Disaster to hit JTBC with D-Day
I have some good news and some bad news for you, and I’ll let you guys untangle what’s what. Cable station JTBC has announced a new drama that they’ve got in the works, titled (tentatively) D-Day, and it’s a disaster drama set in Seoul. The reports don’t specify what kind of disaster it is other than the natural variety, but it’ll paralyze the city, and the drama will unfold around rescue workers and emergency doctors who jump into action in the aftermath.
There have been some popular disaster movies in the past (Haeundae springs to mind as the most commercially successful of the bunch), but this is apparently the first drama to deal with a natural disaster striking Seoul. With all of the buildings and high-rises in the city, the drama will employ quite a bit of CG work, which I’ll have to cross my fingers is convincing—a blockbuster movie is one thing, but a twice-weekly television series? Let’s just hope they’ll make very good use of their lead time and get the effects up to par.
Casting is reportedly underway, and currently the producers are looking to secure lead actors, particularly those who are characterized by “a weighty presence” to carry the dramatic, tension-filled proceedings. But… producing the show is SM C&C, aka the idol factory that likes to package its K-pop stars into all its projects. I’m going to think positively about their involvement, because maybe every single one of their idols will be busy doing other dramas at the moment, or on tour or something. It could happen, right?
JTBC hasn’t finalized a timeslot yet for D-Day, but there’s talk of putting it as the Friday-Saturday drama to follow Beloved Eun-dong, which follows currently airing series Falling for Innocence. It’s aiming to begin shoots as early as June, for a broadcast later in the summer.