Korean romantic drama Something in the Rain won the Best Drama Series award at the 23rd Asian Television Awards held on January 12 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia.
The JTBC series starring Son Ye-jin as a recently dumped career woman and Jung Hae-in as her best friend’s younger brother bested seven other nominees to take home the award. In addition to four series representing Australia (A Place To Call Home), Japan (Throwing Stones and Doctor-X), and Hong Kong (The Trading Floor), three other Korean dramas were among the nominees from which the winner was selected — tvN’s Prison Playbook, MBC’s Come and Hug Me, and SBS’s Return.
Something in the Rain, also known as Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food, is the 8th Korean drama to have won the award since 2000. The past winners include MBC’s Da-mo: The Legendary Police Woman (2004), SBS’s Lovers in Paris (2005), KBS2’s A Love To Kill (2006), KBS2’s The Princess’ Man (2012), tvN’s Misaeng (2015), KBS2’s Descendants of the Sun (2016), and KBS2’s Love in the Moonlight (2017).
Actress Son Ye-jin was nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role award but she eventually lost to fellow Korean actress, Kim Nam-joo, for the latter’s performance in Misty, a JTBC mystery melodrama about a famous anchorwoman who becomes a major suspect in a murder case. Kim won against seven other nominees from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Kim Nam-joo is the second Korean actress who received the award since 2000, following Kim Jung-eun’s win in 2005 for her performance in the hit series Lovers in Paris.
Cable network JTBC basically took home a total of three awards honoring its entertainment shows, including the Best Comedy Program awarded to its variety show Men on a Mission. On top of that, the network was named “Cable & Satellite Network of the Year.” JTBC Vice President Kim Yong-dal accepted the said award and mentioned in his acceptance speech that “JTBC is making its mark in Korea as a trusted source of news through our fair and accurate reporting, and we are also excelling in the entertainment field as well.”
The 23rd Asian Television Awards was organised by ATV Awards Sdn Bhd with the support of Sarawak’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports. Launched in 1996, the prestigious award ceremony is often called “The Emmys of Asia” and aims to be a one-of-a-kind event that showcases quality Asian TV productions.