New drama. MORE GHOSTS. Ahhhhh. Why do I have the sudden image of the drama industry actually being Dramaland High School where everyone’s scrambling to copy the hot mean girl, no matter what craziness she wears, and then pretend they’re not copying her?
This one is a mystery thriller called Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong, and Oh Ji-ho (God of the Workplace, Chuno) has been selected to headline. On the upside (yes, this glass is half-full, dammit), this drama comes from cable movie channel OCN, which means that each of our ghost-seeing dramas will at least have a different flavor. Master’s Sun is on SBS (broadcast, quirky and funny), while Who Are You is on tvN, which is a “softer” cable network and looks to be romantic and melo. OCN has the grittiest fare of the three, as we’ve seen from previous offerings like the Vampire Prosecutor and Ten franchises, which were bloody crime thrillers.
In Ghost-Seeing Detective, Oh Ji-ho plays the main character Yoon Cheo-yong, who has been able to see ghosts since birth. Once the ace of the violent crimes unit, seven years ago he lost both his family and his partner in a traumatic incident that caused him to quit his department. Now he works as a district cop, but without any interest or will to engage with the world; “starved for love,” he’s completely lonely. Then one day, he accidentally talks back to the ghost of a high school girl, and things get complicated. Haha, is he like Lee Jun-ki of Arang and the Magistrate, going his life pretending not to see ghosts?
The show follows Cheo-yong as he works with his dogged detective partner (a woman) and that ghost girl to solve mysterious cases. Playing a key role will be the various “dead signs” left behind at the scenes of crimes, which sounds like it’ll be this drama’s drink-some-blood-see-the-past device. Gotta say, having a ghost on your side sure would come in handy as a cop, assuming she’s amenable to playing his sidekick. I kinda hope she’s not.
The series will be directed by Im Chan-ik, who directed the cop comedy Arrest King, and written by Hong Seung-hyun, who worked on Joseon X-Files. OOH. Suddenly I’m interested. (Granted, Joseon X-Files had a team of five or six writers and he’s only one of them. Still, it’s a good show to have on your resumé.) Thus I am persuaded to look past the uber-literal title and the fact that this is slowest of the ghost-seers to come out of the gate.
This drama has been in development for the past year, after being selected as the winner of OCN’s open competition for original drama scripts in 2012, which is a promising sign. At least we know the first episode will be good?
Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong will begin shooting in mid-Auguest, and will be OCN’s Sunday-night drama beginning October 6.
Via My Daily