There are two upcoming KBS dramas on its schedule that I have not heard a lick about. I was getting ready to write a post about it when today the first casting news broke – Jung Yong Hwa is likely signing on as the male lead for Future’s Choice. This is the drama slated to air following The Good Doctor on Mon-Tues and what gets me super excited is that it’s written by the other Hong Sisters (of The King 2 Hearts and Beethoven’s Virus fame). The Good Doctor hasn’t even premiered yet (its following Shark the first week of August) so I wasn’t that surprised this drama didn’t reveal a cast or started dropping tidbits, but its also good that with today’s casting of Yong Hwa that means its getting a move on. What worries me more is the other KBS drama tentatively titled Secret, which in the context of K-dramas is about as general and ubiquitous as it comes. Every damn drama has a secret, and most have enough secrets to reveal one per week to keep the tension high. This is akin to the Taiwan drama tendency to stick the word Love in most of its titles. Secret is slated to follow The Blade and Petal on Wed-Thurs, which means it’s seriously wayyyyy overdue for revealing its cast by now. Yes, I know B&P has aired 4-episodes only but it’s not one of those deadly long sageuks and instead is slated for a 20-episode run. Which means Secret is supposed to air on Sept 12th. I’ve never seen the scriptwriter’s name before but directing is PD Lee Eun Bok who helmed Dream High and most recently did School 2013. Clearly he’s one of the KBS home grown talents. The only blip I’ve read on Secret is that it’s the story about a woman who confesses to a crime for the man she loves. I’ve heard KBS wants Yoon Eun Hye for this role but I think it’s not an exaggeration to say than she gets offered tons of roles so I’m not sure whether this is wishful thinking on KBS or they did write this part for her and she’s seriously considering it. I wish all drama productions got major head starts, such as the Kim Eun Sook rich teen SBS drama Heirs which has been casting for a few months now and is also slated to premiere in October.
Future’s Choice is the story about the son of a network channel CEO who falls in love with a female scriptwriter, she was formerly just an ordinary office employee but switches jobs to pursue her dream to write dramas. Aside from being written by the Hong Sisters, this drama is slated to be directed by PD Kwon Gye Hong, who did Crime Squad and Bad Love, which makes her also a KBS home grown talent. Since I loved both The King 2 Hearts (writing) and Dream High (directing) and both of those talents are involved in Secret and Future’s Choice, my eye is firmly trained on ANY news to come about these two dramas. I’m not exactly pleased that the Hong Sisters are following up the phenomenal casting of Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won from TK2H with Yong Hwa, but I guess I’ll wait and see who is his leading lady. I suppose there the slight chance that Jung Yong Hwa magically learned how to act in the two years since he starred in Heartstrings (You’ve Fallen for Me). But I feel that even if he sucks as usual here in Future’s Choice (at which point its been three strikes), his fans will still say he just needs time to improve. At which point does one just call it quits? I hope for my sake he improves because I really want to see what the Hong Sisters have up their sleeve as their follow up to TK2H, easily my favorite K-drama of 2012.