Hm, it looks like tvN is jumping into the prime-time drama game in earnest with a second midweek drama offering in the works. Manny (about a haughty male nanny working for a careerwoman single mom) is its first, and now it has I Need Romance, another Wednesday-Thursday drama which stars Jo Yeo-jung, the film actress who gained a lot of attention for her role in last year’s ero-sageuk movie Bang-ja Chronicle.
I Need Romance is described as a Sex and the City-esque drama “about the love lives, marriage, careers, and families of twenty- and thirty-something women.” Jo Yeo-jung plays the confident and lovable heroine, who is described as “depict[ing] contemporary women in a realistic way.” Writing is Jung Hyun-jung, who wrote the warm and funny SBS series I Love You, and directing is Lee Chang-han, who also worked on I Love You, as well as Wonderful Life and My Sister-In-Law is 19.
The drama’s description is a generic one, but sometimes dramas with generic descriptions can be charming and witty, as long as the execution is solid. And I think I Love You bodes well for the execution of this one.
tvN is no stranger to dramas (it previously aired the well-received comedy-thriller Harvest Villa and the excellent sci-fi sageuk mystery Joseon X-Files), but its foray into prime-time content is new. And while I don’t watch a ton of cable shows, a lot of them have been solid offerings, and that gives me hope for the future of scripted cable shows in general. (Other dramas on various cable channels include Chosun Police, Someday, Mystery Detective Jung Yak-yong, and Rude Miss Young-ae.)
Truth be told, I was never a fan of the Sex and the City franchise so that comparison isn’t exactly a draw for me, but I do love well-written and witty stories featuring independent, contemporary women. Think The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry, or My Sweet Seoul. Romance Hunter was a little shakier, but I enjoyed parts of it. Another one of its kind isn’t a bad thing.
Playing Jo Yeo-jung’s friends will be actresses Choi Yeo-jin (Dream) and Choi Song-hyun (Prosecutor Princess). I Need Romance will follow Manny and premieres in June.
Phew, and the to-be-watched list just keeps growing… Why doesn’t it ever seem to shrink? I swear, I’m doing my part watching ‘em!
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