In May, the small screen is expected to be fierce. Works of a variety of genres, ranging from office to hospital to fantasy to romance to historical, are set to premiere in May. Now that numerous star actors will be making their return to the small screen, which has been on a slump for some time, expectations are rising if they will be able to revitalize the drama industry.
MBC will present two new dramas of romance and office genres. New Wednesday-Thursday drama Old-School Intern, which is set to premiere on May 20, is a comic office drama about a man who receives his past kkondae boss as his subordinate. Park Hae Hin and Kim Eung Soo will work together as gentle boss and kkondae subordinate. (kkondae – an older person who believes they are always right)
New Monday-Tuesday drama Dinner Mate depicts the story of a man and a woman, who have suffered the pain of love and faced the degeneration of emotions, recovering their feelings by using “dinner” as a medium and eventually finding the true love. Song Seung Heon and Seo Ji Hye played the two main characters who have built a ten-foot wall to hide their broken hearts. The drama will air its first episode on May 25.
Shin Ha Kyun will wear a doctor’s gown for the first time in nine years since Brain with KBS2’s Wednesday-Thursday drama Fix You, which will premiere on May 6. Fix You tells the story of the insane people who live this crazy world and their psychiatrists. Shin Ha Kyun will play the role of Lee Shi Joon, a psychiatrist, and work with Jung So Min, who plays the role of Han Woo Joo, a musical actor who helps mentally ill patients through play.
The new drama of Jang Na Ra, who made back to back successes with The Last Empress and VIP, is also set to premiere in May. In tvN’s Wednesday-Thursday drama Oh My Baby, which will premiere on May 6, Jang Na Ra plays Jang Ha Ri, a journalist specializing in childcare who wants to have a child without getting married. Expectations are high on whether Jang Na Ra will be able to recover the romance genre, which has only showed poor results recently.
Hwang Jung Eum is also returning to the small screen after a long time. In JTBC’s Wednesday-Thursday drama Mystic Pop-Up Bar, which will premiere on May 20, she will transform herself into a “pop-up bar auntie” and a counselor of the dream world. The fact that this is the first JTBC’s Wednesday-Thursday drama and is based on a famous webtoon of the same name is raising expectations to the fullest. If previous fantasy dramas have depicted heavy subjects, Mystic Pop-Up Bar is expected to be lighter, but fun and fresh.
On May 17, new TV Chosun’s weekend drama Wind and Cloud and Rain will air. The drama uses psychometry as a main topic and depicts the struggles of the kingmakers for the throne. Park Shi Hoo and Go Sung Hee play the lead roles, and Jeon Kwang Ryul, Kim Bo Yun, and Heo Sung Tae play the supporting roles. Since TV Chosun has performed particularly well in historical dramas such as Grand Prince and Queen: Love And War, the expectations for the drama based on fortune-telling and psychometry are rising rapidly.