Hana Yori Dango, Son Dambi, and Yoon Eun Hye, in the news; plus, a Korean E! Entertainment

The Korean version of Hana Yori Dango will finally air this December on KBS, although they STILL haven’t chosen the breathlessly awaited actors.

Son Dambi’s second single, “You’ve gone crazy” (미쳤어) featuring Eric, will debut on September 18th. Somewhat to my disappointment, she’s apparently abandoned(already!) the sweet persona and lyrical ballad with which she re-entered the music scene so recently, and which I liked but cynically predicted would not last.

And Yoon Eun-Hye is in the lead for the title of “drama queen” in the upcoming Seoul Drama Festival 2008, from October 10th to 14th. I’m quite pleased about this – yes, she’s almost  (sometimes tiringly) as adored as Britney Spears in Korea, but she’s talented and I adore her because she makes her dramas great through her personality, not her looks.

Industry-wise, America’s E! Entertainment channel will be combined with coverage of the Korean entertainment scene and broadcast by SBS in South Korea.

It will feature a combination of E!’s regular Hollywood programming, including the “E! News” and “Live From the Red Carpet” shows, combined with locally produced E! formats covering Korean celebrities and entertainment news.

“At a time when the (Korean) industry is set for increased digital investment and pay TV growth, we are certain that the arrival of a localized version E! Entertainment Television will be greatly appreciated by operators and viewers throughout the region,” said Comcast Intl. prexy Kevin MacLellan.

SBS is South Korea’s only private broadcasting company with a nationwide network and operates TV, radio and terrestrial digital mobile TV stations in cooperation with nine regional, private broadcasters.”


Hmm – the first thought that springs to my mind? “Yes, because what Korea really needs imported is the worst, lowest, most pop-sugary form of our(i.e. America’s)entertainment and the lowest common denominator of our country”. But really – why not? Heaven forbid the general public/the entertainment industry should actually go for, you know, quality.


2 Responses

  1. Yoon Eun Hye is my fave.


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