August is upon us! Here’s the primetime K-drama premiering this month.
(If some of these look familiar, it’s because the first three on the list were originally supposed to air in July.)
What are you most excited for?
Aug 5, KBS2, 32 30-min eps, M/T
Stars Kim Se-jong, Yeon Woo-jin, Song Jae-rim.
A murder takes place. Hong Yi-young (Kim), who is a timpanist, does not remember what happened on the day of the murder. She is simple-minded and suffers from insomnia. Hong Yi-young looks for a job. She happens to meet Jang Yoon (Yeon). He is bad at singing, but is a pianist in an orchestra. To help with Hong Yi-young’s insomnia, Jang Yoon calls her every night. They try to find the truth about the murder.
Meanwhile, Nam Joo-wan (Song) is an orchestra conductor. He has charisma and showmanship. Ha Eun-joo (T-Ara’s Park Ji-Yeon) is a violinist in the orchestra. She is arrogant. – AsianWiki
Aug 5, MBC, 32 eps, M/T
Stars Rain, Im Ji-yeon.
Lee Jae-sang (Rain) is a lawyer at JK Law Firm, which is one of the biggest law firms in South Korea. He is an excellent lawyer, but he only cares about winning for his benefit. One day, he has a mysterious car accident and he is drawn into a parallel world. There, Lee Jae-sang finds himself working as a prosecutor. He is strict in carrying out the law. He is married to Ra Shi-on (Im), who loves Lee Jae-sang and is faithful to him. In the world where Lee Jae-sang came from, he broke up with Ra Shi-on ten years earlier and she works as a detective. Lee Jae-sang struggles to cope with his different selves. – AsianWiki
- From the writer of Beating Again/Falling for Innocence (only other credit this writer has)
- Alternate title: You Only Live Twice
Aug 9, JTBC, eps TBA
Stars Chun Woo-hee, Jeon Yeo-bin, Han Ji-eun.
Im Jin-joo (Chun), Lee Eun-jung (Jeon) and Hwang Han-joo (Han) are best friends and they are all 30-years-old. Im Jin-joo is a drama series writer. She has emotional ups and downs. Her personality is a bit unique. Even though she is a drama series writer, she tries to write her scripts with a literary style. She also makes conversation with a luxurious bag in a shop window.
Lee Eun-jung is a documentary director. She has enjoyed documentaries since she was a child. She runs her own production company and she is the only staff member in the company. One of her documentaries becomes an unexpected hit.
Hwang Han-joo is head of a marketing team for a drama series production company. She is a single mother, and struggles to balance her work and raising a kid. – AsianWiki
Aug 21, MBN, 16 eps, W/Th
Stars Im Soo-hyang, Lee Jang-woo, Bae Jong-ok.
Mo Seok-hee (Im Soo-hyang) is an only child and her father runs the large company MC Group. She is beautiful, smart and rich. Her mother was killed 15 years ago, and she struggles with it, though she appears outwardly arrogant (of course)
Heo Yoon-do (Lee Jang-woo) is a lawyer, but he doesn’t even have an office. He solves small problems of neighborhood residents at a restaurant. He is full of love. Miraculously, Yoon-do is headhunted to join the TOP team at MC Group. The TOP team manages the affairs of the family who runs the MC Group. Their job includes covering up immoral or illegal behaviors done by the family. Han Je-kook (Bae Jong-ok) heads the TOP team. Seok-hee and Yoon-do work together to reveal the truth of what happened when Seok-hee’s mother was killed.
- This has Im Soo-hyang and Lee Jang-woo reuniting onscreen after 7 years; he played the male lead and she played female second lead in 2012’s I Do, I Do.
- Im Soo-hyang was last in the drama My ID is Gangnam Beauty
Aug 26, tvN, 16 eps, M/T
Stars Song Seung-heon, Lee Sun-bin, Im Joo-hwan.
Wie Dae-han is an ex-lawmaker and is a materialistic kind of politician. He wants to get elected as lawmaker again. One day, 18-year-old girl Da-jung comes to him. She tells him that he is her real father. Her mother raised four children, including Da-jung, alone, but she died in a hit-and-run accident. Da-jung is the only one now taking care of her three younger siblings. Wie Dae-han accepts Da-jung and her 3 younger siblings. He carries out “The Great Show” to become a lawmaker again. –AsianWiki
- This slot was originally held by Catch the Ghost, which was rescheduled for October.
- The Great Show has been filming since April, aiming for 100% pre-production.
- This director worked on Tunnel, Bad Guys, and Faith.
Aug 31, OCN, 10 eps, S/S
Stars Im Shi-wan, Lee Dong-wook.
Yoon Jong-Woo (Im Si-Wan) is a man in his 20’s. He has lived in a small town for all of his life, but he gets a job at a small office in Seoul. Yoon Jong-Woo moves out to Seoul and stays at a cheap apartment which shares its kitchen and bathroom with other residents. He doesn’t like staying at the apartment and he doesn’t like the other residents who seem weird and suspicious. –AsianWiki
- Based on a completed (horror?) webtoon of the same name, and is being adapted for the screen by the webtoon author
- Im Shi-wan’s army comeback project. Welcome back, Jang Geu-rae! ❤︎