Kim’s Convenience wins popular foreign drama in South Korea

The CBC half-hour comedy won the award through popular vote, with past recipients including NCIS, The Walking Dead and Doctor Who.
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It looks like Kim’s Convenience isn’t just an awards darling in Canada anymore. The CBC comedy picked up Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year at the Seoul International Drama Awards on Aug. 28 in South Korea.

The award, selected by popular vote, has previously gone to U.S. series such as NCIS, The Walking Dead and Mistresses, as well as British series Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Kim’s Convenience production company Thunderbird Entertainment inked a deal for the comedy to air on South Korean channel TV Chosun, as well as in Japan and other regions in Asia. Netflix had previously picked up U.S. rights to the series and in other international territories.

The series has also gained international popularity thanks to the high-profile casting of star Simu Liu in the upcoming Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Liu’s profile rose after he took the stage at Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con presentation for the casting announcement.

Kim’s Convenience was renewed for a fourth season, set to air on CBC in 2020.