Choi Kang-hee back to TV with Last Secretary
New drama alert! Choi Kang-hee
) is returning to television in SBS’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama Last Secretary
, which airs later this summer.
In it, she plays a heroine despairing at her inability to find
employment, when she’s hired as a secretary in a major company and falls
for her boss. Of course. (One of these days, I’d love to see her fall
for the guy at the bottom of the office totem pole. Or the cute coffee
clerk in the lobby. Or the IT geek. Just something
different.) Given that 34-year-old Choi Kang-hee is famous for her own baby face, the immediate premise reminds me of Baby-Faced Beauty
(if the heroine fell in love with the hot boss instead of her
co-worker) — although, admittedly, the secretary-boss dynamic is hardly
new and can be found, oh, everywhere.
The drama is still looking for its hot boss hero, but the name currently being floated around as a top candidate is Royal Family’
s Ji Sung
If that works out, it might be interesting to see Ji Sung in lighter
fare for once, since he’s been doing heavier dramas in recent years like Royal Family, Kim Suro, Swallow the Sun
, and New Heart
. It’s always fun to see formerly serious guys go rom-com; if anything, Cha Seung-won’
turn in Best Love
(and I mean ridiculous in the best way) is proof of that.
Meanwhile, this’ll be Choi Kang-hee’s first drama in three years, since her quiet 2008 series My Sweet Seoul,
which was a drama I consider legitimately well-made and -directed, but
could not stand because of her. To be more accurate, her lead character,
whom I found insufferably selfish, which is too bad since I like Choi otherwise and loved seeing her budding romance develop with Lee Seon-kyun
. Hopefully her character here will be more likable.
The production team has me a little wary, with PD Sohn Jung-hyun
having done stuff like the makjang First Wives’ Club
and Princess Lulu
, although I’ve heard better things of his 2007 Crazy For Love
, the latter of which he worked on with scriptwriter Kwon Ki-young
will replace City Hunter
and premieres on August 3.