Joo-won to start making house calls as SBS’s Yong-pal
Soooooo, what exactly constitutes a medical emergency to get Doctor Joo-won to make a house call? Just wondering. I’m asking for a friend. Confirmations are in for Joo-won (Cantabile Tomorrow, Good Doctor), who has signed on to headline the new medical drama Yong-pal as its title character. I’m not normally a fan of hospital dramas, but this one has a twist of mystery and intrigue that I find appealing (and not in the Doctor Stranger way, please no and thank you) — it’s about an off-the-books doctor who makes house calls to the filthy rich and not-so-law-abiding.
The new drama will be Joo-won’s first for SBS, and it comes from the PD of God’s Gift–14 Days and the writer of OCN’s Reset. Joo-won will star as a third-year resident in general surgery who makes professors and chief surgeons’ jaws drop with his skills as an emergency surgeon. He’s able to figure out risks and save lives with unrivaled skill, but he’s also got a terrible personality. He’s rude and shameless, and will do anything for money.
Even though he’s peerless when it comes to the operating table, he supports a younger sister who needs weekly dialysis treatments, leading him to become a secret doctor who makes illegal (and lucrative) house calls. He goes by the alias Yong-pal and treats the kind of clientele that can’t go to the hospital or call emergency, leading him to witness all manner of sordid gossip in the lives of the wealthy and dangerous.
With the God’s Gift PD at the helm and a premise like that, I’m excited for the potential dramatic turn from Joo-won. He’s the kind of actor who always grounds everything and delivers no matter how absurd or utterly heartrending the situation, so I’m hoping that this is a meaty character with a lot of demons to work through. Selling your principles to guerilla-doctor the rich and powerful is probably a good start.
Kim Tae-hee (Jang Ok-jung, Live For Love) is still considering the offer to co-star, and Yong-pal is slated to follow Mask on Wednesdays and Thursdays in August.
Via IS Plus
- Joo-won, Kim Tae-hee offered leads in SBS’s Yong-pal
- God’s Gift PD returns with new drama for SBS
- Cantabile Tomorrow: Episode 1
- Variety Roulette: Witch Hunt
- Odds and Ends: The hotness effect
- Joo-won’s ugly duckling transformation in Fashion King
- Joo-won signs on to joint Chinese-Korean melo romance
- Teaser and posters for chase rom-com Catch Me
- Joo-won to quit 1 Night 2 Days
- Good Doctor: Episode 1