The Vampires come to television
Yup, Vampires, as in more than one. We’ve talked about Vampire Prosecutor before, but there’s another show in the works — a sitcom this time — called Vampire Idol. Can there be singing and judges?
First, the version we know about. OCN’s series Vampire Prosecutor, starring Yeon Jung-hoon (Jejoongwon, East of Eden) as the titular hero, has released a trailer (watch below) that’s pretty boss: slick, cool, and dark. I’m even warming to the fake blue eyes, which add that hint of ethereal coolness to his overall look.
But best of all is the interesting spin that this drama takes on the whole vampire/investigative genre: Our hero can actually use his vampire powers in his day job (heh), because one taste of the blood left at a murder scene allows him to see the moment of death and glean how it came about. Aw, it’s work AND a meal! Never say vampires can’t multi-task.
Then, there’s Vampire Idol, which has just cast MC/comedian Shin Dong-yup, currently the only actor attached. This one is set to air on general-service (as in, not specializing in specific genres or formats) cable channel MBN, and will be a 30-minute sitcom with 120 episodes.
This drama has two things going for it. First off, the premise: A naive prince from a vampire star comes to earth to become…an idol. It’s a school-set premise as he struggles to realize his goal. Omg. That’s awesome. It’s like Hello, Franceska, only zanier.
And then, there’s the pedigree of the producers. The former MBC PD at the helm worked the New Nonstop campus sitcom series (the one with Jo In-sung, Jung Da-bin, and Jang Nara). One of its writers wrote the hit old-school sitcom Three Men, Three Women, and the other wrote Soonpoong Clinic.
Vampire Idol is looking, naturally, to bring some idols to its young cast, and is reportedly also looking to bring on veteran actress Kim Sumi (of Daring Women, Hooray for Love, and 1N2D’s recent Actress Special).
OCN’s Vampire Prosecutor is set for an October 2 premiere, while Vampire Idol has yet to confirm its timeslot.