KBS fills out spring drama lineup with Third-Rate My Way, Sang-shik and Nara
KBS has finalized the next set of dramas in its weeknight lineup, filling up its schedule through June with the previously announced Third-Rate My Way (which recently confirmed leads Park Seo-joon and Kim Ji-won) and a new project titled Sang-shik and Nara (alternate interpretation: Land of Common Sense).
Third-Rate My Way is getting the Monday-Tuesday timeslot following ajumma-comeback drama Perfect Wife, which recently kicked off to decent response, albeit low ratings. The drama features characters with unpromising futures living as side characters in their own lives: Kim Ji-won will play a young woman who’d dreamed of being a television presenter, who now works the info desk at a department store, while Park Seo-joon plays an ordinary office worker who was once a hotshot Taekwondo fighter. The show will be a youthful story of growth and romance, which sounds like it could be really uplifting and poignant, especially in the hands of two actors who are well-matched for talent and charisma.
As for the Wednesday-Thursday drama: I would have translated the title literally as Land of Common Sense, if not for the fact that the characters are punnily named, providing the reading Sang-shik and Nara (to be even more literal, it’s Sang-shik’s Nara), where Sang-shik is the name of the male lead and Nara is the leading lady. The drama was initially titled Secretary Kim (secretary refers to a government position, not the everyday office secretary), who is our main character, Kim Sang-shik.
Sang-shik is described as a “wacko secretary” who dreams of being a top diplomat: Good-looking, athletic, and a competent fighter, he is described as “halfway between Jang Geu-rae [of Misaeng] and [spy comedy] Kingsman.” Nara, meanwhile, is a diplomat with strict principles who never does things by half-measures and doesn’t know how to hide even the smallest emotion, who’s described as halfway between the perfect diplomat and a nutjob.
Sang-shik and Nara sounds like it could be a cute, offbeat comedy in the style of Chief Kim, although I have to pause a little when I see that writing is Kim Kyung-se of Superdaddy Yeol, which tried for poignant and sweet but ended up a tonal misfire. It will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama following Mystery Queen, the Choi Kang-hee and Kwon Sang-woo sleuther that kicks off next week in Missing 9′s timeslot.
This means that Seo Kang-joon’s drama, From a Distance, a Green Spring, has fallen off the books at KBS, since it was in the running for a spring broadcast. That project is based on a webtoon of the same name, featuring a slice-of-life story of friendships and growing up into adulthood. The description of that drama seemed promising, but it seems it’ll have to wait a while longer to see the light of day.