The King of Dramas
|The King of Dramas|
Promotional poster for The King of Dramas
|Also known as||The Lord of the Drama|
|Written by||Jang Hang-joon
|Directed by||Hong Sung-chang|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Running time||Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)|
|Production company(s)||SSD/Golden Thumb|
|Original channel||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Original release||5 November 2012– 8 January 2013|
|Revised Romanization||Deurama-ui Je-wang|
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. It aired on SBS from November 5, 2012 to January 8, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 18 episodes.
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).
- Main characters
- Kim Myung-min as Anthony Kim - a drama production company CEO, who is commanding and shrewd, even under adverse circumstances.
- Jung Ryeo-won as Lee Go-eun - an idealistic, rookie writer.
- Choi Siwon as Kang Hyun-min - self-absorbed top star and Hallyu celebrity, lead actor of The Morning of Keijo.
- 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-gi 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
- 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)
- 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)
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.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|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%|
It aired in Japan on cable channel KNTV beginning June 2, 2013.
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- "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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