Ji Sung confirms new SBS showbiz drama Entertainer
Yay, I was hoping Ji Sung would choose something light and fun for his next project. The Daesang-winning actor (for last year’s Kill Me, Heal Me) has signed on to headline SBS’s new warm human success story Entertainer, about an agent in the music industry and the ragtag band of young hopefuls that he represents. Hyeri (Answer Me 1988) is being courted to star opposite him, and is still unconfirmed.
Ji Sung will play an agent who was once at the top of the game — he used to work at the leading entertainment company (aptly named KTOP), but was betrayed and forced out. He sets up shop on his own and gets together a group of young singers, and together they’ll fight for their dream. It’s described as an underdog story with heart and laughter.
I’m picturing Jerry Maguire crossed with Dream High or Persevere, Gu Hae-ra; that’s what I’m hoping for, anyway. The good news is that PD Hong Sung-chang is very familiar with showbiz dramas, having directed King of Dramas and You’re Beautiful, so I hope the meta jokes will be aplenty. Writing is Yoo Young-ah of Pretty Man, Birdie Buddy, and the movies Korea/As One, Paparotti, No Breathing, and Like Me.
Hyeri is considering a leading role as a young woman who lost both her parents and sells fish at the marketplace, and will eventually be a part of the band and have a loveline with Ji Sung. Supporting actor Jung Man-shik (Neighborhood Hero) is reuniting with the PD for the fourth time, and he’s been cast to play a songwriter. I was excited about Park Bo-gum when he was considering the show for all of half a minute, but I’m sure they’ll find more talented supporting actors to fill out the cast. Fingers crossed!
Entertainer will follow Come Back, Ajusshi on Wednesday-Thursday beginning in April.