Kim Seul-gi, Yoon Hyun-min
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.
Her short hiatus may already be over: Actress Park Shi-yeon (Nice Guy) is being courted to return to television in the newest addition to TV Chosun’s fall lineup, Greatest Marriage. After weathering a drug abuse controversy during most of 2013, this is the first we’ve heard of a possible comeback, and if she takes this miniseries, it would be her first role in nearly two years.
And closing out the year-end drama awards is KBS, who didn’t stray too far off the beaten path. The big winner tonight was You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly, the big ratings pull for the station this year. Taking home the Daesang was its star, Kim Nam-joo, who continues her reign as queen of the small screen. She certainly deserves to fill a room with trophies just for her fabulousness alone, but that also means there were no big shakeups this year. Nice Guy was the other big winner of the night, taking home top awards for its actors.
It’s funny how I always think each broadcaster had so many shows on its roster, but once you split them up, they always turn out to be such a small pool. But by and large KBS had a great year with dramas that were both popular and critically-acclaimed, so their banner shows (You Who Rolled In, Nice Guy, Gaksital, Equator Man) all had plenty of trophies to split among them.
And so it ends, and we have to say goodbye to the nicest guy we’ve never seen anywhere in the world – the drama world, anyway. More than just coming full circle, our characters (and especially our side characters) are able to finally move on from the shackles of their pasts in a satisfying way, even if they might have had to jump through one too many off-screen hoops to do it.
Some payoffs inevitably feel more earned than others, but at least we’re offered something sweet and hopeful to chase away all the bitter suffering. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t need a box of tissues for the journey ahead.
Final episode ratings clocked in at an even 18.0%, a solid and successful finish to a solid and successful show.
This certainly is an emotional powerhouse of an episode, with Maru and Jae-hee coming to some startling (and sometimes frustrating) realizations about themselves and how they relate to each other. Now that Eun-ki’s back, she’s not about to let anyone off the hook as far as her dead daddy goes, and the only thing standing between her and a pile of bodies is Maru. I think, anyway. It’s hard to tell when he’s actually in there or when it’s his empty shell walking around.
Note: Please, please do not post any spoilers even remotely related to the final episode, out of consideration for those who haven’t watched it. As a fellow fan and as a recapper, I ask that you please try to contain all the feels. Nothing with a “Spoiler Warning” or a “The ending made me feel XYZ.” We’ll have plenty of time for that tomorrow. Thanks! ♥
Hey guys, just stepping in to recap this one episode because someone is busy ogling her Oppa in person (Priorities!), and because you really needn’t ask me twice to spend a day with Joong-ki. I’m easy like that. Let the melo and mayhem begin.
As finale week approaches, it’s fallout time for Maru and his precarious house of cards. Eun-ki begins to enact her revenge, unconcerned by the fact that the person who might suffer the most might be her own damn self. Can you call it karmic retribution if you have to throw yourself under the bus to get there?