December 2019 Korean Drama Releases: “Crash Landing On You”, “Stove League”, “Black Dog” & More
The last stretch of the parade of 2019 Korean dramas is coming to an end – and it’s definitely going to finish with a bang!
Signaling the last hurrah of the season and the official first month of Hellokpop’s coverage of 2020 Korean dramas, a slew of exciting series are set to treat Winter warm for K-Drama patrons. Additionally, workplace dramas dominate the roster for the month of December 2019 with top-tier actors headlining interesting plot mix.
Here is the roster of currently airing 2019 Korean dramas.
Catch the Ghost (tvN)
Chief of Staff 2 (jTBC)
Love With Flaws (MBC)
Psychopath Diary (tvN)
2019 Korean Drama Lineup
Now, here are the latest stories to anticipate in December 2019 Korean Dramas.
Woman of 9.9 Billion
Suiting up to the role of a woman who got hold of a big amount of money, Cho Yeo Jeong’s versatility will be put to test on 9.9 Billion Woman (LT). Together with Kim Kang Woo, who will portray a dismissed hot-blooded police officer on a mission to avenge his brother, the combination of two powerhouse skilled actors would serve a well-established drama to anticipate for.
Cho Yeo Jeong and Kim Kang Woo have starred in dramas Beautiful World and Item this year respectively. In addition, Cho appeared in Cannes award-winning film Parasite. This project is also a reunion drama for the actors who worked together before in another KBS romantic-comedy Lovers in Haeundae.
Joining the lead couple is Oh Na Ra (Sky Castle). Portraying the role of the heroine’s friend whose affluent life is the exact opposite of what her hardship-stricken friend has to encounter. Meanwhile, Yoo Young Jae (B.A.P) challenges his first dramatic role. He will be connected to Kim’s character as a part-timer to a computer shop he manages. Although he looks ordinary, he is equipped with hacking powers since middle school.
Woman of 9.9 Billion is slated for December 4 broadcast via KBS2.
Crash Landing on You
Backed up by Studio Dragon and Culture Depot, tvN’s highly-anticipated romance series starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin gears for broadcast on December 14 via tvN and will be streamed globally on Netflix beginning December 14.
The released plot overview amuses with how Son Ye Jin’s character, a wealthy heiress Yoon Se Ri, lands on North Korean soil after a paragliding mishap. Thereafter, she meets a North Korean officer Ri Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin). The latter shelters her, eventually drawing attraction and loving her in the process.
Penning the script is clever writer Park Ji Eun of The Legend of the Blue Sea, Producer and My Love From the Star fame. Her quirky writing style coupled with the presented story sketch heightens anticipation. With a heroine used to privileged living and will be forced to be on a contradicting life in North Korea, expectations arises on what delightful story Park will give fans this time around.
Adding to that, Director Lee Jung Hyo who has mastered variety of small screen romance interpretation will be helming the production. I Need Romance 2, Heartless City and Romance is a Bonus Book are some of Director Lee’s popular love stories.
Striking a sports-themed drama, SBS tapped Nam Goong Min (Doctor Prisoner) and Park Eun Bin as main leads. Portraying Lee Se Young, Park’s character is the only female operations team manager in Korea’s professional baseball league. Additionally, she is also the youngest to lead a baseball team. Her love for the club makes her work hard to achieve glory for the team.
SBS’ newest offering tells the story of the new general manager of a major league baseball team. The team, which is in the lower ranks, prepare for an extraordinary season. The series will focus on the conflicts and challenges that arise as they make their preparation to become a better team.
Director Jung Dong Yoon of Fates and Furies and Suspicious Partner will call the shots on the production.
Stove League airs on December 13 and will take over the time slot occupied by Vagabond.
Selection: The War Between Women
Scheduled for broadcast in December, the period romance drama threads on the fierce competition of women aiming to become Joseon’s Queen. Conspiracies, betrayals and love abound the stories that will be drawn by the women aspiring to stand next before the King of Joseon.
Portraying the female lead, Jin Se Yun will breathe life to the character of Kang Eun Bo. To achieve her ultimate goal of finding the culprit to her sister’s misfortune, she needs to become a queen. Her dangerous ulterior motive spins the thrilling plot of the story.
Marking his first male lead, Kim Min Kyu suits up to the role of King Yi Kyung. Carrying the weight of his position, his sole goal is to find his true love.
Selection: The War Between Women will air on TV Chosun beginning December 15.
Seo Hyun Jin returns to the small screen as an elite school teacher in Black Dog. Joining the actress are actors Ra Mi Ran and Ha Joon in a drama backed up by Studio Dragon and Urban Works.
Black Dog revolves around the story of Go Ha Neul. To be portrayed by Seo Hyun Jin, the heroine’s life as a teacher, aims to give a closer look at the lives of contract teacher. As a new teacher, she confronts the fierce challenges and growing pains at her new job.
Meanwhile, Ra Mi Ran will portray the role of Park Sung Soon, head of the school’s career development center. Sung Soon is a workaholic and a zealous teacher. She befriends Ha Neul and guides her through her new job. Finally, Ha Joon plays the role of Do Yeon Woo, a Korean language teacher at the same school. As a teacher, Yeon Woo is eternally optimistic. He doesn’t believe that success is gained through connections. Rather he believes that hard work can help anyone succeed.
Black Dog premieres on December 16 on jTBC.
Diary of a Prosecutor
Based on the best-selling book 검사내전 Diary of a Prosecutor (working title) by Kim Woong, Lee and Jung are set to challenge what seemed to be a healing drama, depicting the less romanticized lives of prosecutors.
The workplace drama would focus more on prosecutors working in local districts. That being said, it will delve more on the story of the 98% office workers in the prosecutor’s office. As oppose to the usual 2% of prosecutors mostly depicted in dramas.
Notably, the stories of prosecutors who confront common and real issues that civilians bring to their work load. Expect to see legal reconciliation regarding fraud, voice phishing, neighbor disputes to name a few.
Diary of a Prosecutor begins sailing December 16 via jTBC.