Cheese in the Trap’s PD returns to tvN with media-centric drama
Coffee Prince, Golden Time, and Cheese in the Trap director Lee Yoon-jung has secured her next drama project, which will be titled Argon and is set to air on tvN, which has been the home of her past two dramas (Cheese and Heart to Heart). Argon is the title of an investigative journalism program within the drama, and the show will be set in the world of the media, featuring characters who are anchors and reporters.
Not much information has been provided about the plot or the premise, but the drama purports to tackle the topic of fake news that’s so rampant these days, and will center around three main characters: a reporter-turned-anchor named Kim Baek-jin, a contract reporter named Lee Yeon-hwa, and a veteran news reporter named Shin Chul.
More than the content of this new show, I’m curious to know whether viewers will welcome PD Lee back, or whether they’ve turned their backs completely after the mess that became of Cheese in the Trap. She is a director who’s skilled at drawing out subtle emotions and mining slice-of-life moments in a breezy and appealing way, and had largely been praised for her directorial talents through many of her prior dramas. In fact, she drew a lot of praise for her work on Cheese in the Trap, too—at least during its first half, before the story shifted away from its central premise, to the confusion of fans, and essentially wrote out a main character in favor of his rival.
I’ve always been fascinated and puzzled by Cheese in the Trap’s strange trajectory, not because it was a bad drama but because it was on the path to becoming something quite great—only to be derailed by what seemed like the director’s blatant disregard for the drama’s main relationship and leading man. I’ve never understood why that happened when it seemed so unnecessary, and I’ll always be frustrated with that lack of understanding!
But perhaps this negative reaction is only coming from a small segment of the viewership, and the rest of the viewing public will accept the new drama on its own terms. It doesn’t seem like it based on the tenor of the netizen comments now, but hey, it could happen? We’ll have to see how that shakes out; Argon is being planned for a broadcast in the latter half of this year.