The medical and legal genre K-dramas have been a prime time ratings boon for SBS this past year and I’m not surprised MBC is scheduling a doctor drama coming up soon. The network is following up sageuk Ruler: Master of the Mask on Wed-Thurs with modern medical drama Hospital Ship, which generated buzz right off the bat last month when A-list actress Ha Ji Won was reported to be the female lead. She hasn’t confirmed yet but I think it’s highly likely as a doctor role is another new opportunity for her not to mention Hospital Ship is written by the screenwriter of Hwang Jin Yi which rocketed Ha Ji Won to the next level of her career. Now the drama is offering up the male lead role to Choi Jin Hyuk who just finished the OCN time-traveling crime drama Tunnel. Confirmations should be coming soon so the drama can head into production with a premiere date in the middle of July.
Directing Hospital Ship will be the the MBC veteran PD of Missing You, A New Leaf, and Scandal. Ha Ji Won plays a doctor dealing with the aftermath of her family’s fall from grace in society and decides to leave her cushy job to board a medical treatment vessel that delivers care to remote islands.