Premiere Watch: My Absolute Boyfriend
Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Genre: Rom-com, sci-fi
Episode count: 36 episodes (35 minute episodes)
My Absolute Boyfriend is one drama I feared would never see the light of day, but premiere week is finally here. Adapted from a Japanese manga, this sci-fi rom-com features Minah as a talented makeup artist who specializes in special effects work. When we meet her, she’s sworn off love after getting her heart broken by Hong Jong-hyun, an A-list celeb. One day she unexpectedly receives a package in the mail–an unbelievably life-like robot, Yeo Jin-gu. As she inadvertently activates him and brings him to life as an absolutely dedicated boyfriend, she wrestles with what love means exactly and idea of falling in love with a robot. What’s more, as K-drama ex-boyfriends often are, Hong Jong-hyun is on the periphery of Minah and Yeo Jin-gu’s budding relationship and he’s not quite over Minah. The director-writer duo is PD Jung Jung-hwa (Flower Boy Next Door, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop) and Yang Hyuk-moon, (Mirror of the Witch).
Whenever it takes a show a prolonged period of time to find a home at a network, I worry that it indicates a lack of quality. BUT the creative team behind My Absolute Boyfriend looks good, so I will hold my breath and hope for the best. At the very least, if you like robots and rom-coms, give the show a watch.