Oh Hae-young Again PD casts Yunho, Kyung Su-jin for new drama
The PD of Oh Hae-young Again and Introverted Boss has announced his next drama, titled Meloholic, and already we have casting confirmation for both its leads: DBSK’s U-Know Yunho (Records of a Night Watchman) in his post-army comeback (he completed his service last month), and Kyung Su-jin (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) as his co-star. I’m surprised this drama isn’t playing the coy will-they-or-won’t-they casting game like every other show does these days, but I won’t complain about it.
Meloholic, despite its title, is not described as a melodrama and is instead a “romantic mystery comedy.” Based on a Naver webtoon of the same name, the drama features a man with the ability to read people’s minds (Yunho’s character Yoo Eun-ho), who’s described as a man who makes all the women’s hearts flutter but does not date. The story kicks off when he meets Kyung Su-jin’s character, Han Ye-ri, who has never dated because her two-faced personality has gotten in the way of romance.
I… have a lot of feelings about this news, and a lot of them aren’t good feelings, although I’m trying to maintain an optimistic view. I was initially glad to hear that PD Song Hyun-wook would be back with a new drama, because while Introverted Boss was a disappointment, I considered that a writing bungle more than a directorial one and really loved both Oh Hae-young Again and his drama before that, Marriage Not Dating. And Kyung Su-jin has shown promise at rom-coms and in supporting roles (Plus Nine Boys, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju), so I have some confidence that she’ll make a solid leading lady.
But… you know, Yunho. I quite like Yunho as a performer and person—he seems like an incredibly hard worker and a generally decent guy—but I’ve hated his acting in everything I’ve seen (Heading to the Ground, Poseidon, Records of a Night Watchman) and he has been for years the standard by which I measure the rock-bottom of foot-acting. I give PD Song a pass for casting Park Hye-soo in Introverted Boss because she’d shown promise and we were all hoping she’d be better. Plus, PD Song has cast lesser-knowns in the past who then knocked it out of the park (see: Yeon Woo-jin, Han Groo, Seo Hyun-jin), so it was a reasonable expectation. But if you cast Yunho, then you’re going into this with eyes wide open.
Meloholic is being produced by KBS Media and plans to begin filming at the end of this month, so any day now. It is currently in talks over scheduling.