Beautiful Mind gets delayed, KBS schedules 4-episode drama in interim
We’ll have to wait just a little longer to see Beautiful Mind air, with KBS announcing that it’ll be squeezing in a short drama titled Baek-hee Has Returned to follow current Monday-Tuesday drama Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho.
Perhaps waiting is the point, because as much as I’d like to believe this is because KBS likes giving short drama formats a platform, I have to think it’s because Beautiful Mind just really, really needs extra time to get ready. And no wonder, given the trouble it has had finding a lead actor, pushing behind its production date with every name who considered and passed. It was given the post-Neighborhood Lawyer timeslot a while back but only now has finalized Jang Hyuk to star as the neurosurgery expert who can’t feel emotions due to a brain injury and becomes healed through the power of love. Now it’s crunch time: Filming has not yet begun while Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho is halfway through with just over a month left to air.
Enter Baek-hee Has Returned, a four-episode project based on an intriguing premise: Set on a quiet island, a woman named Yang Baek-hee, described as a Scarlett O’Hara in the past, returns after 18 years away with a new identity. That’s mysterious, and I trust that director Cha Young-hoon can make something interesting of it (or at least really really pretty to look at), having previously done the dramas King’s Face, Gaksital, and Joseon Gunman. Writer Im Sang-choon wrote the short 2014 SBS Plus drama Dodohara (aka Be Arrogant) starring Girl’s Day’s Yura.
So: Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho will run through the end of May, and Baek-hee Has Returned will begin airing on June 6. Beautiful Mind will now premiere on June 20.
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