The Undateables (South Korean TV series)

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The Undateables
The Undateables (TV series).jpg
Promotional poster
Original title훈남정음
GenreRomance comedy
Written byLee Jae-yoon
Directed byKim Yoo-jin
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes32[a]
Production
Executive producer(s)Kim Jung-hee
Yoo Byung-sul
CinematographyBae Hong-soo
Lee Moo-jin
Moon Ji-seob
Editor(s)Park Sung-hee
Oh Jin-ah
Kim Min-ji
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time35 minutes
Production company(s)Mong-jak-so Co., Ltd.[2]
51K
DistributorSBS
Release
Original networkSBS TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseMay 23 (2018-05-23) – July 19, 2018 (2018-07-19)
External links
Website

The Undateables (Hangul훈남정음; RRHunnam Jeong-eum; lit. Handsome Guy and Jung-eum) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Namkoong Min and Hwang Jung-eum. It aired on SBS from May 23 to July 19, 2018 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) for 32 episodes.[3][4][5]

Synopsis[edit]

A romantic comedy about a man who knows everything there is to know about love and a woman whose biggest dream is to be loved and get married.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A relationship expert who doesn't believe in love.[6]
A diving athlete-turned "relationship helper" who dreams of love and marriage, but has given them up in the face of reality.[7]
A clinic doctor who is Jung-eum's best friend.[8]
Coach of the National Diving Team.[9]
  • Jo Dal-hwan as Charlie
A magazine editor.[10]
  • Jung Moon-sung as Yook Ryong
Hoon-nam's cousin.[11]

Supporting[edit]

  • Nam Kyung-eub as Kang Jung-do
Hoon-nam's father. A politician.[11]
Hoon-nam's stepmother.[12]
Jung-eum's father. A positive and optimistic man who serves as a motivation to his daughter.[13]
Daughter of the President of Korea Swimming Association, who came to Korea from Australia to search for Hoon-nam.[14]

Special appearance[edit]

  • Jung Yong-joo as Oh Doo-ri
Jung-eum's potential client.[15]

Production[edit]

  • The first script reading was held on April 2, 2018 at SBS Ilsan Production Center in Tanhyun, South Korea.[16]
  • Filming began in early April.[17]
  • A press conference was held on June 7, 2018 at SBS Ilsan Production Center in Tanhyun, South Korea.[18]

Original soundtrack[edit]

The Undateables
OST
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released2018 (2018)
Genre
Language
Label
  • 935 Entertainment
  • OGAM Entertainment

OST Part 1[edit]

Released on May 23, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Only U"
  • Nick
  • Sammy
  • Nick
  • Sammy
Nick & Sammy3:46
Total length:3:46

OST Part 2[edit]

Released on May 30, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Your Name Is..." (너의 이름을...)
  • Ha Geun-young
  • Kim Kyeong-beom
  • Ha Geun-young
  • Kim Kyeong-beom
  • Kim Ji-hwan
Yeonjung (Cosmic Girls)4:06
2."Your Name Is... (Inst.)" (너의 이름을... (Inst.)) 
  • Ha Geun-young
  • Kim Kyeong-beom
  • Kim Ji-hwan
 4:06
Total length:8:12

OST Part 3[edit]

Released on June 6, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Need My Heart To Pound" (두근이 필요해)
  • Park Jeong-wook
  • Kim Ha-rang
  • Kim Joon-il
  • Park Jeong-wook
  • Kim Ha-rang
  • Kim Joon-il
Alice (Hello Venus)3:15
2."Need My Heart To Pound (Inst.)" (두근이 필요해 (Inst.)) 
  • Park Jeong-wook
  • Kim Ha-rang
  • Kim Joon-il
 3:15
Total length:6:30

OST Part 4[edit]

Released on June 13, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."If Not You" (너 아니면)
  • Good Choice
  • KamDongis
  • Seo Jae-ha
  • Kim Young-sung
  • KamDongis
Huh Gak4:15
2."If Not You (Inst.)" (너 아니면 (Inst.)) 
  • Seo Jae-ha
  • Kim Young-sung
  • KamDongis
 4:15
Total length:8:30

OST Part 5[edit]

Released on June 20, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."I Might Have Loved You First" (먼저 사랑할지 몰라)
  • Good Choice
  • Red Socks
  • Red Socks
Son Seung-yeon3:16
2."I Might Have Loved You First (Inst.)" (먼저 사랑할지 몰라 (Inst.)) 
  • Red Socks
 3:16
Total length:6:32

OST Part 6[edit]

Released on June 27, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."I Can Go Back" (돌아가도 돼)
  • POPKID
  • Kim Seung-joon
  • POPKID
  • Kim Seung-joon
Bumkey3:40
2."I Can Go Back (Inst.)" (돌아가도 돼 (Inst.)) 
  • POPKID
  • Kim Seung-joon
 3:40
Total length:7:20

OST Part 7[edit]

Released on July 11, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Slowly"
  • Ha Geun-young
  • Kim Kyeong-beom
  • Ha Geun-young
  • Kim Kyeong-beom
  • Kim Ji-hwan
Soobin (Cosmic Girls)3:11
2."Slowly (Inst.)" 
  • Ha Geun-young
  • Kim Kyeong-beom
  • Kim Ji-hwan
 3:11
Total length:6:22

Ratings[edit]

