KBS revives Friday-Saturday drama slot with The Best Hit, Strongest Deliveryman
After tvN’s success with weekend dramas like The Lonely Shining Goblin and The Good Wife, KBS has decided to step up its game and re-enter the competition for Friday-Saturday ratings. First, KBS will be putting out its drama-variety hybrid show, The Best Hit, which stars Yoon Shi-yoon and Cha Tae-hyun (and marks Cha’s debut as a director) in June. After The Best Hit, the station has scheduled a drama called Strongest Deliveryman.
Notably, this time slot is home to variety programming for KBS, and the last drama that was broadcast in that slot was The Producers in 2015. KBS has played around with airing miniseries on Friday nights a couple of times as well, such as Kim Sae-ron’s High School Love On and Kim Jaejoong’s Spy, but hasn’t stuck to that format. So it’s interesting to see how they’ll fare this time in the Friday-Saturday game, up against the offerings from tvN and JTBC.
The Best Hit is about the difficulties that people in their twenties face in today’s modern society. The three main young people whose lives will be depicted include Yoon Shi-yoon, who will be playing your typical arrogant idol star with paparazzi problems. There’s also Lee Se-young (Laurel Tree Tailors), who plays a failed civil servant exam student with an optimistic streak. And finally, Kim Min-jae (The Lonely Shining Goblin) is described as Lee Se-young’s character’s best friend and once-crush.
Still cuts have been released of some of his scenes, where he’s dodging Cha Tae-hyun (The Producers), who will be his father in drama. In my opinion, Cha Tae-hyun looks way to young to be his father, but maybe it’ll work? Kim Min-jae avoids Cha Tae-hyun because he’s trying to hide that he’s living a double life from his family. Although most people know him to be a model student, his innermost desire is to become a musician, so he secretly became an idol trainee.
Cha Tae-hyun’s character was previously described as an small-time talent agency CEO. So I don’t know why Kim Min-jae would hide it from his father, if Dad could give him a leg up in the entertainment world, but to each his own. Actor Cha has been also serving as a co-director at the request of 1 Night 2 Days PD Yoo Ho-jin, who was initially approached to lead the half-reality, half-drama show.
Meanwhile, Strongest Deliveryman is about a jjajangmyeon (black bean noodle) delivery boy’s rise to success, and Joseon Gunman writer Lee Jung-woo is in the middle of creating the script. Yoon Shi-yoon (Romance Full of Life) was in consideration to star, but it looks like he declined and they’re restarting the casting process.
The Best Hit looks to begin airing in early June, while Strongest Deliveryman is looking at a July premiere.
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