Park Min Young, sweetie, I know your star is red hot right now, but might you consider taking a breather? Theoretically I applaud this girl’s work ethic and desire to strike while the iron is hot, but I worry for her health if she’s going from one grueling drama shoot (City Hunter) into another. KBS has just confirmed that Park Min Young will be the leading lady for its upcoming 24-episode drama tentatively titled Man of Honor. The drama will be helmed by the PD and writing duo that created the most insanely inexplicable ratings sensation of 2010 – the baking drama that was really all about birth secrets Baker King Kim Tak Gu.
The rumored male lead is PIE, and I can’t say I’m thrilled to see Chun Jung Myung back in what reads like a makjang melodrama. She’ll be playing a hardworking nurse and he’ll be playing a formerly high flying baseball player that ends up demoted to the minor leagues. They meet at the hospital when he goes in for treatment, and I presume they eventually heal each other emotionally and then overcome all their odds to find success and redemption. Or something like that.
I have a gut feeling the PIE casting is pretty much a done deal, since PIE tweeted while he was at a baseball game recently, a big hint if any that he’s preparing to play a baseball player. I’m not sure how I feel about the PIE-Min Young pairing, but will take a watch and see attitude with this drama in general since I really really couldn’t stand Baker King. At all.
The drama is slated to premiere in October on Wed-Thurs following The Princess’s Man. Which will place it squarely against Jang Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung‘s upcoming sageuk Tree with Deep Roots on SBS, and whatever drama on MBC will be following the Choi Ji Woo and Yoon Sang Hyun drama Can’t Lose, which premieres next month following Heartstrings. This will be interesting. The fall K-drama season appears to be very serious fare across the board.
[Credit: 10 Asia]