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Kim Hyun-joo headlines new SBS weekend drama
by | February 4, 2012 | 39 Comments

Kim Hyun-joo has lined up her next drama (yay), which will be a weekend series (er, sigh?) titled Dumb Mom, which will be hitting airwaves next month.

Based on a novel of the same name, Kim plays the lead character, Young-joo, in a story following three women of three generations and their relationships with love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. The book, which is itself based on a true story, follows a dim-witted woman who is the victim of a rape and her daughter Young-joo, who is born of the attack. The mother smothers the girl with love, and Young-joo finds the attachment so oppressive that she marries to run away from her, leaving Mom in a psychiatric hospital.

Soooo… a rom-com, right? Haha, if only. The description doesn’t tell us much about the plot of the drama itself, but I’m expecting crying and heartbreak, with some poignant moments as well.


Kim Jung-hoon, Kim Tae-woo

Two of her leading men have also been cast: Kim Tae-woo (Quick) and Kim Jung-hoon (I Need Romance). Kim Tae-woo plays Young-joo’s husband in his first drama role in four years; he had a cameo in Daemul playing Go Hyun-jung’s husband, but his last real drama role was 2008’s four-episode series Tokyo Showers. He’s mostly done movies, like Influence, Naked Kitchen, Like You Know It All, and Woman on the Beach.
Meanwhile, Kim Jung-hoon plays Young-joo’s old school friend, now a doctor, who harbors a one-sided love for our heroine.

Wish I could say I was excited about this, but despite really liking Kim Hyun-joo, I haven’t liked her projects in recent years; I had a hard time sticking with Partner and dropped All That Glitters (aka Twinkle Twinkle) right away. The director, Lee Dong-hoon, recently did the drama Daring Women (also Crazy for Love, Princess Lulu) and writer Park Kye-ok wrote Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang and Cain and Abel. It’s a likely pass for me.

Dumb Mom will replace SBS’s currently running Live With Style and premieres in March.

Via TV Report, Star News

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39 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Thunderlyn

    I actually watched Twinkle, Twinkle all the way through…I thought she did a great job, but I was really disappointed in the way it was all wrapped up. Anyway, pass for me as well, which is too bad, I think she’s a great actress.

    • 1.1 cmrprindle

      Ditto, Thunderlyn. I stuck through Twinkle Twinkle to the end, but I’m still kinda up in the air about the ending. I don’t think I can go through that again with another weekend drama (though I realize it’s not Kim Hyun Joo’s fault).

      • 1.1.1 houstontwin

        I guess that it is close to a miracle when a writer can sustain the integrity of the plot all the way to the end of a 50 episode series.

  2. Noelle

    And I got all excited. Pass.

  3. Ani

    Eeeeeh. I had new dound love for Kim Jung-hoon, but I think I’m going to pass on this. Tears and heartbreak is just NOT up my alley right now.

  4. Maya

    I actually love Twinkle Twinkle. I just really enjoy the smart conversation bw her character n the male lead character. I actually watched every episode. The male lead was so manly. I actually developed a crush on him. I am so excited about this drama. I have a soft spot for KHJ so I will watch whatever drama that she is in.

    • 4.1 jomo

      I agree on that pair, for most of it, but especially the first half.
      If they had pulled out their story, it would have made a very memorable 16 episode rom com.

      Then it got a little too much.

      Why does she like doing these loooooooooooooooooong dramas, anyway? Job security? She likes to work a lot? Money?
      Actually, maybe it is the opposite with a large ensemble like TT. Each actor ends up working less each episode.

      • 4.1.1 cmrprindle

        I think all TT fans can agree on our power couple. But it just went on toooooooo loooooong. And got outright silly. Le sigh.

  5. fjhkjsf

    OMG, I remember her in Glass Slippers. After that, all her dramas have been how would I say…bad (?)
    Ehh, tears. After watching Thousand Years Promise and Padam Padam, I’m done with tears.

  6. zsa

    I wish she’d stop doing family drama for a while and do simple romcom or even a beautiful melo love story…I really miss seeing her in that kind of light…sigh

  7. Indi

    I love all the Kims, BUT I really didn’t like the feeling of this plot, is it labeled as a rom-com, or I understood wrong? Also, I really want Kim Hyun Joo to pick a great project, because she is THAT beautiful, talented and has an amazing aura. Anyway, I’ll check this one, because I love the cast.

  8. mud

    So Young-joo is the name for the mom & the daughter? That’s not going to be confusing at all.

  9. Kiara

    My mom’s kind of show. I so want to toss her remote control in the garbage sometimes. She’s gonna die of heart-ache from watching this kind of shows non-stop lol.

    • 9.1 maya

      LOL. I hope she’ll be alright after going through these dramatic episodes.

  10. 10 Fiercediva

    I like Kim Hyun-joo but I’m kind of hating on the premise. It sounds like someone flipped the script on “Mildred Pierce” to make the protagonist suffer even more. I watch dramas to escape from suffering!

  11. 11 Tash

    Can’t wait for this – have liked everything she’s been in (except the ending of Partner which nearly drove me crazy)

  12. 12 Alyssia

    What happened to Kim Jung Hoon! why does he keep getting second leads and really not likeable characters lately. I thought he would be moving up to leading man status by now. sighhhhhhhhh…

  13. 13 Jaykah

    I really like Kim Hyun Joo but haven’t checked out many of her dramas cos the storylines always sound a little.. um how shall I say it, not my cup of tea.

