Asian Drama Simulcasts: May 8-21, 2017

RULER: MASTER OF THE MASK (South Korea, 2017; MBC)
(South Korea, 2017; MBC)

A big batch of beginnings & endings.

Seven shows are ending, five shows are beginning, and even more are lined up for late-May and early-June premieres.

Set firmly in the realm of alt-history, Ruler: Master of the Mask takes place in a Joseon Korea ruled and populated by fictional characters that echo real-life individuals.

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Asian Drama Simulcasts: May 1-7, 2017

PERFECT WIFE, a.k.a. MS. PERFECT (South Korea, 2017; KBS2)
(South Korea, 2017; KBS2)

A not-so-perfect life.

Four shows finish up this week, plus a whopping six series join the upcoming simulcast list.

Infidelity, obsession, and a shocking case turn the family life of a working mom upside-down in the Perfect Wife.

This twist-filled melodrama stars Go So-young (Blue Fish) as the title character and a main cast that includes Yoon Sang-hyun (Shopping King Louie), Jo Yeo-jung (Divorce Lawyer in Love), Sung Joon (Madame Antoine), Kim Jung-nan (Fantastic), Jung Soo-young (Second to Last Love), Im Se-mi (Shopping King Louie), and Cha Hak-yeon (Tunnel). The complete series and its conclusion are now available with English subtitles.

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Asian Drama Simulcasts: April 24-30, 2017

TUNNEL (South Korea, 2017; OCN)
(South Korea, 2017; OCN)

Programming pre-emptions & series completions.

This late-week column includes news in addition to the usual simulcast list updates.

First, a schedule note: Several Korean dramas, including Chicago Typewriter, Rebel: Thief of the People, Tunnel, and Whisper, will face pre-emptions over the next two weeks due to the South Korean elections. See this article at Dramabeans for details – and keep in mind there are potentially more schedule changes on the way.

Second: Netflix holds the worldwide streaming license for the Park Hae-jin vehicle Man to Man. It’s not available to U.S. fans, YET, but you can add it to your watch list. The currently airing series is the first of several JTBC programs heading to the service. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

And J-drama fans: Please look forward to posts highlighting the Japanese programming offered via Netflix and Hulu during the next several weeks.

On to this week’s updates!

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