The drama opens with Baek Seung Chan starting his first day in the variety department of the broadcast channel KBS. The first day of work, or orientation day, gives a glimpse of what truly happens behind our TV screens.
- Rookies are expected to hit the ground running – learn the ropes as you go!
- Not everyone is motivated and dedicated
- Office politics, which often involve gossiping, are necessary in order to succeed
- Celebrities on the TV shows can be bratty and annoying while lacking talent…
- It’s all about RATINGS. As a PD, if your show has amazing ratings you are the top dog!
It’s easy to see that Seung Chan is confused and NAIVE. He had several misconceptions about the industry, and simply decided to join the field because of his college crush.
Let me introduce our female lead: the fierce Tak Ye Ji! She is a producer in the variety department. I can already tell that Seung Chan’s life can only get harder from now on. Everyone fears Ye Ji… When she is in a bad mood, everyone in the department is alerted.
For instance, the alert text sent will mention Jindo dog #1, #2 or #3. Number 3 being the case where if you don’t bother Ye Ji, nothing bad will happen, and number #1 meaning wartime. Despite being strict and easily angered, she is on top of her game.
South Korea Exports Its Glow
I recently discovered this New York Times’ article about how Korean skin care products are taking the United States by storm. It all started with BB creams in 2011. Since then, Western companies have rolled out their own BB and CC creams.
The article discusses the main differences between the American approach to skin care, which is all about speed. If you can get a product that does 5 things in 1 why not? Whereas the Korean approach is all about targeting different skin problems no matter how many steps and products it takes. Korean skin care products are made even more appealing when using the right packaging and spokesperson.
My Love From The Star’s Success In China
I stumbled upon this article from The Washington Post today. My attention was immediately drawn to the picture of Kim Soo Hyun and Gianna Jun ~ Apparently Chinese officials are wondering why China is unable to produce shows as successful. The Korean drama featuring our favorite alien has also taken China by storm.
A love story between an alien and a Hallyu celebrity… Compelling, but not that much. What makes this drama interesting is definitely not the plot itself, but more the satire of the movie/drama industry. I love how Cheon Song Yi (Gianna Jun ) portrays this pretty dumb actress (can’t even tell the difference between propofol – a sedative and anesthetic abused by some Korean celebrities – and propolis). The other reason I am watching is because of Kim Soo Hyun, who plays the male lead Do Min Joon. I loved The Moon that Embraces the Sun and was definitely looking forward to his future drama. The first two episodes were punctuated by flashbacks of Min Joon’s 400 years on Earth and his sassy comments. Min Joon’s sexy sassiness is a must see ~
– maniac Ride