Saturday, August 6, 2016

New JTBC rom-com lines up Kim Hyun-joo, Joo Sang-wook to star

Cable network JTBC has announced a new drama, slated for Fridays and Saturdays this fall. It’s called Fantastic, and has cast a whole group of actors in one fell swoop: Kim Hyun-joo (I Have a Lover) and Joo Sang-wook (Dazzling Temptation) are in talks to headline, and Park Shi-yeon (Greatest Marriage), Kim Tae-hoon (One More Happy Ending), and resident puppy Ji-soo (Doctors) have signed on as supporting cast.

The new romantic comedy comes from PD Jo Nam-gook of the thrillers LastEmpire of Gold, and The Chaser, which should be an interesting departure. Writer Lee Sung-eun ofHyenaSad Love Song, and the wacky sitcom Vampire Idol will be penning the script. It’s a bizarre mix, to say the least, but I do love Vampire Idol in all its ridiculousness, so I’m definitely interested in this writer’s next project.
There’s not a whole lot of plot information out about the romantic comedy, but it’ll be a love story between a drama writer with a terminal illness, and a Hallyu star. That doesn’t sound particularly funny, but it’s described as a cheerful-but-weighty romance. I don’t even know who’s playing what, but I’d put my money on Kim Hyun-joo playing the writer and Joo Sang-wook playing the Hallyu star.

On paper the premise sounds a lot like Uncontrollably Fond, and it seems like there are a lot of showbiz dramas going on right now (though I suppose the medical dramas are winning that race, really). But I expect the tone and execution to be very different, and I’m keen on learning a little more about each of the characters. Surely the writer ofVampire Idol can come up with some good quirks for everyone.
Kim Hyun-joo and Joo Sang-wook seem like a solid leading pair, and I’m always happy when he does comedy. Park Shi-yeon made her comeback to television in Greatest Marriage, which didn’t do so well, but second-lead territory is well-tread ground for her. Kim Tae-hoon seems to be in everything these days, and Ji-soo seems to be following in his footsteps. My only gripe with this is that I keep having to watch every drama he’s in, and right now it seems like he is in ALL OF THE DRAMAS.
Fantastic will air on Fridays and Saturdays following Age of Youth (which comes afterMirror of the Witch), and premieres sometime in September.
credit to Dramabeans

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