2019 is slowly coming to an end, soon, more kdramas will wrap up and more kdramas will air in 2020.
2020 is packed with projects, from small romantic comedies to sci-fi projects; some of the best Korean actors are set to make their return in 2020.
Today, we shall go over the list of confirmed Kdramas that will air in 2020.
[As of this writing, more will be added as new details emerge]
It was recently confirmed that INFINITE L and Shin Ye Eun will lead KBS upcoming drama “Welcome.” It is based on a webtoon of the same name.
It’s written by scriptwriter Joo Hwa Mi, who wrote tvN’s “Marriage, Not Dating” and “Introverted Boss.” The drama will be directed by Ji Byung Hyun, whose previous works include KBS’s “Big” and “House of Bluebird.”
It tells the story of a woman Sol-A (Shin Ye-Eun) in her mid-twenties, she works for a graphic design company. She is a sociable person and dreams of becoming a webcomic artist. One day, she takes home a cat, Hong-Zo (INFINITE L). She is not aware that he’s a special cat that can transform into a human being. She then gets involved in unexpected cases.
“Welcome” is expected to air in March of 2020.
“The Game: Towards Midnight”
2PM’s Taecyeon is set to make his return since his military discharge with the upcoming MBC drama “The Game: Towards Midnight.”
He is joined by Lee Yeon Hee and Im Joo Hwan.
“The Game: Towards Midnight” is a melodrama about a man (Taecyeon) who can see death and a detective (Lee Yeon Hee) who works mysterious murder cases. Im Joo Hwan is taking on the role of a forensic medical examiner; he’s meticulous about his work and strives for perfection.
“The Game: Towards Midnight” is expected to air in the first half of 2020.
“The King: The Eternal Monarch”
“The King: The Eternal Monarch” is probably the most anticipated kdrama of 2020.
The screenplay is penned by the famous writer Kim Eun Sook who previously directed many popular dramas, most recently “Mr. Sunshine.”
This will be her second time working with Lee Min Ho, she previously worked with him on the hit drama “The Heirs,” it’ll also be her second time working with Kim Go Eun, they previously worked on the hit tvN drama “Goblin.”
“The King: The Eternal Monarch” is a story about two parallel universes of a monarchy and a democracy. Both leads will play two different roles in each universe.
The cast also includes Woo Do Hwan, Kim Kyung Nam and Jung Eun Chae.
“The King: The Eternal Monarch” will air on SBS in the first half of 2020. The shooting for this drama begins later this year and in mid-September they held the drama first script reading.
“I’ll Go to You When the Weather Is Nice”
On September 17, it was confirmed that Seo Kang Joon and Park Min Young will lead the upcoming drama.
The drama is based on a novel of the same title, it’s a romantic story set in the countryside.
Park Min Young is taking on the role of Mok Hae Won, an average woman without any special characteristics besides playing the cello since she was young. She wanted to use that skill to step up but it only resulted in heartbreak and loss of trust. She decides to move back to a town in Gangwon Province, where she used to live when she was young.
Seo Kang Joon is taking on the role of Im Eun Seob, he runs a bookstore in Mok Hae Won hometown. He lives a simple life; it gets shaken when Mok Hae Won enters his life.
“I’ll Go to You When the Weather Is Nice” is set to premiere in the first half of 2020.
“Na Rae, Kicking Out”
Back in late September, KBS confirmed that U-KISS’s Jun and Stephanie Lee will lead the upcoming drama.
The drama is a comical action drama, it will center on taekwondo and a former national Taekwondo athlete who loses his status and a person full of good lucky who comes from the countryside.
“Na Rae, Kicking Out”is expected to air in March of 2020.
“Romantic Doctor Kim 2”
Back in mid-September, it was confirmed that Han Suk Kyu will reprise his role for the second season of the popular medical drama “Romantic Doctor Kim 2.”
He will be joined by Lee Sung Kyung and Ahn Hyo Seop.
Screenwriter Kang Eun Kyung, director Yoo In Shik, and lead actor Han Suk Kyu are all returning for the second season. Han Suk Kyu will take on the same role as the genius teacher Kim, while Lee Sung Kyung will play Cha Eun Jae, a second year fellow in the cardiosurgery department, she loves studying and is considered an elite student.
Ahn Hyo Seop will play the role of Seo Woo Jin, a cynical second year fellow who doesn’t believe in happiness because of the struggles he suffered when he was a child. He is a talented surgeon.
“Romantic Doctor Kim 2” is expected to air in January of 2020.
“Ssang Gap Pocha”
Back in late August of 2019, JTBC confirmed that Hwang Jung Eum, Yook Sungjae along with Choi Won Young and Lee Joon Hyuk will be starring in the upcoming drama.
The drama is based on a popular webtoon of the same name; the webdrama received 10 out of 10 stars on Daum and even won the Excellence Award at the 2017 Korea Comic Awards.
The story is about a mysterious pojangmacha (outdoor drinking establishment) that appears in many places and its customers. Hwang Jung Eum is taking on the role of the woman who runs the pojangmacha while Yook Sungjae is taking on the role of a customer service employee of a supermarket.
“Ssang Gap Pocha” is directed by Jeon Chang Geun of “The Queen of Office,” “What Happens to My Family,” and others.
“Ssang Gap Pocha” is expected to air in early 2020.
Actress Kim Seo Hyung who received rave reviews for her performance in “SKY Castle” is leading the upcoming drama “Nobody Knows,” she will be joined by Ryu Deok Hwan.
“Nobody Knows” tells the story of a female detective who lost her close friend when she was young to a serial killer, when the killing spree begins again 19 years later, she starts hunting down that killer. Ryu Deok Hwan will take on the role Shinsung Middle School’s science teacher Lee Sun Woo. He’s someone who tried to quit being a teacher after getting hurt, but decided to continue being a teacher due to the persuasion of others.
“Nobody Knows” is expected to air in January of 2020.
“Half of Half”
In late August of 2019, tvN confirmed that Jung Hae In and Chae Soo Bin will lead the upcoming kdrama titled “Half of Half.”
“Half of Half” tells the story of an artificial intelligence (AI) programmer and classical recording engineer. Jung Hae In is taking on the lead role of a programmer who founded a portal site, he is firm but also nice and rational, he never gets angry.
Chae Soo Bin is taking on the role of a classical recording engineer. She is an optimistic woman despite her unstable lifestyle; she solves math problems when she’s having a difficult time.
“Half of Half” will be written by Lee Sook Yeon, who worked on “On the Way to the Airport,” and directed by Lee Sang Yeop, who worked on tvN’s “Familiar Wife.”
“Half of Half” is expected to air in March of 2020.
The news was confirmed on October 8. The star studded lineup already has fans curious. “Here” is an upcoming drama by Noh Hee Kyung who previously worked on many hit projects such as “Live,” “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” and “That Winter, The Wind Blows.”
The main cast includes Lee Byung Hun, Han Ji Min, Shin Min Ah, Bae Sung Woo, and Nam Joo Hyuk. This will be Nam Joo Hyuk and Han Ji Min second time working together, they previously shared the screen in “The Light in Your Eyes” earlier this year.
“Here” tells the story of an international NGO (non-governmental organization), however, not many details have been revealed to the public.
The drama is set to begin filming in 2020 and will likely air in 2020 as well.
It was also recently confirmed that Joo Sang Wook, Kim Bo Ra, Han Da Gam, Lee Tae Hwan, and MOMOLAND’s Yeonwoo will join hands for Channel A’s upcoming drama.
“Touch” is a rom-com that follows a makeup artist who fell into unemployment because of his debt and a failed idol trainee as they work on achieving their dreams.
“Touch” will air in January 2020.
Which one of these upcoming 2020 kdramas are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below.