Will Cheer Up continue the School hot streak?
A cheerleading drama? In Korea? Okay, KBS, make it work.
Cheer Up is the name of a new series being prepped for the Monday-Tuesday slot on KBS, and is set in a high school, telling stories of youthful friendships and loves. Pretty generic description, but since it’s being produced by Contents K, which did the well-received School 2013, I’m imagining a similar kind of coming-of-age vibe to the storytelling. Maybe just with more pompoms?
Cheer Up isn’t connected narratively to the School franchise, but is looking at the recent success of both the 2013 and 2015 installments as hopeful indicators for its run. (The previous series in the franchise were also quite successful, particularly in launching young careers; the 1999 original series and the School 2, 3, and 4 sequels include names like Jang Hyuk, Bae Doo-na, Choi Kang-hee, Kim Rae-won, Lee Yo-won, Kim Min-hee, Ha Ji-won, Jo In-sung, and Im Soo-jung. Not a bad roster.)
I’m not really sure how a cheerleading setup will play out in a K-drama, mostly because it seems like such a niche activity to focus a whole series on. I suppose the show won’t really be about cheerleading (in the way that sports dramas aren’t ever about the actual sport, and medical dramas aren’t really about medicine—they’re all about relationships at the core), so maybe it’ll be a fun way to put a fresh spin on a familiar brand.
Writing Cheer Up is Yoon Soo-jung of Mandate of Heaven and King’s Face, while PD Lee Eun-jin previously directed Trot Lovers. The drama will take up the post-Strange Daughter-in-Law timeslot and will premiere in October.
Via Joy News