September K-drama Premieres

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It’s another month chock-full of premieres, just in time to… distract you from class? If you’re returning to school around this time, good luck! Happy drama-watching, and stay safe and hydrated!

Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency

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Sep 16, JTBC, M/T, eps TBA

Stars Kim Min-jae, Gong Seung-yeon, Seo Ji-hoom.

Before Lee Soo (Seo Ji-hoon) became a king, he was an ordinary blacksmith in the countryside. He life suddenly changed at the age of 23. This was when Lee Soo became the King of Joseon. Meanwhile, Lee Soo’s first love is Gae-ddong (Gong Seung-Yeon). He loved her before he took the throne. King Lee Soo wants to marry Gae-ddong, but, because of her humble background, it is virtually impossible. To marry Gae-ddong, Lee Soo hires the Flower Crew Matchmaking Agency. The agency consists of 3 handsome men: Ma Hoon (Kim Min-jae), Do Joon (Byeon Woo-seok) and Go Young-Soo (Park Ji-hoon) and they are the best matchmaking agency in Joseon. King Lee Soo asks the Flower Crew to make Gae-ddong a noblewoman. –AsianWiki

Notes:

  • based on a novel of the same name.

 

When the Camellia Blooms

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Sep 18, KBS, W/Th, eps TBA

Stars Gong Hyo-jin, Kang Ha-neul, Kim Ji-suk, Son Dam-bi.

A romantic thriller-comedy about the realistic, passionate love between three couples. The drama will follow the story of a woman named Dong Baek and show how her life is tangled up with a good man, a bad man, and a cheap man. –Soompi

Notes:

  • Screenwriter worked on Fight My Way, director worked on Are You Human Too, Uncontrollably Fond

 

The Running Mates: Human Rights (literal title: Running Investigators)

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Sep 18, OCN, W/Th

Stars Lee Yo-won, Choi Gwi-hwa.

“Running Investigators” shines light on the lives of those who have their human rights infringed upon from the perspective of an inspector for the Human Rights Commission, who has neither the right to investigate nor prosecute. –HanCinema

 

Secret Boutique

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Sep 18, SBS, 32 eps, W/Th

Stars Kim Sun-ah, Kim Jae-young.

Jenny Jang (Kim Sun-ah) is poor and works at bathhouse in Gangnam. She starts a new job as a housemaid for a conglomerate family. She becomes successful and then runs J Boutique. She also begins work as a lobbyist. Jenny Jang gets involved in an international city development project. -AsianWiki

Notes:

Vagabond

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Sep 20, SBS, 48 eps, F/S

Stars Lee Seung-gi, Suzy, Shin Sung-rok, Moon Jung-hee. 

Cha Dal-gun (Lee Seung-gi) is a stunt man who dreams of becoming a world famous action actor. He survives a plane crash which changes his life. He faces a hidden conspiracy behind the plane crash and digs up a national corruption case.

To support her mother and younger sibling, Go Hae-ri (Bae Suzy) wants the stable job of a public officer. She becomes an NIS agent. She hoped to become a white agent, but she became a black agent. -AsianWiki

Notes: 

  • This drama is fully pre-produced and its total budget of the drama is reported to be ₩20 billion ($18.6 million).
  • This is the fourth collaboration between director Yoo In-sik and scriptwriters Jang Young-chul and Jung Kyung-soon, which previously did Giant, History of a Salaryman, and Incarnation of Money.
  • Lee Seung-gi and Suzy are reuniting 6 years after Gu Family Book.

 

Pegasus Market/Cheap Cheollima Mart

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Sep 20, tvN, 12 eps, F

Stars Lee Dong-hwi, Kim Byung-chul.

Moon Suk-goo (Lee Dong-hwi) is the manager of the financially struggling Chollima Mart, owned by Daema Group. When Jung Bok-dong (Kim Byung-chul) is appointed as the new CEO, after being demoted within Daema Group, Moon Suk-goo becomes hopeful concerning the store’s future, not realizing that Jung Bok-dong’s true intentions are to wreck the company in an act of revenge on Daema Group. However, Jung Bok-dong’s scheme does not go as planned. -DramaWiki

Notes:

  • Based on the webtoon of the same name by Kim Kyu Sam (김규삼).
  • A Chollima is a legendary winged horse of East Asian mythology.

 

Melting Me Softly

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Sep 28, tvN, 16 eps, S/S

Stars Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah, Yoon Se-ah.

A story about a man and a woman who participated in a project to be frozen for 24 hours, only to be woken up 20 years later due to a mysterious scheme. Once out of the freeze, the two experience a dangerous side effect from the project wherein they must maintain a core body temperature of 31.5 degrees Celsius (approximately 88.7 degrees Fahrenheit) to survive. Coupled with the warming of their hearts from romantic attraction, they find themselves in a sticky situation.

Ma Dong Chan is a star variety show PD, who makes hits out of every show he creates. He decides to personally participate in his show called “Frozen Human Project,” but instead of waking up 24 hours later, 20 years have passed when he opens his eyes. Everyone he knows has aged 20 years, while he has maintained his perfect physique and youth from pre-freeze. –Soompi

 

The Tale of Nokdu

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Sep 30, KBS, 32 eps, M/T

Stars Jang Dong-yoon, Kim So-hyun. 

Jeon Nok-du is the son of a noble family. He is not happy that his family has arranged for him to marry a young girl. To avoid the marriage, Nok-du runs away from home. He disguises himself as a woman and goes to a widow village. There, he meets Dong Dong-ju (Kim So-hyun) who is an apprentice to become a gisaeng. She does not want to become a gisaeng, but Dong-ju doesn’t have a choice. She happens to know that Nok-du is not a woman and she hears the reason why he is hiding in the widow village. Nok-du saves Dong-ju from a dangerous situation. She becomes his adopted daughter and he decides to live in the widow village for one year. –AsianWiki

Notes:

  • Based on webtoon Nokdujeon.
  • Previously known as Mung Bean Chronicles.

 

Miss Lee

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Sep, tvN, W/Th

Stars Hyeri, Kim Sang-kyung.

Since Lee Sun-shim (Hyeri) began to work at Cheongil Electronics, she has worked hard as a clerk. She does pretty much any small tasks that the company needs, but her co-workers still calls her “Miss Lee” rather than by her full name. She has a bright and positive personality. Suddenly, Lee Sun-shim becomes the CEO of Cheongil Electronics, which is about to go bankrupt. With the help of Yoo Jin-wook (Kim Sang-kyung) and guided by her leadership with humility principles, Lee Sun-Sim tries to turn around the company. Yoo Jin-wook is a department head at Cheongil Electronics. He is focused only on work and doesn’t see the employees as people, but watching Lee Sun-shim causes him to change and he helps her grow as a CEO. -AsianWiki

 

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