I’m thoroughly entertained by the new KBS Mon-Tues drama Eccentric Daughter-in-law (aka The Virtuous Bride). It’s basically a sitcom airing for one hour during the prime time spot, and for that actually delivers the laughs aplenty. But the drama is slated to run for only 12-episodes, which is perfect to run through the conflict and make the leads fall in love without tacking on additional unnecessary angst as time filler. That does mean KBS needs to have the successor drama ready now to premiere by mid-Sept.
That drama was originally supposed to be Descendants of the Sun, which clearly is NOT going to happen based on the pace of its production coupled with earlier leaks that the drama was likely going to be pushed back to 2016. KBS is readying another teen drama along the lines of Who Are You: School 2015 for that time slot, but this time with a hopeful rather than dour mood. High school cheerleading drama Cheer Up is tentatively slated to follow Eccentric Daughter-in-law, and like School 2015 getting child actress prodigy Kim So Hyun as the female lead, Cheer Up is looking to land Kim Yoo Jung as the female lead.
Helming Cheer Up will be two KBS veterans, the PD directed Trot Lovers (Lovers of Music) while the screenwriter wrote Mandate of Heaven (Fugitive of Joseon). In addition to Kim Yoo Jung, the production is reportedly looking to land Lee Hyun Woo as the male lead. Now that would be an awesome drama pairing of Kim Yoo Jung and Lee Hyun Woo in a high school chaste sweet romance. Cheer Up depicts a high school cheerleading squad and the students involved who try to balance their success and love of cheering with the pressures of the Korean academic framework.