
I shall refer to Korea as Korea from now on and for the entire article. But there is another Korea here... The one that exists in public television and is sometimes the version these pseudo-prude fossils want people to accept as "how things should and must be",...More
Double standards in K-Entertainment 2011/11/05, Source
Some time ago, when Korea was in a frenzy of banning Kpop songs, I joked that maybe they should ban also the dramas. I take back my bad, bad joke.
It's been on my mind for a while, but was wondering whether I should bother and cause another stir. But since it's my evil nature, I decided I should. K-entertainment is full of double standards, and non-equal treatment. We got accustomed to it to the point of numbness. I guess we all remember the "Han Ye-seul gate", so to those who somehow slept through whole summer - short recapitulation. Shooting of the drama in usual korean circumstances - 2 hours of sleep per week, 4 meals per week but 100% efficiency. You may ask how actors do it? I have no idea, frankly,...More
Shin Ae-ra, Lee Bo-young, Seo Young-hee take over the screens 2011/07/07, Source Select after this |
'Returned singles' will take over the home screens.
MBC drama "Indomitable Daughters-In-Law" currently on air, is telling the success and love story of a 'returned single' Oh Young0sim (Shin Ae-ra) whose husband recently passed away.
Oh Young-sim who was married into the family of Manwoldang, a house with a tradition of 300 years, witnessed her husband having an affair and suddenly became a widow as her husband passed away while she was preparing for divorce,...More
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