Dubbed as the “Home of Asian Novelas”, ABS-CBN continues to offer Asian series to its viewers. The Kapamilya network has recently acquired the rights to show seven Koreanovela hits in 2017. These are Legend of the Blue Sea, Love in the Moonlight, Goblin, Hwarang, W, Doctors and Weightlifting Fairy, which are scheduled for showing this year.
Legend of the Blue Sea
The Legend of the Blue Sea is a South Korean television series starring Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Min-ho. It run from November 16, 2016 to January 25, 2017. It is one of the top-rating series in South Korean, with an average rating of 19.3% both on AGB and TNmS.
Synopsis: How can a mermaid from the Joseon era survive in modern-day Seoul? Shim Chung is a mermaid who finds herself transplanted to modern times. She is caught by Heo Joon Jae, a charming but cold con artist who is the doppelgänger for Kim Moon, the son of a nobleman from the Joseon Dynasty. But in the present time, Joon Jae works with Jo Nam Doo, a skilled conman who guides Joon Jae to become a genius scammer. But Joon Jae’s friend, Cha Shi Ah, who works as a researcher at KAIST, may be Chung’s only hope for surviving in her strange new world. – DramaWiki
Love in the Moonlight
Love in the Moonlight is topbilled by 2016 South Korean breakout loveteam Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung. It is a story of a crown prince who falls in love with his political eunuch, who is really a woman posing as a man. It aired from August 22, 2016 until October 18, 2016 on KBS2 for 18 episodes. A domestic and international hit, Moonlight achieved peak audience rating of 23.3% in South Korea and received praise for its production, performances and music.
Also known as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, the series stars Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong Wook, Yook Sung-jae and Yoo In-na. It aired on cable network tvN fromDecember 2, 2016 until January 21, 2017. It garnered an average rating of 13.7%.
Synopsis: Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is an immortal goblin and protector of souls. He lives with an amnesiac grim reaper (Lee Dong-wook) who is in charge of taking deceased souls. Together, they see the dead off into the afterlife. One day Kim Shin meets a girl, Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun), who has a special ability to see ghosts, and is destined to be his bride and return him to ashes.
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth is a South Korean television series starring Park Seo-joon, Go Ara and Park Hyung-sik. It aired on KBS2, from December 19, 2016 to February 21, 2017.
Despite being fully produced before its premiere with an ensemble cast, the series was a commercial failure and only averaged single-digit audience rating of 8.4% in its run.
W is a 2016 South Korean television series, starring Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo. It aired on MBC from July 20 to September 14, 2016.
The series averaged 11.63% in audience ratings and received praises for its fast-paced plot and unique story.
Doctors or Doctor Crush is a 2016 South Korean medical drama starring Kim Rae-won and Park Shin-hye. It aired on SBS from June 20 to August 23, 2016 for 20 episodes. The drama was a hit and averaged 18.40% in audience ratings.
Synopsis: Yoo Hye-jung (Park Shin-hye) was a headstrong girl in high school with a prickly, gangster personality. Due to her many childhood scars, Hye-jung keeps her heart closed towards other people. However, she changes after meeting her mentor Hong Ji-hong (Kim Rae-won), who plays a key role in transforming her life from a “hopeless” delinquent to a compassionate doctor. They part ways subsequently but meet again after 13 years, when Yoo Hye-jung becomes a doctor.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo is a South Korean television series starring Lee Sung-kyoung in the title role. It is a coming-of-age sports drama, inspired by the life of Olympic gold-medalist Jang Mi-ran.
It is a coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who are fighting for their dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.
No showing date for the dramas has been revealed yet but they are scheduled for airing this year.