Park Shi-yeon courted for Greatest Marriage
Her short hiatus may already be over: Actress Park Shi-yeon (Nice Guy) is being courted to return to television in the newest addition to TV Chosun’s fall lineup, Greatest Marriage. After weathering a drug abuse controversy during most of 2013, this is the first we’ve heard of a possible comeback, and if she takes this miniseries, it would be her first role in nearly two years.
In review, actresses Park Shi-yeon, Lee Seung-yeon, and Jang Mi-in-ae were accused of the illegal usage of propofol, the drug that famously killed Michael Jackson, in March of last year. In November, they were given a suspended sentence of eight months of jail time, which they could avoid by fulfilling the terms of their two years of probation without any further incident. They also paid monetary fines. While Jang opted to appeal, Park and Lee accepted their sentences, and as a result were placed on KBS and MBC celebrity ban lists.
Since then, Park Shi-yeon has stayed out of the limelight, giving birth to her first child (she was pregnant as the trial went on) and spending time with her family. Those who remember Park from the variety show Family Outing know she has dealt with injuries and a surgery in the past, and during the trial her attorney argued that the propofol was for medicinal purposes. I won’t venture a guess as to what really happened, but I’m glad that the actress’s life and career appear to be getting back on track.
She’s been offered the lead in Greatest Marriage, about a glamorous anchorwoman who chooses to become a single mother and who spirals into despair. It will follow four other couples from the dating stage to married life, but will “differentiate itself from the tired material by offering a woman who wants to have a child but rejects marriage as the central character.”
While I am happy that Park has received an offer, it might be too soon to get back to work, as the controversy still seems fresh to the public. Then again, perhaps she fears that the offers will become fewer and far between (a valid concern). She is said to be considering seriously, so we should hear news of her decision shortly.
Greatest Marriage will be written by Go Yoon-hee (Love Exposure) and directed by Oh Jong-rok (Twelve Men in a Year, Daemul). It will air on cable network TV Chosun in September and will head into production once the cast has been finalized.
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