There are a lot of unknowns around the upcoming KBS drama Prime Minister and I. Right now it has small shoes to fill when it premieres in a month after the low-rated Marry Him If You Dare wraps up. The initial casting caused general consternation when the forty-something serious actor Lee Bum Soo was paired up with the twenty-something lightweight idol actress Yoona. If this was an ensemble piece it might have a better chance of working, but these two are in the title of the drama so clearly its all about them. Will they have chemistry? Will the acting talent imbalance upend the narrative? I have no clue, but despite my initial reservations I’m starting to warm up to the entire production. While I love Lee Bum Soo and second male lead Yoon Si Yoon, Yoona’s actually looking quite cute and animated in the first stills and not all that bland like she did in every promotional still to come out of Love Rain where she could have been mistaken for a mannequin. The set up concerns the youngest and brightest Prime Minister of South Korea getting into a reluctant fake contract marriage with a female paparazzi who moves into the official residence and ends up winning his heart along with taming his wayward kids. I don’t know how the latter will happen since if I was one of his kids and dad brought home a young hot thing like Yoona, I’d be pretty pissed. Directing is the PD who did Baby-faced Beauty and Ad Genius Lee Tae Baek, both of which were relatively zippy to watch dramas in execution. A bigger what if is the writing team behind Prime Minister is responsible for some huge narrative fails in the past including My Fair Lady, When it’s at Night, Snow Queen, and Summer Scent. But if one digs back far enough, these two ladies were also the writing team behind the biggest Hallyu melodrama hit of all time Winter Sonata. That was 10-plus years ago and the times have changed. Will they freshen up their pen for a snappier drama to come? I’m hopeful because MHIYD has this far failed to capitalize on its great cast and I don’t want to same fate to befall Prime Minister.
Teaser for Prime Minister and I: