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“Superman Returns” Ranks First in Viewer Ratings for 11 Weeks Running!

By in News posted Oct September 8th, 2014 No comments

KBS 2TV’s variety program “Superman Returns” has proven its popularity by maintaining its spot at number one in viewer ratings for the same time slot for 11 consecutive weeks.

According to Nielsen Korea on September 8, the most recent broadcast of “Superman Returns” on September 7 recorded a nationwide viewer rating of 12.4%, taking charge of the top spot during its time slot. With this latest viewer rating record, the program has been in first place for a total of 11 weeks running.

The September 7 episode aired its one year anniversary special, during which all of the families gathered together in one place. Viewers were touched by how much each family has grown and developed since appearing on “Superman Returns,” especially the relationships between the dads and their children

Super Junior Returns with Catchy but Problematic “Mamacita”

By in News posted Oct September 7th, 2014 No comments
Super Junior Returns with Catchy but Problematic “Mamacita” Written by Leslie On September 6, 2014

Has it really been two years? Is Leeteuk really back already? I can’t believe two years passed so fast. It helped that Super Junior hasn’t done much. Actually they really haven’t done anything aside from some short Super Junior-M promotions for “Swing” earlier this year and their world tour Super Show 5, which again sadly didn’t make it to the US as they had promised they would again (yes, the redundancy was intentional — side-eyeing SM real hard right now).

I often forget the members’ ages since it often feels like K-pop doesn’t exist in reality, but they’ve already begun the quick succession of members entering military service, most recently Yesung and soon Shindong

Kang Hye Jung Wishes Daughter Haru Doesn’t Become a Celebrity like Her and Tablo on “Superman Returns”

By in News posted Oct September 1st, 2014 No comments

With popular celebrity parents actress Kang Hye Jung and musician Tablo, everybody is pretty much expecting “Hip-hop Prodigy” Haru to follow the footsteps of her parents. However, Kang Hye Jung revealed that she wishes a different path for her four-year-old daughter.

On the August 31 broadcast of KBS 2TV’s “Superman Returns,” the family of Tablo, Kang Hye Jung, and Haru were shown as they were traveling to Kangneung.

While enroute to Kangneung, Haru passed some time rapping to a beat. The young girl showed some skills as she took after her father Tablo who is one of the most intelligent rappers in the Korean music industry.

While Haru’s parents showed appreciation and pride in her natural talent, both Kang Hye Jung and Tablo weren’t able to hide their concern

Popular TV Show “Superman Returns” Welcomes New Baby

By in News posted Oct May 5th, 2014 No comments

There is a new baby on the popular KBS2 show “Superman Returns” and this baby is actor Kim Jung Tae‘s first son Kim Ji Hoo, also known as “Ya Ggoong,” a nickname invented by the father himself.

Kim Ji Hoo first appeared on the show in March when Jang Hyun Sung‘s family traveled to Busan to visit his fellow actor friend Kim Jung Tae. With his overly adorable charm, Kim Ji Hoo captured the hearts of the audience and following that episode, many of the show’s fans requested Kim Ji Hoo to become another member of the “Superman Returns” family.

With his comical facial expressions and his love for singing and dancing, there is much anticipation from both the fans and the audience that Kim Ji Hoo will be Korea’s next favorite baby.

Kim Ji Hoo’s first official appearance on the show aired on May 4

“Superman Returns” Lee Hwi Jae Donates 100 Million Won to Ferry Tragedy Victims

By in News posted Oct April 28th, 2014 No comments

Entertainer Lee Hwi Jae has donated one hundred million won (~ 100,000 USD) to the families affected by the Sewol ferry disaster.

On April 28, a representative of the charity Community Chest of Korea revealed to Daily Sports, “Lee Hwi Jae donated 100 million won through Community Chest on April 26 in the name of their whole family including his wife Moon Jung Won and their twin sons Seo Joon and Seo Un.” The amount will be used to help fund the relief efforts and provide the families at the disaster location with daily necessities.

