BY Adrienne Stanley | May 07, 2015 10:52 AM EDT
May is shaping up to be one of the best months for Korean drama fans in 2015. The star-studded cast of “Producer” will make their return to television. Fans of Song Ji Hyo will have the opportunity to see the “Running Man” star on “Ex-Girlfriend Club.” The warm weather has also provided the opportunity for more teen series to hit the airwaves including the adaptation of “Orange Marmalade.”K-pop fans will rejoice at the television return of CNBLUE's Jonghyun, Seolhyun of AOA and popular singer-songwriter IU. Here are 4 K-Dramas to watch in May 2015.
The highly anticipated series “Producer” tops the list of must-see Korean dramas in May 2015. “Producer” will mark the television return of Kim Soo Hyun, an actor whose popularity grew exponentially following his role as Do Min Joon in the Hallyu hit, “My Love From The Star.” The 27-year-old heartthrob will turn heads in the series as Baek Seung Chan, a would-be prosecutor who abandons a career in law enforcement to pursue television production.
Gong Hyo Jin follows her successful dramas “The Master’s Sun” and “It’s Okay, That’s Love” with her “Producer” role of Tak Ye Ji, a “Music Bank” producer with 10 years of experience. She is expected to go head to head with Cha Tae Hyun, who portrays Ra Joon Mo, another seasoned variety show producer-director. Unfortunately, Joon Mo has had a bad run with his past series.
Singer-songwriter and actress IU rounds out the main cast as Cindy, a former child star who has developed into a frosty K-pop idol. K-Drama fans are thrilled for the reunion of IU and Kim Soo Hyun, who appeared together in the 2011 musical series, “Dream High.”
“Producer” will premiere on May 15. The series will air on KBS2 on Fridays and Saturdays in the 9:15 p.m. KST time slot.
2. “Orange Marmalade”
AOA’s Seolhyun follows her solid performance in “Gangnam 1970” with her portrayal of Baek Ma Ri in “Orange Marmalade.” The series, which is based on a Naver webtoon, is set within an alternate universe where vampires and humans coexist under the auspices of a tenuous 200 year peace treaty. Ma Ri is a vampire who conceals her identity through the guise of a typical high school student.
Yeo Jin Goo portrays Jung Jae Min, a popular human high school student who falls in love with Ma Ri. CNBLUE’s Jonghyun will serve help to create a love triangle in the series as Han Si Hoo, a vampire who continues to consume human blood. If the series remains faithful to the plot of the webtoon, Si Hoo was once engaged to Ma Ri, which will undoubtedly create friction with Jae Min.
“Orange Marmalade” premieres on KBS2 on May 15 in the Friday 10:35 p.m. KST time slot.
3. “Ex-Girlfriend Club”
Song Ji Hyo has extensive acting credits beyond her appearance on “Running Man” but few roles have won over viewers as much as Oh Jin Hee in the 2014 hit “Emergency Couple.” She is poised to return to tvN in the romantic comedy, “Ex-Girlfriend Club.” Song Ji Hyo will portray Kim Soo Jin, a film producer who accepts the assignment of adapting a webtoon written by her ex-boyfriend.
Byun Yo Han will follow the success of “Misaeng” with “Ex-Girlfriend Club.” He portrays Bang Myung Soo, a popular webtoon writer whose series focuses on his past relationships. Throughout the webtoon, Myung Soo divulged intimate details about his ex-girlfriends. When the webtoon becomes a film, he is approached by his ex-girlfriends who are not flattered by his portrayal of their personalities.
“Ex-Girlfriend Club” premieres on tvN on May 8. The series will air on Fridays and Saturdays in the 8:30 p.m. KST time slot.
4. “Warm and Cozy”
“Warm and Cozy” is the latest drama from the legendary screenwriting team, the Hong Sisters. The series, which is also known as “Jeju Island Gatsby,” focuses on a couple who are tasked with the responsibility of managing a small cafe on Jeju Island. Kang So Ra follows the success of “Misaeng” to portray Lee Jung Joo in the series. “Answer Me 1994” star Yoo Yun Suk portrays Baek Gun Soo, a chef who is also the owner of the Warm and Cozy cafe. He falls in love with Jung Joo, a woman who was previously employed within the fashion industry, before retreating to Jeju Island after breaking up with her boyfriend.
“Warm and Cozy” premieres on MBC on May 13. The series will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the 11 p.m. KST time slot.
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