With two new dramas in July of very different tone, tvN continues to reenforce its reputation as a leading creative drama network. While "Hotel Del Luna" as a high concept fantasy romance is well in line with the network's brand, it will be joining the workplace minded "Search: WWW" and the political thriller "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" in a fairly broad genre slate.
"Search: WWW" is entering into its second half this month. The episodic drama centered around an Internet search engine's female-centered office has been doing fairly modestly in the ratings. In practice, "Search: WWW" does have quite a few typical romantic comedy elements, but the marketing and concept for the drama have eschewed that element to instead focus on generally self-contained weekly stories in the Wednesday/Thursday timeslot.
"Designated Survivor: 60 Days" is based on the American drama of the same title and shares its premise of an unlikely minor political official taking hold of the country after the rest of the chain of command is unexpectedly killed. Styled as a political thriller, the drama is the biggest deviation from tvN's normal brand. It just started airing on July 1st in the Monday/Tuesday timeslot.
Lastly, the biggest July release for tvN is "Hotel Del Luna", which stars IU as an enigmatic hotel manager who has to work with the hotel's new owner, played by Yeo Jin-goo. "Hotel Del Luna" is sandwiched between parts two and three of the historical drama "Arthdal Chronicles". The radically different tone between those two dramas could easily impact one or both of them negatively, though expectations remain high for "Hotel Del Luna".
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"Hotel Del Luna" is directed by Oh Choong-hwan, written by Hong Jeong-eun, Hong Mi-ran, and features IU, Yeo Jin-goo, Jung Dong-hwan, Shin Jung-geun, Bae Hae-sun, P.O. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/07/13~Upcoming, Sat, Sun 21:00 on tvN.
"Search: WWW" is directed by Jung Ji-hyun, Kwon Young-il, written by Kwon Do-eun, and features Lim Soo-jung, Lee Da-hee, Jeon Hye-jin-II, Jang Ki-yong, Lee Jae-wook, Ji Seung-hyun. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/06/05~Now airing, Wed, Thu 21:30 on tvN.
"Designated Survivor: 60 Days" is directed by Yoo Jong-seon, written by Kim Tae-hee-I, and features Ji Jin-hee, Heo Joon-ho, Kang Han-na, Lee Joon-hyuk, Bae Jong-ok, Kim Gyu-ri. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/07/01~Now airing, Mon, Tue 21:30 on tvN.
"Arthdal Chronicles" is directed by Kim Won-seok, written by Kim Yeong-hyeon, Park Sang-yeon, and features Jang Dong-gun, Song Joong-ki, Kim Ji-won, Kim Ok-vin, Kim Eui-sung, Park Hae-joon. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/06/01~Now airing, Sat, Sun 21:00 on tvN.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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