On Air (TV series)

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On Air
On Air-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for On Air
Written byKim Eun-sook
Directed byShin Woo-chul
Jin Hyuk
StarringKim Ha-neul
Park Yong-ha
Lee Beom-soo
Song Yoon-ah
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes21
Production location(s)Korea, Taiwan
Running timeWednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)K-Dream
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Original releaseMarch 5 (2008-03-05) –
May 15, 2008 (2008-05-15)
Preceded byRobber
Followed byIljimae
External links
Korean name
Revised RomanizationOn e-eo
McCune–ReischauerOn e-ŏ

On Air (Korean온에어) is a 2008 South Korean television series, starring Kim Ha-neul, Park Yong-ha, Lee Beom-soo and Song Yoon-ah. The series is a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional television drama, revealing details about what normally goes on behind a TV drama production.[1][2] It aired on SBS from March 5 to May 15, 2008 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 21 episodes.


Jang Ki-joon (Lee Beom-soo) used to be a top manager in the business but he went bankrupt as he couldn't compete with other powerful agencies. He was 'rescued' by Oh Seung-ah (Kim Ha-neul), a top star who agreed to join his agency after breaking off with her former one. Lee Kyung-min (Park Yong-ha) is a drama PD who gets his first chance at being a director. Seo Young-eun (Song Yoon-ah) is a much sought-after scriptwriter who is divorced and has a young son. On Air revolves around these four entertainment industry figures - a director, a writer, an actress, and her manager - as their personal and professional lives intertwine during the shooting of a drama. It also portrays how the whole production team and performers complete a project in a tight schedule as well as how actors, actresses, and entertainment agencies handle rumors surrounding them.[3]




  • Lee Hyung-chul as Jin Sang-woo (SW Entertainment president)
  • Han Ye-won as Cherry
  • Hong Ji-min as Lee Hye-kyung
  • Yoo Seo-jin as Yoon Hyun-soo
  • Choi Sang-hoon as Kang Ho-sang
  • Lee Won as Kwon Oh-suk
  • Lee Sung-min as Song Soo-chul
  • Lee Dal-hyung as Park Bong-shik
  • Yeo Ho-min as Hong Seo-gyu
  • Kim Dong-gyun as Noh Yong-chul
  • Park Joo-ah as Park Hyung-ja
  • Shin Dong-woo as Kim Joon-hee
  • Lee Chul-min as Kim Hak-seon
  • Kang Joo-hyung as Ahn Da-jung
  • Jin Sung as Lee Won
  • Im Hyun-sung as Kim Beom-rae
  • Sung Woo-jin as Ra Seok-hyun
  • Ricky Kim as Aidan Lee
  • Lee Chae-won as Seung-ah's makeup artist
  • Lee Kyung-jin as Kwak Wook-shim
  • Min Seo-hyun as Yang So-eun
  • Seol Ji-yoon as Writer Kwon
  • Kang Rae-yeon as travel guide
  • Maeng Bo-hak as movie producer
  • Yoon Seol-hee as room salon girl
  • Lee Seung-hyung as advertiser
  • Son Hwa-ryung
  • Kim Sung-oh as SW manager
  • Yoon Gi-won as fake manager (ep 1-2)
  • Kim Ki-soo as Young-eun's tango teacher (ep 1)

Special appearances[edit]


The series features 27 cameo appearances, among them are Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Jung-eun, Lee Seo-jin, Kim Min-joon and Yoon Se-ah, who had previously worked with writer Kim Eun-sook and director Shin Woo-chul on Lovers in Paris, Lovers in Prague, and Lovers. Song Yoon-ah also asked her celebrity friends to appear on the show, namely Lee Hyori, Kang Hye-jung, Uhm Ji-won, and comedian Kim Je-dong.[2]

Parts of the series were filmed on location in Taiwan, where the character Lee Kyung-min goes in search of Seo Young-eun, who went to Taiwan on vacation.[5]


  • Title: 온에어 OST Part 2 / On Air OST Part 2
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Language: Korean, English
  • Release Date: 2008-Apr-29
  • Number of Tracks: 11
  • Publisher: Unknown
  • Agency: Sony Music
Track Listing
No. Song Title Artist
1. Island Lee Beom-soo
2. Sky Love Kim Ha-neul
3. A Person Like Me
Cyndi feat. Amen
4. Heartbroken (Bossanova Ver.) Choi Hoon
5. One Word (Guitar Ver.) Han Sung-ho
6. Haneuleul Gareumyeo Kim Dong-hyuk
7. Rainbow Soap Leenyum
8. Duryeowoom Apeseo Kim Bo-min
9. Yariya (Inst.) Park Se-joon
10. Think About You Kim Dong-hyuk
11. Yariya Han Ye-won

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2nd Korea Drama Awards[6]
Top Excellence Award, Actress Kim Ha-neul Won
SBS Drama Awards
Top 10 Stars Kim Ha-neul Won
Song Yoon-ah Won
Park Yong-ha Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Special Lee Hyung-chul Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Special Hong Ji-min Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Park Yong-ha Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Lee Beom-soo Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Kim Ha-neul Won
Song Yoon-ah Won
45th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Screenplay (TV) Kim Eun-sook Nominated
Best New Actress (TV) Han Ye-won Nominated
Best Actor (TV) Park Yong-ha Nominated
Best Director (TV) Shin Woo-chul Won
Best Drama On Air Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

The series aired on Mnet Japan beginning July 30, 2008. Park Yong-ha and Song Yoon-ah visited Japan to promote it in a showcase attend by 800 VIP guests at Toho Cinema in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.[7][8]


  1. ^ Oh, Jean (26 February 2008). "New SBS drama set to be a smash". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  2. ^ a b Kwon, Mee-yoo (27 February 2008). "On Air Looks Into Making of Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  3. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo; Han, Sang-hee (8 January 2008). "Dramas Feature Professionals, Comics". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  4. ^ "Song Yoon-ah, "Don't be surprised by my drastic transformation"". Broasia via Hancinema. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  5. ^ Chun, Su-jin (20 January 2009). "The man putting Taiwan on the map". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  6. ^ Chung, Ah-young (2 November 2008). "Actor Kim Wins Top Prize at Korea Drama Festival Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  7. ^ "Song Yoona and Park Yong-ha in Japan to Promote On Air". KBS Global. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  8. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (16 June 2008). "Park Yong-has On Air to Air in Japan". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-06.

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