Some news for the week… Big Bang’sMADE concert is coming to a home near you! DramaFever will release a two-hour edited version of the concert in New Jersey’s Prudential Center on November 6 for premium users, and November 11 for all users. (Yep – it’s the same concert I went to!) This will be DramaFever’s first original in-house production. Get ready to re-live the concert! Or, watch it for the first time ever! [link]
Our 229th Running Man adventure starts with guest Lee Seung Gi getting his very own spy mission. He is to eliminate all the members and guest Moon Chae Won in secret – a classic Running Man spy mission. But he won’t be alone – famed grump Lee Seo Jin will be joining him to complete the mission. True to form, Seo Jin doesn’t seem to be too thrilled about it, and suggests that Seung Gi eliminate him first. They will only be able to eliminate the other members when the two spies are together, but if anyone else catches on, they will fail the mission.
After an unplanned hiatus, Kaedejun’s Running Man coverage is back for a fresh start in 2015! I won’t call it a resolution, because I have a history of not keeping those, but I am fully planning on forging forward with recaps this year. To bridge the gap a little from my last Running Man recap this past fall, I’ll just say that I think the show has been having a really great past couple of months. 2014 started with a lot of cooking-related shows that were fun for the first time or two, then had me wondering if the show was taking a turn for the more tame concepts. Then around the second half of the year, the showhad a marked return to classic Running Man style and it’s been a blast!
So it is looking very likely – more and more so – that Lee Seung Gi (You’re All Surrounded) will return to the drama screen with Kill Me Heal Me early next year. Yay for seven personalities of Lee Seung Gi?!
Lee Seung Giappeared in a Japanese showSMAPxSMAP, which is a variety show that features a cooking segment (where members of the group SMAP cook for the guests), a skits/performances segment, and a musical performance. He appeared in a skit and was praised for his natural acting – despite it all being in Japanese.
Daesung from Big Bang was involved in a car accident! He was apparently speeding down a highway (though definitely not intoxicated) and hit a taxi that had stopped in the middle of the road. The taxi had been trying to avoid a fallen motorcyclist, and the driver had stopped to check the motorcyclist’s condition. That’s when Daesung’s car hit him. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether it was due to a previous accident, an accident with the taxi driver, or an accident caused by Daesung. That conclusion will have to wait for the autopsy.
Either way, the lovable member of Big Bang is in trouble for speeding.
Another suicide. Chae Dong Ha (from the group SG Wannabe) was found dead in his home after hanging himself.
Once again, depression has been cited as the cause, and the star was even taking prescription drugs to battle it. His body has already been taken to the hospital for his funeral. An autopsy will be performed to fully investigate how and why he passed away.
*sigh. I hate to sound cynical but it feels like, “Here we go again…” with all the deaths. Why oh why don’t these actors get help?! If Korea has this taboo-like attitude towards mental diseases, then it’s about time they change it. It’s about time some brave actor stands up and says “I have depression and I’m treating it.” That way there might be less suicides.
The rehearsal reading for upcoming musical school drama You’ve Fallen for Me has begun! Park Shin Hye, Jung Yong Hwa, Song Chang Ui, So Yi Hyun, Kang Min Hyuk, and Woori participated. Hopefully everyone’s acting chops is much improved. (I’m leaving Song and So out of that last statement though, because they got acting chops.)
So Lee Seung Gi has a new hairstyle, which he showed off in a recent episode of 2 Days 1 Night. It’s gotten a lot of attention from fans – some of which are saying the haircut looks bad. But here I’m thinking, it doesn’t look that much different… OK, maybe the front is just a tad too short, but nothing that can’t be fixed by a little gel.
But on the other hand, I finally got to watch Uhm Tae Woong’s debut on the show tonight on TV. (Yay for finally showing it! Boo for KBS America being a month and a half behind!) Can I just say that it was funnier to watch than to read about on dramabeans? I thought I was going to burst from laughter from the commentary, but nooo – watching it is waaaay better. Plus, I get the full effect of shy, sheepish Uhm Tae Woong – who is so unlike the characters he’s played before on TV. I have seen him in The Devil (where he was badass but tortured), Queen Seon Deok (where he was a tortured but loyal soul), and Dr. Champ (where he was sarcastic to mask his tortured soul.) Damn, he’s tortured in every drama I’ve seen him in…
ANYWAYS – it was a nice surprise to see him eager, innocent, and super shy! Woo! I am amazed that he would accept to do something like this, but my Sundays are forever grateful…
I randomly tuned in to Queen of Reversals episode 23, and JUST SO HAPPENED to start at exactly the scene between Yong Shik and his secretary. And the secretary calling Yong Shik out on his attraction to Tae Hee. And then Yong Shik “slipping” information that Yoo Kyung was going on a blind date. Based on the secretary’s reaction (running out the door), he must have the hots for her!