OCN develops new crime drama The Voice
Anyone suffering from Police Unit 38 withdrawal symptoms? I know I’ve been missing my weekly dose of the comedic con artist tax squad. Not to fear! OCN has recently announced its plans to launch another crime drama to fill the lovable Ma Dong-seok-shaped empty space in our hearts and our weekends. The Voice, which primarily takes place at a 112 call center, will take over the time slot of Police Unit 38 sometime later this year or starting early next year.
I live in Amurrica, so I was taught that in any potentially dangerous situation, I should call 911. In Korea, schoolchildren are taught two numbers: 119 and 112. The former is used for medical and fire emergencies, and the latter is the direct line to the police. There’s a critical time window in criminal investigations called the “golden time,” when the chance for recovery of forensic evidence is the highest, and one call to 112 starts the chain of response. In The Voice, a policewoman and policeman working at the same 112 call center discover the vital importance of their jobs as they become caught up in a chase to find the trail of a serial murderer who is killing their families.
In the past few years, cable channel OCN has been home to some truly great cop dramas from the latest, Police Unit 38, to one of my favorites, Bad Guys, to cult dramas TEN and Vampire Prosecutor. One thing that all these crime-centered TV shows lacked was a strong female main lead. With the recent popularity of Mrs. Cop and Signal starring badass female detectives from its competitors, SBS and tvN respectively, it’s no surprise that OCN wants to capitalize on this wave. So they’ve announced tentatively that they plan on making The Voice a police drama told from a predominantly female-centric perspective.
Casting has yet to begin, and the script is still in the development phase, but it seems like The Voice is still getting a lot of press attention because of the popularity of its predecessor Police Unit 38 and its unique approach to the crime procedural. OCN has stated that it hopes to air the new drama sometime soon, either late 2016 or early 2017.
Via Daily Sports