It looks like tvN is really pushing the single-episode-per-week format, because there’s another Thursday night drama headed our way this summer, set to follow Rude Miss Young-ae Season 13. The drama is called Surplus Princess (ing-yeo gong-joo), a pun on Little Mermaid (in-uh gong-joo). It’s about a mermaid’s quest to become human, which, of all things, is based on whether or not she can find employment. So basically it takes the highly competitive job search, turns it into a metaphor about needing to be salaried to be treated as human, which is then made literal again by the fact that she’s an actual mermaid? I guess at least the title makes sense now: too many princesses for so few entry-level positions in life.
Jo Boa (Shut Up: Flower Boy Band) has been cast as the lead, a mermaid with a temporary stint posing as a human. Her one shot to become human permanently is to get a job, which is the least sensical supernatural rule I’ve ever heard, but perhaps there’s more to it. (Oh, and by employment they mean a full-time salaried position, not any random part-time job. Not that the supernatural job fairy should follow society’s rules anyway, but whatever.)
Ohn Joo-wan (above right, Sword and Flower) and Song Jae-rim (above left, Age of Feeling) will both be on the job hunt along with our heroine, and so far all we know about them is that Song Jae-rim’s character is arrogant and rubs people the wrong way. I’d put my money on Ohn Joo-wan being the lead, but the casting stories don’t say either way.
The drama will follow the three of them as they suffer the daily grind and the hardships of the job search, with romance and fantasy to add a little whimsy to the proceedings. Directing is PD Baek Seung-ryong and writers Park Ran and Kim Ji-woo, who are all from the SNL Korea team. I think that means we’re in for more comedy than an earnest fantasy story, but who says we can’t do both?
Surplus Princess follows Rude Miss Young-ae on Thursday nights starting in late July.
Via Star News
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