Anthony Kim is the self dubbed king of dramas, his record of producing popular television impeccable, and his methods ruthless. But after the drastic measures taken to ensure the successful conclusion of his company's latest drama leads to a man's death, Anthony is ousted from his position as president. Three years after his fall from grace, Anthony seeks out Lee Go Eun, the jilted assistant writer having been another casualty from that last drama. Anthony wishes to make the script she submitted to him years before a reality and duplicate his old success, an offer she reluctantly accepts to regain her similarly lost dream. The two race to find air time and a top star to please their rather sinister investor, but they also must learn to compromise when Go Eun makes it clear she won't condone the same cutthroat approach that was used previously in order to make their drama a hit.
Anthony Kim is dubbed the King of Dramas. What made him become that king is his lacking scrouples of spending money, kicking people out and risking something. He loves numbers and goes by them. But one day, a person dies because he was too eager to finish his drama. And with that, Anthony is kicked out of his production firm and dead in the drama industry. That is until three years later, he gets an offer. If he only had a script for a dark, ancient drama, that wasn't like all the other dramas... And that's where Lee Go Eun comes into the game. She wrote such a script, three years ago. But who knows if she is willing to work with Anthony Kim, the person, who made her loose her dream of becoming a script writer, because he was too eager.
This drama was interesting already, just by the fact that it shows how a drama is made. Add the good actors and the story to it and it can only become better. It isn't centered on the romance, more on the development of the characters. I felt like they grew and changed so much from the first episode until the last. Of course, a character like Anthony is supposed to change. But even all the other characters didn't just stay the way they are. It made the drama seem very real and I got attached to it because of that. Even if we look at the side characters, we can see them develope, grow and change.
I especially loved the acting in this one. Siwon might not be perfect (acting wise), but his character just fit so perfect into that role! He was hilarous but serious at the right times. Just as they needed it.
But even though I say this drama is a masterpiece, there is something bad as well. If there are problems in producing a drama, I understand that. I understand, that everybody tried to keep Anthony down, keep him from producing another drama. But that's material for the first three, maximum four episodes. It can't be, that they are still fighting over producing basics up to episode 8. I got bored of it and was so happy, when it ended. Of course the problems were exciting and different from each. Unexpected, so to say. But annoying. It dragged the good story a bit.
Aside from that, I really enjoyed watching it.
I would recommend it to you, if you like Siwon, want to know how dramas are made and how strict the entertainment business is. But also, if you want a nice romance story, that isn't over the top but rather real.
King of Dramas does what a lot of shows based in the same world fail to do - actually play up the meta of the world of drama making. The show manages to successfully create in-depth characters who all slowly change, while using the drama-within-a-drama to help propel them along.
The plot was great, with a lot of tongue-in-cheek references to some common occurrences in the Korean drama industry. And while the show has some more serious moments, it always manages to retain the comedy that moves it along, along there to be a great balance.
The acting was awesome, with comedic timing down, and great friendships all the way around. While yes, a few of the characters were almost cookie cutter villans, even they had at least one aspect that deviated from the norm and made them interesting.
While the episode extension did hurt the show somewhat, it still manage to stay pretty entertaining until the end. While not without flaws (Seong Min A felt a bit contrived at first) for being full of heart, for having successful character arcs all while being an entertaining watch, this show exceeded my expectations.