First of all, we’ve got a title change for the drama formerly known as Please Come Back, Miss Kim; it’s now called God of the Workplace. I can’t tell which is better (or worse, really) because the first title was neither here nor there, but the new one has even less personality. Oh well. In any case, now that we have confirmations for both Kim Hye-soo and Oh Ji-ho to headline, the show is casting like the wind. Jung Yumi (I Need Romance 2012) and Lee Hee-jun (Jeon Woo-chi) are lined up to play the second leads, and Jeon Hye-bin (Dowager Queen Insoo) and idol Jo Kwon (All My Love) join the ranks as fellow co-workers.
The workplace rom-com is based on the Japanese series Haken no Hinkaku (Pride of the Temp) and the adaptation is being penned by the writer of Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Yoon Nan-joong. I looked into her credits and realized that her first credited work is the Drama Special The Great Gye Choon-bin, which Jung Yumi starred in, so it’ll be a reunion for them.
Kim Hye-soo stars as Miss Kim, the no-nonsense perfect employee that even her bosses are a little afraid of, and Oh Ji-ho plays the hero named Jang Kyu-jik, [a pun on jung gyu-jik, meaning permanent employee] a guy in upper management. Jung Yumi is a new hire who has failed countless job interviews and barely made it past this one, with her less than stellar resume. Her quirk is her country accent that pops out in moments of stress, and she’ll have a one-sided love for her boss (Oh Ji-ho).
Lee Hee-jun plays Oh Ji-ho’s friend — the two entered the company at the same time, only Oh Ji-ho kept moving up the ranks and Lee Hee-jun kept getting left behind. They’re different (and compared) in every way, from attitude, nature, to personal values. Lee Hee-jun’s character is actually named Mu Jung-han, which means literally, “heartless.” Pfft, way to be subtle with these characters. At least the puns tell us what we’re dealing with? Jeon Hye-bin plays golden girl Geum Bit-na ["shines like gold"], a new hire on the team with all the right qualifications. So she’ll be Jung Yumi’s opposite. And Jo Kwon will play a very polite and upright new hire.
The drama promises light and funny episodes that deal with office culture, with a strong focus on the contemporary single career woman. With romance, of course. Mustn’t forget the romance. We’ll see if it fares any better than the current time slot’s resident workplace drama Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, which is recording some dismal numbers (in the 4% range). At least there’s nowhere to go but up?
God of the Workplace premieres in April on KBS.
Via Joy News
- Oh Ji-ho cast as Kim Hye-soo’s leading man
- Kim Hye-soo considers TV role with Please Come Back, Miss Kim
- I Need Romance 2012: A Review
- September magazines feature the two faces of Jung Yumi
- I Need Romance 2012: Episode 1
- Jeon Woo-chi: Episode 1
- Cable drama Yacha makes a splash, sells overseas
- Jeon Hye-bin is out for revenge in cable sageuk