Lee Hwi Jae has been a loved entertainer and MC since his debut in 1992. While he gained immerse popularity at the time thanks to his good looks, he has now caught the public’s interest as the father of adorable twin boys and the husband of a beautiful wife on MBC’s Sunday variety program “Superman Returns

Chinese Version of “Superman Returns” Explains Rumors About Plagiarism

By in News posted Oct April 26th, 2014 No comments

Zhejiang Satellite TV, the channel behind “Daddy is Back,” the Chinese version of “Superman Returns,” made an official statement regarding plagiarism rumors.

A rep of “Daddy is Back” released an official statement through Weibo on April 25 saying, “We are grateful to the producers, writers, and production staff of the KBS reality show, ‘Superman Returns,’ for helping us with our program,” and revealed that the show was produced with help from KBS.

The statement continued with, “’Daddy is Back’ is the Chinese version of ‘Superman Returns,’ and the both sides have taken a lot of time pre-planning to prepare for this project. Moreover, the production team of ‘Daddy is Back’ was able to grow through the production experience Korea has with reality shows

“Man from the Stars” Beats “Infinity Challenge”s 11-Month Record as Korea’s Favorite TV Show

By in News posted Oct February 26th, 2014 No comments

SBS’ “Man from the Stars” has been chosen as Korea’s favorite TV program, beating the long-time #1 show, MBC’s “Infinity Challenge.”

On February 25, results from the poll “Korea’s Favorite TV Program” came in. There, “Man from the Stars” took the first place with 11.5% of the votes.

This is only the second time that a different program came out on top over “Infinity Challenge” after “My Daughter Seoyoung” won last year.

“Infinity Challenge” has been keeping its #1 spot for the past 11 months but has fallen down to the wildly popular Jun Ji Hyun/Kim Soo Hyun series.

The following programs were the next ranked: “The Wang Family,” “Empress Ki,” “Daddy! Where Are We Going?” “Running Man,” “1 Night 2 Days,” “Love Rides the Song,” “Gag Concert” and “Jeong Do Jeon

Fuse TV Praises Epik High as Driving Force of Growth of Korea’s Hip-Hop

By in News posted Oct February 24th, 2014 No comments

American cable music channel Fuse TV recently gave high praise for Epik High, calling them the driving force of the growth of Korea’s hip-hop.

Fuse TV interviewed Epik High and wrote, “There is no hip hop act quite like Epik High. Made up of MCs Tablo and Mithra Jin alongside DJ Tukutz, the trio have been shaking up the K-pop industry for more than a decade. With a unique rap-rock sound, Epike High came about organically instead of being placed together by a record label, like most K-pop acts.”

Tablo shared that Epik High was not like other K-Pop musicians and that they started without a company or a manager. Fuse TV went on to praise the group for their immense success, despite their humble beginnings. Read the full Fuse TV interview here.

Meanwhile, Epik High is known to be working hard on their upcoming album

“Superman Returns” Jang Hyun Sung Picks Haru Over Chu Sarang as His Future Daughter-In-Law

By in News posted Oct February 18th, 2014 No comments

Actor Jang Hyun Sung who is very much popular these days due to his appearances on the adored KBS 2TV show “Superman Returns” picked Tablo and Kang Hye Jung’s daughter Lee Haru to be his future daughter-in-law.

On the KBS Cool FM “Jo Jung Chi and Harim’s 2 o’clock” radio show that was broadcast on February 17, when DJ Jo Jung Chi asked the actor, “Haru versus Chu Sarang. Who would you pick be your daughter-in-law,” Jang Hyun Sung responded, “That’s hard. For Haru, when you see her for real, you’ll be really surprised. She has these huge eyes that seems to melt anyone who looks at them directly. As for Sarang, her cuteness and charms are just to die for.”

After thinking for a while, the actor continued, “I think I will pick Haru because she is better at speaking Korean

“Superman Returns” Chu Sa Rang Learns How to Swim

By in News posted Oct February 8th, 2014 No comments

The adorable Chu Sa Rang strikes again!

KBS 2TV released a still of Chu Sa Rang in a swimsuit for the February 9 broadcast of “Superman Returns.”

She is shown wearing a cute Minnie Mouse swimsuit and swim cap, and pink Disney float arm bands. Chu Sa Rang’s father, MMA fighter Chu Sung Hoon, is pictured in the background. This is not the first time she’s been spotted in a swimsuit. Sa Rang previously wore one at the swimming pool during their trip to an Okinawa. They recently visited a jjimjilbang in Korea recently to record the Lunar New Year special.

