OMGosh, just what is wrong with this drama? I haven’t been agreeing or disagreeing with all the recent fan bitching about SBS passing on revenge melo Goodbye Mr. Black with Lee Jin Wook and Moon Chae Won, it’s hard with so little information to ascertain who is at fault even if it’s really one-sided. Chances are that the incompatibility came from elements stemming from both sides, so I was just happy with the news last week that MBC picked up Goodbye Mr. Black. Having a network and broadcast time slot is way more important than which particular network, agree?
Looks like I was counting my eggs too early still as one more delicate eggie just went kaput – MBC has reportedly nixed airing Goodbye Mr. Black, though the network quickly countered the first article saying it hasn’t decided yet. Two suitors passing on the project points more to the drama being inherently problematic, whether it was on concept or execution. The story was about a male lead who is a Navy deep sea diver betrayed by his best friend and comes back from the brink of death to plot his revenge, which entails a fake marriage with the plucky female lead to help pull off. Whatever the problem is, I still like the leads along with supporting male actors Kim Kang Woo and Song Jae Rim, so let’s see now if KBS or perhaps a cable network bites on Goodbye Mr. Black.
Goodbye Mr. Black is actually an adaptation of an 80’s manhwa set in the Victorian era that was influenced by The Count of Monte Cristo. The drama was going to modernize the setting, but one wonders if the whole set up was simply too convoluted to sell via a K-drama setting? If this drama really dies in the water now, I have no worries that the leads will end up in solid projects in the future, whether dramas or movies – if two major networks chose to pass on Goodbye Mr. Black, perhaps it’s wise to call it quits and have everyone move on.