Jung So-min returns to TV with Standby
Well, this is great news: Jung So-min is heading back to television with a new show, MBC’s sitcom Standby, which follows High Kick 3 and recently cast Ryu Jin in the lead.
It feels like ages since Jung’s last project but turns out to be only a year and a half since she wrapped up Playful Kiss, where she was winning and adorable playing a sometimes-frustrating (okay, oftentimes-frustrating) character. Then again, a year and a half is a pretty long time to stay out of the public eye for a rising It Girl in the very beginning of her career. I’m just glad that we’ll get to see her acting in something again, since I find her really relatable and endearing as an actress, with a natural presence.
Standby is a workplace comedy that takes place at a fictional broadcast station, where our series lead Ryu Jin finds himself stuck in a career slump (can it be a slump if it never took off?) amidst dreams of anchoring the nightly news. Other characters include variety PDs, writers, and announcers who make up the broadcast station family.
Jung plays a young woman named So-min (it’s common in sitcoms for characters to share names with the actors) who grew up in a remote mountain village. She finds herself working a number of odd jobs once she makes the big move to Seoul, determined to make her way in the world and work hard at a successful career. So-min (the character) is a little behind the fashions and tends to say weird things that puzzle people, but she’s got a warm heart and a generous personality. Sadly, though, it’s that trusting nature that also makes her a target for opportunists.
I’m a pretty big fan of Jung So-min and I love Ryu Jin playing comedic, so I’m going to have to check this one out… even if I am pretty tired out from following a number of sitcoms in the past year. They’re light-hearted fun, yes, but they’re also daily shows, and the episodes just pile up on ya, and before you know it you’re drowning in ’em. Glug glug.
Standby premieres in April.
Via E Daily