Looking ahead to the 2011 drama lineup – Addendum to Part 5 (Cable shows)

The controversial “Media Law” passed in 2009 allows private conglomerates and newspapers to own stakes of Korean broadcasting outlets. The fruit of the media reform can be seen in the launching of three cable networks – TV Chosun (CSTV), jTBC, and Channel A – at the end of this year by the three giant newspaper groups – Chosun Ilbo, JoongAng Ilbo, and DongA Ilbo, respectively.

Liberals feared that allowing these conservative newspapers to operate a broadcasting network will spell death to diversity in news and media. Conservatives argued that it will result in more capital flowing into the media sector, and in fact, that the previous law which restricted cross-ownership of newspapers and television stations was a remnant of former president Chun Doo-hwan’s dictatorial policy. Well, politics aside, for us drama-lovers, it means there will be many more new dramas produced each year!

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Weekend box office ranking for October 28-30, 2011

Wandeuki took first place at the box office two weeks in a row, bringing in a total of over 1.5 million viewers since its opening on October 20th. Song Hye Kyo’s new film Today opened this past weekend to lukewarm response and managed to grab 9th place.

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Who wears it better – Kim Sun Ah vs. SNSD?

Actress Kim Sun Ah (Scent of a Woman) vs. two members of SNSD. SNSD girls vs. Kim Sun Ah. Who will come out victorious? Dun dun dun…

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Who will be the Joseon era’s newest F4?

According to TV Report, the hottest topic among entertainment agencies and their managers is the upcoming MBC drama for early next year, The Moon That Embraces the Sun. Based on the bestselling novel by the same name, The Moon That Embraces the Sun is a novel by Jung Eun Gweol, the author of another bestseller that was also adapted into a drama by the name of Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

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Stars attend Givenchy’s F/W Collection Launch Party

On the 28th, stars attended the Fall/Winter 2011 Collection Launch Party for Givenchy in Seoul. And well, I can’t even begin to describe… how… awful… everyone… looked. And here I was thinking that the 80s was behind us. I’m too horrified, so I’ll let the photos do the talking.

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Beautiful Lyrics series: Park Hak Gi’s “Beautiful World”

Fans of the 2007 drama Thank You may remember this song, “Beautiful World,” as the one that BOM (Seo Shin Ae) tried to teach MIN KI-SEO (Jang Hyuk), much to her frustration when he was slow to learn the hand gestures that went along with the song.

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