Gong Hyo-jin, Jo Jung-seok for KBS rom-com Jealousy Incarnate
Aieee, this would be such a cute pairing. Come on drama gods, let’s make it happen! There’s a new KBS romantic comedy in the works from the writer of Miss Korea and Pasta, and Gong Hyo-jin (The Producers) is being courted for a reunion with her. The series is called Jealousy Incarnate, and Jo Jung-seok (Oh My Ghostess) is up to play her leading man. I can already smell the petty hijinks a mile away. Oh what fun we’ll have!
The new project from writer Seo Sook-hyang is a comedy about relationships that’s set in the world of broadcast news. Jo Jung-seok is up for the role of a star reporter and news anchor, a macho type with the perfect specs and the brains to back them up. He’s handsome and so eloquent that he instills trust, but he’s also a veteran reporter who goes after stories with the persistence of a gangster. The title of the drama is a pun on his name, Lee Hwa-shin (hwashin = incarnate). And knowing Jo Jung-seok, he’ll also be puffed-up-bravado-with-balance-issues incarnate.
Gong Hyo-jin has been offered the role of a weathercaster. She went to third-rate college and has no money and no connections, and is only under temporary contract with the station. She’s self-sufficient and strong and cute, but is starved for love. She’s the type of person who doesn’t know how to say no, whether it’s to a man who likes her or doesn’t like her.
The drama will be a lighthearted comedy about how jealousy ruins people, and about the fierce competition and love between an anchor and a weathercaster. The setting makes it sound like a familiar drama, since we’ve seen plenty of newsroom dramas, and newsroom romances at that. But it sounds different enough from Gong Hyo-jin’s last drama (where she played the veteran PD in the variety department), and I prefer her in cute, bubbly roles. I hope that the jealousy theme makes it more like the throwback drama Jealousy than just another workplace rom-com, but I trust the writer to put a good spin on the romance, and I definitely trust this cast to make more of the roles than what’s on the page.
Jealousy Incarnate is looking at a July broadcast on KBS.
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