After a long hiatus from drama land after two back-to-back dramas in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop right into The Moon Embraces the Sun, Jung Il Woo is finally coming back to the small screen and is making up for his time away by doing a long 50-episode weekend drama. While the official confirmation hasn’t come down yet, insiders at MBC say that Jung Il Woo has in fact accepted the leading man role in the upcoming Golden Rainbow opposite leading actress UEE. She also hasn’t officially confirmed yet but is pretty much onboard as well. I’m not surprised to see Jung Il Woo come back with MBC drama, he’s worked with MBC more than any other network. Jung Il Woo got his start with High Kick Through the Roof, then Return of Iljimae, and most recently MoonSun (he did one drama apiece for the other networks). UEE got her biggest hit to date with a weekend drama Ojakkyo Brothers on KBS, so she might be looking to see if she can recreate that success and chemistry with Jung Il Woo as her co-star playing a prosecutor in an earnest orphan drama set in the world of marine fishing. Golden Rainbow is about 7 orphans who form a family with an adoptive father played by Kim Sang Joong. Child actress wunderkind Kim Yoo Jung will carry the heavy load playing the younger UEE for the first ten episodes. This would reunite Kim Yoo Jung with the screenwriter from May Queen who is writing Golden Rainbow.
Before I Summon You, Gold came along, May Queen was hands down one of the craziest makjang weekend dramas in years. But I’m not completely ready to relegate Golden Rainbow to the trash bin by the writer alone, because before May Queen he wrote the magnificent The President and that was easily one of the best dramas of 2010. Helming Golden Rainbow will be the PD who did I Do, I Do, who also worked as the assistant PD for some beautifully filmed MBC dramas such as My Princess, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Hon, and Damo. Golden Rainbow might end up worth watching for the cinematography alone. The younger generation cast has already started filming and MBC released the script reading pictures which I have posted below. Seeing Kim Yoo Jung leading the script reading just flashes me right back to the production of May Queen which also had a long childhood section. While UEE has never impressed me with her acting, and I have to confess that I didn’t watch Ojakkyo Brothers because of my Joo Won allergy and I heard she wasn’t bad there, I do like Jung Il Woo and lately I’ve been on a weekend drama binge so if this drama looks promising I’ll check it out. It premieres in early November after Scandal: The Very Shocking and Immoral Incident. Now that is one well-acted effectively makjang drama where I like all the characters, even the baddies, for being so very understandable in all their angst.