Kim Sun-ah and Cha Seung-won dance for City Hall
It’s press conference day for City Hall!
On the 16th, the cast was at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Seoul to talk about the upcoming SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama, which is probably most anticipated for its leading lady, Kim Sun-ah. She stars opposite leading man Cha Seung-won in the upbeat, comic series (watch preview below).
Everyone’s eyes are on Kim’s return — it hasn’t been that long since her previous series, last summer’s When Night Comes with Lee Dong-gun, but that series flopped and Kim is still most recognizable for her 2005 turn as Kim Sam-soon.
City Hall‘s chief producer expressed confidence that it would be a big hit, while On Air writer Kim Eun-sook calls City Hall the “most fun drama I’ve written so far.”
The series seems light and funny — which is something Kim Sun-ah does well — but it’s got competition. KBS and MBC are also premiering romantic comedies featuring big-name movie stars:
MBC’s Cinderella Man stars Kwon Sang-woo (although it got off to a tepid start yesterday with a 9.3% rating), and KBS’s Six Months just changed its name to Just Looking or While I Was Looking [그저 바라 보다가] and stars Kim Ah-joong and Hwang Jung-min. The latter premieres on the same day as City Hall — April 29.
This all makes for an interesting TV landscape: Monday-Tuesdays are going to sageuk nights for a long while (excepting my current infatuation, the dark Story of a Man), while Wednesday-Thursdays will be dominated by trendy dramas. It’s too bad, actually; I wish the stations mixed it all up for some variety rather than trying to go head to head, genre to genre.