It’s Okay, That Winter writer Noh Hee-kyung wooed by tvN
When can we declare the tvN conquest of dramaland complete? Has it already claimed dominion, or do we have to wait until every major PD and hit writer jumps ship to consider it complete?
‘Cause now we can add Noh Hee-kyung to the list, she of thoughtful insight, complex character development, and subtle melodrama (okay, also sometimes not-so-subtle), from such well-received projects as It’s Okay, It’s Love and That Winter, the Wind Blows and Padam Padam and The World They Live In and Goodbye Solo and More Beautiful Than a Flower.
The project isn’t finalized yet, and there’s very little that we know about it: A CJ E&M rep stated that while nothing has been fixed, both sides are “talking positively” about the move. But even without a concept or a title or a timeslot, it’s big enough news that a writer of Noh’s caliber may be joining the tvN family rather than returning to one of the public broadcasters. She’s not new to cable, and in fact Padam Padam was one of the first successes when the new general-programming cable stations launched in late 2011, allowing JTBC to edge ahead of the pack (Channel A, MBN, TV Chosun). But Noh returned to SBS afterward, giving them her next two dramas.
Although a move to cable often frees a writer or director to experiment creatively (say, going grittier or racier than allowed on broadcast television), I actually don’t think Noh moving to tvN would change the content or quality of her shows; her writing is pretty consistent across the board. The move seems more of a score for tvN, who seems to be every day adding to its stable of talent. Well, I tend to like most of their shows, so keep it comin’, I say.
No word has been given on when or what the drama will be about, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for updates.
Via Ten Asia