Please tell me this is the drama god’s idea of a joke, because there is some symmetry to be had but the end result might be pain for drama lovers the world over. Cheongdamdong Alice proves yet again that two good actors with an interesting concept does not equal good drama if the writing is crap. But that doesn’t mean a drama shouldn’t start off with good actors, because if a drama is saddled with bad actors then it has an even higher hurdle to cross. I’m still baffled by how awesome My Princess was initially (minus the same old second half writing fail), since together Song Seung Heon and Kim Tae Hee are pretty dang terrible at their calling. But in that drama they were ridiculously winning and I was thoroughly won over. Sadly my Heon oppa squandered all the goodwill he earned there when he dropped what might be 2012’s worst acting performance in any drama when he tried to be a modern doctor in Joseon in Time Slip Dr. Jin. He wasn’t just your garden variety bad, he was so bad there are no words to adequately describe it. The other great drama fail of 2012 was Fashion King and all four leads in that drama also stunk up the joint. So to hear that Song Seung Heon is supposedly confirmed for the upcoming melodrama When a Man Loves co-starring Shin Se Kyung, my jaw dropped somewhere out the door. Oh good lord is that that going to be a feast for snarking. I actually didn’t think Shin Se Kyung was that bad an actress until her two-expression performance in FK (stunned and stoic are her two trademark looks). Song Seung Heon actually needs an actress who is more animated, even if she overacts at times, because at least they are sparking onscreen. Shin Se Kyung gives off negative chemistry when I watch her acting opposite her leading men. Apparently Song Seung Heon is confirmed while Shin Se Kyung is still in talks. This will take over 7th Level Civil Servant‘s time slot on MBC Wed-Thurs.
Helming this will be the PD who did the lush Arang and the Magistrate and the fanciful Fantasy Couple. Writing will be the screenwriter who did Equator Man and Woman of the Sun. The directing looks to be in good hands but the writer’s other works are all melodramatic messes IMO. I still think Song Seung Heon should stick with rom-coms forever, or at least until he’s too old to convincingly play the leading man. Apparently the rather vague synopsis of the drama has Song Seung Heon playing the right hand man of a big boss and there are a few women involved. Or something like that. If this is true, this will mean both Song Seung Heon and his former co-star Kim Tae Hee will both be back on the small screen at the same time, as her drama Jung Ok Jung, Live in Love, premieres in April. Luckily these two dramas are airing on different days so no direct competition will ensue. I’ll keep an eye out on this one since I’m conditioned to try watching anything Song Seung Heon stars in.