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Some surprising news broke in light of the political drama Daemul
's recent ratings success over Rain
's high-profile action comedy Runaway: Plan B. Runaway
premiered strong, but scored rather disappointing
ratings last week in its second episode, down about 20%. Daemul
, on the other hand, seems to be on an upward swing, attracting about a quarter of viewers in its latest episode. Therefore, the news that Daemul
series writer Hwang Eun Kyung
after only two episodes had aired has conspiracy theorists wondering if it was the political nature of the drama that forced the change. SBS denies that politicians are pulling the strings behind the scenes, but its still an unusually abrupt change, especially for a drama that is on track to be a real hit.
I know we're all supposed to be ignoring the real-life age difference between Flames of Ambition
's Yoo Seung Ho
and Seo Woo
, but it's not helping that in new pics
he looks a lot like Bud Cort
in Harold and Maude
Drama Fever favorite Playful Kiss
is wrapping up soon. Even though it's not doing so well in Korea (at least according to traditional television viewership ratings), more than 10,000 people signed up
to watch the final episode with star Kim Hyun Joong
. He's turning it into a real fan meeting, singing a few songs from the soundtrack to the lucky 2,000 chosen to attend.
Veteran Japanese actor Jun Inoue (Hitsudan Hostess)
will be charged with negligent driving after running over the foot
of a 25-year old man, fracturing three toes. There's no evidence that alcohol was involved in the afternoon accident, and the incident occured at a tight intersection. Jun
has publicly apologized to the injured man.
Lee Byung Hun
is still reaping rewards from his hit IRIS
. A representative from the Tokyo Drama Awards has announced
that the organization will crown the star with the superfluous title Best Actor in Asia at an upcoming ceremony. Given the way IRIS
was chopped up for Japanese television, it's a bit surprising that the show will also receive a "special foreign project award." Maybe voters saw the original rather than the badly edited and dubbed version?
Finally, some pics
from Dong Yi
's goodbye party show an exhausted but happy cast celebrating 60 episodes.