The King of Dramas

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The King of Dramas
The-King-of-Dramas-Poster1.jpg
Promotional poster for The King of Dramas
Also known as The Lord of the Drama
Genre Satire
Comedy
Romance
Written by Jang Hang-joon
Lee Ji-hyo
Directed by Hong Sung-chang
Starring
Composer(s) Park Se-joon
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 18
Production
Cinematography Kim Tae-kwon
Running time Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) SSD/Golden Thumb
Broadcast
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Original run 5 November 2012 (2012-11-05) – 8 January 2013 (2013-01-08)
Chronology
Preceded by Faith
Followed by King of Ambition
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul 드라마의 제왕
Hanja 드라마의
Revised Romanization Deurama-ui Je-wang
McCune–Reischauer Tŭrama-ŭi Chewang

The King of Dramas (Hangul: 드라마의 제왕; RR: Deurama-ui Je-wang) is a 2012 South Korean television series, starring Kim Myung-min, Jung Ryeo-won and Choi Siwon of Super Junior. It is a satirical dramedy about what goes on behind the scenes in making a TV drama.[1] It aired on SBS from November 5, 2012 to January 8, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 18 episodes.[2]

Plot[edit]

Set against the backdrop of the Korean entertainment business, The King of Dramas revolves around Anthony Kim (Kim Myung-min), the brilliant CEO of a drama production company who will do anything and everything for the sake of money, fame and success. He is known to possess the Midas touch as he has created blockbuster dramas and Hallyu stars. When a death on the set precipitates his fall from grace, Anthony attempts to regain his former status by putting the drama The Morning of Keijo on air. And to accomplish that, he needs the help of idealistic Lee Go-eun (Jung Ryeo-won), who dreams of becoming a top writer someday, and the handsome but egoistic actor Kang Hyun-min (Choi Siwon).

Cast[edit]

Main characters
  • Kim Myung-min as Anthony Kim - a drama production company CEO, who is commanding and shrewd, even under adverse circumstances.[3]
  • Jung Ryeo-won as Lee Go-eun - an idealistic, rookie writer.[4]
  • Choi Siwon as Kang Hyun-min - self-absorbed top star and Hallyu celebrity, lead actor of The Morning of Keijo.[5]
  • Jung Man-sik as Oh Jin-wan - Anthony's nemesis, the underhanded CEO of Empire Productions.
  • Oh Ji-eun as Sung Min-ah - prickly lead actress of The Morning of Keijo, who shares a past with Anthony.
  • Kwon Hae-hyo as Nam Woon-hyung - current head of drama programming.
  • Jung In-ki as Gu Young-mok - director of The Morning of Keijo.
Seoul Broadcasting Corporation
  • Song Min-hyung as Deputy director Kim
  • Jung Han-heon as Deputy director Park
  • Kim Seung-hwan as Lee Sung-jo
  • Lee Dong-hoon as Yoon Kwang-jae
  • Yoon Joo-sang as Moon Sang-il - former head of drama programming.
  • Jeon Gook-hwan as SBC station CEO
World Productions
  • Seo Dong-won as Joo Dong-seok
  • Heo Joon-seok as Han Kang-wook
  • Park Sang-hun as Park Seok-hyun
  • Yoon Yong-jin as Gu Hee-jae
Empire Productions
  • Seo Joo-hee as Jung Hong-joo
  • Kim Kyung-bum as Director Heo
  • Jang Won-young as Drama director Hong
  • Lee Hae-woon as PD Park
  • Park Geun-hyung as Chairman of Empire Productions
Extended cast
  • Choi Soo-eun as Yoon Bit-na - the pop star Hyun-min is dating.
  • Sung Byung-sook as Park Kang-ja - Go-eun's mother and restaurant proprietor.
  • Oh Hyun-soo as Choi Do-hyung
  • Park Kyu-sun as Bae Kwang-soo
  • Jeon Moo-song as Watanabe - Japanese yakuza investor.
  • Fujii Mina as Akiko - Watanabe's wife[6]
  • Jang Hyun-sung as Watanabe Kenji - new CEO of Watanabe Group.
  • Jung Chan as chairman of Taesan Group
  • Park Shin-hye as lead actress of Elegant Revenge (cameo, ep 1)[7][8]
  • Choi Tae-joon as Oh In-sung - lead actor of Elegant Revenge (cameo, ep 1)
  • Park Joon-geum as Hyun-min's mother (cameo, ep 7)[9]

