Actress Na Hye-mi To Share Details of Shinhwa Eric’s Jealousy

Actress Na Hye-mi will be revealing how her husband Shinhwa’s Eric responds to seeing her kiss scenes in KBS drama My Only One. 


The upcoming episode of KBS’s talk show Happy Together Season 4 is promised to be very funny as the stars from KBS’s hit drama My Only One appear on this week’s episode to talk about various topics. One topic in particular, as reported by OSEN, was of how Shinhwa Eric jealously reacts to seeing his wife actress Na Hye-mi with her onscreen lover Park Sung-hoon.

KBS’s My Only One is a weekend drama starring UEE as the female lead and Choi Soo-jong as her father. The drama has been well received with the latest episodes setting a record of 44% viewership with the highest ratings during its time slot.

KBS’s ‘Happy Together 4’ airs on Thursday evenings at 11:10 pm (KST). Check out the highlights from last week’s episode starring Running Man’s Jeon So Min, Sky Castle‘s Park Yoo Na, trot fairy Hong Jin Young, Norzao’s Jo Bin and musical actor Kim Ho Young.




[OPINION] Changes in Korean Drama From 2000s-Now

In 2019, there have been a lot of historical record breaking in terms of drama viewership for cable TV. Looking back on how much Korean dramas have changed over the last 2 decades, the Internet wins the grand prize for its role!

As an avid Korean drama fan since childhood, all I can say in short is… a lot has changed since the last century. You know time has really gone by when you remember actor Hyun Bin in his lead role in My Name Is Kim Sam Soon (2005) when he wasn’t buff with his spiky hair.

My Name is Kim Sam Soon (2005)

There was a time when a good portion of the dramas airing were historical dramas.

An example of what is Korean historical drama- some in the video would also go on my top  historical drama list.

In the past, historical dramas could be expected to have certain traits. Lots of beautiful traditional hanbok, accurate depictions of historical events, usage of Korean like Old Korean or Middle Korean (what is used today is Modern Korean) and traditional Korean music as part of the OST. While there are a lot of dramas I could mention as an example, the ones that many would be familiar are probably Jewel in the Palace also known as Dae Jang Geum (2003), Hwang Jini (2006) and Emperor of the Sea (2003).

Jewel in the Palace (2003)

Many scenes were about traditional Korean cuisine, hence its role in the start of the Korean Wave. After this drama became globally popular, Korean restaurants started becoming widespread in many major cities as many people became interested in trying Korean food like bibimbap. 

Emperor of the Sea (2003)

All members of the main cast in this mega-hit drama are today’s household names, Choi Soo-Jong, Chae Shi-Ra, Song Ill-Kook (triplets’ father), Soo Ae and Chae Jang-An. While some had already reached the heights of their career before this show, for others it sent them to the top!

Hwang Jini (2006)

This drama’s theme was traditional arts. The cast had to spend many hours learning to dance from an expert, the costumes were beautiful, the songs were well balanced between traditional and modern (modern classical). The drama’s success resulted in the lead actress Ha Ji-Won winning the 2006 Grand Acting Award.

Historical drama is not limited to hanbok or court intrigue

While many Korean dramas consist of wearing what is stereotyped as traditional Korean clothing, that doesn’t mean there aren’t others. One of the most iconic historical dramas would be Rustic Period aka Yainshidae (2002) depicted in the 1920’s to The Korean War when western clothes like suits and dresses have become widespread. As one of the THE highest-rated TV shows in Korea’s broadcasting history, the drama is based on a historical figure Kim Du-Han who happens to be the grandfather of Song Ill-Kook and the great-grandfather of the nation’s triplets-Daehan, Minguk and Manse.

Rustic Period (2002)

This drama had many action scenes attracting a male fan-base. Covering romance, bromance, trip to memory lane for the older generation, intrigue for the younger ones, this was considered the family drama to watch all together. Even now, there are references to this drama because of how memorable the drama is.

On a side note for those who haven’t been captivated by the nation’s triplets.

Korean Content Globally Accessible

In the past, before the Internet became widespread, Korean dramas could only be aired from the 3 major public broadcasting companies. During that time, there were limited slots for dramas to air, so with lots of demand but limited supply, each drama to be slotted for a broadcasting company had to go through a very competitive selection.

