Kim Seung-woo headlines remake of Midnight Diner for SBS
It seems like all the stations are jumping to experiment with their weekend timeslots these days. SBS is trotting out a new late-night Saturday drama, a remake of the popular Japanese television show Midnight Diner, or Shinya Shokudo, and Kim Seung-woo (IRIS 2, Third Ward) has signed on to headline. The human drama is about a chef, known as Master, who runs a quirky little late-night restaurant that opens at midnight.
The original source material is a manga series by Yaro Abe, which was adapted into a movie and a television drama that aired its third season in 2014. It starred Kobayashi Kaoru as Master, and told the stories of various patrons who came to eat at his restaurant in the wee hours of the night, where there was only one thing on the menu and he cooked to order.
Kim Seung-woo will play Master in the remake. Nobody knows Master’s real name, age, or history, but his body is branded with scars, and he seems to have become a chef in order to forget something from his past. He’ll have no fixed items on his menu, but will take orders from any customer and cook up whatever they ask for.
I haven’t seen the original, but if this restaurant existed in real life, I’d be there every night. It’s like having your mom’s kitchen on call with none of the nagging? I’m happy to see Kim Seung-woo back in dramaland — it’s been a while since IRIS 2 and his variety days on Win-Win and 1 Night 2 Days. Wait, I’m remembering now that he was a terrible cook on 1N2D… Oh well, I guess it’s a good thing he’s a good actor.
PD Hwang In-roi of Goong, Return of Iljimae, and Playful Kiss will be at the helm. SBS is still undecided about the format and timeslot, so it’ll either be a 60-minute drama with 12 episodes, or a 30-minute drama with 20 episodes. Is it just me or does the math not work out on that? Anyway, it’s looking at a June or July premiere on Saturday nights.
Via IS Plus
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