This going to be one of the most anticipated K-dramas of 2015, at least by the K-media and industry insiders, to see if it can stave off the ratings slide that has seen K-dramas averaging half of what it used to garner even two or three years ago. Trendy upcoming dramas like Jekyll, Hyde, and I or Kill Me Heal Me need to pray for a long shot chance at being a phenomenon like You From Another Star to really succeed, whereas the bread and butter domestic audience is still mostly ahjummas who control the remotes and don’t have the technological savvy and wherewithal to watch online, and they generally prefer sageuks and melos.
MBC‘s biggest success of 2014 was the 50-episode sageuk Empress Ki and the network always does one long sageuk a year which usually delivers a ratings win. For 2015 MBC’s 50-episode sageuk is confirmed to star Cha Seung Won and Lee Yeon Hee, and the title will either be Splendid Politics (Hwajung) or Princess Jeongmyeong. It’s going to be the rare beast were the two leads are not going to have a love line – Cha Seung Won is playing Gwanghaegun while Lee Yeon Hee plays his half-sister Princess Jeongmyeong, who he exiles as a commoner once he usurps the throne from their little brother. Talk about a messed up royal family. Read on for more details but the production team actually looks solid.
This drama is also confirmed to costar the always spot on Lee Sung Min, playing the genius Prime Minister of Joseon. Writing is established sageuk screenwriter behind Dong Yi, Horse Doctor, and Yi San while directing is the PD who did Arang and the Magistrate and Can You Hear My Heart. The drama premieres in April of 2015 in the usual MBC long sageuk time slot of Mon-Tues, following another sageuk the fusion political romance Shine or Go Crazy with Jang Hyuk and Oh Yeon Seo.