Star writer Kim Soo-hyun (Thousand Day Promise, Life Is Beautiful) has a new drama in the pipeline: a 30-episode family drama called Fortune Favors the Childless, set to air on cable network jTBC. The title is hard to translate without being a million words long — it’s basically a saying that means “to have no children is to have fortune.” An ironic title of course, because the writer’s specialty is the bustling multi-generational family drama.
This one will be no different, as it features three generations under one roof: grandparents Lee Soon-jae and Seo Woo-rim have three adult sons, who all have wives. Three daughters-in-law in one house? That’s brave. First son is Park Young-kyu and his wife, First Daughter-in-Law, is played by Kim Hae-sook. Both are staples in the Kim Soo-hyun family, so no surprise there.
Eom Ji-won (Can Love Become Money) will play their daughter, a judge. She grew up with the weight of her entire family on her shoulders, so it makes sense that she’s described as a perfectionist. Pretty different from her usual fun but flighty characters.
Second Son is played by Song Seung-hwan and his wife Im Ye-jin, and then they have a son played by Alex (Thousand Day Promise). And Kim Min-kyung, pictured below, has been cast as his wife. Third Son and wife are Yoon Da-hoon and Kyun Miri. I’ve already lost track of how many family members there are, but basically Alex and Eom Ji-won play cousins and everybody lives in one (presumably giant) house in the suburbs.
The family drama will center around the three couples and their children, and is no different from any other Kim Soo-hyun drama in that it’s about a family that fights tooth and nail and eventually learns how to live together. Directing is PD Jung Eul-young, who also directed Thousand Day Promise and Life Is Beautiful.
Fortune Favors the Childless premieres in October on jTBC.
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