Medical drama scores Uhm Tae-woong, loses broadcaster
What is it with medical dramas and their behind-the-scenes drama? There’s an upcoming medical series by Taewon Entertainment (the people behind the IRIS franchise), that was originally set to air on SBS in March and star Cha Seung-won as the lead: the once-generically named Third Ward. Cha eventually never sealed the deal and so the drama managed to sign another leading man — Uhm Tae-woong — and changed its title to the equally-vague Tower (not to be confused with the reigning popular medical drama of yore, White Tower).
And now, Tower‘s been dropped by its broadcaster two months before the premiere. So in the span of a week, it’s gone from having a broadcaster and no leading man, to having a leading man and no broadcaster. Apparently you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
It’s looking more and more like SBS dropped the show because Cha Seung-won dropped it, and the production quickly changed its title to shed any negative associations with previous bad press (a common tactic when dramas suffer pre-production woes), in an attempt to revive it. Now with Uhm Tae-woong attached to the project, it’s in talks to try and find a home at KBS.
The drama is about a neurosurgery department in a hospital that serves as a battlefield for warring surgeons. The war is of course over Eastern vs. Western medicine, and the lead is a doctor forced into Western medicine by his father. So, basically, it’s just another Brain, which is already airing on KBS? Sure, Brain is doing well, scoring high ratings and winning a Daesang for Shin Ha-kyun, but that’s a whole lot of neurosurgeons running about on one network. Maybe they can be funny brain surgeons. Or brain surgeons with guns.
If it manages to stay on schedule and just hop stations, Tower will air in the spring. Let’s hope they don’t make us wait too long to see Dr. Tae-woong again.
- Cha Seung-won considers medical drama
- Lee Seon-kyun to cameo on 1N2D
- Stills from Uhm Tae-woong and Han Ga-in’s new film
- Uhm Tae-woong cast in third film this year
- Uhm Tae-woong cast in melodrama
- Dorky Uhm Tae-woong being (what else?) a dork
- Introducing 1 Night 2 Days: Episode 324
- Dr. Champ: Episode 1
Tags: Uhm Tae-woong