We got a request from one of our readers to write a drama update as to what is premiering in the next month, which is actually a really good idea. Even for us veteran viewers it is becoming hard to keep everything in order. So join us as we give our opinions on the dramas arriving in July!
Designated Survivor: 60 Days (July 1st)
Synopsis: Park Moo Jin is a former professor of chemistry and now holds the Minister of Environment position. He doesn’t have ambition, personal beliefs or political sense. One day, the cabinet is gathered in the National Assembly for the president’s address. A terror attack takes place, killing many government officials, including the president and ministers. Park Moo Jin is the highest ranking government official left alive. He doesn’t want the position, but he must sit as the acting president for 60 days. Park Moo Jin chases after the person or group responsible for the attack as he grows as a national leader. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: I was going to someday get around to watch the US show this is based on. Now I can just watch the Korean version instead. Win-win.
Karie the Maknae: Probably a pass on this one, unless I hear that it’s truly compelling.
Kdrama Jen: I am on the fence. I will probably let Kmuse try it first, a
Clkytta: Politics, Clkytta does not do politics. Pass.
MiataMama: Nope. I got bored just reading the synopsis.
Drama Geek: I’m with Kdrama Jen and I’ll let Kmuse tell us what she thinks.
Melo Suits Me (Mid July???)
Synopsis: Im Jin Joo, Lee Eun Jung, and Hwang Han Joo are best friends who are 30-years-old. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: I know nothing about this drama and couldn’t even find a teaser. It is added since it says it is coming on JTBC following Chief of Staff mid July.
Karie the Maknae: I really liked Age of Youth, so if I hear good things about this one, I’ll put it on my list.
Kdrama Jen: With such a compelling plot, how can I turn away? Seriously. I will wait to decide until I know what it is about!
Clkytta: I’m intrigued. The cast alone has me wanting to at least check out the first episode.
MiataMama: Pass. While I enjoyed Age of Youth, girlfriend-type dramas aren’t my favorite.
Drama Geek: While this doesn’t have much to go on, I am always in for a good sismance so I will keep it on my radar.
Love Affairs in the Afternoon (July 5th)
Synopsis: Son Ji Eun 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. Yoon Jung Woo is a biology teacher at a local school. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: Usually I stay away from cheating dramas. That said, the promotional posters and teasers have been phenomenal and have convinced me to give it a chance. It also doesn’t hurt that this is a remake of a Japanese drama and those tend to be very intellectual with deep plots which I love.
Karie the Maknae: Hard pass on the cheating plots — not my cup of tea.
Kdrama Jen: I am usually a hard pass on cheating plots too.
Clkytta: I am also usually a hard pass on cheating. I just can’t get past the cheating part.
MiataMama: I fourth (or fifth?) the hard pass on watching cheaters.
Drama Geek: So…. I was going to pass on this and then Ye Ji Won showed up in the trailer and made me pause. She’s a phenomenal actress who usually gets side roles that she makes super memorable. I think I’ll join Kmuse and try the first episode.
Watcher (July 6th)
Synopsis: The lives of Do Chi Gwang, Kim Young Koon, and Han Tae 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. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: They had me at Seo Kang Joon. I’m totally in on this one since I love the genre and the premise.
Karie the Maknae: Seo Kang Joon! I’m in.
Kdrama Jen: Truth-seeking Seo Kang Joon? Yeah. I will be watching.
Clkytta: I’ll check it out. I’m not as big of a fan of Seo Kang Joon as the rest of the fangirls so I may only watch episode 1.
MiataMama: Okay, Seo Kang Joon is tempting. . . but a police drama? Meh. I’ll wait to see what the other fangirls say first, on this one.
Drama Geek: I’m curious how Seo Kang Joon will do in a more serious role so I will check it out.
Hotel De Luna (July 13th)
Synopsis: Jang Man Wol is the CEO of Hotel del Luna. The hotel is situated in downtown in Seoul and has a very old appearance. She made a big error many years ago and, because of this, she has been stuck at Hotel del Luna. She is beautiful, but she is also fickle, suspicious and greedy.
