Secret’s writer heads to SBS with Mask
Scriptwriter Choi Ho-chul scored a surprise hit for KBS with his angsty melodrama Secret in 2013, and now SBS will be hoping he can re-create that success for them with his next drama, titled Mask, which has been granted a slot on the schedule for late spring.
The drama is about people “who live hiding their true faces behind the masks they wear,” and centers around a determined woman who “by chance” enters into a chaebol family. The wording is very vague so it’s not clear whether that means she works for them, marries into them, or otherwise gains entry to the household. Well, I suppose you don’t marry by chance, so maybe that possibility’s out.
Initially planning to air in December, Choi had reportedly completed scripts for the first six episodes as of late last year, which puts him in good shape for Mask’s launch in May. True, it’ll have some tough competition, with the tenth drama from the Hong sisters scheduled in the same timeslot over on MBC. But Secret held its own against the highly hyped Heirs, with each episode netting higher ratings than the last, so that doesn’t always mean much.
Furthermore, Secret drew a pretty devoted audience during its run, enough to get fans perking up to see what the writer conjures up next. I found Secret to be a pretty wild and histrionic drama, but also addictive; everyone was so bursting with emotion all the time that it wasn’t hard to get swept up by the force of their misery. If Mask can create a similarly compulsive watching experience, I can see it scoring another hit.
The drama will be a 20-episode Wednesday-Thursday series premiering in May, following The Girl Who Sees Smells, which follows currently airing Hyde, Jekyll, Me.
Via E Daily
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