High Kick PD courts Ha Yeon-soo, Lee Soon-jae for new sitcom on tvN
So there’s all this talk of a High Kick 4 floating around, but the title seems to be misleading: PD Kim Byung-wook of the hit sitcom franchise High Kick is launching a new series for tvN, and though it’s going to be a family sitcom in the same vein as the first three seasons of High Kick, it’ll be a new franchise altogether. That makes a lot more sense than High Kick suddenly going to cable, which I’m sure MBC would have a conniption about.
The reason it’s being called High Kick 4 is probably also to do with the PD courting Lee Soon-jae (Grandpas Over Flowers) to star. He was the grandpa in both 2006’s Unstoppable High Kick and 2009’s High Kick Through the Roof. He’s particularly beloved for his Unstoppable High Kick character, a grandpa who had an embarrassing affinity for internet porn that earned him the nickname Yadong [porno] Soon-jae.
This new series is courting both Lee Soon-jae and Monstar’s rookie actress Ha Yeon-soo, who has stated publicly that she’d love to join the sitcom. They’re still both “favorably considering,” so deals aren’t final, but it’d be great for her to do — not only because I like her in Monstar, but because the High Kick franchise is a famous launching pad for young talent (Jung Il-woo, Kim Bum, Park Min-young, Yoon Shi-yoon, Shin Se-kyung, Lee Jong-seok; the list goes on).
I’m a little sad that it’s not a High Kick 4, but I’m sure it’ll be a cute family sitcom with a lot of heart, no matter the new franchise. At least I hope so; that’s really the main reason that I bother to watch High Kick when I don’t normally do daily sitcoms — there’s a heart to them that sticks with you, even when you’ve forgotten all the hijinks. Except for Yadong Soon-jae. Hard to forget that.
The new sitcom, whatever the title, is headed to tvN in September.
Via TV Report