It’s understandable that the upcoming KBS Wed-Thurs drama Pretty Boy is getting the most attention for being a Jang Geun Seok drama, but I think the two leading ladies have to hold their own otherwise this thing will collapse on the weight of some mighty narcissism. A bunch of new stills have been released along with confirmation that the drama premieres on December 4th. Right now PB has a cushy spot since its lead-in drama Secret is becoming quite the mania hit. It’s the ratings leader for that time slot up against Heirs and Medical Top Team, but it also has quite a lot of buzz about its story line. Looks like Korea’s appetite for makjang knows no boundaries, but that is not going to help PB since its genre is one that typically has a very weak showing in ratings. PM is a manhwa-adapted drama, and in recent years most of those have flopped ranging from To the Beautiful You, Playful Kiss, and Tamra the Island. Production company Group 8 has produced some of those flops, but also produced the rare successes like Goong and Boys Before Flowers. PB is another Group 8 produced drama so based on track record it could go either way. In terms of the cast, Jang Geun Seok hasn’t had a ratings hit in pretty much forever, he gets a lot of buzz but hasn’t managed to translate that into people watching him on TV.
IU (along with Suzy) has been Korea’s new Nation’s Little Sister (courtesy of Moon Geun Young who is probably relieved to pass the baton and scrutiny on) for the last year but was herself hit with a bit of scandal of her own recently. But her weekend drama The Best Lee Soon Shin managed to garner great ratings despite the universally panned story line. I don’t think either seconds leads Lee Jang Woo or Han Chae Young can be relied on to bring in any considerable fanbase to the viewership, so it really all comes down to story and whether the domestic audience will tune in to watch Jang Geun Seok play a playboy out to seduce 10 women and IU as the slighty daffy and crazy in love girl who toddles behind him. I really need to watch this drama to understand what its supposed to appeal to, because on paper it sounds so unpalatable. Based on the latest stills, the drama appears to be playing up the extreme difference between icy femme fatale Han Yoo Ra and earnest dorky Kim Bo Tong. There are also new pictures showing the meeting of male lead Dokko Ma Te with Bo Tong back in their high school days, with Jang Geun Seok sporting long flowing locks in a simple white shirt and jeans. I don’t know why some of his fans insist he’s going to stick with his word and cut his hair if the role requires, because in this drama his long hair look appears to be a flashback but in the present he’s just going to tie it back like in the posters. I’ll be the first to cheer if that hair goes, but I’m not holding my breath for it.