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Favorite K-dramas : 2009 -2014

Happy New Year! Hope it is off to a great start already!

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I decided to introduce K-drama to the blog! For those who do not know, “K-drama” is an abbreviation for Korean Drama. I enjoy watching these television dramas from South Korea.  A friend of mine introduced me to it and I have been hooked for almost four years now. I’m Nigerian and no, I’m not fluent in Korean language but I think I’m getting there, *side eye”

It started with Boys Over Flowers, boy oh boy, was I hooked. After that drama marathon, I wanted MORE!. More of Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong! More of the drama, the love, the romance… really, i thought it was that good. Just like that I was welcomed to the world of K-drama.

Here are my favorite kdramas in no particular order:

Boys Over Flowers (2009)

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This drama made me cry and laugh so much.  Half the time I caught myself screaming at my iPad. Yeah, we both know that’s normal, right?  It was my first initiation to the Chaebol craze and second lead syndrome. Lee Min Ho and Ku Hye Sun have us that young love which consisted of petty fights, misunderstandings and make ups. You definitely can not have a kdrama without character developments.  Personally, Boys over Flowers was so popular  when it aired so that is also a plus. Ah! I enjoyed it. Watch why Lee Min Ho got so popular here

Can You Hear My Heart (2011)

Synopsis: Hwang Jung Eum played the role of Bong Woo Ri,  a  young woman who did her best to provide and protect her deaf mother and mentally ill father. Family trials brought Bong Woo Ri closer to a deaf rich man, Dong Joo(Kim Jae Won) who is hunted by his family’s dark secrets

Omo! Omo! This drama right here was so good. I became a fan of Hwang Jung Eum because of her performance in this drama. The cast was great. This is a must-see, It is going to tug at your heart-strings. Do not sleep on this drama.  Get your tissues ready and Watch it here

A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012)

Synopsis: four best friends in their 40s dealing with their romantic and professional lives. Jang Dong Gun stars as the male lead(Kim Do-Jin) who wants love but does not want to share his wealth. Kim Ha Neul stars as the female lead, she plays Seo Yi-Soo,  who falls in love with Kim Do-Jin.

A Gentleman’s Dignity was mature and refreshing drama. Initially, I was not going to watch it, but it was really good. It is not about that young annoying love stories. It is mature but cute and kept me wanting more. I have seen it twice, yup! it’s that good. All the cast were great and it was my first time watching any of their work. Watch it here

My Love from Another Star (2013)

Synopsis:It is about an alien, Do Min Joo (Kim Soo Hyun), who crash landed on earth and was left behind, thus lived on earth for 400 years among humans and falls in love with an actress, Cheon Song-Yi ( by Jun Ji Hyun).

I am not much of a sci-fi fan; fantasy? yes. but not Sci-fi. I am not interested in all that vampire, alien, time traveling type of anything. I decided to be open-minded and gave it a go. My Love From Another Star had me in stitches from the first episode. seven out of ten times when a drama begins that good, the drama keeps that winning streak to the very last episode. It was very entertaining. I enjoyed it…duh! Please tell me you’ve seen it too. If you haven’t, Watch it here

The Moon Embracing The Sun (2012)

Synopsis: the story of the undying love between the crown prince, Lee Kwon (Kim Soo Hyun) and a noble girl, Wol (Han Ga In). Wol was chosen as the crown princess but was believed dead until she reappeared 8 years later with no memory of her past. The kid actors were really good, I wished Han Ga In gave me more.I Felt like I was not getting something from her. Or maybe I’m just biased towards Kim You Jung who played the younger Wol. Yeah, she  is one of my favorite South Korean actresses. Anyway, If you are still sleeping on this drama, you need to wake up!! The cast should make you give it a try. Watch it here

Heirs (2013)

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Solange, They did it first, yeah!. You know…that pose at your wedding that “broke the internet?”. well, they kinda did…

I do not think I need to introduce this majestic drama. It is everywhere, Heirs was quite popular when it aired. Even my mom watched with me and my sis. I remember the three of us spending time watching it together, it was a date! I have seen Heirs thrice… *covers face*. More than K-drama romance, I really enjoy watching it’s bromance, and Heirs gave me that and more.

