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July K-drama Premieres

Upcoming July

We’re starting a new blog feature: lists of upcoming premieres where you can easily check what’s coming each month. We’re still doing What’s Up in Dramaland, don’t worry! Think of this as a supplementary reference in advance of our many opinions in the podcast. (Clicking the title of the drama will take you to its DramaWiki page.)

July is full of premieres – we counted 15 confirmed dramas, and as usual we aren’t including weekend or daily shows.

Designated Survivor: 60 Days

Jul 1, tvN, 16 eps, M/T

DesignatedSurvivor60Days Upcoming

Stars Ji Jin-hee, Lee Joon-hyuk, Heo Jun-ho, Kang Hanna, and Bae Jong-ok.

After the nation’s entire leadership is killed in a terrorist attack, the Minister of Environment is tasked with leading the country through the crisis for 60 days.

Notes:

  1. Remake of hit ABC/Netflix show where a low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

  2. Solid cast, but director seems…middling (his last primetime drama credit is Mirae’s Choice AKA Marry Him If You Dare in 2013).

Love Affairs in the Afternoon

Jul 5, Channel A, eps TBC

LoveAffairsintheAfternoon upcoming

Stars Park Ha-sun, Lee Sang-yeob, Ye Ji-won.

Son Ji-eun (Park Ha-sun) moves to a small city due to her husband’s new job as a civil servant. She works part-time at a mart. Son Ji-eun is quiet and sincere. Her life in the small city becomes boring. Son Ji-eun’s life is shaken by Yoon Jung-woo (Lee Sang-yeob), a biology teacher at a local school. – MyDramaList

Notes:

  1. Remake of hit 2014 Japanese drama, Hirugao

Watcher

Jul 6, OCN, eps TBC, S/S

Watcher Upcoming

Stars Han Suk-kyu, Kim Hyun-joo, Seo Kang-joon.

The lives of Do Chi-gwang (Han Suk-kyu), Kim Young-koon (Seo Kang-koon) and Han Tae-joo (Kim Hyun-joo) were destroyed by a tragic affair. They became members of an internal affairs investigation team for the police and they try to dig up the truth on who is behind the tragic affair.

Han Seok-kyu is an elite detective who is thoughtful and smart and good at his job. But he realizes the importance of work done by the police on corruption, and then becomes the chief of the internal affairs investigation team. He’s joined by Seo Kang-joon, a prickly police officer who’s warm on the inside, and Kim Hyun-joo, an ex-prosecutor-turned-lawyer. They’re connected by a tragic case which they try to solve.

  1. Han Seok-kyu’s return to TV since last outing, Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim in 2016

  2. Director Ahn Gil-ho of Forest of Secrets and Memories of the Alhambra

  3. Screenwriter’s previous projects: The Good Wife (good) and Spy (bad)…also is a man, which is unusual

Level Up

Jul 10, Dramax/MBN, 12 eps, W/T

LevelUp

Stars Sung Hoon and Han Bo-reum.

An Dan-te (Sung Hoon) is a director at Yoosung CRC, which specializes in restructuring companies. He does not express his feelings and he is a perfectionist at work. He seems cold-blooded. To save the game company Joybuster from bankruptcy, An Dan-te is sent there and begins to work as their new CEO. Meanwhile Shin Yeon-hwa (Han Bo-reum) is head of game development at Joybuster. She works on a new game which can satisfy CEO An Dan-te, but they come into conflict on pretty much everything.

Hotel Del Luna

Jul 13, tvN, probably 16eps, S/S

HotelDelLuna Upcoming

Stars Yeo Jin-goo and IU.

Located in the middle of Seoul, the Hotel Del Luna appears to the world an old dilapidated building. However, it holds a glamorous interior, one that the living can’t enjoy because the hotel only caters to ghosts. The beautiful, but ill-tempered CEO, Jang Man-wol (IU), is cursed to manage the hotel because of a terrible sin she committed many centuries ago, b