In Viki’s new international series Dramaworld, young college student Claire Duncan (Liv Hewson) is a rabid fan of Korean dramas, and soon finds herself in the middle of one after she’s magically transported into the world of the show she loves. But is this a dream or a nightmare? The new trailer suggests that the real mechanisms behind our favorite TV shows are not tired, over-caffeinated writers, but “facilitators” who must make sure that true love is achieved by the end of the show’s season, acting as fairies of sorts who create events that help make that happen.
The series looks to be an interesting look at what might happen if fans ran the show, literally, and though the trailer doesn’t show any, there are surely some pitfalls lying in wait. The series (which will run for 10 episodes) will be available for streaming in both English and Korean, as Viki is (smartly) pushing towards the kinds of series that will appeal more broadly, internationally. Check out the trailer below:
Our own Steve Weintraub got to visit the set of Dramaworld recently in Seoul, and will be posting more about it closer to the premiere (April 17th), including exclusive video interviews and more. Dramaworld also stars Sean Dulake, Justin Chon, Kim Sa Hee, Bae Noo Ri, and Jimmy Shubert.
Here’s the official synopsis:
What is the most exciting — and most terrifying — thing that can happen to a K-drama fanatic? Claire Duncan is a 20-year-old college student who finds her real life boring. Maybe that’s because she’s never looking up, instead having her nose buried in her smartphone and watching her favorite Korean drama, “Taste of Love,” starring her favorite actor Joon Park (Sean Dulake). Joon Park plays the hot chef and protagonists in “Taste of Love” who is still waiting for his one true love to come into his life. Through a touch of the supernatural and a sprinkle of magic, Claire’s desire to shed her own boring life and live in the world of “Taste of Love” comes true when she is transported into her favorite drama and comes face-to-face with Joon Park!
There, Claire also meets the mysterious waiter Seth Ko, who made his own journey into the drama years ago from the real world and mentors Claire on how to navigate the drama world. When the appearance of Claire throws “Taste of Love” off-balance, causing other dramas to splice into the series, what kind of crazy adventure will Claire experience? “Dramaworld” is a 2016 Viki original series, produced in partnership. Set in Los Angeles and Seoul, the first-ever American-Korean mashup series is written by Josh Billig and Chris Martin and directed by Chris Martin.