Descended’s star writer Kim Eun-sook courted by tvN for fall series
Continuing in their quest to collect all of dramaland’s biggest-name talent, tvN is currently aiming to lure star writer Kim Eun-sook to their channel with talks of producing her next series. She’s currently enjoying success with her drama Descended From the Sun, which is logging 20%-plus ratings for KBS, and she’s got a long string of hits to her name (Heirs, A Gentleman’s Dignity, Secret Garden, Lovers in Paris) so it’s no surprise they’re eager to snap her up.
Even though Descended has barely begun airing, writer Kim is in talks to return with her next drama as soon as this fall. The series is described as a romance, which is only to be expected, since sweep-you-off-your-feet love stories and crackling romantic chemistry is her signature. However, this drama sounds like it’ll take a notable departure from her prior shows, most of which are contemporary romances set in the (relatively) real world featuring regular people; this one will feature fantasy-like elements found in Far East fairy tales and legends, such as goblins.
I think it’s safe to say tvN is no longer the fledgling underdog station compared to the Big Three broadcasters, now that it’s churning out some of TV’s most buzzworthy projects and raking in high ratings to boot. They’ve been scoring big talent in the director, actor, and writer ranks, and Kim Eun-sook would just be another feather in their cap, alongside writers like Noh Hee-kyung (the upcoming Dear My Friends) and stars like Go Hyun-jung, Kim Hye-soo, and Jeon Do-yeon.
I suppose writing another show this year wouldn’t be that much of a time crunch for Kim since Descended was pre-produced and she’s already done with it, but I can still imagine that it would be pretty impressive to score two big hits within one calendar year. Not that this drama is assured automatic success, but I’m looking at Kim Eun-sook’s record here. Whether or not you like her style, there’s no denying she knows how to give audiences what they want, and I wouldn’t bet against her.
Although the drama is still in very early planning stages, the new series is looking to take up tvN’s Friday-Saturday drama slot in November.