Off topic but can I just rant for sec here? I really do not know which pair I prefer; Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin or Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin( School 2013). I need them all in a drama. Wouldn’t that be great? *fans self*

Watch Park Shin Hye’s fall in love with Lee Min Ho here

Dong Yi (2010)

This was the time Kim You Jung became one of the  kid actresses I love to watch.

Synopsis: This is a historical drama based on the life of Dong Yi (Kim You Jung) who was later known as Choi Suk Bin (Han Hyo Joo), who was born a commoner that became a concubine to the King. Choi Suk Bin had to overcome political and personal battles to protect  and raise her son, the future king.

Dong Yi  is  was the reason Kim You Jung became one of the  kid actresses I love to watch. It is my all time favorite historical korean drama. It is also a true life story. I do not know a lot of K-drama fans who have seen this. Most people over look it  because it is historical and has 60 episodes. ha ha, yes! 60 episodes. I was hooked from the beginning. I recommend you to give it a try. If you liked Han Hyo Joo in Shinning Inheritance, you will love her in this drama. I think I might just watch it again. Watch it here

Iris (2009)

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Synopsis: Two sworn brothers Hyeong Jun (Lee Byun Hun) and Sa Won(Jeong  Jun Ho) who are elite agents of the National Security Systems both fall  for fellow agent, Seung Hee(Kim Tae Hee). Hyeong Jun goes on an assignment in Hungary where he was betrayed. Upon returning to South Korea,  Hyeong Jun believed that everyone in his organization was either dead or working for the enemy. While Hyeong Jun carried out his revenge, he begins to discover the secrets of IRIS, a secret organization.

This is by faaaar (yeah, the distance is clear) my favorite action K-drama. It was thrilling, intense, romantic and exciting. I did not want it to end. I miss it so much (I bet I’m not the only one that has felt this way about certain dramas). The battle between love and duty. Ahh, it was one of my firsts and it was amazing, got me excited when I learned that a sequel series was in the works. Although the sequel was good, just was not the synopsis I expected. Watch IRIS here

Some Other kdramas I enjoyed are:

  • Bridal Mask
  • King 2 Hearts
  • Emergency Couple
  • Fated To Love You
  • City Hunter
  • Personal Taste
  • Coffee Prince
  • Secret Garden
  • Ice Adonis
  • Jang Bo Ri is Here
  • Pinocchio
  • Marriage, Not Dating
  • Hotel King
  • Gu Family Book
  • School 2013
  • Shining Inheritance
  • Three Brothers
  • Cunning Single Lady

 Happy New Year! Hope it is off to a great start already! I decided to introduce Kdrama to the blog! For those who do not know, "kdrama" is an abbreviation for Korean Drama. I enjoy watching these d...

I would like some recommendations too! What are some of your all time favorites?

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Netflix Renews ‘House of Cards’ For Season 3

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“House of Cards” has been renewed for third season.

Netflix, the online giant has renewed the political drama for a third season ahead of it second season premiere. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright star in the drama series.

The second season will debut on Netflix on Feb. 14 with 13-episodes.

Netflix Reveals ‘House of Cards’ Season 2 Premiere Date, Teaser Trailer

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Emmy nominated series, “House of Cards” will debut its second season on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014, Netflix revealed Wednesday. All episodes of the online series which stars, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright will be available to view at once.

Here is the synopsis of season 2:

Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwoods must overcome these dangers — past and present — to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.

 Below is a teaser-trailer of the upcoming season, watch the clip below. 

‘The Killing’: Revived By Netflix For A Final Fourth Season

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Netflix revives “The Killing.”

“The Killing,” a show canceled twice by AMC, is coming back for a fourth season on Netflix. The streaming giant has picked up the series for a six-episode fourth and final season, with stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman and showrunner Veena Sud.

“The rich, serialized storytelling in “The Killing” thrives on Netflix, and we believe that it is only fitting to give Sarah Linden (Enos) and Stephen Holder (Kinnaman) a proper send off,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix. “We are looking forward to offering fans — both existing and new — a series that we know is perfectly suited for on-demand viewing.”

AMC axed “The Killing” after its second season last year, only to renew the show for a third season. The third season aired this summer on AMC to humble ratings.

Will you watch “The Killing” on Netflix? Take the poll below.

NBC to Air Hurricane Sandy Benefit

In the wake of the deadly hurricane, NBCUniversal — including NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA – will air an hour live benefit telethon for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The telethon will be hosted by “Today’s” Matt Lauer from NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting are scheduled to perform with Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams also schedule to appear.

