Jaejoong eyes KBS Friday night drama Spy
There was a rumor that KBS was going to keep scheduling dramas in the primetime slot on Friday nights, which seems like an interesting gamble since its current teen drama High School Love On is struggling to build an audience on its erratic (and frequently preempted) once-a-week schedule. But mostly I blame tvN for turning Friday-Saturday dramas into a successful timeslot; with hits like Misaeng bringing in over 5% ratings, now other networks are shifting their programming schedules to follow suit: JTBC has moved Maids to Friday-Saturday, and now KBS has announced their new Friday night drama Spy.
Idol actor Kim Jaejoong (Triangle, Dr. Jin) is being courted to headline the new series, and he’s considering favorably for now. The new drama is reportedly based on an Israeli drama about a mother who’s a former spy and her secret agent son, though the source material wasn’t named in casting reports.
The Korean drama will be adapted to North and South politics, naturally, and will begin with a fictionalized retelling of the circumstances surrounding the execution of North Korean general Jang Sung-taek, the political advisor to dictators Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un who married into the family and was eventually executed by his nephew for treason. There isn’t much plot information beyond that, but it seems like we might be looking at a hard-hitting spy action drama.
KBS is being pretty cagey about the details — some reports say that the series will air two episodes a week on Friday nights beginning in the 9 PM hour, which is a strange way to burn episodes, if they really mean to do a double-header. But Friday night dramas are still new territory for the network, so they must have figured out that High School Love On’s 20-week run isn’t ideal either. I don’t know that this is the solution, but I guess they mean to find out by trying. Spy is slated for 16 episodes at 50 minutes each, and is planning to premiere in January.
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