Director Yoon Sang Ho is hoping the DOTS magic will rub off on his new series!

On January 26, Saimdang: Light's Diary (Herstory) intends to make viewers spellbound by Seo Ji Yoon's (actress Lee Young Ae) journey through time. This will be Lee's first K-drama in over ten years, and the director has a very positive outlook on his pre-produced TV series. He recently told the media his thoughts about pre-produced K-dramas like Descendants of the Sun and Herstory.

“Many people had doubts about Descendants of the Sun before it became a big hit. Personally, I think it’s really well-made, and I’m envious of the drama for being a positive precedent for pre-produced dramas,"  Yoon Sang Ho carefully explained.

"It’s good news for us though. I’d like our drama to do as well as Descendants of the Sun did, and hopefully pre-produced dramas will not disappear from the Korean drama industry. But it’s hard to say how our drama will do compared to ‘Descendants of the Sun.'”

Saimdang: Light's Diary (Herstory) is about a Korean art history professor who is captivated by Shin Saimdang's diary and a puzzling painting of a woman. The professor is determined to uncover the secrets from the ancient woman's fascinating life.

Now I'm going to take a wild guess and say Seo Ji Yoon is the reincarnated version of the legendary Shin Saimdang, and that is why she is so taken with her story. It's like learning about a whole new side to herself! I'm curious about Saimdang: Light's Diary (Herstory) for a couple of reasons. Song Seung Hun has been my celebrity crush since Summer Scent, and the fact that this series could fill the void that Scarlet Heart: Ryeo left in November. I was anxious to see more present day scenes intertwined with the past.  

Do you think Saimdang: Light's Diary (Herstory) will rival DOTS popularity? What do you expect from the new show? 

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