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Fierce competition looms among Wednesday-Thursday dramas

By Kim Min-jin

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Published : Nov 19, 2014 - 15:54 / Updated : Nov 19, 2014 - 15:54

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Three Wed-Thur dramas (MBC, SBS, KBS2)
Wednesday-Thursday dramas of the three public television channels are bracing for fierce competition as KBS2’s “King’s Face” has started airing. Drama-lovers are wondering which will be the favorite in the three-way competition.

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MBC’s drama “Mr. Baek” is currently ahead, striking average viewing rate of 14.2 percent in the first episode broadcast. The main actors known for their credible acting skills -- Shin Ha-kyun, Jang Na-ra and Lee Joon -- seem to be the main reason for the drama’s success.

The unique theme of the drama, aged Shin returning to his early days of 30s, is also gaining interest. Although the broadcast of SBS’ “Pinocchio” slightly downgraded the viewer ratings of ”Mr. Baek,” the MBC drama is still holding on to its spot place and has a high chance of being the winner.

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SBS rom-com “Pinocchio” had almost reached 10 percent of average viewing rate in the second episode aired Thursday. The production team of an older popular drama “I Hear Your Voice” has reunited for this drama, which has boosted anticipation even before its release.

Trendy young actors Lee Jong-suk and Park Shin-hye’s appearance is also gaining attention not just in South Korea, but all over Asia. As the romantic chemistry between the two hallyu stars is to heat up soon, the drama is likely to rise as another K-drama syndrome like “The Heirs” and “My Love from the Star.”

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The KBS2 drama “King’s Face” is under the spotlight with rising actor Seo In-guk playing the king. As Seo’s acting career started off from cable television network dramas, many viewers are expecting to see his breakthrough, seizing the main role in the public channel drama.

The drama is also expected to attract attention from the elderly as its genre is historical drama.

By Kim Min-jin (minjin103@heraldcorp.com)

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