Goo Chan Sung worked as the youngest assistant manager ever at a multinational hotel corporation. He is a sincere perfectionist. He looks level-headed, but he actually has a soft disposition. Due to an unexpected case, he begins to work as a manager at Hotel del Luna. The hotel’s clientele consists of ghosts. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: Oh please don’t let this suck. I love the ghost trope and IU and Yeo Jin Goo look amazing together in the teasers.
Karie the Maknae: Agreed. I think this could have the feel that Memories of the Alhambra was going for. I’m interested.
Kdrama Jen: I have become a fan of IU’s acting. This looks intriguing!
Clkytta: I’m in! Yes, yes, yes! I agree with Karie and I have high hopes here.
MiataMama: YES!! Yeo Jin Goo and IU look amazing together and I’m a total YJG fangirl at this point – so count me in!
Drama Geek: Everything about this is a yes for me.
Level Up (July 10th)
Synopsis: Ahn Dan Te is the ace director of Yoo Seong CRC, a company specializing in restructuring. He is a true “cold city man” of this era with a poker face that doesn’t express emotions, perfect workmanship, and cold-blooded harshness.
Shin Yeon Hwa is the chief development officer of the dying game company Joy Buster, who teams up with Ahn Dan Te. She will start to develop a new game to satisfy him, but they will end up quarreling, creating a lovable comedy for the viewers.
The drama between cold Ahn Dan Te and passionate Shin Yeon Hwa will double the excitement by stirring up an
Kmuse: I don’t know why but I always have to give Sung Hoon dramas a try even if I don’t finish them. Crossing my fingers it is more entertaining than his last drama.
Karie the Maknae: I have a HUGE soft spot for the tsundere male and the warm female lead — I blame my early exposure to Pride and Prejudice. I might give this one a spin.
Kdrama Jen: This is the kind of premise that can either be executed with perfection or fall flat and lean into overbearing male territory. I will have to watch the first few episodes before I can judge.
Clkytta: Sung Hoon hasn’t had the best luck with dramas, so I’ll check it out, but keep my expectations low. I like the premise and I love him, so I’ll
MiataMama: I agree, I like Sung Hoon, but his recent projects haven’t been the best. I’m going to count on my fellow fangirls to give me a ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ here.
Drama Geek: I’m really burnt out on the petty boss putting his employee through the ringer because he secretly likes here. I also think he’s played this character to death, so unless everyone thinks it’s amazing, then its a pass for me.
Doctor Detective (July 17th)
Synopsis: Do Jung Eun works as an industrial health doctor. She partners with Doctor Heo Min Ki to uncover the truth related to industrial accidents, diseases and other incidents that take place at industrial sites. Do Jung Eun seeks out the truth which the TL Group wants to cover up. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: I might be tempted because I am a big Park Jin Hee fan. I will probably wait to see what others say though since I have limited drama time.
Karie the Maknae: Not really sparking my interest.
Kdrama Jen: Maybe.
Clkytta: Not my cup of tea. I’m not a fan of doctors or the premise.
MiataMama: This justs sounds boring. No thanks.
Drama Geek: The poster has me intrigued, but I need more to decide if I’ll be interested.
Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (July 17th)
Synopsis: Set in the early 19th century. Goo Hae Ryung works as a historian. Female historians like Goo Hae Ryung are generally looked down upon because of their gender. Yet, Goo Hae Ryung fulfills her duty as a historian. She gets involved with Prince Lee Rim. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: I usually enjoy Shin Se Kyung in saeguks. I also think that she and Cha Eun Woo’s acting styles might blend well (crossing fingers).
Karie the Maknae: I didn’t enjoy Shin Se Kyung in Bride of Habaek, but this teaser looks like so much fun! I might just have to give it a try.
Kdrama Jen: This one seems like my kind of drama. Count me in!
Clkytta: This will be a no for me. I’m not a fan of this actress and saeguks always disappoint me.
MiataMama: I will likely give this a try. Even though I’m not usually a fan of saeguks, I like the leads and am curious to see how their pairing goes.
