Here’s our first peek at KBS’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday medical drama Good Doctor (sigh at the on-the-nose title they chose over Green Scalpel), starring Joo-won (Gaksital) as an autistic savant surgeon. Right now it just looks like Joo-won in a suit (where’s the lab coat and pocket protector?) but I’m a happy camper whenever he’s back in dramaland so I’ll take what I can get.
The new project from the writer of God’s Quiz and the PD of Ojakkyo Brothers is being called a “warm human drama” and stars Joo-won as an autistic savant who has a childlike personality and genius skill for surgery. In the stills he’s leaving his quiet hometown for the big university teaching hospital in Seoul where the drama will take place. Moon Chae-won (Nice Guy) plays a pediatric surgical fellow in the same program as Joo-won, described as a bold and outspoken character who will share a sweet loveline with the hero.
Joo Sang-wook (TEN) co-stars as an assistant professor who has a crush on Moon Chae-won, but is also engaged to Kim Min-seo (The Moon That Embraces the Sun), manager on the hospital’s planning board, and only daughter of the board’s director. Hm, sounds like a political marriage on his part, which would explain the wandering eye. And Kim Young-kwang (Birth Secret) plays a surgical resident who’s the first to befriend Joo-won, the outsider.
The subject matter doesn’t sound overly appealing, but it’s being set up as a heartwarming underdog tale, and it’s full of actors I like. And it would be nice to see Joo-won in something good again. Here’s hoping.
Good Doctor follows Shark and premieres August 5 on KBS.
Via Joy News
- Kim Min-seo joins cast of Good Doctor
- Kim Young-kwang joins Good Doctor
- Moon Chae-won set to romance Joo-won in Green Scalpel
- Moon Chae-won offered lead in Green Scalpel
- Joo-won confirmed to headline Green Scalpel
- Joo-won and Joo Sang-wook courted for new medical drama