All money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross. The benefit called “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” airs live Friday, November 2 at 8/7c. The telethon also will be live-streamed on NBC.com.

Rihanna, Bruno, & Justin Bieber to Perform At Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Kerry Washington & Alicia Keys Among Black Girls Rock Honorees And More!

Get ready for a hot night in December. Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Justin Bieber are schedule to perform later on this year at “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” CBS announced earlier last week.

Rihanna will perform two songs off her upcoming seventh album, including her recent released single, “Diamonds.”

Christina Applegate, Bruno Mars To Host ‘SNL’

Performers will be joined on stage by Victoria’s Secret Angels Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, and Lindsay Ellingson.

“Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” airs December 4, 10/9c on CBS.

  • Julia Roberts is coming to the small screen, sort of. The veteran actress is executive producing a half hour comedy, “The Shrew,” for ABC.”  The comedy only references Williams Shakespeare’s  The Taming of the Shrew in name alone, is about an horrible boss, whose employees try to reign her in.  [THR]
  • “Scandal” star and actress Kerry Washington, singers Alicia Keys and Dionne Warwick, Dr. Hawa Abdi and her daughters and writer Susan L. Taylor will be honored later on this month at this year’s ‘Black Girls Rock” awards ceremony. Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Brandy, and Indie Arie are scheduled to perform during the event. The awards show will air on November 4 on BET, with Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King co-hosting. [BET]
  • “House of Cards” first 13-episode season has a premiere date. The series from director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), will be available for instant viewing starting Feb. 1, 2013, Netflix announced earlier this week. “House of Cards” is a political drama, based on a BBC miniseries of the same title.
  • Lindsay Lohan’s Elizabeth Taylor biopic for Lifetime, “Liz & Dick,” will premiere on Sunday, November 25, at 9 p.m. ET.
  • MTV announced this week, that  “MTV Movie Awards” will air live Sunday, April 14, 2013.
  • “106 & Park”revealed the new hosts of the urban series which are: Bow Wow, Ms. Mykie, Paigion and Shorty Da Prince. The hosts began hosting Monday.
  • “American Horror Story: Asylum” premieres Wed., Oct. 17 on FX. Peep the new released trailer below.

That’s all for this week folks!

Fall TV: Watch ‘Nashville’ Pilot Online

“Nashville” series debut might be a week away, but thanks to Hulu, the pilot is available online now.

Every network, including ABC has shared its fall pilots online a few weeks before their debut. “Last Resort’s” pilot was released a couple weeks ago via Yahoo, therefore releasing “Nashville’s” pilot a week before its series debut is no surprise.

Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights,” “American Horror Story”), Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”), Charles Esten (“Enlightened,” “Big Love”), Eric Close (“Without a Trace”) and Clare Bowen star in one of the most anticipated new drama series.

Connie Britton plays a legendary country queen, Rayna Jaymes, whose music career is slipping away. In order to be number one once again, her producers offer her to work with Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the sassy, young and sexy newcomer of country music. Can these two divas work together. Watch the pilot below.

“Nashville” premieres Oct. 10 at 10/9c on ABC.

Fall TV: NBC Launches ‘Chicago Fire’ Pilot Online

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Hoping to follow “Revolution’s” success, NBC has released the pilot episode of its new fiery drama series “Chicago Fire.”

From “Law & Order” executive producer Dick Wolf and “3:10 to Yuma” writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, “Chicago Fire” follows some very hot firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51.

The series stars “House” veteran Jesse Spencer, Charlie Barnett, Monica Raymund (“The Good Wife”) and Taylor Kinney (“The Vampire Diaries).”

“Chicago Fire” debuts Wed., Oct. 10 at 9c.

Will it be another “Rescue Me?” Here is the pilot.

 

Fall TV: Watch ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’ Pilot Online (Video)

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The CW’s new series “Emily Owens, M.D.’s” pilot has been released two weeks before its scheduled debut.

The series follows Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer), who starts her first-year intern with high expectations only to discover she is working with her med-school crush Will Rider (Justin Hartley) and her high school nemesis Cassandra Kopelson (Aja Naomi King).

Fall Scoop: The CW Reveals Key Art for ‘Arrow,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and ‘Emily Owens’

“Emily Owens, M.D.” premieres on Tues., Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

Here is the pilot.