Chu Sa Rang generally dislikes sports, except for swimming. Her father stated, “Sa Rang’s grandmother was formerly a national swimmer. I think Sa Rang has her grandmother’s blood.”

Watch Chu Sa Rang learn how to float and splash water with her feet on February 9 at 4:55 PM KST on KBS 2TV’s “Superman Returns

‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ Ends with Fans Hoping for a Return

By in News posted Oct January 20th, 2014 No comments

After two years, jTBC’s Shinhwa Broadcast came to an end.
The program began with all six Shinhwa members bringing their own styles of entertainment, delighting fans, who waited for the group to return to the spotlight for four years.

In the course of two years, Shinhwa Broadcast tried out several different formats, from channel surfing to cooking, and finally ending with spotlighting little legends in Korea by season two. The last little legends were about two young brothers who dream of becoming pro boxers even under dire circumstances.

However, with Kim Dong Wan leaving the show after season one to focus on acting and Andy taking off to self-reflect after gambling issues, the rest of the Shinhwa members decided it wasn’t right to continue the show with only four members

T.O.P’s Shows His Superman Pose and Talks About Acting with Taeyang’s Brother

By in News posted Oct October 31st, 2013 No comments

Choi Seung Hyun (T.O.P of BIGBANG) returned to the big screen after three years in his new movie “The Alumni” (also known as “The Commitment”).

The cast of “The Alumni,” Choi Seung Hyun, Han Ye Ri, Yoon Je Moon, Jo Sung Ha, Kim Yoo Jung, and director Park Hong Soo, attended the press screening on October 29 and shared their general thoughts about the movie. He also amused the audience and his cast members with his funny Superman poses.

Choi Seung Hyun learned martial arts for his role as a North Korean spy, and immersed himself fully in his character for the movie. He also revealed his thoughts about acting alongside the brother of fellow BIG BANG member Taeyang, Dong Hyun Bae

Chu Sarang Wants to Meet Song Il Gook’s Triplets?

By in News posted Oct September 14th, 2014 No comments

Seems like actor Song Il Gook‘s lovely triplets have caught the eye of Chu Sarang!

On the September 14 broadcast of KBS2TV’s “Superman Returns,” Song Il Gook’s triplets Dae Han, Min Gook, and Man Se, Lee Hwi Jae’s twins Seo Un and Seo Joon, Chu Sung Hoon‘s daughter Chu Sarang, and Tablo‘s daughter Haru met up for a fun playing session at the KBS2TV headquarters before filming the show’s first anniversary special.

Before leaving for Korea, Chu Sarang’s father Chu Sung Hoon revealed, “When Sarang saw Dae Han, Min Gook, and Man Se appear on the show, she said she wants to meet them,” and added, “She has to meet other boys too, and not only play with Yuto

Tablo and WINNER Look Close in New Selca

By in News posted Oct September 13th, 2014 No comments

On September 13, Epik High’s Tablo uploaded a photo onto his personal Instagram with the caption, “A shot with the current hottest boyband.”

In the photo, Tablo could be seen posing with the five members of WINNERNam Tae Hyun, Kang Seung Yoon, Song Min Ho, Kim Jin Woo, and Lee Seung Hoon. They seem to be attending an event together. In the selca, they all look like they are having a good time, making goofy expressions. Tablo especially looks sneaky, and his photo is garnering much attention, as he became the “sixth member of WINNER.”

Meanwhile, WINNER is busy promoting their debut album, “2014 S/S,” both in Korea and in Japan. Tablo, on the other hand, is now just as well-known as Haru’s dad, as the rapper of Epik High, through his appearance on KBS’ “Superman Returns

Song Il Gook: “I Have Already Picked Names for My Future Twin Daughters”

By in News posted Oct September 7th, 2014 No comments

Actor Song Il Gook has confessed to having plans of adding daughters to his growing family!

On the September 7 broadcast of KBS2TV’s “Superman Returns,” the father and his lovely triplets Dae Han, Min Gook, and Man Se gathered to the KBS studio with fellow cast members to celebrate the show’s first anniversary.

