Watch out, broadcasters: If you aren’t careful, all your talent will head for cable and leave you behind choking on their dust. It’s happened with a handful of star drama writers and producers already, and now sitcom hitmaker PD Kim Byung-wook is joining their ranks by heading to tvN after helming three successful seasons of the High Kick franchise for MBC. (Admittedly the third season brought in lower ratings than the first two, which were uncontested hits, but it still pulled respectable double-digit numbers, compared to the sitcoms that have since aired.)
PD Kim’s new project is currently in pre-production stages, and has confirmed a September launch. He’ll be working with the same producers that he worked with on the High Kick series, but the show won’t be a High Kick 4—it’ll start fresh with a new idea and storyline. Like most daily sitcoms, it will air Monday through Thursday and is set for 120 episodes.
The writers of the previous High Kicks will be back as well (the shows employed a team of four or more writers), though one of the first season’s writers, Song Jae-jung, won’t be one of them (she recently raised her profile with Nine and Queen In-hyun’s Man). And this isn’t PD Kim’s first connection with tvN; he worked on the miniseries Once Upon a Time in Saengchori for tvN in 2010, which was one of those small cult shows (though he was part of the planning team, not the director).
Unstoppable High Kick (aka Season 1), which aired in 2006, was the first daily that I watched on a consistent basis and also the first family sitcom, and High Kick: Counterrattack of the Short Legs (Season 3) was the first daily/family sitcom to suck me into recapping. If you’ve never seen a High Kick show, you may wonder what’s so special about its mundane stories and not-really-that-funny comedy lines. What I’ve found, though, is that the shows grow on you steadily and strongly, and by the end you’re in love with the little corner of the world inhabited by these characters. It’s slice-of-life in a sweetly poignant way. If the new show can pull off that kind of heartwarming realism, I’ll be watching.
Via Star News
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