Korean dramas are so much fun it’s easy to get lost in them – and that’s usually a good thing. However, suddenly being transported into a k-drama, while watching it, can get tricky. This is the premise of the first season of Dramaworld, which follows Claire (Liv Hewson), an American k-drama obsessed and disappointed with her real working life in her father’s grocery store.
When a supernatural turn of fate catapults Claire into the world of Korean dramas, she falls into Taste of love, which stars his k-drama crush Joon Park (Sean Dulake). She is saved by Seth (Justin Chon), a facilitator who keeps Dramaworld turning with his skillful but undetected interventions in every scenario. Invited to be a facilitator, Claire finds it difficult to intervene without getting too involved. When she upsets the balance of Dramaworld by kissing Joon, she sets off a series of unexpected events that threaten her very existence.
Despite the chaos of history that followed, Dramaworld seems to have survived. Award-winning production house Third Culture Content recently wrapped up a second season of the romantic comedy.
The second season sees the return of Hewson (Bomb, The Santa Clarita diet), Dulake (Operation Chromite) and Chon (The Twilight Saga, Gook) and the addition of notable new cast members: Daniel Dae Kim (The good doctor, lost), Brett Gray (On my block), k-pop star Henry Lau (A dog’s journey, double world) and actress Ha Ji-won (Secret garden, Manhunt), as well as other cameos from k-pop and k-drama stars. The first season of Dramaworld features k-celebrity cameos that include actor-singer Choi Si-won, actresses Han Ji-min and Lee Ji-ah, and actor-singer-rapper YDG.
“We are extremely proud and grateful to have been able to finish Dramaworld season two in the midst of a global pandemic, ”said Dulake, who is also the co-founder and president of Third Culture Content. “It’s not a situation we never thought we would be in, but we are indebted to our incredible cast and creative team for delivering against all odds. The series is a true passion project, and at a time when South Korean content is flourishing on a global scale, we are confident Dramaworld will super serve existing and new fans with romance, comedy and a little magic. ”
After debuting in 2016, the 10-episode first season, which aired on Rakuten Viki, as the original Viki series, won accolades in South Korea, France, and the United States, including drama most popular foreigner of the year at the Seoul International Drama Awards.
“What is the team at Dramaworld set up is the most authentic mix of Hollywood and K-drama I’ve seen to date, ”Kim said. “It’s a story well told at a time when there has never been a greater appetite for truly globalized content.”
Dramaworld was created by Josh Billig and Chris Martin. Dramaworld: Season Two is a co-production between American company Third Culture Content and South Korean production company Raemongraein (RMRI). Executive producers are Alex Cotraviwat; Dulake and Martin of Third Culture Content; YouTube co-founder Steve Chen; Jamie Chen; Dong Rea Kim of RMRI; Simon Lee, founder of linguistic data company AI Flitto; and Daniel Dae Kim. Endeavor Content is selling the project and will handle the distribution for both seasons.