Actress Jung Ryeo-won (History of a Salaryman) is currently in talks to possibly star in her first project since signing with agency Keyeast: the new series King of Dramas, starring Kim Myung-min as well, the king of dramas. It’s a drama about drama production, but with a little less drama and a lot more funny. Or so they saaaay, because you know there’s going to be some crazy on-set drama, if they’re going to be true to life. Ideally it’ll be both–an inside look at drama production but with a fun sense of meta-humor and a light touch.
Kim Myung-min stars as a midas-touch producer and CEO of an independent production company, a guy who makes hit dramas and cares only about the money, money, money. He’s therefore cold and annoying to work with. Aren’t all drama heroes? Jung Ryeo-won is up for the heroine, drama writer Lee Go-eun, and a third main character will be the top star they have to work with. I could see Jung Ryeo-won playing the hell out of a diva actress, but maybe that’s too much like her Salaryman role, though she was such a hoot in that.
In this role she’ll be much more down-to-earth, since the character is a 27-year old writer who’s very green and still holds on to the idealistic belief that dramas should be about the humanity. She’s also got a sticky past with the CEO–she was once duped by him into betraying her mentor, and took the fall for the incident that left her disgraced and unable to find work. Needless to say, they end up mortal enemies… until they have to work together again.
And then mixed into the fun is a top star (probably a male top star, if this’ll be our love triangle), who doesn’t know the meaning of compromise and is also a rookie in the biz, despite being so insanely popular. It’s described as a comedy, so I’m hopeful for laughs and if they’re gutsy, some jabs at the industry, rather than some self-aggrandizing tome on art. ‘Cause people, you make dramas. I think with a main character who’s a hit producer and moneymaker, it’s likely to be pretty honest about the business of show business.
King of Dramas is set to follow Faith on Monday-Tuesday and premieres in November on SBS.
Via TV Report
- Kim Myung-min becomes King of Dramas
- Movie Review: Never Ending Story
- Uhm Tae-woong and Jung Ryeo-won’s Neverending Story
- History of the Salaryman: Episode 1
- Salaryman shoots some wacked-out promos
- SBS’s History of the Salaryman finalizes its cast
- Kwon Sang-woo and Jung Ryeo-won in Pain