May Dramas: What’s Your Pick?

I am only publishing this post when we are one-third into May because most of the shows premiering this month are coming this weekend, and another reason being me avoiding Oh Hae-young‘s spoilers like crazy. Hehehe! May is the month of comeback for actors and writers alike, plus with the season in full bloom, every single drama seems to incorporate spring into their promo materials and scenes. I have no complaint at all, because who does not love to have more love in the air, in terms of cherry blossoms and blue skies?

Oh Hae-young Again, also known by various titles like Another Oh Hae-young and Another Miss Oh, premiered last week (2 May) on the Mon-Tue of tvn. The slot recently aired Pied Piper and this time, tvn is getting back onto its romcom route through Oh Hae-young. Starring Eric Mun, Seo Hyun-jin, and Jeon Hye-bin, the drama follows a woman who shares her name with her fellow classmate, and the name brings the two ladies together again, but this time including a music director with the ability to see the near future, almost like a deja vu. It does sound like a generic romantic comedy synopsis but being a work penned by Old Miss Diary and I Live in Cheongdamdong‘s writer Park Hae-young, it is shaping up to be more than that. Directing is PD Song Hyun-wook, who also helmed Marriage Not Dating.

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This weekend will be the battleground for three new shows on tvn, jtbc, and SBS. With Memory ending its run last week, tvn is ready to welcome another new member of its 10th anniversary drama line-up on the channel’s weekend slot. Dear My Friends have been making headlines since a few months back because of many reasons. Coming from the well-known scriptwriter Noh Hee-kyung (It’s Okay, It’s Love, That Winter, The Wind Blows, and Padam Padam are her recent works), the drama will be featuring the actors and actresses you have seen playing mothers, fathers, and even grandparents in dramas and movies, this time portraying the main characters. Go Hyun-jung is the youngest among the main cast as Park Wan, a daughter who is dragged into the world of the people she could call moms, dads and even grandma, witnessing their stories unfolding day by day. The cameo lineup is just as exciting, so it is a relief that we don’t have to wait for too long until its premiere on 13 May.

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After its office drama Miss Temper and Nam Jung Gi, jtbc is bringing back its sageuk this year, in the form of Joseon-era fable Mirror of the Witch (Witch Exemplar). The native Korean title is a wordplay of the book written by its lead character Heo Joon, entitled Mirror of the Eastern Medicine. The series takes a fairy tale approach to the life of royal family of Joseon at that time, where the queen gives birth to fraternal twins and the princess is cursed. The princess will encounter the famous physician Heo Joon in his early life and the drama will be likely showing his slow climb into the respectable figure he would be later in his life. With Maids‘ PD Jo Hyun-tak directing, we are getting a very picturesque drama and the teasers provide a brief look into the world of the Witch. The series, which stars Yoon Si-yoon in his post-army comeback project, Kim Sae-ron, Yum Jung-ah, Kwak Si-yang, and Lee Sung-jae, will also airs on Fri-Sat slot, starting on the same date as its rival program Dear My Friends.

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SBS is slightly avoiding the direct competition for its Sat-Sun lineup, and this time, it is betting on a romcom. Beauty Gong-shim, previously known as Beast’s Beauty, is the new work of the team behind The Girl Who Sees Smells, and the team courts its past villain to become the neighbourhood loser. Yeah, Namgoong Min is back on the screen not as another crazy a la his character in Remember but as a jobless man with a unique name: Andante (Koreanized as Ahn Dan-te). Billed as a neighbourhood youth romance, the Gong-shim in the title refers to the female lead’s name, who is likely to be the resident under dressed girl. Her sister is the exact opposite of her, but at least we can be assured that there will be separate love lines involving the siblings, with another guy in the mix. Also starring Minah, Seo Hyo-rim, and On Joo-wan, takes over the slot from Mrs Cop 2 starting 14 May.

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Joining the band of spring dramas is Lucky Romance, another highly anticipated drama because of the main pairing. Adapted from a webtoon of the same title, it tells the story of a woman who believes in fate and superstitions and a man whose belief lies in science and numbers. Their clash will likely spice up the romance in the air, and all eyes are on the drama as it will be Ryu Jun-yeol’s first lead role on major broadcast drama. I hope that Hwang Jung-eum’s luck will pull through one more time, but with Lee Chung-ah and Lee Soo-hyuk making up the main quartet, things get more promising. The drama airs after Goodbye Mr Black wraps up its run on MBC, set to premiere on 25 May every Wednesday and Thursday.

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How do you find this month’s dramas? Do you feel like picking one or two because of the promising promos, or are you waiting for your favourite’s projects to grace your screens in the upcoming months?

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12 thoughts on “May Dramas: What’s Your Pick?

  1. Ha, well I am really just waiting for 38 and W, but I can be patient. 😉 I think Dear My Friends and Mirror of the Witch are getting two episodes each to see, and Beauty Gong-shim gets 4. If none of them get my attention… we’ll cross that bridge later. 🙂

  2. looking forward to all of them 😀
    I already love, love Oh hae young again. Dear my friend and Lucky romance sound fun. Not sure about Mirror and Gong shin though. I like Yoon si yoon so I will try the first episode and see how it is.

  3. Well, I’ve been avoiding all Oh Hae-young Again everything because I don’t want to know what is going on but want to experience it myself. Not really onboard with any of the other dramas so we will see.

      1. I love all that is SHJ! Though I thought little of the drama, I watched 3 Musketeers because of her mainly. Wait, I finished Let’s Eat 2 because of her also. See a trend here?

        1. I’m still bitter regarding tvn’s decision to cancel the season plan for 3M…imagine how awesome it is to see SHJ as CP Kang! Waahhh you watched Let’s Eat 2~ I hope I am not jinxing the drama but her character is even lovelier in OHYA. Still, I hope to see her in a sageuk again…

  4. I’m not sure I can bear one more minute of Hwang Jung eum’s overblown characters…like fingernails on a blackboard.
    Watched 4 episodes of Oh Hae Young Again! and love it!

  5. I am looking forward to Dear My Friends. The cast is just something I cannot ignore. I also like the concept of the story. The writer is not bad as well.

    I will also check out Mirror of the Witch. At first, I did not care for the story. But the teasers and the visuals are making me curious about it.

    Yes, I will watch the first two episodes of Lucky Romance. Watching the next two episodes will depend on her acting. If it’s too much, I will probably drop the drama just like what I did to She Was Pretty.

    1. DMF looks like a potential heartwarming series 🙂 I feel you regarding MOTW. Everything about the drama is so pretty! To be honest, I am more worried about the story and direction compared to cast of LR..but fingers crossed that everything will turn out alright!

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