I wonder how long the KBS Friday night drama experiment will keep going considering it’s now had two consecutive ratings and reception busts. The time slot was transitioned to airing dramas starting with Hi School: Love On! with Kim Sae Ron acting opposite two idol newbie actors in Infinite‘s Woohyun and Sungyeol. Next came the currently airing mommy issues with a twist drama Spy headlining Jaejoong with veteran Baek Jong Ok. HSLO aired only one episode a week, with frequent preemptions, whereas Spy is airing two episodes back-to-back.
The network is going back to the high school theme once Spy wraps up and has lined up the drama adaptation of popular Korean webtoon Orange Marmalade (not to be confused with popular shoujo manga Marmalade Boy). The story centers around a female vampire who hides her real identity and lives as high school student. It’s a school yard story with the typical star-crossed human-vampire romance between her and the popular boy in school. Headlining are confirmed female lead AOA‘s Seolhyun while the production is courting Yeo Jin Gu for the male lead and CNBlue‘s Lee Jong Hyun as his rival.
I haven’t read this particular webtoon but it’s very popular and fans have been clamoring for a drama adaptation for awhile. I am noticing a KBS casting trend of sticking two idols with a legit actor or actress holding down the fort – first Kim Sae Ron acts circles around the two cute but mostly bad acting Infinite boys and now Yeo Jin Gu has oe babysit Seolhyun and Lee Jong Hyun? Is it spreading the wealth or a maneuver intended to avoid exploding the small screen with too much firepower such as pairing up Kim Sae Ron and Yeo Jin Gu in a drama together? How awesome would that be?