Oh Jung-se and Yook Sung-jae confirm Plus Nine Boys
We’ve got two leads signed on for tvN’s new drama Plus Nine Boys, named for the 9-, 19-, 29-, and 39-year-old characters at the center of the story. Funny film actor and constant dramaland sidekick Oh Jung-se (who’s currently cracking me up in every episode of A New Leaf) has confirmed that he’ll play the 39-year-old character, and idol Yook Sung-jae of group BtoB will play the 19-year-old. I didn’t recognize him at first, but he played Go Ara’s little bro Sook-sookie in Answer Me 1994. Meanwhile Kim Young-kwang (Good Doctor) is still in negotiations to play the 29-year-old lead.
The new drama from variety PD Yoo Hak-chan of Three Fools stars Oh Jung-se as a 39-year-old variety PD. Hm, life story? His character is a brilliant man who was once the PD of the nation’s top live music program. But he can’t seem to get over his ninth-year curse, a common belief that the ninth of anything is the roughest, including the ninth year of every decade of your life. If this drama ends up being about that curse, I might have to call it Curse of the Nines or something.
Anyway, his character has a massive fall from grace when the members of indie band Couch drop their pants onstage and flash the entire country during a live broadcast (this really happened on MBC in 2005, so…nine years ago). The PD naturally loses his position and gets shunted to another program to live the rest of his days in obscurity. He’s described as an otherwise eligible bachelor who isn’t lacking in looks or personality, but still can’t manage to get married.
There aren’t any details about the other characters yet, but the drama will be about four boys who each confront a new challenge in love and work as they approach the next decade of their lives. I’m guessing the curse of the nines will be a running theme among them, but so will growing up and moving forward.
Plus Nine Boys follows Marriage Not Dating on Fridays and Saturdays in August.
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