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From rom-com to action blockbuster: various dramas to air this month

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Posters for tvN series "Yumi's Cells," left, and MBC series "The Veil" / Courtesy of tvN and MBC

By Lee Gyu-lee

Various genres of TV programs are expected to hit the small screen in the coming days, with the romantic comedy "Yumi's Cells," and the big-budget action TV drama "The Veil" set to be launched.

The much-anticipated adaptation of the hit webcomic, "Yumi's Cells," will finally premiere Friday on tvN and CJ ENM's streaming service TVING.

The rom-com series, which has created a buzz since news emerged of its production, revolves around a woman in her 30s, named Kim Yu-mi (Kim). Along with the different functioning "cells" in her body, portrayed as human-like figures, she explores happiness in her personal and professional life, and the romantic relationships with her first boyfriend, Ku Woong (Ahn Bo-hyun), followed by another, Yoo Ba-bi (Park Jin-young).

Another romantic comedy series, "Dali and the Cocky Prince," starring Kim Min-jae and Park Gyu?young, is set to air Sept. 22.

Directed by Lee Jung-seop, who helmed the hit series, "Bread, Love and Dreams" and "My Lawyer, Mr. Jo," the series follows a romance between two completely opposite people ― an art museum director and connoisseur Kim Dal?ri (Park) and a money-grabbing philistine Jin Moo-hak (Kim). When Moo-hak welcomes Dal-ri into his life, he steps into the art world through her.

The MBC blockbuster action-suspense series, "The Veil," marking the broadcaster's 60th anniversary, and Netflix's new original show, "Squid Game," will arrive Friday.

The action-packed spy thriller, "The Veil," will take viewers into the life of top National Intelligence Service agent Han Ji-hyuk (Namgoong Min). He is a well-trained field agent who is admired by his colleagues, but his life turns upside down when he goes missing during an operation.

A year after his disappearance, he comes back to the agency to discover the truth behind that day and a mole that threatens the service.

A scene from Netflix's upcoming series
A scene from Netflix's upcoming series "Squid Game" / Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix's original drama, "Squid Game," which whetted K-drama fans' appetites with a star-stubbed cast and unique concept, follows deadly high-stakes rounds of different children's games. A mysterious organization invites cash-strapped people to play potentially fatal games for an enormous prize of 45.6 billion won ($38.8 million).

Starring Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo, the series is the first drama debut for the well-known filmmaker Hwang Dong-hyuk, who directed the films "Miss Granny" and "Silenced."

The mystery thriller series, "Hometown," starring Yoo Jae-myung, Han Ye-ri and Uhm Tae-goo, will land on the small screen Sept. 22.

TvN's upcoming series, set in a small town in 1999, revolves around a detective named Choi Hyung-in (Yoo) who lives in misery after losing his wife to a horrible gas attack 10 years previously. The terrorist, Cho Kyung-ho (Uhm), has been convicted and put behind bars.

Mysterious serial murders start to occur around the town, years after the attack, and Hyung-in realizes a connection between the murders and the attack. He teams up with the terrorist's sister, Jung-Hyun (Han), to find the truth.

The series is directed by Park Hyun-suk, whose previous work includes the second season of the hit thriller series, "Stranger," and the SBS series, "Uncontrollably Fond."


Lee Gyu-lee gyulee@koreatimes.co.kr


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