New Hong sisters drama in planning, Kang So-ra denies casting rumors
Here’s a mini-update on the new drama in the works by the star writing duo the Hong sisters (Hong Jung-eun, Hong Mi-ran), which was announced last fall as a reteaming of the writers with PD Park Hong-kyun, with whom they worked on their zippy metaphor-laden screwball rom-com Best Love. (His other credits include Queen Seon-deok and New Heart.)
Back then the show was under consideration at MBC, which has now confirmed that the Hongs will be back with a drama this year; their last show for the broadcaster was 2011’s Best Love (after which they did a drama for KBS, Big, and one for SBS, Master’s Sun). They’ve written for all of the Big Three at this point, with three dramas for KBS, four for SBS, and this new show being their third for MBC. The synopsis is not yet out so we don’t know yet what type of show they’re planning; in the absence of plot information, the big question right now is what stars they’ll cast, and the buzzing has already begun.
Speculation started circulating that Kang So-ra (hot off the massive success of Misaeng) was positively considering the lead role, only to be shot down by her management right away, who stated that she has not received an offer and that the show has not released a script yet. The refutation came almost as quickly as the articles popped up, so perhaps they were completely groundless; still, now that the name’s been mentioned, I really wouldn’t mind seeing her headline a Hong sisters drama. Too bad the speculation was quashed so swiftly.
The writing team is such a well-loved brand that I can see how mere talk of a new series could kickstart a rumor frenzy, since they’ve done good things for many of their leads, either by making brand-new stars out of unknowns/lesser-knowns (Lee Jun-ki, Lee Da-hae, Han Ye-seul, Kang Ji-hwan) or giving established ones a new spin on their image (Cha Seung-won, So Ji-sub). They’ve only had one real flop out of nine shows, and even their less-successful dramas (in terms of ratings) have been high-buzz, active-fandom dramas (such as You’re Beautiful), so no doubt the casting process will garner a ton of attention in the coming months.
The new, as-yet-unnamed Hong sisters drama is aiming for a May broadcast.
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