It looks like it might be a return to weekend dramas for UEE (High Society), because she’s entertaining an offer to headline Hundred-Day Wife, MBC’s new weekender starring Lee Seo-jin (Wonderful Season). I can’t really picture them as a romantic couple, not because of the age gap, but because he just has a weightier, more serious vibe than she does. But if his variety persona is any indication, he’ll love being paired with UEE; he flashes dimples every time the words “girl group” even get mentioned on Three Meals a Day.
The new weekender is reportedly a 20-episode miniseries, which means there’s a good chance I’ll tune in — 50 episodes is enough to make me question my love for Seo-jin oppa, but 20 is pretty much a no-brainer. It’s about a single mom who receives a terminal diagnosis and somehow ends up in a contract marriage to a singer-songwriter-turned-restaurateur. It’s described as a warm, cheerful series, and the setup makes me think of Superdaddy Yeol, just with a hero who’s less of a loser.
UEE is up to play the heroine, a widower who lost her husband to an accident when she was young. She raises a little girl on her own, but when she receives a terminal diagnosis because of a brain tumor, she decides to find her daughter a future guardian by getting into a contract marriage. That’s a little crazy, but what contract marriage doesn’t begin as a crazy scheme?
Lee Seo-jin’s character is a singer-songwriter who had a huge hit but folded his singing career early and focused on songwriting. He eventually folded that too and opened a restaurant, choosing to live like a playboy and date lots of women. He’s handsome, cool, and confident, and is positive that he will never ever get married.
The drama comes from the writer of You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin and the PD of Pride and Prejudice, and Lee Seo-jin is confirmed for his role while UEE is still in negotiations. She’s no stranger to weekend family dramas, having starred in Gold Rainbow and Ojakkyo Brothers, and I kind of like the idea of her playing a young single mom (which she did in Ho-gu’s Love too). In fact, the thing I find strangest in this scenario is why anyone would want to leave their child with Lee Seo-jin, the man who would call a nanny to do his job the second you left him to babysit.
Hundred-Day Wife follows My Daughter Geun Sa-wol on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in late February.