Heechul joins flower grandpa body-swap comedy
Well this is an unexpected addition. It was hinted at earlier in the winter that tvN would be rolling out a drama version of their hit variety show Grandpas Over Flowers, with lead halbae Lee Soon-jae headlining. The comedy, called Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit, has now been confirmed for a late April broadcast, and has secured a cast of funny halbaes along with Super Junior idol Kim Heechul. The craziest part? It’s now apparently a body-swap comedy. HA.
The new drama comes from one of the writers of the old ’90s sitcom Three Men, Three Women and the PD of movies Meet the In-Laws and Tone-Deaf Clinic. The original description was just that it would be about a group of grandpas who work at a delivery service, who moonlight as detectives and take it upon themselves to solve cases. They’re led by Lee Soon-jae, age 79, who was a traffic cop as a young man, and had unfulfilled hopes of being an ace detective.
His fellow courier-detective halbaes will be played by veteran actors Byun Hee-bong (Goddess of Fire Jung-yi, The Spies), age 72, and Jang Kwang (Suspicious Girl, Goddess of Fire Jung-yi), age 62, who will each have their own colored pasts before becoming deliverymen.
Now the plot description has a totally new twist: a twentysomething elite detective suddenly wakes up in the body of a seventysomething halbae, and has to figure out how to get back in his own body. We’re not told explicitly that Heechul and Lee Soon-jae are the ones swapping bodies, but it makes sense given that Heechul is playing an elite detective and Lee Soon-jae is the star. I wonder if the recent success of grandma-body-swapping comedy Suspicious Girl had anything to do with the supernatural twist, but it sure makes it a funnier premise.
Heechul is a surprising choice but not necessarily a bad one since we’re in wacky comedy territory. His character is described as “odd but warmhearted,” which should suit him just fine. Since completing army duty last August, he’s been putting in appearances on variety shows and cameoing here and there, but it’ll be his first drama in four years since I Love You Ten Million Times.
Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit will follow a similar schedule to Let’s Eat, and air one episode a week on Wednesday nights. It premieres April 30.
Byun Hee-bong, Jang Kwang
Via TV Report
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