The Amazing Race has been nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards this year including its 12th nomination for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.
TAR is nominated in all the categories it was nominated for last year with a return nomination in the Outstanding Directing category. Unfortunately, Phil Keoghan has been shut out of the Outstanding Host category for the 2nd year in a row. TAR went home empty-handed last year.
The episode TAR submitted this year was Season 23’s Episode 9, “Part Like the Red Sea,” probably the only Emmy-worthy episode in the last year that feature teams Racing through Indonesia and Nicole’s epic meltdown.
TAR’s six nominations for this year are:
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming
Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
Another recent teen-centric KBS Drama Special was Middle School Student A about a transfer student, Hae Joon (Kwak Dong Yun) who provokes the top student in the class after he bumps her from her #1 ranking.
The theme and unfortunate reality of young Koreans being pressured about excelling in school has been depicted in various types of stories from drama to comedy to horror. Teens feeling trapped by their parents’ expectations and the nasty competition between the students themselves, high school life in Korea appears to be pretty dramatic. And the themes are certainly not restricted to South Korea.
It is a worthy theme to explore and Middle School Student A even touches on the growing problem of suicide in Korea.
But while the drama takes a dark turn in the last third, it starts off like a typical and cliche-ridden teen romance. Continue reading →
If revenge is the most popular go-to theme in Korean drama, then the youth experience is a close 2nd. While there have been plenty of youth/high school dramas, many cute and idol-driven stories, KBS Drama Specials have been able to present darker and maybe more realistic depictions.
And the KBS Drama Special Youth (청춘) blends both themes into one dark, gritty hour. Continue reading →