April showers bring May flowers…and a host of new dramas to lose sleep over. Be excited, because we’re getting everything from taxi drivers exacting revenge, first year law students and their exploits, and mysterious smoke that turns humans into monsters. We might even get the long-awaited second season of a popular Netflix drama, so mark your calendars! With pencil, because some of these dates are subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic.
Hospital Playlist 2
Starring: Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung, and Jeon Mi-do
Plot: Season two of the wildly popular medical drama will continue the story of five doctors who’ve been friends since medical school.
Thoughts: I know everyone’s excited, but try and manage your expectations. A few sources say Hospital Playlist 2 will start airing on April 7th, but some say it won’t air until June. Nothing’s been set in stone, so keep checking back on Drama Milk for updates. We’ve gotcha covered.
Genre: Action, Horror
Starring: Lee Je-hoon & Esom
Plot: Lee Je-hoon plays Kim Do-gi, a graduate of the Korea Naval Academy whose mom was murdered when he was younger. He’s now a driver for the Rainbow Taxi Company; a company that specializes in getting revenge for their clients. Esom plays Kang Ha-na; a prosecutor who becomes increasingly curious about Do-gi and his unconventional job.
Thoughts: See, this is why I just stick with Uber. Although it’d be hard to resist Lee Je-hoon pulling up and offering to take me anywhere I wanted to go…
Starring: Kim Myung-min, Kim Bum, and Ryu Hye-young
Plot: Yang Jong-hoon (Kim Myung-min) is a criminal law professor and former top-tier prosecutor. Most students steer clear of him, because he’s harsh, but the determined and the brave are drawn to him. Kim Bum plays a first year law student by the name of Han Joon-hwi. He’s charming and at the top of his class, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. Especially when him, Professor Yang, and the rest of the law students come across an unusual case.
Thoughts: This drama gives me “How To Get Away With Murder” vibes, and I’m here for it. I’m also happy to see Kim Bum back as a main lead! He just ends up stealing the show when he’s not 😉
Sell Your Haunted House (Alternate title: Real Estate Exorcism)
Starring: Jung Yong-hwa and Jang Na-ra
Plot: Want to put your haunted house on the market? Daebak Real Estate’s gotcha covered! Hong Ji-ah (Jang Na-ra) is a real estate agent and exorcist who cleanses buildings of spirits. She teams up with paranormal con-artist Oh In-bum (Jung Yong-hwa), and together they try to solve the mystery behind her mother’s death.
Thoughts: These plots keep getting wilder and wilder! And this will be Jung Yong-hwa’s first drama since his discharge from the army, so I’m sure his fans will be happy about that.
Starring: Ji Jin-hee, Kim Hyun-Jou, Yeon Woo-jin, and Han Sun-hwa
Plot: Married couple Han Jeong-hyeon (Ji Jin-hee) is a National Intelligence Service agent, and Choi Yeon-soo (Kim Hyun-joo) is a human rights lawyer. She gets a big promotion, and it’s cause for celebration. But what Yeon-soo doesn’t know is her husband has been hiding his real identity for years! Can their marriage withstand the truth? Or will it pit them against each other, and force them to choose duty over love?
Thoughts: This kind of sounds like Korean Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Starring: Kim Ok-bin and Lee Joon-hyuk
Plot: Lee Hwa-sun (Kim Ok-bin) is a detective in Seoul, and she’s stunned when her husband’s murderer calls her and tells her to go to a place called “Mujishi”. When she arrives, she discovers that the people of Mujishi have turned into terrifying monsters after inhaling a mysterious dark smoke. Hwa-sun soon teams up with Yoo Tae-Han (Lee Joon-hyuk), a disgraced ex-cop, and together they fight to stay alive, as well as capture her husband’s murderer.
Thoughts: This is airing on OCN, so you know it’s going to be dark, gritty, and suspenseful.
Starring: Oh Chang-seok, Shin Hye-jung, Han Seung-woo, and Chae Soo-ah
Plot: This drama will depict love stories between different men and women in their twenties and thirties through various forms of social media, such as DMs, stories, comments, likes, and hashtags.
Thoughts: Sounds adorable! I’m always interested in seeing how dramas incorporate technology in their story-telling.
Starring: Sean Dulake, Liv Hewson, Justin Chon, Henry Lau, Daniel Dae Kim, and Brett Gray (with special guest Ha Ji-won)
Plot: Claire Duncan (Liv Hewson) is your stereotypical fangirl: geeky, awkward, and obsessed with Korean dramas. Instead of going out and enjoying college life, she spends her days studying and working. Her only escape is watching a Korean drama called Taste of Love, and she regularly swoons over the main lead Joon Park (Sean Dulake). One day, Claire is sucked through her smartphone and thrust into the world of Taste of Love, where she meets Joon Park and learns some very important life lessons.
The second season will take place in LA and Seoul.
Thoughts: Come on, Claire is one of us! I can’t tell you how many times I wished I was sucked into one of my favorite dramas when I was younger. While I wouldn’t call Dramaworld a Korean drama, it’s Korean drama adjacent and pokes fun at all of our favorite tropes. Only someone who watches a ton of K-dramas would appreciate it, so I decided to make it an honorable mention. You can stream the first season on Viki just in time for the season two premier. I was pleasantly surprised at how cute and self aware the first season was. It starts out a little cheesy, but actually has heart, and some good life lessons. Claire’s also very relatable. The nice thing is, it’s not a big commitment, because there are only ten episodes and each episode is around fifteen to twenty minutes.
With Henry Lau being added to the cast, and veteran actors like Daniel Dae Kim and Ha Ji-won set to make appearances, I think the second season of Dramaworld will be just as fun as the first.
So, now that you know what April has in store, which dramas are you looking forward to? I’m excited about Law School, because I love legal dramas and Kim Bum was always my favorite F4 member in Boys Over Flowers. I’m also curious to see how Dramaworld 2 will follow up the fun and wackiness of season one.