The tail end of 2011 for Korean dramas looks to be all about the cable networks. OCN has Vampire Prosecutor with Yeon Jung Hoon which is getting solid reviews for it’s edgy style, and shortly tvN will be debuting it’s first teen-targeted drama with Flower Boy Ramyun Shop starring Jung Il Woo. jTBC has the heavyweight Noh Hee Kyung-penned Padam Padam: The Sound of His and Her Heartbeat, starring Jung Woo Sung and Han Ji Min, which is slated to premiere in early December. Today the backstreet chatter dropped another major K-movie star getting lured back to the small screen.
The upcoming race-car drama Speed for CSTV (Chosun TV) is rumored to be close to signing Lee Jung Jae for its lead. Funny enough, Speed is slated to go up against Padam Padam, which will pit these two best friends against each other for ratings. No biggie for me. I love them both and can’t wait to see if Lee Jung Jae confirms this project. Also rumored to co-star in Speed is Yoo Ah In. Since Jung Woo Sung gets Kim Bum as a sidekick, so Lee Jung Jae gets Yoo Ah In? Niiiiiice.
The reason there are so many cable dramas dropping lately is because there is a recent line of cable networks gearing up for an end of the year launch. Cable dramas are typically more adult fare, and can deliver the quality that are mostly missing with primetime dramas recently. In fact, the best K-drama I watched last year was tvN’s Joseon X-Files.
I’m super excited about the Lee Jung Jae and Yoo Ah In combination, if it does pan out. Word is that both are nearly a done deal and are just awaiting confirmation from all parties. I don’t recollect K-dramas doing a racing drama before, but if both Lee Jung Jae and Yoo Ah In sign on, I’m definitely watching it. Just don’t let it be another dud of a thriller, since there have been so many out of Korea lately.
[Credit: Nate news]