MANILA - The Tagalog-dubbed versions of top Korean television dramas "Goblin" and "Legend of the Blue Sea" are set to air on ABS-CBN beginning Monday, the network announced.
"Goblin" is a fantasy series about a man cursed to live forever topbilled by "Train to Busan" star Gong Yoo, while "Legend of the Blue Sea" chronicles a love story between a human and a mermaid portrayed by fan-favorite Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun, respectively.
Both shows have won over millions of fans across Southeast Asia, having checked off the list of familiar K-drama ingredients such as having A-list actors, a bizarre plot, and working in picturesque locations (Canada for "Goblin" and Spain for "Legend of the Blue Sea") into the story.
One Singaporean newspaper described "Legend" as a "clever fish-out-of-water comedy" that utilizes the "unexpected see-saw dynamics" between the two main characters to perfection.
Similarly kind are fan reviews of "Goblin," said to be "an interesting and fascinating watch because it took a very tried and tested genre featuring grim reapers and goblins and twisted it on its head and made the characters more human and relatable."
The screenwriter of "Goblin" took home the grand prize of the 53rd Baeksang Art Awards, considered to Korea's equivalent to the Golden Globes of Hollywood.
The two dramas are widely considered to be some of Seoul's biggest shows of last year.
ABS-CBN's decision to air "Goblin" and "Legend of the Blue Sea" is part of the network's attempt to re-establish itself as the "first and true home of Asianovelas."
For the past month, it has been showing the dubbed version of "Love in the Moonlight." ABS-CBN has also acquired the rights to "Hwarang," "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo," "W" and "Doctors."
"Legend of the Blue Sea" will air after "The Better Half" as part of the afternoon block, while "Goblin" was given the late night timeslot after "A Love To Last."