Drama Geek: I see what you’re trying to do here dramaland, and you will not fool me! You want me to believe this drama is going to be about a female historian and HER life, but I already know you’re going to switch to her helping the prince in some way and it will be all about him. I’m also not really a fan of his acting, and not sure how that will play off her hit and miss acting. I will probably wait for this one to finish airing to see how the story plays out.
Justice (July 17th)
Synopsis: Lee Tae Kyung is a star lawyer with the best win rate. He is able to win cases by using his sharp logic and intelligent speeches. He
Kmuse: I’m not a fan of lawyer dramas and the writer doesn’t always have the strongest scripts. I’m good with giving this one a miss.
Karie the Maknae: Since Choi Jin Hyuk is the lead, I’ll have to at least try out the first few episodes. Darn bias list!
Kdrama Jen: I like legal dramas. I was a huge fan of Papa Gumiho (Choi Jin Hyuk) years ago, but his recent roles have left me kind of feeling “meh.” I am on the fence for this one.
Clkytta: Not for me.
MiataMama: I’m nothing if not loyal to my biases – so even though this is a dreaded legal drama, I will be watching for Choi Jin Hyuk. (However if things get unbearably boring. . . I make no promises!)
Drama Geek: Pass. I have learned that unless there is a twist to lawyer dramas, I just don’t like them no matter who is in them.
Class of Lies (July 17th)
Synopsis: The drama is about a highly successful lawyer who falls from grace because of one case. He becomes a fixed term teacher at a high school that is tied to that case in order to regain his honor. Though he goes into the classroom for selfish reasons, he begins to see the crimes that take place and he takes matters into his own hands to help protect victims from their peers. The drama will shine a spotlight on the reality of teenagers facing little to no repercussions after committing a crime because they are teenagers, providing no protection for those who become a victim to these crimes. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: I find a lot of satisfaction on watching entitled teen bullies get their comeuppance. And if it is Yoon Gyun Sang giving out that justice, all the better.
Karie the Maknae: I see the potential for a lot of watcher frustration in this drama, since it could be a long time before those teenagers face justice. If I hear glowing reviews, I’ll check it out. Until then, it’s a no from me.
Kdrama Jen: I licked this cookie for a first impression. I like the potential I have seen in these actors, and I am always fascinated when a spotlight shines on the education system. I’m in.
Clkytta: I will check this one out. I’m with Kdrama Jen on this one.
MiataMama: I’m planning to trying it out because of Yoon Gyun Sang. I’m kind of on the fence about the plot itself.
Drama Geek: See, I did say I’d watch if the lawyer drama had a twist, and I do love a good school drama, especially if there will be justice for bullied kids. It doesn’t hurt that Yoon Gyun Sang will be handing it out.
The Doctor Room (July 19th but no promos yet so maybe not?)
Synopsis: “Doctor Cha” (The Doctor Room) is a new medical drama about doctors specializing in pain management. In a refreshing take on the genre, “Doctor Cha” will portray the doctors’ search for the cause of their patients’ mysterious pain as a thrilling chase, almost like a detective hunting down the perpetrator behind an unsolved crime. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: I couldn’t find anything on this drama outside of My Drama List. I did discover that the script is by the writer of Jekyll, Hyde, and I which means I am out. Even Ji Sung can’t tempt me to suffer through this likely train wreck.
Karie the Maknae: This sounds like an attempt at House, the American medical show. I . . . don’t know if I’ll watch.
Kdrama Jen: I will watch anything Ji Sung is in just to see if his amazing acting ability can make it work. I will be here for at least the first four episodes.
Clkytta: Another nope for me. They lost me with the writer.
MiataMama: Ji Sung? Maybe? Doctor drama? Ugh, no. That writer? That’s a big, fat NO!!!
Drama Geek: I’m going to let Kdrama Jen tell me what she thinks because I do love Ji Sung.