  14. 14 danna

    O Man, I’ve been missing Kim Hyun Joo so much but I can’t seem to be able to watch any of her latest dramas, considering that they are all long weekend fares….guess I’ll just have to stick to rewatching some of her older stuff….wish she’d pick a miniseries next time

  15. 15 Toya

    Cus everyone is passing on it I might just watch it out of perverted curiosity just to see if it stinks.

  16. 16 malta

    Love her, but my love isn’t this deep. This sounds like a horribly depressing drama.

    • 16.1 glace

      haha, exactly…I really need to stay away from melodramas for a while ~

  17. 17 ryuu99

    Kim Tae-woo is the guy from Kim C’s movie. @_@

  18. 18 Cynthia

    It’s odd. I haven’t watched any of these dramas mentioned, and yet I recognized her immediately.
    Now it will drive me crazy trying to place her – maybe she’s done variety shows?

    I’m getting rather tired of pre-airing announcements that in NO way end up being anything like the aired drama. Rom/com for this? With that storyline, how could it be? It’s like the descriptions for BVS – we were going for fun and happiness and hot abs, and it turns out to be anything but. WR has also taken a turn from the original descriptor of funny and silly [a murdered cat w/gouged-out eyes isn't exactly a laughfest].

    • 18.1 REally?

      WR is all that but for the stalker most famous ppl have them have you ever heard of a sane nice stalker?

  19. 19 canxi

    I read “victim of a rape” and got immediately depressed T__T

  20. 20 topper

    She rocks, but why weekend melo yet again? Sigh. She needs to do a weekday mini.

  21. 21 Cam

    YAY!!! I really loooove this actress Kim Hyun Joo & I really enjoyed watching her in that drama “Twinkle Twinkle” to the end ~ it was very greaaat and beautiful!! She’s doing so great job. (thumbs-up)
    Ah, true, she’s not really kind of, like, “eye-captivated” actress (like, Ha Ji Won, Kim Sun Ah, Moon Chae Won, etc…seem like they’re mostly popular, of course). But, it’s not a big deal ~ I am sure that she’s really enjoying her work (in weekend drama) as a actress….it’s not worth for her to work in weekday dramas like others….anyway. ;) I expect that Kim Hyun Joo will become very SHINING actress that people would notice someday!! \^___^/

    HWAITING Kim Hyun Joo ~ ~

  22. 22 Zoya

    Wow. That’s so ‘totally’ bravo-bravooo, Cam! :D

    Haha, I like that statements says: “Kim Hyun-joo has lined up her next drama (YAY!), which will be a weekend series (ER, sigh?)…” It made me so laughs. I can imagine that it’d be awesooome if Kim Hyun Joo will join into romance-comedy drama with actor Lee Jun Ki someday. (I hope so! *crossing finger* ) Ooh, that must be painful and tragedy story…this drama is based on a true story about that happened to woman….oh glory….(inhales & exhales)…Not good. Anyway, I am curious that I’ll try to watch this because this actress Kim Hyun Joo.

  23. 23 massuperman

    Kim Jung Hoon was the first choice for Heo Yeom in TMTETS but I guess he turned down the role for this one?

  24. 24 babyfat

    My favorite – beloved actress – looking forward to see her in a melo-drama . But i’m nor sure about the 2 lead male casts – can’t see the intense chemistry there – yet ! but I’m such a big fan of KHJ i will see the episodes first to throw in my prediction

  25. 25 LHRCN

    Kim Hyun Joo’s acting shone in Twinkle Twinkle, i watched Twinkle Twinkle to the end because of her.
    I will watch this drama because the actress is Kim Hyun Joo.

  26. 26 Turtle

    I really enjoyed Twinkle Twinkle, but I couldn’t wait for it to end so I can stop watching Kim Hyun Joo. I can’t pinpoint what it is about her, but I found her really annoying. This was my first drama watching her, so I’ll watch one more drama to see if it was her, her acting, or the character in Twinkle that I didn’t like lol.

  27. 27 Raine

    Seriously dont’ know what to think about this…

    The title is…amazing! HAHA makes me laugh. But that background info is crazy. But it depends how much that stuff is drawn out. If it’s laid down in the first few episodes and then developed from there, it won’t be too tear inducing..I think…

  28. 28 1004Heart

    I wish I could pass because this sounds depressing. But because I really love Kim Hyun Joo I will watch this till the end. I can’t see the chemistry between her 2 male leads yet.. Sorry but I think she needs someone like Gong Yoo or Won Bin. And yeah~ a weekender again.. Next time, can she do the ones in weekdays? T^T But goodie it won’t be a conflict with TMTETS.. Kim Hyun Joo hwaiting!!

  29. 29 jessie

    Kim Jung Hoon is an oppa to me, I couldn’t believe he’s actually older than me. He such a baby~

  30. 30 mnstpdu08

    It sounds quite intense. I’m probably going to pass on this one as well. I didn’t like her in Twinkle, Twinkle – actually, I didn’t like that drama at all. I’m not so keen on Princess Lulu either.

  31. 31 Mellissa

    why is that guy wearing feathers? is he a bird? pretending to be a bird?

  32. 32 Jenna

    Adore Kim Hyun Joo !!! Can’t wait for her new drama… just don’t like the cast of her husband :(

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