What K-dramas are debuting in November 2017?
Korean television networks are currently wrapping up their last full series, the ones before the 2017 to 2018 transition. We have seen some amazing shows within the last three months including Hospital Ship starring Ha Ji Won, Kang Min Hyuk, Leo Seo Won, and Kim In Sik (which recently concluded), While You Were Sleeping starring Lee Jong Suk and Suzy, and Because This is My First Life starring Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min.
The upcoming transitional K-dramas will need to be just as good or better than the aforementioned batch. The transitional K-drama season is loaded with numerous holidays. Ergo, there might be major dips in viewership, both domestically in South Korea and internationally, if they do not keep viewers enticed. Fortunately, there are many upcoming K-dramas that might be able to lead the way into 2018.
Formerly known as I Believe Even If I Hate, this melodramatic family drama airs on the Korean Broadcasting Network (KBS) channel KBS1. It is a weekend nighttime drama starring Lee Sung Yul, Han Hye Rin, and Pyo Ye Rin.
According to KBS World, it is a drama that follows the life a woman who ends up losing everything after living a turbulent life. When she starts anew from the bottom, ironically, her life blossoms. The value that holds us together is not blood nor law, but rather love and affection between us.
Love Returns started airing on November 13, 2017 at 8:25 p.m. KST on KBS1. Subsequent episodes will air at the same time slot on weekdays (Monday to Friday) for a scheduled 120 episodes. Right now, there is no news if this K-drama will be available on legal streaming sites.
Nothing to Lose
Also known as Judge vs. Judge, this legal drama will air on the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), four episodes on Wednesdays and Thursdays, two episodes back-to-back each day. It stars Park Eun Bin, Yun Woo Jin, Dong Ha, and Na Hae Ryung.
Judge Lee Jung Joo (Eun Bin) presides at the Seoul District Court. She sometimes swears at shameless defendants with unspeakable words. Judge Sa Ui Hyun (Woo Jin) is assigned to the judgement bench with Judge Lee. Judge Sa is well known for his excellent use of the law and his conscience to reach verdicts. Also, Judge Lee fights against a huge power who framed her older brother for murder and killed him.
Nothing to Lose will start airing on November 22, 2017 at 11 p.m. KST on SBS. Subsequent episodes will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Once again, it must be stressed there will be two back-to-back episodes. Ergo, episodes will be 30 minutes long. This K-drama is set to stream on Rakuten Viki.
The Total Variety Network (tvN) hasn't faired well this year compared to last year. Maybe it will turn around with their new prison comedy. Also known as Wise Prison Life and Smart Prison Living, it stars an ensemble cast which includes Park Hae Soo, Jung Kyung Ho, Krystal of f(x), Im Hwa Young, Kang Seung Yoon, Lee Kyu Hyung, Choi Sung Won, and many others.
This K-drama will be produced by the same production crew well-known for the popular "Reply" Series. Ergo, it is believed a lot of the K-drama will have the same vibe as said series. Only difference is it is set in prison. According to Kpopmap, this is an episode drama which depicts people living in the prison as a "mysterious place." It starts out with super famous baseball player, Kim Je Hyuk (Hae Soo) happens to go to the jail.
Prison Playbook will start airing on November 22, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. KST on tvN. Subsequent episodes will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the same time slot. Right now, there is no news if this K-drama will be available on legal streaming sites.
The Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation (JTBC) has done okay this year. It however looks like it will take a more serious approach in its upcoming series Untouchable. It stars Jin Goo, Kim Sung Kyun, Eunji of Apink, and Go Joon Hee.
This K-drama takes place in the city of Bukcheon which has been dominated by the Jang family for three generations. Jang Joon Seo (Jin Goo) is the second son of family leader Jang Bum Ho (Park Geun Hyung). A woman who Jang Joon Seo loves dies. After that, he tries to reveal the truth about her death and a secret from his family.
Untouchable will start airing on November 24, 2017 at 11 p.m. KST on JTBC. Subsequent episodes will air on Fridays and Saturdays at the same time slot. Right now, there is no news if this K-drama will be available on legal streaming sites. As of late, JTBC K-dramas have been airing on Netflix so it will most likely be exclusive to that streaming site.
Enemies From The Past
The Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) will also be debuting a new weeknight K-drama later this month titled Enemies From The Past. It stars Choi Yoon Young, Goo Won, Ahn Jae Mo, and Ko Na Yun.
Choi Go Ya (Choi Yoon Young) supports her family by doing part-time work. Her father had an affair and left home 10 years ago. She is now looking for a regular full-time job. Min Ji Seok (Goo Won) is a lawyer who specializes in divorces. He is skeptical about marriage, but he meets Go Ya and gets close to her. Unfortunately, their relationship faces a major situation.
Enemies From The Past will start airing on November 27, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. KST on MBC. Subsequent episodes will air on Mondays to Fridays at the same time slot. Right now, there is no news if this K-drama will be available on legal streaming sites.
MBC will also be airing a new weekly K-drama titled Two Cops. It stars Jo Jung Suk, Hyeri of Girl's Day, Hoya formerly of Infinite, and Lee Shi Un.
This K-drama is about Cha Dong Tak (Jo Jung Suk), a detective in pursuit of justice. A swindler's spirit takes possession of his body. The detective and swindler's spirit start to cooperate together to solve cases. Along the way, both Dong Tak and the swindler's spirit falls in love with a reporter, Song Ji An (Hyeri).
Two Cops will start airing on November 27, 2017 at 10 p.m. KST on MBC. Subsequent episodes will air four episodes weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays at the same time slot, two episodes back-to-back each day. Right now, there is no news if this K-drama will be available on legal streaming sites.
The last K-drama of interest on this list comes from SBS, Doubtful Victory. Also known as Questionable Start, the thriller melodrama stars Yoon Kyun Sang and Jung Hye Sung.
Oh Il Seung (Yoon Kyun Sang) was wrongly accused of a crime and imprisoned, and has spent ten years on death row. He manages to break out of prison and somehow becomes a fake cop, then sets out to find a hidden stash of 100 billion won (nearly 100 million dollars) on behalf of criminals who will supply him with a new identity upon receipt. He has three days to find the cash and begin his new life
Doubtful Victory will start airing on November 27, 2017 at 10 p.m. KST on SBS. Subsequent episodes will air weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays at the same time slot, four episodes per week with two episodes back-to-back each day. Right now, there is no news if this K-drama will be available on legal streaming sites.
Out of all the upcoming K-dramas to air in November 2017, which ones are you looking forward to the most?
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