Moment At Eighteen ( July 22nd)
Synopsis: Coming-of-age drama about 18-year-olds, taking a realistic look into the moments of their lives, moments that all of us might have experienced at one time or another. Ong Seong Woo plays Choi Jun Woo, for whom loneliness has become a habit. Though Choi Jun Woo appears to lack empathy at first glance, it’s just that he has always been alone and isn’t practiced in expressing his emotions. Underneath his withdrawn exterior is a goofy and cute young man. “18 Moments” is about the events that unfold when Jun Woo transfers schools and is thrown into a new environment. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: Hmmm I do love a good slice of life drama that makes me reminisce. I might check this one out.
Karie the Maknae: I’m undecided on this one.
Kdrama Jen: I am undecided too!
Clkytta: I will check this one out. Slice of life+misunderstood kid=usually a great story.
MiataMama: It’s a fairly young/green cast. But Kang Ki Young is also in it (he’s one of my favorite supporting actors). This might have the potential to be a sleeper hit – I’ll give it a whirl!
Drama Geek: This could go either way for me. I do love coming of age dramas and sometimes a green cast can really work for this type of drama. I’ll give it a try.
My First First Love part 2 (July 26th)
Synopsis: My First First Love” is a romantic coming-of-age drama about love, friendships, and the dreams of five college students. Han Song Yi has a hard time choosing between her boyfriend Seo Do Hyun and her childhood friend Yoon Tae Oh (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: I thought I would binge both seasons after this comes out. Might not be right away though.
Karie the Maknae: What Kmuse said. I love me some Ji Soo, so I’m happy that I’ll have the complete drama to watch all at once.
Kdrama Jen: Yes!!! Season one left me HANGING and wanting to know where it will all end up. I will be here with popcorn and ready to have my fangirl heart shred into pieces. Will it be Jinyoung (B1A4 Jinyoung) or Ji Soo? Can’t go wrong with those choices on the table!
Clkytta: Waiting to binge. I have a huge huge love of Ji Soo!
MiataMama: Also waiting to binge seasons 1 & 2 together – I don’t do cliff-hangers well!
Drama Geek: Binging both!
Welcome 2 Life (July 29th)
Synopsis: “Welcome 2 Life” is a fantasy drama that will tell the story about a selfish lawyer who helps people who want to take advantage of the law. One day he gets sucked into a parallel universe due to an unfortunate accident and begins to live a completely new life as an upright prosecutor. (MyDramaList)
Kmuse: No promo material yet but I loved a similar drama the writer did titled Falling for Innocence starring Jung Kyung Ho. So because of that and my the likability of Rain I am planning to give this a try.
Karie the Maknae: I’m undecided on this one too. I haven’t watched Rain in a drama yet, so that’s not a deciding factor for me.
Kdrama Jen: I have not been impressed with Rain’s ability to choose great dramas. I am willing to try this, though.
Clkytta: I’m out. Why are all these dramas all doctors or lawyers. Yuck. (KMUSE: I think it will be focusing more on the fantasy aspect which hopefully helps soften the lawyer part)
MiataMama: Lawyer drama? Ugh. Rain? Yes. Parallel universe? Hmmm . . . This pushes me into “I will try” territory.
Drama Geek: It’s fantasy so I will give it a try.
When the Devil Calls Your Name (July 29th)
Synopsis: This drama is about a man who sold his soul to the devil ten years ago for youth and success. But as soul collection day draws near, he bargains with the devil for an extension of their contract. The devil’s conditions are this: He must find three other people who have promised to sell their souls and take their contracts.
Kmuse: Jung Kyung Ho and Park Sung Woong are one of my favorite pairings. I could watch them team up in dramas over and over.
Karie the Maknae: Please oh PLEASE let this be on a legal site! I want to watch these two interact, and the premise sounds interesting.
Kdrama Jen: This combination can make the screen crackle. The premise is interesting too. I will be watching!
Clkytta: It’s my favorite pair from Life on Mars! I’m in!!!
MiataMama: I’m the odd-fan girl out on this drama. It’s a pass for me.
Drama Geek: I’m still miffed I wasn’t able to watch their last pairing, I’m just crossing my fingers it will be subbed.
Phew. That is a crazy amount of dramas. What will you be trying to fit into your schedule? Let us know in the comments and check back in four weeks as we share our list of upcoming dramas in August 2019.
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