  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
  • TNmS stop publishing their report from June 2018.
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS[19] AGB Nielsen[20]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 May 23, 2018 6.1% (NR) 6.9% 5.3% (NR) 6.1% (15th)
2 5.4% (NR) 6.3% 5.2% (NR)
3 May 24, 2018 6.9% (17th) 7.2% 4.9% (NR) 5.3% (16th)
4 6.0% (NR) 6.3% 5.0% (19th)
5 May 30, 2018 3.9% (NR) 4.0% 3.7% (NR) 3.8% (NR)
6 5.0% (NR) 5.2% 4.5% (NR) 4.7% (NR)
7 May 31, 2018 5.3% (NR) 5.5% 3.9% (NR) 4.1% (NR)
8 5.4% (NR) 5.6% 4.1% (NR) 4.3% (NR)
9 June 6, 2018 3.6% 3.8% 3.2% (NR) 3.4% (NR)
10 4.3% 4.5% 3.9% (NR) 4.1% (NR)
11 June 7, 2018 5.7% 5.9% 4.1% (NR) 4.3% (NR)
12 4.8% 5.0% 4.4% (NR) 4.6% (NR)
13 June 14, 2018 5.6% 5.8% 3.5% (NR) 3.7% (NR)
14 4.5% 4.6% 3.6% (NR) 3.8% (NR)
15 June 20, 2018 4.0% 4.8% 3.3% (NR) 4.2% (NR)
16 4.6% 5.4% 4.4% (NR) 5.1% (NR)
17 June 21, 2018 4.7% 5.8% 4.5% (NR) 5.6% (16th)
18 4.4% 5.6% 5.7% (14th)
19 June 28, 2018 3.5% 4.4% 3.1% (NR) 3.9% (NR)
20 4.8% 5.6% 4.4% (NR) 5.2% (NR)
21 July 4, 2018 2.7% 3.3%' 2.4% (NR) 3.0% (NR)
22 3.4% 4.2% 3.0% (NR) 3.8% (NR)
23 July 5, 2018 3.1% 3.9% 2.8% (NR) 3.6% (NR)
24 3.2% 4.1% 3.7% (NR)
25 July 11, 2018 3.2% 3.7% 2.8% (NR) 3.3% (NR)
26 3.3% 4.0% 2.9% (NR) 3.5% (NR)
27 July 12, 2018 3.2% 3.8% 2.8% (NR) 3.6% (NR)
28 3.5% 4.2% 3.1% (NR) 3.9% (NR)
29 July 18, 2018 2.3% 2.9% 2.1% (NR) 2.4% (NR)
30 2.4% 3.0% 2.5% (NR)
31 July 19, 2018 3.0% 3.7% 2.6% (NR) 3.3% (NR)
32 3.2% 4.1% 2.8% (NR) 3.7% (NR)
Average 3.6% 4.3% 3.1% 3.9%

Remark[edit]

  • Episodes 13 & 14 did not air on June 13 due to election day news coverage.
  • Episodes 19 & 20 did not air on June 27 due to coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F match between South Korea and Germany. The episodes will air on June 28, beginning at 21:30 due to coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group H match between Japan and Poland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park, Jin-hai (May 16, 2017). "Drama viewers angry over commercial breaks". Press Reader. The Korea Times. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "[공식] 황정음X남궁민 '훈남정음' 확정..7년 만의 재회". chosun.com. 14 March 2018.
  3. ^ "[SBS Star] Namkoong Min & Hwang Jung Eum to Make a Cute Couple in a New Drama!". SBS News. 15 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Hwang Jung-eum, Nam Goong-min to create feel-good romantic comedy". Kpop Herald. May 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Hwang Jung-eum, Namgoong Min Reunite in New TV Series". The Chosun Ilbo. May 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Namgoong Min to Star in "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"". Hancinema. Dailian. March 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "황정음, SBS '훈남정음' 주인공…남궁민과 호흡". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). March 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "최태준, '훈남정음' 출연 확정… 남궁민X황정음과 호흡". 10Asia (in Korean). April 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "오윤아, '훈남정음' 출연 확정…황정음·남궁민과 호흡". 10Asia (in Korean). March 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "[단독] 조달환, '훈남정음' 전격 합류..'귓속말' '리턴' 흥행 잇는다". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). March 31, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "'훈남정음' 오윤아·조달환·이문식·심혜진, 출연 확정…탄탄한 라인업(공식)". Star MBN (in Korean). April 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Shim Hye-jin to Play Namgoong Min's Mother in "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"". Hancinema. Nate. March 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Lee Moon-shik to Play Hwang Jung-eum's Dad in "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"". Hancinema. Naver. April 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "[공식]이주연 SBS '훈남정음' 캐스팅…남궁민-황정음과 호흡". Naver (in Korean). Sports Chosun. April 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Jung Young-ju Cast in "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"". Hancinema. Asiae. April 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Namgoong Min, Hwang Jung-eum and More Attend Script Reading for "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"". Hancinema. April 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "[단독] 남궁민, SBS '훈남정음' 출연 확정..5월 첫방송". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). March 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "'The Undatables' actors vow to salvage falling ratings". Yonhap News Agency. June 7, 2018.
  19. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  20. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved January 13, 2018.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In order to circumvent Korean laws that prevent commercial breaks in the middle of an episode, what would previously have been aired as single 70 minute episodes are now being repackaged as two 35 minute episodes, with two episodes being shown each night with a commercial break between them.[1]

External links[edit]

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