School 2017 in the works for summer broadcast on KBS
The School franchise is one that’s near and dear to my heart, so I’m excited to hear that KBS is bringing back a new installment of the high school drama series right on schedule. Following its revival with School 2013 and its follow-up with a mystery bent, Who Are You–School 2015, KBS has announced that the seventh season of the franchise, School 2017, is being planned for a summer broadcast. Since its inception in 1999, the series is known for its star-launching history as much as its earnest stories set in high school, so the real question is: Who will be the next Lee Jong-seok or Kim Woo-bin?
School began in 1999 and aired four consecutive standalone seasons (each with a new cast and new complete story) until 2002, and in retrospect the franchise is more famous for casting raw young talent who go on to stardom, beginning with Jang Hyuk, and including Bae Doo-na, Kim Rae-won, Ha Ji-won, and Jo In-sung, among others. The series came back in 2013 with the epic teenage bromance between Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin, successfully reviving its status as a star-making vehicle. I wouldn’t say the same of Kim So-hyun in Who Are You–School 2015 — she was already plenty famous before that — but Yook Sung-jae and Nam Joo-hyuk have since been cast in prominent supporting and leading roles.
The new season will be the first miniseries helmed by PD Park Jin-seok, whose credits include the short drama series Battle of the Book, drama specials Unfamiliar Fairytale and Illegal Parking, and assistant director credits on Chuno, Jeon Woo-chi, and Sword and Flower. The script will be penned by a winner of the open screenwriting competition at KBS.
The focus of School 2017 will return to “real stories about school,” like in its early days. School 2013 followed that model, focusing on friendships, growing pains, and the everyday struggles of teachers and students, by weaving in and out of many characters’ side stories. I preferred that to School 2015, which had an addictive mystery story and love triangle at its center, but didn’t really manage to capture the same realistic feel that I loved so much about School 2013. I’m glad to know that the franchise is going back to its roots, and can’t wait to meet the next class of dramaland’s stars.
School 2017 will begin casting auditions soon, and plans to air next summer on KBS.
Via TV Report
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- Thing vs. Thing: High school hell
- Who Are You–School 2015: Episode 1
- Pretty, sentimental posters for School 2015
- School 2015 in the works at KBS
- School 2013: Episode 1
- Stills and behind-the-scenes shots from School 2013
- Nineties drama School gets a revival