Nam Gyu Ri Cast in 2016 SBS Weekend Drama by Famed Screenwriter Kim Soo Hyun

Looks like every major Korean drama screenwriter is coming back with a drama in 2016, and who is more appropriate to cap off the wave than with news that K-drama writing legend Kim Soo Hyun is returning with an SBS weekend drama next Spring. Kim Soo Hyun has been writing dramas since the 1970s, delivering addicting Korean fare for longer than most current drama viewers have been alive. Her dramas in the last decade during the Hallyu era include My Husband’s Woman, Mom’s Dead Upset, Life is Beautiful, Thousand Days Promise, Childless Comfort, and most recently Thrice Married Woman (The Woman Who Married Three Times).

Thrice was a frustrating drama, not bad but difficult to watch, and garnered more early attention for Kim Soo Hyun wielding her power and nixing leading ladies Han Ga In, Song Ji Hyo, and Kim Sa Rang, before the role went to Lee Ji Ah per Kim Soo Hyun‘s approval. Kim Soo Hyun’s next drama already has one name confirmed so far – actress Nam Gyu Ri will be one of the female leads for Kim Soo Hyun and this will be a reunion as Nam Gyu Ri had a supporting role in Life is Beautiful. Nam Gyu Ri isn’t the best actress out there but 49 Days and Cruel City proves that with the right role she is capable of delivering enough to not ruin the production, but even more important is that she’s got Kim Soo Hyun’s approval which matters most in this case.

Kim Soo Hyun is reportedly still the highest paid drama screenwriter in Korea, commanding 100 million won per episode, but also delivering the highest work ethic in getting her scripts in always on time and with plenty of direction to the actors and even the PD. For this next drama, her PD will be Son Jung Hyun, the same as the one who directed Thrice Married Woman. and who also directed All About My Romance and Protect the Boss. Kim Soo Hyun’s upcoming weekend drama is slated to take after I Have a Lover finishes airing and tentatively has the title Fine, That’s What It Is.


Nam Gyu Ri Cast in 2016 SBS Weekend Drama by Famed Screenwriter Kim Soo Hyun — 6 Comments

  1. ouch, I thougt it will be Seo Ji Hye’s turn this time, but it’s Nam Gyu Ri? It’s okay, but it will be fun if Seo Ji Hye still courted, bring back 49 Days line up there.

  2. I hope her earlier dramas were better than The Woman Who Married Three Times, because based on that one alone, I wouldn’t watch another one from the same writer.

  3. Life is Beautiful is one of the best and most realistic TV series I’ve seen. Those who have watched Childless Comfort say the exact same thing for that show as well. The writer obviously lives among us and not in drama-verse! I hope her new project will follow that pattern and be another depiction of real life…

  4. I’m not a fan of her writing so it’s very likely that I won’t be watching ‘Fine, That’s What It Is’ but I might change my mind later depending on the story once we know more about it.

    Besides, although I’m not really a fan of Nam Gyu Ri her roles in 49 Days and Cruel City has somehow endeared her to me. So her being the leading lady in this drama might prompt me to check it out.

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