Lee Jong-hyuk, Park Hee-bon join tvN’s Bubblegum
We’ve got more casting additions to tvN’s new romance drama from PD Kim Byung-soo of Nine and Queen Inhyun’s Man. The new series, called Bubblegum, stars Jung Ryeo-won (Medical Top Team) and Lee Dong-wook (Mandate of Heaven) as the leads in the “adult fairytale” about people who are all lacking in some way, who become happier when they’re together.
Offers are currently out to Lee Jong-hyuk (Queen’s Flower, Dating Agency Cyrano) and Park Hee-bon (The Producers, Fated To Love You) to join the cast as secondary love interests. Lee Jong-hyuk is currently starring in the weekend drama Queen’s Flower and would probably go straight from one drama to the next if he signs on; it seems like a small role for him, but Bubblegum is being produced by the company behind Secret Garden and A Gentleman’s Dignity, so that might be a factor in wooing him.
Jung Ryeo-won stars as a radio PD who’s clumsy and impatient, and carries some inner pain. Lee Jong-hyuk is up for the role of her chief in the radio news department, and will have a tenuous relationship with both leads. His character is described as level-headed and intelligent, and every reporter’s role model, but he’s always been passive when it comes to love.
Lee Dong-wook plays a doctor of Eastern medicine who runs his own practice. Park Hee-bon (you might remember her best as the sister in Master’s Sun) will play a totally different character than the sweet, good-natured best friend type she tends to play. She’s been cast as a chaebol heiress who’s also a successful dentist, and though she’s a cold city girl, deep down she believes in true love.
The drama’s writer, Lee Mina, is new to dramas but a writer for the radio show Music City, so I’m looking forward to her portrayal of radio broadcasting if that’s where all the action will take place. Bubblegum follows Rude Miss Young-ae Season 14 on Mondays and Tuesdays and premieres October 26.
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