On the weekends "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" and "The Lies Within" have attracted attention for being dramas with a similar concept of being cable dramas with an action driven premise airing on the same night. The generally niche genre of such shows has finally proven lucrative enough for OCN that another network, TV Chosun, has tried to get in on the action.
However, "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" had a fairly weak opening with ratings a little bit over 1%. Though the drama was noteworthy for being the big adult debut for Kim Sae-ron in a terrestrial drama, reception to her performance as well as the rest of the drama has been fairly cool.
"The Lies Within", while being superficial in concept, is actually more similar to the form of drama storytelling has been known for lately - the long-term mystery. While "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" is based on an established American cable drama, its more episodic form of storytelling has been out of fashion as of late.
"The Lies Within" appears to have benefited from the contrast, as ratings are up significantly compared to the previous week and managed to outpace "Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" in spite of the latter being more obvious competition. However, both dramas are early enough that anything can change.
Written by William Schwartz
"Leverage: Fraud Control Operation" is directed by Nam Gi-hoon, written by Min Ji-hyung, and features Lee Dong-gun, Jeon Hye-bin, Kim Sae-ron, Kim Kwon, Yeo Hoe-hyun, Choi Ja-hye. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/10/13~Now airing, Fri, Sat 22:50 on TV Chosun.
"The Lies Within" is directed by Lee Yoon-jeong, written by Jeon Yeong-sin, Won Yoo-jung, and features Lee Min-ki, Lee Yoo-young, Lee Joon-hyuk-I, Kim Si-eun, Yun Jong-seok, Kim Jong-soo. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/10/12~Now airing, Sat, Sun 22:30 on OCN.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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