Jo Jin-woong, Bae Soo-bin
Jang Shin-young, Bae Soo-bin, Sohn Eun-seo
Hm, SBS is going through a lot of shuffling for its upcoming weekend drama Twinkle Twinkle My Heart, which has already changed its title (from Goddess of Sales) and gained and lost some stars, most recently Kim Jung-eun and Kim Su-ro. Jang Shin-young (My Spring Days) has been floated as a possible replacement for Kim Jung-eun, and now Bae Soo-bin (Greatest Marriage, Secret) is up to replace Kim Su-ro, with Sohn Eun-seo (Her Legend, Love Rain) also in the mix to join.
Sohn Eun-seo would play the younger sister to Bae Soo-bin and falls into a love triangle with Oh Chang-seok and Lee Tae-im. The drama sounds like a lighthearted family show that centers around a success story involving two families connected by fried chicken. I know, that’s a weird way to describe a drama, but that’s what we’ve got. I can guess from the writer’s credits (Goddess of Marriage, Sons of Sol Pharmacy) that it’ll probably have a large cast and smallish stories, and if SBS continues to pursue its makjang-free policy, Twinkle Twinkle My Heart ought to be light on the angst. And while there are a lot of actors in the cast, it appears that the main lead will be played by Nam Bo-ra.
This drama’s been flying under my radar a bit, but it’s almost go-time for Greatest Marriage, whose launch is less than a week away. It comes to us via cable station TV Chosun, where it’ll take up residence for the next two months as their new weekend drama.
The production held a press conference on September 22, with the cast in attendance to talk about the show, which focuses on four couples navigating the world of romance with a frank and modern approach. (You’d think it were a provocative melo from the drama’s poster, pictured above, but judging from the teasers it actually looks fairly light and comedic.)
Park Shi-yeon leads the cast as the star news anchor who finds herself pregnant and decides, against the baby’s father’s wishes (that’d be Noh Min-woo, a news-corp chaebol and hotshot reporter who’s not ready for marriage) to have the child on her own. Bae Soo-bin will play another love interest, a talented anchor who’s nevertheless facing some uncertainty in his career. Uhm Hyun-kyung rounds out the main quartet as an AD on a temporary contract with the station, who’s more interested in using the job to find a husband than cultivate a career.
Park Shi-yeon (Nice Guy) returns to dramaland this fall in cable network TV Chosun’s new weekend show Greatest Marriage, where she plays a star news anchor. Her character is smart, capable, nationally beloved, and she’s ranked at the top of female college students’ “women I want to emulate” lists. But one crucial choice takes her from that coveted spot at the top, and she goes from headlining the 9 o’clock news on her own to being the subject of scorn and scandal.
Cable network TV Chosun’s fall drama Greatest Marriage has confirmed its leading lady in Park Shi-yeon (Nice Guy), who will be playing an anchorwoman and single mother in the drama that promises to be a realistic take on dating and marriage. Bae Soo-bin (Secret) stars as a talented and ambitious anchorman, which sounds like a potentially great pairing full of tense news desk banter. I just always picture news anchors to be fast-talking no-nonsense people, though I suppose that’s based on TV show characters more than anything.
After playing a string of villains and seriously corrupt individuals, Bae Soo-bin is returning to the small screen and taking on a good guy in TV Chosun’s fall show, Greatest Marriage. His character is a talented and driven anchorman who commands respect, and he is described as a level-headed and rational man. Finally — a nice departure from his previous role in Secret as a corrupt prosecutor (for which Bae won a Supporting Actor award at KBS’s station awards last year).
It’s unclear yet whether Bae’s character will be a leading or supporting one, but probably the latter, as Greatest Marriage will revolve around a woman who chooses life as a single mom, while exploring the relationships of four other couples on the side. The central character has been offered to Park Shi-yeon, who is still considering, but if she takes it, that’s a whole lot of pretty for this fall miniseries! With seven spots still remaining, I’m eagerly awaiting news on the rest of the cast.
Bae Soo-bin (Secret, 49 Days) and Lee Yoon-ji (King’s Family, The Great Seer) star in an upcoming KBS2 drama special called That Love (or That Kind of Love). The drama short, directed by Cha Young-hoon (Shark, Gaksital) and written by Lee Joo-yeon, is about the ill-fated love between a convict and a civil servant.
In the single-episode story, Bae Soo-bin has committed a murder and is serving a life sentence, while Lee Yoon-ji, the public servant, is subject to daily abuse from a violent husband. In prison, she is assigned to Bae Soo-bin and tries hard to present herself to him cheerfully, but her actions belie her own unhappiness. They fall for each other, but clearly, it is not meant to be.
Here’s the last of this year’s drama awards over at KBS, where God of the Workplace, Good Doctor, and Secret were the big winners of the evening. Unsurprisingly, Kim Hye-soo took home the Daesang for her performance in God of the Workplace. She’s fabulous; her outfit, not so much. Just wait for it. Joo-won took the Top Excellence Actor award, as well as the PD award from directors at all three networks, and looked dashing to boot. And Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum each took home Top Excellence awards for Secret.
The rest of the awards were spread liberally amongst the network’s top-rated shows, as is the common practice at these things. Weekend dramas You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin and King’s Family had a pretty good showing as the top-rated weekend dramas of the year, and my only explanation for the writer of the family makjang King’s Family taking home the writing award is that she broke 40%. Whatchoo gonna do.
I’ll just consider Joo-won’s 007-look as my prize for the evening. Enjoy.
Where does the time go? Secret premiered on KBS this past week to some pretty dismal ratings, which either means that their time slot is still cursed by previous drama Sword and Flower, or that the hype machine wasn’t strong enough. Alternatively, it could be the sense of déjà vu one gets while watching—so far, Secret isn’t doing too much to deviate from the revenge melo norm (or even just the drama norm). Self-sacrificing Candy heroines and haughty second-generation chaebols and untimely deaths, oh my!
If you can pretty much guess the rest, does that mean the secret’s already out?
Well, here’s the first official poster for KBS’s melodrama Secret, and alls I gotta say is, if you paid somebody anything to make it, you got robbed. C’mon, I’m pretty sure I could do that, and I barely know my way around Photoshop.
Secret is the drama starring Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum in a plot that resembles a reverse-Nice Guy (…meets, oh, Angel’s Temptation or any other revenge melo where the revenge goes awry? So any other revenge melo). The heroine takes the fall in place of her unworthy boyfriend (Bae Soo-bin) in a manslaughter incident that killed our hero’s beloved. Thus when she gets out of the clink years later (boyfriendless, since the punk left her), the hero hates her, until he starts to fall in love with her. And Lee Da-hee plays Ji Sung’s new fiancée. Ready, get set, angst.