She might have passed on Mrs. Cop 2, but Kim Hee-ae (Mrs. Cop, Secret Love Affair) may be headlining a weekend drama for SBS after all. She’s considering the new series Second to Last Love, a remake of a Japanese drama of the same name (Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi), an adult romance about a fortysomething woman finding love.
The original series had two seasons on Fuji Television in 2012-2014, and is about a 45-year-old single woman who works as a television producer. She has no interest in romance and just concerns herself with preparing for retirement, but when she moves to a new town, she meets a 50-year-old man who’s widowed and has one child, and a romance begins.
There are even some elements familiar to Korean weekend dramas in the original, like disapproving family members and the like. As far as premise goes, it really sounds like a very common single parent dramaland romance (One More Happy Ending and Marriage Contract are two examples in opposite genres, just in the last few months). The only major difference is the ages of the leads.
It sounds like a contemplative drama about middle age and singledom, and Kim Hee-ae is perfect casting for a project like this — it’s almost like casting her tells me more about what this drama intends to be than any plot description could. It’ll be directed by PD Choi Young-hoon of Warm Words and High Society, and written by Choi Yoon-jung of Mr. Back and Emergency Couple. The writer doesn’t instill a lot of confidence, but it is a remake, so hopefully there’s a good reason they’re adapting this story.
Second to Last Love is being considered for the Saturday-Sunday slot following Beauty and the Beast (after Mrs. Cop 2) in July.
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