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New KDRAMAS Alert: ‘Oh My Venus’ & ‘Sweet, Savage Family’

I’ve been a little meh with kdramas this year, but it seems like in these last weeks of the year, we have a few to look forward to. Both pretty light-hearted and if all goes well, great to end 2015 with.

Sweet, Savage Family 콤살벌 패밀리
Also known as: Sweet Family
Genre: Family, Comedy
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2015-Nov-18 to 2016-Jan-??

Jung Joon Ho as Yoon Tae Soo
Moon Jung Hee as Kim Eun Ok (Tae Soo’s wife)
Jung Woong In as Baek Gi Bum
Yoo Sun as Lee Do Gyung (Gi Bum’s ex-wife)
Kim Eung Soo as Baek Man Bo

Someone was pretty smart to start the promotions with great teasers after the end of the She Was Pretty credits. I saw them, searched for more info immediately and I was sold. Family man and gang boss? Teenagers in love from rival families? An ex who happens to be the first love of the two leading men? I mean if this doesn’t scream hot mess, I don’t know what is! And I love it.

It’s not often I see a drama where the leads are older (30s-40s) and it is not some daily drama or crazy makjang* story. This seems like some silly farcical fun. Bonus, director Kang Dae Sun worked on some nice looking dramas and that probably explains the fun teasers we’ve seen so far.
Watch Sweet, Savage Family on DRAMAFEVER. Two week holdback on VIKI.

Oh My Venus 오 마이 비너스
Genre: Romantic, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2015-Nov-16 to 2016-Jan-05

So Ji Sub as Kim Young Ho / John Kim (35)
Shin Min Ah as Kang Joo Eun (33)
Jung Gyeo Woon as Im Woo Shik (33)
Yoo In Young as Oh Soo Jin (33)

OK, if you have watched Korean dramas for at least 2-3 years, you might have come across Shin Min Ah and So Ji Sub in some CFs for Giordano and never looked back. They have insane chemistry, which can either be volatile or perfection. I’m going to go with the latter because I enjoy looking at both of them so much. Hell, I like looking at them with other people, too! (Looking at you Kim Woo Bin and everyone who has been in a room with Ji Sub.)

This is one of those makeover dramas that may be problematic because there’s that underlying fear of using superficial beauty to become better because that’s supposed to be better which never is. Of course, most storylines end with some lesson about being more beautiful inside than out. Let’s hope that happens without being stupid like Birth of a Beauty.
Watch Oh My Venus on DRAMAFEVER. Two week holdback on VIKI.

Couple or family? What do you choose? Comment below or tweet me @cherylfornia!

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*makjang – a stylistic, tonal, or narrative element in dramas that chooses to play up outrageous storylines to keep viewers hooked despite how ridiculous the stories become (adultery, revenge, rape, birth secrets, fatal illnesses, and flirting with incest possibilities are some makjang favorites). [dramabeans]


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