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K-drama Premieres: March 2020

A new month, and many new premieres! Are you anticipating spring, or looking forward to fall? Wherever you are, we wish you health and comfort in the midst of this scary global health crisis. On the bright side, if you stay indoors and watch dramas, you’ll probably be safe. (We are always looking for new ways to justify our addictions, am I right?)

아무도 모룬다

1 | Nobody Knows / 아무도 모른다

MDL

Mar-02, Mon-Tue, 16 eps, SBS

Murder, mystery, thriller

Stars: Kim Seo-hyung, Ryu Duk-hwan, Park Hoon, Ahn Ji-ho

Synopsis: Cha Young-jin (Kim Seo-hyung) is a detective. She lost her friend 19 years ago to a serial killer. Cha Young Jin still carries guilt and trauma over the death of her friend. The serial killer case then begins again after 19 years. Cha Young-jin chases after the killer.

  1. SKY Castle‘s Evil Coordi Kim Joo-young returns, but this time she’s the hero!

  2. Screenwriter’s only other credit looks like a drama special back in 2015

  3. PD’s last project was Falsify

메모리스트

2 | Memorist / 메모리스트

MDL, d-addicts

Mar-11, Wed-Thu, 16 eps, tvN

Supernatural mystery thriller

Stars: Yoo Seung-ho, Lee Se-young

Synopsis: Detective Dong Baek has the supernatural ability to read people’s memories when he touches them. He loses his memory as he stumbles upon a mysterious case of serial murders.

  1. Based on hit webtoon of the same name

  2. Sounds like his last melo, Remember-Son’s War meets He Is Psychometric

  3. It may be derivative BUT DO I (Saya) CARE?

  4. You get points if you get the right answer to the above

슬기로운 의사생활

3 | Hospital Playlist / 슬기로운 의사생활

MDL, d-addicts

Mar-12, Thu, 12 eps, tvN/Netflix

Life, Medical, Workplace, ensemble drama

Stars:  Jo Jung-seok, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung, Jeon Mi-do

Synopsis: Five doctors who all attended the same medical school are now friends and work together at the same hospital – a place known as the microcosm of life, where someone is being born and someone’s life ends. The five doctors are long time friends of 20 years who started their undergrad in 1999 in the same medical school, and now they are colleagues in the same hospital. The drama will also deal with a story of a band formed by the group of doctors.

  1. Original title: Wise Doctor Life/Smart Doctor Living, from the same “franchise” as Smart Prison Living/Prison Playbook and the Reply series, helmed by same duo, PD Shin Won-ho and writer Lee Woo-jung

  2. Second season already confirmed for 2021 (a comment on MDL says it was planned to have 3 seasons from the start); the genre potentially suits multiple season format

  3. Trailer is really good: https://youtu.be/xqIM2cenBAs

  4. And a band! So JJS will sing!

킹덤2

4 | Kingdom 2 / 킹덤2

MDL, d-addicts

Mar-13, 6 eps, Friday (all eps), Netflix

Historical supernatural thriller

Stars:  Joo Ji Hoon, Bae Doo Na, Ryu Seung Ryong, Kim Hye Joon

Synopsis: In S1, the Crown Prince of Joseon investigates a mysterious disease and uncovers a cruel truth which threatens the country.

S2: In an attempt to save the people during a plague, the crown prince Lee Chang returns to the palace to find the source of the disease and uncovers other secrets and plots within the palace.

  1. Netflix Original, sequel to last year’s hit opener

  2. Fully preproduced, with a third and final season still to come.

  3. Both S1 and S2 originally planned 8 episodes, but cut to 6 as they went over budget. (and old news but remember Song Joong-ki turned down this role before it was offered to Joo Ji-hoon, lol now we are in a post-Arthdal world…)

  4. Drama based on manhwa, Country of God (신의 나라).