North American promotional poster
|Written by||Josh Billig|
|Directed by||Chris Martin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Executive producer(s)||Sebastian Lee|
|Production location(s)||Los Angeles|
|Running time||10-20 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Jetavana Entertainment|
Third Culture Content
|Original release||April 16, 2016 (United States)|
April 17, 2016 (internationally)
Dramaworld is a comedy-drama set in Los Angeles and Seoul, South Korea with 10 short episodes (each 10-20 minutes long). The series follows the adventures of Claire Duncan, an American college student and huge fan of Korean Dramas, after getting transported to her favorite show with a touch of magic. Dramaworld is co-produced by video-streaming platform Viki, China’s Jetavana Entertainment, South Korea's EnterMedia Contents and US Third Culture Content. The first season premiered at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on April 16, 2016, followed by the worldwide exclusive release on Viki and Netflix.
Nearly every episode includes cameos from well-known K-pop and K-drama stars, including Super Junior's Choi Siwon, who starred in The King of Dramas and She Was Pretty, and Han Ji-min, lead actress of Padam Padam and romantic-comedy Rooftop Prince.
A second season of Dramaworld is in production. Ten episodes are planned with each "expected to fit a more regular half-hour format."
Claire Duncan (Liv Hewson), a geeky 20-year-old college student, is obsessed with Korean dramas. While most co-eds are out partying, she's glued to the screen watching her favorite k-drama actor, Joon Park (Sean Dulake), in the drama Taste of Love. Claire's waking days, sadly, are not nearly as thrilling as the ones depicted in the k-drama world. Between work and school, her only escape is the glamour and excitement of Taste of Love and Joon Park's intoxicating charm and good looks. Claire spends almost every second wishing he would walk through the doors and sweep her off her feet. Her world, however, is turned upside down when, through a twist of fate and a touch of magic, she finds herself sucked into her smartphone and transported into her favorite k-drama. Stuck inside Dramaworld, Claire finally gets to meet Joon Park in the flesh. But now that she's a leading lady, she can't just watch the drama unfold. She has to be a part of it.
- Liv Hewson as Claire Duncan
- An American college student and K-drama fan who is transported into Dramaworld and attempts to repair the storyline, only to end up making things more difficult when she tries to correct the situation. She revealed the truth to Joon after he falls for her after learning of Seth Ko's plot to reimagine Dramaworld.
- Sean Dulake as Joon Park
- A character in the K-drama Taste of Love, a restaurant owner who is supposed to fall in love with his sous-chef Seo-yeon and is haunted by the death of his father, the president of a frozen foods company, but Claire's presence has him experiencing feelings for Claire instead, until she revealed the truth to him about his life in the fictional world.
- Justin Chon as Seth Ko
- A "Facilitator" of Dramaworld, whose mission is to make sure that every K-Drama stay on track and assist Claire by making sure they don't interfere, but is actually the main villain by altering Dramaworld to his liking as he is deceiving Claire and going after Seo-yeon, even using minions from other programs to stop Claire. He has ties to characters that reside in the Joseon Dynasty universe of Dramaworld, and has pursued Seo in every K-Drama they've been in, and is jealous of every leading man that kissed Seo.
- Bae Noo-ri as Seo-yeon
- A sous-chef and Joon Park's intended romantic interest in Taste of Love, whom Claire hopes to pair her up with in order to restore the storyline she interfered in, unaware that Seth is after her as he wants Seo to be his love interest and is the object of his obsession in every K-Drama they've been in.
- Kim Sa-hee as Ga-in
- Another potential love interest in Taste of Love. She is later revealed as a partner in Seth's plan to alter the storylines, so she can marry Joon.
- Woo Do-hwan as Seung-woo
- Seo-yeon's friend. He owns a flower shop and helps Claire and Joon Park defeat the masked villain who had killed Joon's dad.
- Cameo appearance
- Choi Siwon himself
- Han Ji-min as herself
- Jisook as herself
- Lee Ji-ah as herself
- Yang Dong-geun (a.k.a. YDG) as himself
- Sam Hammington as himself
- Sung Hyuk as himself
- Park Jin-joo as herself
- Ji Il-joo as himself
- Lee Jung Hyuk as himself
- Kim Byung-chul as himself
Filming of the series, slated for 10 episodes running 20 minutes each, began on October 4, 2015 and ended on November 3rd, 2015 in Seoul and Los Angeles. Josh Billig and Chris Martin co-write the series, with Martin directing the series’ first season. Dramaworld is co-produced by China's Jetavana Entertainment, EnterMedia Contents, and Third Culture Content. The project is spearheaded and financed by an online video streaming site, Viki.
Awards and nominations
|Awards and nominations|
|2016||Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year||Seoul International Drama Awards||Won|
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