tvN’s upcoming drama “Asadal” (working title) may become a seasonal drama.
According to a report by news outlet Sports Donga, after completing castings, “Asadal” is in discussions to become a seasonal drama. Even from the initial stages of its production, “Asadal” had plans of becoming a seasonal drama, and the staff even proceeded with castings with that possibility. One broadcasting industry source relayed this information and revealed, “It’s still in its production stage and requires necessary discussions. They may withdraw from making the drama a seasonal one during the production process, but at the moment, it is currently in discussion.”
Following these reports, a source from tvN gave an official statement and stated, “The matter of ‘Asadal’ becoming a seasonal drama has not been confirmed. We are considering the possibility of the seasonal format.”
If “Asadal” follows through with change in format, it will become another seasonal historical drama after MBC’s “Chosun Police,” which aired its final season in 2010, and upcoming Netflix original drama “Kingdom” airing this December. This is especially meaningful for tvN as plans to make the network’s previous historical drama “The Three Musketeers” a seasonal drama fell through. tvN has not been able to escape its “historical drama trauma” since.
With the success of “Mr. Sunshine” and hopes for a favorable outcome in upcoming drama “100 Days My Prince,” tvN has gained confidence and is hoping to score big with “Asadal.”
Co-written by Kim Young Hyun and Park Sang Yeon of “Tree with Deep Roots” and “Six Flying Dragons,” “Asadal” is a fantasy period drama of power, love, and growth that takes place in the city of Asadal, which is said to have been the capital city of the Gojoseon era.
In the drama, Jang Dong Gun will play Ta Gon, a war hero that leads the city to victory. Song Joong Ki is Eun Sum, who was born with the energy of a blue star that brings disaster, while Kim Ji Won will star as Tan Ya, who was also born with the destiny of the same star.
“Asadal” is set to premiere on tvN in the first half of 2019.
DIA will be making their comeback!
According to the group’s agency, DIA will be making their comeback on November 7. They will be working with Shinsadong Tiger, and will release a “Bo Peep Bo Peep”-like addictive melody for their speedy comeback.
DIA recently won their first music show win since their debut on August 9 with “Woo Woo.” The track was also produced by Shinsadong Tiger and was a part of their mini album “Summer Ade.” Their win was even more touching as ahead of the album’s release, they had shared, “Our hiatus was long, and we had desperate feelings towards our performances, as it might be our last album. We worked hard during our hiatus to fill what we were lacking.”
SECHSKIES member Eun Ji Won’s father has passed away.
On September 6, his agency YG Entertainment revealed, “The father of SECHSKIES’s Eun Ji Won’s passed away on [September] 5.”
The statement continues, According to the family’s wishes, there will be a private funeral service. Eun Ji Won is currently at the wake by his father’s side. The funeral will be held on [September] 7.”
Eun Ji Won is currently promoting as a member of SECHSKIES and is active in various shows like “Unexpected Q,” “Cart Show 2,” and more.
We offer our sincere condolences to Eun Ji Won and his family.
EXID’s Solji will be making her long-awaited return!
On September 6, the group’s agency Banana Culture stated, “EXID will be flying to Singapore on September 7 to attend the ‘2018 Hallyu Pop Festival.’ This will be Solji’s first official schedule.”
Previously, Solji was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in December of 2016, and has been on hiatus focusing on her health since. She was unable to participate in EXID’s last three comebacks in April and October of 2017, as well as April of 2018. However, she was able to briefly appear and participate at events such as her agency CEO’s wedding and the Seoul leg of EXID’s Asian tour. She also featured in Primary’s album, and most recently performed with the rest of the group in Japan.
The EXID member also recently held a V Live session, where she shared, “There is a risk of relapse, but I have made a full recovery. I’ve been preparing to return by practicing choreography and such.”
GWSN’s Seokyeong recently talked about a heartwarming reunion at “Idol Star Athletics Championships!”
On September 5, the new girl group GWSN held a showcase to promote their debut album “The Park in the Night Part One.” GWSN is a seven-member group created by veteran producer Kim Hyung Suk at Kiwi Media Group.
Seokyeong said, “Three years after appearing on ‘Produce 101’ as an independent trainee, I finally made my debut in a girl group. I’m grateful to have met my members as well as to our producer, who gave us such good songs.”
She added, “Not long ago, we went to the filming for ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships.’ I met a lot of girls who were on ‘Produce 101’ with me there. They told me that they enjoyed our reality program ‘GOT YA GWSN’ and congratulated me on my debut.”
According to an exclusive report on September 6, actor Lee Kwang Soo is unable to film season 2 of Netflix variety series 'Busted' due to other schedules.
One insider revealed, "Original members Yoo Jae Suk, Park Min Young, and Ahn Jae Wook will be returning for 'Busted' season 2, while Lee Kwang Soo will be leaving the show."
Filming for 'Busted' season 2 is set to kick off next month. If the above statement is true, it indicates that other original cast members of the show including Kim Jong Min, EXO's Sehun, and Gugudan's Kim Se Jung are still discussing the matter of appearing on season 2. The report also stated that the show will be seeking to replace Lee Kwang Soo's role.
'Busted' season 2 is set to premiere some time in early 2019.