I still remember when I posted about screenwriter Park Hye Ryun‘s next drama a few months ago, and the ensuing debate in the comments section over what thematic element based on the title Page Turner. I naturally assumed it was a piano/music genre drama, but got lots of readers saying it could just as easily be about novels and writing. Either would be fine by me since I’m checking it out solely on the talent of Park Hye Ryun to tell a compelling story.
It would be great if she got an engaging ensemble cast together like she’s done for her last three dramas Pinocchio, I Hear Your Voice, and Dream High, two of which I loved and one that I skipped on watching but is most beloved by her fans. Her most recent two dramas were on SBS but for Page Turner she’s going back to her DH roots and writing a youth theme piano drama for KBS. The first two episode scripts are done and casting will soon be underway for a first half 2016 airing date.
I don’t mind Park Hye Ryun writing a youthful drama since Dream High proves that she can do it and make it work even with a cast half full of idols who can’t really act. The problem is that KBS youth dramas in recent years have been failing on an epic scale such as with Sassy Go Go, and even Who Are You: School 2015 didn’t get decent ratings other than some buzz with the younger audience. Other than Dream High, music themed dramas have also fizzled on KBS, witness the hyped up Tomorrow’s Cantabile and the collective disappointment that ensued, and let’s not forget Dream High 2 which should have never been approved in the first place. So I guess this means the bar is set really really high for Park Hye Ryun to show that her magic touch work can work on the ratings loser that is KBS and with a genre that is notoriously hard to bring in television set viewers.