Jin Ji-hee leads a crew of high school sleuths in new JTBC drama
Cable network JTBC is gearing up to launch a new Tuesday night drama timeslot next week with the youthful Nancy-Drew-esque teen crime series Seonam Girls’ High Investigation Unit. The title is a mouthful, but it’s the name of the novel that the drama is adapting, about five high school students who get together to solve mysteries in and around the all-girls’ high school that they attend. Leading the pack is Jin Ji-hee (Could We Love), who’s currently got the market cornered on bratty teenage daughters in dramaland.
Her crew of high-teen Sherlocks includes Girl’s Day idol Lee Hyeri (Delicious Life), Kang Min-ah (Jang Ok-jung), Lee Min-ji (Entangled), and newcomer Stephanie Lee. Kim Min-joon (Top Star) also costars as the girls’ scary literature teacher with a reputation for being a hardass. He has a mystery of his own too, and in the meantime he’ll help the team of sleuths with hints when they need help on cases.
The show is described as a school-crime-mystery-romance, but overall it seems like a light show that skews younger (say, more High School: Love On than the heavier School 2013). The teasers don’t shed much light on what tone to expect — the first just seems fluffy and fun, while the second is a parody riff on the hit JTBC variety show Witch Hunt. The girls visit the actual set of the show and hold Yoo Se-yoon hostage to ask him about one of their cases and whether it’s a “green light,” and he looks like he’d rather chew his own ear off. Jin Ji-hee: “Is it okay for us to be here? Isn’t this a broadcast accident?”
I’m frankly more curious about how the drama will fare in a Tuesday night slot once a week, but I guess it all boils down to how fun this crack team of detectives will be. Seonam Girls’ High Investigation Unit premieres next Tuesday, December 16.
Via TV Daily
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