The Road: Tragedy of OneOriginally scheduled for July 21, tvN is now launching its latest high society show The Road: Tragedy of One in early August, which will follow in the footsteps of its recent hit, Mine. Ji Jin-hee leads the cast as Baek Soo-hyun, a beloved news anchorman with a polished public persona who is ruthless in his private life. He lives in the swanky “Royal the Hill” residential complex with wife Seo Eun-soo (Yoon Se-ah), the heir to a powerful family corporation. Kim Hye-eun appears as Cha Seo-young, a television announcer who already has everything she could possibly want but still thirsts for more. (tvN, August 4)
Police UniversityAlso delayed two weeks was the upcoming KBS drama Police University. A mix of romance, school-set comedy-drama and investigative mystery, the show features My Sassy Girl star Cha Tae-hyun back on screens as Yoo Dong-man, a veteran detective now working as an instructor at a police university. His class this year includes B1A4 member Jung Jin-young (better known as Jinyoung) and f(x) star Krystal, also known as Jung Soo-jung. Jinyoung plays Sun-ho, a former hacker now studying to be a policeman who winds up using his skills to help Dong-man solve a case. Krystal will appear as Kang-hee, a committed first-year student determined to follow the letter of the law. (KBS2, August 9)
Check Out the EventIn mid-August, MBC will launch its limited miniseries Check Out the Event, which will run weekly for four episodes. Bang Min-ah, a former member of K-pop girl group Girl’s Day and known professionally as Minah, stars as Ha Song-yi, a sunny character who works as a coordinator at a botanical garden. She used to be dating Park Do-gyeom, played by Kwon Hwa-woon, but one day he suddenly broke up with her and she is still tending her broken heart. As fate would have it, she discovers that she won a couple’s trip from an event, so Song-yi and Do-gyeom pretend to still be a couple to take advantage of the prize. Set to guide them on the trip is the essay writer Seo Ji-kang (An Woo-yeon), but when he meets Song-yi he begins to feel attracted to her. (MBC, August 14)
Lovers of the Red SkyAfter appearing in the Netflix horror film The 8th Night earlier this summer, Kim Yoo-jung will be back on screens in the new period-set romance Lovers of the Red Sky. Based on a novel, the series will feature Kim as Hong Cheon-ki, a brilliant painter who became the first woman selected by the Dohwaseo (Korean Royal Academy of Painting). One day, Cheon-ki meets Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo-seop), an official from the Seowoongwan, the bureau that oversees scientific arts. Owing to an accident in his youth, Ha Ram is blind, but Cheon-ki doesn’t care about his visual impairment as she falls in love with him. Hong Cheon-ki is a real figure, though she only briefly appears in historical records. The series also features Gong Myung as a Grand Prince. (SBS, August 26)
A remake of the 2004 film Mr Handy, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha sees Shin Min-a return to the screen as Yoon Hye-jin. Hye-jin is a dentist with a realistic mentality but because of her steadfast personality, her life changes one day. She winds up moving to Gongjin, a small village by the sea.
In Gongjin she meets Hong Du-sik (Kim Sun-ho). Known by the locals as Mr Hong, Du-sik is a handsome and capable local who keeps himself busy fixing everyone’s problems even though he himself is officially unemployed. Hye-jin’s life changes when she meets this man who is always the first to lend a hand when something goes wrong. (tvN, August 28)
Netflix’s next Korean series is the action drama D.P., based on a web comic of the same name. The show follows An Joon-ho, a tenacious young soldier noticed by Sergeant Park Beom-goo and sent to the special D.P. (Deserter Pursuit) unity. His new job there is to catch deserters alongside Corporal Han Ho-yeol.
D.P. marks the drama series debut of filmmaker Han Jun-hee, who is known for the crime drama Coin Locker Girl, which received its international premiere in 2015 at the Cannes Film Festival, and the action drama Hit-and-Run Squad. Jung Hae-in (Tune in for Love) leads the cast as Joon-ho, alongside Koo Kyo-hwan (Peninsula) as Ho-yeol and Kim Sung-kyun (The Fiery Priest) as Beom-goo. (Netflix, August 27)