Han Ye-seul in talks to headline JTBC’s Madam Antoine
Casting is underway for cable network JTBC’s clinical-psychology-medical-romantic-comedy (wow that’s a mouthful) Madam Antoine: An offer is currently out to Han Ye-seul (Birth of a Beauty) to star, and she’s in final negotiations, which sounds like it’s pretty much a lock. Despite the genre mashup sounding weird, I guess it’s not unfamiliar territory now, after It’s Okay, It’s Love and Heart to Heart. It’s just… does this have to be an ongoing sub-genre? Because isn’t dating your shrink still considered, yunno, wrong?
Granted, it could be a drama about a bunch of doctors dating each other, so we’ll wait and see on that front. The new series comes from PD Kim Yoon-chul of Could We Marry and Could we Love, and writer Hong Jin-ah of The King 2 Hearts and Mi-rae’s Choice. I’m so split down the middle with her, because I loved one drama and tore my hair out over the other. One guess as to which is which.
Madam Antoine will be a romantic comedy about a clinical psychologist that plans to explore a variety of emotions concerning love. It promises to tell relatable, universal stories about the inner pain that we all carry. Han Ye-seul is up for the leading role, but there are no details yet for the character she’s going to play.
I like Han Ye-seul well enough and I’m glad she’s made a successful comeback to dramaland post-Myung-wol the Spy, but I wonder how believable she’d be as a psychologist (that is, if she’ll even play one in this drama). She’s great in the fluffy, bubbly rom-coms a la Birth of a Beauty, which seem to fit her real-life personality really well, so maybe this drama will veer into more comedic territory than I first imagined. Fingers crossed that they really mean to make it a rom-com.
Madam Antoine will follow D-Day on Fridays and Saturdays beginning late November.
Via TV Report
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- SBS’s Birth of a Beauty courts Han Ye-seul, Jung Kyeo-woon
- Han Ye-seul courted for a return to dramaland
- Uhm Tae-woong and Han Ye-seul drop The Dog
- Movie Review: Penny-Pinching Romance
- KBS speaks about Myung-wol the Spy’s future at press conference
- Myung-wol the Spy unable to complete shoot, to air special
- Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 1