The Wed-Thurs primetime slot is always the buzziest in K-drama land and the upcoming Summer face-off is going to be a doozy indeed. There is action sageuk Joseon Gunman, rom-com hijinks in Fated to Love You, and currently the drama getting the least attention is the quietly filming psychiatry romance It’s Okay, It’s Love. The Noh Hee Kyung-penned drama was actually fully cast long before the other two competitors and started filming already in early may even though it’s the latest to premiere. The drama will follow You’re All Surrounded which is slated for 20-episodes and with the two episode preemption in YAAS last week and this week, it’s time to add another week before It’s Okay, It’s Love meets the audience. It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to watch all three dramas airing in the same time slot in direct competition, but the domestic Korean audience accustomed to picking a channel will obviously have to decide which genre captures the interest.
It’s Okay, It’s Love stars Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin, both A-listers with impressive resumes and also coming off successful last dramas on SBS. He had a slow burn fauxcest in That Winter, the Wind Blows with Song Hye Gyo while she was off seeing ghosts and romancing So Ji Sub in The Master’s Sun. Will they create their own intense chemistry with each other as they did with their last costars? I sure hope so since Noh Hee Kyung’s works require a deep dive and intense character exploration to really come alive. The cast held its prayer ceremony last week with the entire cast present including supporting leads Sung Dong Il, Kwang Soo, and D.O. of EXO. The central romance revolves around a novelist and DJ played by Jo In Sung who is obsessive-compulsive and unexpectedly falls for a Gong Hyo Jin’s people-friendly psychiatrist. The drama will explore the human condition especially on issues of mental illness and afflictions.