Production[edit]

This was Kim Myung-min's first TV series in four years; his last series was Beethoven Virus in 2008 and the actor had focused more on his film career in recent years.[10]

The series is directed by Hong Sung-chang of You're Beautiful and written by Jang Hang-joon of Sign. Filming began on September 14, 2012 in Yeouido, Seoul.

Choi Siwon filmed his first scene on September 26 with Jung Ryeo-won.[11] He sang a solo during his character's fan meeting scene, for which he recruited his fans as extras.[12]

It was announced on December 17 that the series was extended by two episodes from the original 16 to 18. The finale aired on January 8, 2013, with the last two episodes focusing on the romance between the characters of Anthony Kim and Lee Go-eun.[13]

Reception[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[14] AGB Nielsen[15]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 5 November 2012 6.5% 8.0% 6.5% 7.6%
2 6 November 2012 6.6% 9.1% 7.3% 8.6%
3 12 November 2012 8.9% 10.8% 7.1% 8.9%
4 13 November 2012 9.2% 10.6% 7.3% 8.5%
5 19 November 2012 8.1% 9.7% 8.1% 9.8%
6 20 November 2012 8.3% 10.5% 7.7% 9.0%
7 26 November 2012 8.7% 10.7% 6.8% 7.7%
8 27 November 2012 8.6% 10.6% 6.9% 8.1%
9 3 December 2012 8.5% 10.1% 7.4% 8.2%
10 4 December 2012 8.8% 10.1% 8.9% 10.0%
11 10 December 2012 9.2% 10.9% 7.3% 8.3%
12 11 December 2012 8.1% 9.6% 7.1% 8.1%
13 17 December 2012 7.2% 8.4% 6.7% 7.8%
14 18 December 2012 7.4% 8.7% 7.5% 7.9%
15 24 December 2012 6.8% 7.6% 6.6% 7.9%
16 25 December 2012 7.1% 8.2% 6.9% 8.4%
17 1 January 2013 7.4% 9.4% 6.6% 8.3%
18 7 January 2013 7.6% 9.2% 6.7% 8.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (1 June 2012). "Kim Myung-min to return to the brown box". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  2. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (19 September 2012). "Super Junior's Choi Siwon Wishes Jung Ryeo Won Luck on Drama Filming". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  3. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (25 July 2012). "Kim Myung-min to turn into TV series producer in new comedy". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  4. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (8 October 2012). "Super Junior Choi Siwon Romances Jung Ryeo Won in a Bathrobe in the Kitchen?". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  5. ^ Ho, Stewart (11 September 2012). "Super Junior’s Choi Siwon to Return with SBS' The King of Drama". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  6. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (4 December 2012). "Mina Fujii Wants to Star in a Melodrama with Super Junior's Choi Siwon". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  7. ^ Yoon, Sang Guen (26 October 2012). "Park Shin Hye makes a cameo appearance on The King of Dramas". Star News. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  8. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (6 November 2012). "Park Shin Hye Complains about her Lack of Appearance on The King of Dramas". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  9. ^ Ho, Stewart (26 November 2012). "Park Joon Geum to Cameo on The King of Dramas as Super Junior Choi Siwon’s Mom". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  10. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (25 July 2012). "It’s official: Kim Myung-min is back". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  11. ^ Ho, Stewart (26 September 2012). "Super Junior Choi Siwon Films Shirtless First Scene For The King of Drama". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  12. ^ Choi, Bo-ran (17 October 2012). "Super Junior’s Siwon holds a real fan meeting for The King of Dramas". Star News. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  13. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (20 December 2012). "SBS extends King of Dramas". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  14. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-05. 
  15. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-05. 

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