Candy grows up for cable’s Miss Mamma Mia
And cable keeps churning them out. This time it’s the cable station KBS N, which has just announced the main lineup for its upcoming romance drama Miss Mamma Mia, starting with Kang Byul (Mandate of Heaven, Kim Suro) as the lead.
The drama’s about a young single mother raising a five-year-old daughter on her own, maintaining a positive attitude while working part-time jobs. So Candy grew up and has a kid now? At least that’s one way to give a familiar character a new facet, and I do quite like Kang Byul’s energy; she’s spunky and expressive, and I’ve liked her whenever I’ve seen her. I could see her doing the straight Candy in a way I’d enjoy (which is saying something), so I’ll remain optimistic about her take on this single mom version.
Joining Kang Byul in the cast is Seo Do-young (of both Thorn Birds and Thorn Flower), who plays the department head of a wedding event company whose name is Yoo Myung-han, HA. (It means Famous.) He’s a man who seems perfect on the outside, but has his gaps that most don’t see, which is a type of character I always enjoy. He’s got sleek looks and a silver tongue, which comes in handy when dealing with his clientele, as well as the company chairwoman.
Han Go-eun (Goddess of Fire Jung-yi, Me Too Flower) has also been tapped to play the daughter of that chairwoman, and mom seems like a crafty sort since she pits her daughter against her favored director in professional rivalry. Expect fun bickering and cheerful banter as the drama follows the love lives of four women (the others have yet to be announced) in a humorous way — so, not quite as heavy as the PD’s prior works such as Thorn Birds and A Rosy Life.
Since it’s not a high-concept series, there’s no knowing what kind of show to expect until it arrives, but there’s certainly a ready audience for lighthearted, modern stories centering around careerwomen and urban singles. Miss Mamma Mia will be a 12-episode drama premiering at the end of November.