According to the latest drama news, another season of the well-received School series is underway at KBS and now has a broadcast slot. School 2017 is slated to air sometime in July after the end of Park Seo-joon’s Third-rate My Way, which will follow currently airing drama The Perfect Wife in the Monday-Tuesday time slot. At this time, the production team is in the audition and casting phase, looking primarily for actors in their teens and early twenties to fill the new class of students.
The director for School 2017 will be PD Park Jin-seok, who has had experience directing sageuk drama special The Tale of the Bookworm and the four-part mini-mystery drama Naked Fireman. I haven’t watched The Tale of the Bookworm, but I do remember Naked Fireman being relatively enjoyable with an excellent bromance relationship included, so I’m hoping that aspect will carry through to School 2017 as well.
The School series began in 1999, and has had a history of highlighting a variety of important issues facing South Korea’s adolescents including the corrupt education system, teen suicide, corporeal punishment, academy and tutoring culture, and bullying. School 2013 was particularly emotionally wrenching in its portrayal of the deep friendship between Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin, which was complicated by violence and gang membership.
School has also been the starting point of many extremely successful acting careers. A few famous School graduates include Bae Doo-na, Jang Hyuk, Ha Ji-won, Gong Yoo, Im Soo-jung, Lee Dong-wook, and many others, which just makes me more excited to see who PD Park will choose in his cast to lead the next generation of School stars.
School 2017 will air on Mondays and Tuesdays in July.
Via IS Plus
- School 2017 in the works for summer broadcast on KBS
- Will Cheer Up continue the School hot streak?
- 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