Even without SBS drama Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim being a big ratings hit, MBC is still woefully bringing in negligible viewership for its Mon-Tues drama Night Light in the low single digits. There’s still another month to go before the arrival of a replacement quarterback in MBC’s stalwart genre the traditional sageuk. Formerly known as Rebel Hong Gil Dong or Traitor Hong Gil Dong, the drama now has the mouthy title Rebel: The Thief Who Stole the People without reference to the famous folk hero name that would immediately increase awareness of what the drama is about. So weird on that. The first stills are out of male leads Yoon Kyun Sang as yet another take on Hong Gil Dong with Kim Ji Suk as his royal antagonist the King. Chae Soo Bin upgrades to leading lady this time from her last sageuk role in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds while Honey Lee lends her dimpled charisma as the second female lead.
Rebel is by the PD of Kill Me Heal Me and written by the screenwriter of King’s Daughter Soo Baek Hyang.