When asked if the idea of having daughters has ever crossed his mind, Song Il Gook revealed, “I want to have them, but I simply haven’t told my wife yet. I have even chosen the names. If they turn out to be twins, I want to name them Woo Ri and Na Ra.”

The names Woo Ri and Na Ra translate to “our” and “land,” which is used by Koreans to refer to their homeland

Goo Hara takes photo with Choo Sarang”s mom, Yano Shiho

By in News posted Oct August 11th, 2014 No comments

On August 9th, Yano Shiho posted a photo of her taken with Goo Hara on Instagram and wrote "Nice to meet you, Hara of KARA".
In the photo, Goo Hara and Yano Shiho pose happily together, show off their outstanding beauties. 
Yano Shiho used to be a top model of Japan back then, she"s recently become popular again thanks to her daughter Choo Sarang and has started model work in Korea. It has also been reported that Goo Hara might appear in the upcoming episode of KBS"s "Superman returns" and meet up with Choo Sarang.
Meanwhile, Goo Hara is receiving much attention as KARA will soon comeback with new member Heo Yeongii. 
Jenny@dkpopnews 

Network Wars for Sunday Variety Show Time Slots Far From Over, KBS Says, “We Didn’t Start It”

By in News posted Oct August 10th, 2014 No comments

It looks like the network wars for the 4 p.m. Sunday variety program time slot won’t be ending yet.

After citing KBS‘ irregular scheduling as the reason for the “disruption” in the schedules of SBS variety shows “Roommate” and “Running Man” and MBC variety shows “Dad, Where Are We Going?” and “Real Men” last August 3, the national television network KBS cleared its side and gave their explanation countering the allegations of the other two networks.

“Actually, we weren’t the ones who started it,” said KBS who also felt that they were treated unfairly regarding the time slot war.

According to a rep from KBS Happy Sunday, “We’ll be putting each other on the mud but if we don’t air our side, the viewers will look at us as the cause of the problem

K-Drama Feature: Makjang

By in News posted Oct June 7th, 2014 No comments
K-Drama Feature: Makjang
Love it or hate it, K-Dramas are rife with makjang, the Korean term for over the top or ridiculous subplots and coincidences that keep the viewers tuning in week after week. A drama doesn"t have to be terrible or illogical to be makjang, it could be extremely well-acted or tug at your heartstrings.

Despite the negative connotations, does it truly have to be a bad thing? There are some great dramas that are simply amazing to watch, but when you try and sit down to describe the plot, it seems to get, well, laughable. To wit, here are just a few entertaining dramas that have absolutely preposterous storylines (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD):

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Three brothers are separated at a very young age as a result of their parents" death. A lovely overused trope that they play up here

New Stills of Chu Sarang on A Date with Her Boyfriend Yooto Revealed

By in News posted Oct May 31st, 2014 No comments

Korea’s favorite toddler Chu Sarang went on a super cute date with her boyfriend Yooto, who is also becoming more and more popular since his first appearance back in March on the KBS TV show “Superman Returns.” 

These toddlers’ relationship has always been hot and cold, and the two met for the first time in a long time at a park to celebrate Yooto’s birthday.

The two reportedly had fun playing with blow bubbles, and Chu Sarang also had a hard time sharing her boyfriend with his other girlfriends. Seeing them together, Chu Sarang’s mother Yano Shiho said, “Maybe they really like each other~ I think they also shared a smack as well!”

More details on the date can be seen through episode 29 of the show

The 50th Baeksang Arts Awards, Watch Along with List of Nominations

By in News posted Oct May 27th, 2014 No comments

The annual award that celebrates achievements in both film and television is back with its 50th edition. The “50th Baeksang Art Awards” airs today on JTBC starting 6:20 PM KST, taking place at Kyunghee University Hall of Peace in Seoul. Watch it live here as your favorite stars from your favorite dramas, variety shows, and films are honored for their work. EXO-K will also be performing today.

Look below for the complete list of nominations.

The “50th Baeksang Art Awards” divides its awards into two categories: television and film.

Actor Kim Soo Hyun is up for two acting awards- Best Actor in Television and Best Rookie Actor in Film. His SBS drama “Man from the Stars” has its name in four award categories