May has seen several premieres of TV series, so it’s no surprise that June only has a few ones to spare. The current COVID-19 pandemic also played a part in the delay and cancellation of some series. In addition, a few shows in the works that are slated to premiere next month still have unconfirmed dates. Nonetheless, don’t fret as there are dramas that might still proceed as scheduled, so there’s still a possibility we will see them on screen next month.
Some of the most anticipated series will air this June, such as Kim Soo-hyun’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, which is fueling the excitement of the fans awaiting his comeback. The following are the series that are expected to air in the month of June, their premiere dates, and the dramas that they will replace.
June 1: My Unfamiliar Family (Mondays & Tuesdays on tvN)
- Genre: Drama, Family
- Main Cast: Han Ye-ri, Choo Ja-hyun, Shin Jae-ha, Kim Ji-seok, Won Mi-kyung, & Jung Jin-young
- Predecessor: Mothers
My Unfamiliar Family centers on the complicated relationship between family and friends. Han Ye-ri, who plays the lead character as the second daughter in a family, feels like a stranger to her family, so she often confides in a close friend, played by Kim Ji-seok, whom she considers as a brother more than her own siblings. The series highlights the persisting reality of today’s modern family—growing apart from each other as they grow older. To fill the gaps of longing, some members turn to other people to bond with and in turn, consider them as family. In the end, our characters must prove that blood will always be thicker than water.
June 12: Backstreet Rookie (Fridays & Saturdays on SBS)
- Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
- Main Cast: Kim Yoo-jung & Ji Chang-wook
- Predecessor: The King: Eternal Monarch
Based on the popular 2016 webtoon “Convenience Store Saet-byul” by Hwalhwasan, Backstreet Rookie follows the story of a clumsy convenient store owner, played by Ji Chang-wook, and his athletic and pretty part-timer, played by Kim Yoo-jung. Their first encounter goes back four years, when Chang-wook’s character bumps into Yoo-jung’s character and her high school friends, who all look like troublemakers. They make him buy them cigarettes, and he gave her his phone number, but she never calls. Four years later, he starts to run a convenience store and hires a part-timer, who turns out to be the girl he met years ago. The cast has had their first script reading, and the production released the stills from the table read in early May. The series is directed by Lee Myung-woo, who also directed last year’s hit drama The Fiery Priest. Meanwhile, you can check out the show’s first teaser here.
June 12: IN-SEOUL: Season 2 (Tuesdays & Fridays on JTBC)
- Genre: School, Youth, Drama
- Main Cast: Min Do-hee, Kim Yeon-seo, Ryeoun, Jung Hye-rin, Lee Ki-taek, & Jin Ye-ju
IN-SEOUL‘s first season was a success, prompting for the show’s franchise renewal for a second season. Fans also loved the lead character’s (Min Do-hee) relationship with her mother. Picking up where it left off in the first season, Min Do-hee and Kim Yeon-seo’s characters finally get admitted into In-Seoul University and become roommates. The series will further delve into these two women’s friendship, along with a new plot and environment, and their growth towards maturity.
June 20: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Saturdays & Sundays on tvN)
- Genre: Romance, Drama
- Main Cast: Kim Soo-hyun & Seo Ye-ji
- Predecessor: When My Love Blooms
Also known as Pyscho but It’s Okay, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay focuses on the unusual romance between a worker in a psychiatric ward who does not believe in love and an anti-social but popular writer of a children’s book who is clueless about romance. Headlined by Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji, the two characters eventually find consolation in each other’s presence, healing both of their psychological and emotional wounds. This is Kim Soo-hyun’s first series in almost five years, following his last role in The Producers. Since his discharge from the military in July 2019, he has made cameo appearances in hit TV series such as Hotel del Luna in 2019 and Crash Landing on You this year. You can watch the teaser for the drama here.
ONGOING KOREAN DRAMAS: Backstreet Rookie | It’s Okay to Not Be Okay | King Maker: The Change of Destiny | Memorials | My Unfamiliar Family | Once Again
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