Joo-won and Joo Sang-wook courted for new medical drama
New drama alert! KBS is lining up their next Monday-Tuesday drama to follow Shark — a medical drama called Green Scalpel — and the production is reportedly courting Joo-won (Gaksital) and Joo Sang-wook (Special Affairs Team TEN) to star. They’re both considering the roles and working on contract negotiations, so nothing’s final yet. If Joo-won signs on, he’ll star as a developmentally disabled young man who has the personality of a child, but the skills of a genius surgeon. So it’s Joo-won: Doogie Howser M.D.? Wait, you guys know who Doogie Howser is, right? Suddenly feeling very old…
The new drama comes from PD Ki Min-soo of hit family drama Ojakkyo Brothers, and writer Park Jae-bum of OCN forensic procedural God’s Quiz (he wrote all three seasons). Medical dramas aren’t really my thing, but Joo-won getting back together with Ojakkyo’s director is definitely good news, and the twist on the usual medical drama might be worth a watch.
The “human drama” is about an autistic young man with the personality of a grade-schooler (stunted developmentally at around ten years old), who becomes a pediatric surgeon. That’s even crazier than just plain child genius doctor. It sounds like the kind of role that gets actors awards, so I have a feeling it won’t be passed up so easily, even with injuries, movies, and musicals keeping him plenty busy.
Joo Sang-wook is up for the ace pediatric doctor role, so he’ll be Joo-won’s rival in the hospital. It would crack me up if Joo Sang-wook played his role straight out of White Tower or [insert serious medical drama here], and Joo-won countered the rivalry with neener-neeners and made-ya-look jokes. Considering Joo-won’s already a teenager trapped in the body of a twenty-something, how much of a stretch could it be?
Green Scalpel follows Shark, which puts its premiere in August.
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