If the behemoth that is SM Entertainment produces a drama, it might not be geared towards making money and could function more as a platform to showcase its stable of young talent. That is how I always saw To the Beautiful You, but SM does have an acting arm called SM C&C (culture and content) that reps very established actors in addition to some of their idol stars who have been promoted in recent years to cross over into acting. Of all the SNSD girls, Yoona has always received the preferential treatment and I seriously do not get it. She’s neither the most attractive and definitely not the best actress potential of the bunch. If SM cast her in a drama I have zero interest in, then it doesn’t affect my watching choices, but she’s now been confirmed to join Lee Bum Soo in the upcoming Prime Minister and I and that is totally not cool with me. Lee Bum Soo is intensity and charisma personified onscreen. Yoona is like the opposite of that when I watch her act. I’m sure Yoona fans aren’t happy with her being cast opposite an actor 20 years older than her, so her fans can bitch and so can I for having such a wet blanket cast opposite the smexy ahjusshi that is Lee Bum Soo. In Prime Minister and I, Lee Bum Soo plays a forty-something young Prime Minister with a household full of unruly kids. Yoona is a 26 year old reporter who goes undercover in his residence as the music tutor to get a story, and she ends up falling in love with him and whipping his household in order as the stand in mother figure to the kids. So its kinda like The Singing Nice Housekeeper, as opposed to robotic Choi Ji Woo‘s version of tough love in The Suspicious Housekeeper. If I were to be supremely optimistic, maybe Lee Bum Soo is what it takes to transform Yoona into a decent actress. Who knows, stranger things have happened.
Above is the first episode script for Prime Minister and I, which is airing on KBS Mon-Tues after Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice). That pits it against Empress Ki with Ha Ji Won and Joo Jin Mo as well as Kind Words with Ji Jin Hee and Han Hye Jin. Unlike the pretty boy contingent duking it out on Wed-Thurs (Lee Min Ho, Jang Geun Seok, Kim Soo Hyun), the Mon-Tues timeslot offers manly older dudes with their own brand of sex appeal.