Secret Love Affair PD returns with new drama Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food
PD Ahn Pan-seok, who was awarded Best Director at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards for Secret Love Affair, is returning to dramaland after a three-year hiatus with a new project called Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food. It’s already been tentatively scheduled for JTBC’s spring lineup, but no other major details have been released. I’m curious to see what direction Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food will take because the title obviously suggests a noona romance, but Ahn Pan-seok is also known for his quiet melodramas that are poignant critiques of sensitive societal issues like teen pregnancy and adultery.
He’s no stranger to JTBC, having done three of his last five dramas at the cable station including his critically acclaimed Secret Love Affair, so my expectations are pretty high for a high-quality production. Secret Love Affair was centered around two lovers with a large age gap of twenty years, a rarity for a female-male pair in dramaland at the time. So if the new drama is indeed going to be a noona romance, I trust this PD to pull it off with amazing chemistry.
His previous casts include likes of Kim Hee-ae, Yoo Ah-in, Jang Hyun-sung, Kim Myung-min and other notably gifted actors. He’s worked with Kim Hee-ae twice in Secret Love Affair and A Wife’s Credentials, which broke 4 percent ratings for JTBC for the first time. Although pandemic sci-fi thriller End of the World wasn’t a huge success, Ahn Pan-seok’s medical drama White Tower is still held as the golden standard for medical dramas.
It’s hard to predict at this point whether Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food will be a conventional melodrama or the PD’s attempt at a completely different genre. But given his filmography, I’m hoping for a nuanced version of an unconventional couple grounded in emotional struggles.
Ahn Pan-seok’s next drama Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food is programmed to air during the first half of next year on JTBC.
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