MBC‘s upcoming drama Me, Too Flower! isn’t just accident-prone, the reaction to said accident is the oddest I’ve ever encountered. Leading man Kim Jae Won was in an on set motorcycle accident on the first day of filming (which already screams bad omen to me), which has been diagnosed as requiring surgery and about a month’s rest. Initially the production announced, as all logic would dictate, that Kim Jae Won would be withdrawing from the drama and it would be scrambling to find a leading man. Then a day later Kim Jae Won expressed his hope to stay on with the drama if possible. The production just held a press conference announcing that Kim Jae Won would be staying on and the drama will be pushing back it’s premiere. How and how long are still unconfirmed.
I’m totally weirded out by how this situation is unfolding. I think Kim Jae Won needs to withdraw, have his surgery, and recover in peace without any scheduling rush to get back to work. I don’t know if MBC is pressuring him to stay, or he likes this drama and role so much he’s pushing himself so he can stay on, but either way, it’s just not ideal. And with the drama being pushed back so Kim Jae Won can return to the set after surgery, MBC doesn’t really have any easy solution to fill the extra few weeks. Can’t Lose already agreed to a two-episode one week extension, and I can’t see that story sustaining an even longer drag. Does MBC have any short dramas in the vault it can show? After KBS‘s fiasco with Spy Myung Wol, I’m surprised to see another drama-within-a-drama so soon again. As always, wishing the best to the cast, crew, and Kim Jae Won’s full and healthy recover above all else.
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