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'Challenger' contest to spotlight Hawaii

By Jeff Chung


One of Korea's largest networks, KBS, is in Hawaii filming the "Challenger" series that will start showing in Korea on June 24.

Of the 16 episodes slated for the weekly show, 15 will be filmed at locations in Hawaii.

Each week, contestants are given a mission, followed by an elimination round. On the final episode, in October, three finalists will face off during a live broadcast in Korea. The program also incorporates a local feel with Korean Americans as judges.

The program is expected to appeal to young viewers who eventually could honeymoon in Hawaii. One of its missions is to raise funds for the Korean Cultural Center in Hawaii.


"Save the Last Dance for Me"
Episodes 11 and 12

Today, 6:45 p.m.: Eun-soo makes a mistake at Hyun-jung's grand opening, and the party is ruined. Hyun-woo gets mad when he sees Eun-soo apologizing and says harsh things to her. Soo-jin finds the necklace Eun-soo dropped. Eun-soo decides to give up on Hyun-woo and turns in a resignation letter.

Today, 7:45pm: Hyun-woo takes Eun-soo with him on a business trip, and the two of them spend a memorable time together. Soo-jin hears about Eun-soo and Hyun-woo. Hyun-woo returns to Seoul and breaks up with Soo-jin, but Soo-jin does not give up.

"Smile, Mom"
Episodes 46 and 47

Tomorrow, 7:45 p.m.: After Bomi scares Seo-poong by taking too many pills, Seo-poong tells her about her father. Yoo-ra finds her way back to her father but gives Shin-yong the scare of her life by disappearing. Min-joo and Kang-so say goodbye, which makes Min-joo's condition worse. Mee-so enters a dance contest to win money for her mother but ends up in the hospital with abdominal pains.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Bomi keeps fighting Seo-poong but she's slowly coming around. Yeon-woo convinces Shin-yong to postpone their wedding until she finishes her studies abroad. However, he knows that they won't be getting back together. Mo-roo gets ready to leave with Shin-yong. Bomi realizes just how much she hurt Yoo-ra when she goes to Mo-roo's house to drop off an anniversary present.

"49 Days"
Episodes 17 and 18

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Gang sees Yi-gyung leave in a hurry and follows her to the train station. The scheduler picks up Ji-hyun's spirit and also rushes to the train station. Yi-gyung gets on the train and Gang and Ji-hyun follow. Gang begs Yi-gyung to stay, and Ji-hyun also tearfully begs for help. Yi-gyung can hear Ji-hyun's plea and decides to stay.

Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Yi-gyung tells Ji-hyun she can use her body for the next 10 days. Gang takes Yi-gyung to his place to keep her safe from Min-ho. In-jung lives in fear of Ji-hyun's ghosts. Cornered, Min-ho tells In-jung to pull the plug on Ji-hyun's life support.

"New Tales of Gisaeng"
Episodes 29 and 30

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Mr. Ma asks Sa-ran out, but Sa-ran asks him to buy her virginity. Son-ja meets Gang-san's grandma and is surprised to find Ra-ra is his sister. Sa-ran's professor disses her because she became a gisaeng. Mr. Ma says he'd marry Sa-ran, but she says she wants to remain a gisaeng.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Mr. Ma comes to see Sa-ran and tells her about himself. Gang-san's wife comes to Eo-san's to tell Grandma about Eo-san's ex-wife, but Grandma is worried she might have found out about Son-ja. Gang-san tells his wife about Son-ja and is promptly kicked out of the house. Ra-ra is happy to find out Son-ja is her half brother.

Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. Reach him at 521-8066 or

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