Accessing Korean content abroad before the Internet

Previously up to the early 2010s, the main TV broadcasters were KBS, MBC and SBS. To watch Korean drama, you had to rent it from a video store (if you live in a city with a big enough Korean population) or pay a lot of money to access a Korean channel. However, even if you paid a lot to watch Korean drama on TV, there was a time when you have to watch it as it airs, not where you can go back on your smart TV and catch up on past episodes at your convenience. Additionally, watching 2 new episodes every week on TV outside of Korea meant you are going to be very behind on your drama. By the time it starts airing in the US, chances were the drama was almost done with its season back in Korea. So what many people opted for (including myself) was to go to the Korean video store and rented videos of the new episodes of Korean drama which would be only 1 week behind Korea’s broadcasting schedule. Note it wasn’t DVDs but video tapes where you need a device to rewind it for you before you can start watching it all over again!

Now in 2019, with the Internet, cable TV, web dramas and more in Korea, there are so much content available it has become somewhat overwhelming to prioritize your time when deciding which Korean drama to watch. Korean dramas have been globally recognized to be a very profitable market, hence companies like Viki, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu etc. distributing Korean dramas on their sites. Not only that, some of the mentioned companies are even producing or investing in Korean drama.

With lots of demand and supply in the 2010s, it wouldn’t be too strict to say that the quality of Korean content has dropped over the years. From the time when there was only 3 broadcasting options to today where there’s so many options and marketable groups, it has become more profit driven than ever before.

Of course, when there are negative aspects, there are also many positive aspects as well. Korean media has become more accessible resulting in more interest for Korea, more fan bases leading to what is the continuously growing Hallyu Wave. There are more opportunities for those aspiring to go into film and more economic growth. Depending on what is considered more important for each person, the pros can outweigh the cons.

My Take On This

With many positive aspects, I hope that growth (profits) will not blind the entertainment industry in forgoing quality for quantity. In the end once all the profits, growth and potential are temporarily earned, these dramas will remain to become evidence for the future generations as they study history. Just as we ourselves used historical artifacts like music, books, physical propaganda and chess to understand the past, it will apply the same in the future. Or even now where kids (Gen Z) do not know what a game-boy, furby, beanie babies and walk-mans are.

By Sara N



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10 Upcoming Korean Dramas to Premiere in September 2018

Here is the list of 10 new Korean dramas to premiere next month!

For currently showing dramas, check out our list of 5 Upcoming Korean Dramas to Premiere in August.


The Ghost Detective

  • September 5
  • Starring Choi Daniel, Park Eun-bin, and Lee Ji-ah
  • A ghost-catcher detective tries to solve the mysteries behind his younger sibling’s death.


Devilish Joy (working title)

  • September 5
  • Starring Choi Jin-hyuk and Song Ha-yoon
  • An enjoyable romantic-comedy drama depicting a relationship between a man who suffers from memory loss and a celebrity.


100 Days My Prince

  • September 10
  • Starring Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun
  • Set in Joseon Dynasty, the historical romantic-comedy drama depicts a 100 days of a relationship between a smart girl and a perfectionist crown prince who loses memory.


Son, the Guest

  • September 12
  • Starring Kim Jae-wook, Kim Dong-wook, Jung Eun-chae, and Park Ho-san
  • A psychic, a priest, and a detective gather to fight against mysterious powers that cause crimes.


My Only One

  • September 15
  • Starring Choi Soo-jong and Uee
  • An independent and positive woman’s life takes a sudden shift as her father finds her after 28 years.


The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

  • September 26
  • Starring Seo In-guk, Jung So-min, Park Sung-woong, and Seo Eun-soo
  • A Korean drama adaptation of the Japanese drama under the same title, “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes,” or “Hundred Million Stars from the Sky,” follows a fateful love story.



  • September 29
  • Starring Song Seung-heon, Krystal Jung, Lee Si-eon, and Tae Won-suk
  • A group comprised of a con man, a driver, a hacker, and a fighter make revenge for unfairly earned money.


The Third Charm (working title)

  • TBA
  • Starring Seo Kang-joon and Esom
  • “The Third Charm” depicts a long-time relationship of a couple who have been dating from the ages of 20 to 32.


Terius Behind Me

  • TBA
  • Starring So Ji-sub, Jun In-sun, Son Ho-jun, and Im Se-mi
  • A widow and an NIS agent discover the truth behind the husband’s death, which involves a huge conspiracy.


Cardiac Surgery (working title)

  • TBA
  • Starring Ko Soo, Uhm Ki-joon, and Seo Ji-hye
  • The medical drama follows cardiologists who fall in dilemmas between vocations and personal stories.


By Heewon Kim