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3 New Weekend Dramas to Air

2008/01/29 Source

By Kwon Mee-yoo
Staff Reporter

All three major television networks will start new weekend dramas for the entire family in February.

KBS will air "Mom's Dead Upset", which deals with four-generations living together and the various incidents resulting from generation gaps. MBC will air "A Beauty Unmatched, Park Jeong-geum", about a divorced single mom, while SBS will air "I Am Happy", about a happily married couple.

The first episode of "Mom's Dead Upset" will air at 7:55 p.m., Feb. 2. Written by Kim Su-hyun, the hit maker who wrote for dramas such as "My Man's Woman" (SBS, 2007), "Love and Ambition" (SBS, 2006) and "Trap of Youth" (SBS, 1999), the drama's expectations are high.

The drama features powerful actors and actresses. Lee Soon-jae, who currently plays King Yeongjo on MBC's "Yi San", Baek Il-sub, Kim Hye-ja and Kang Bu-ja are the grandfather, father, grandmother and mother of the family respectively while Shin Eun-kyung, Kim Jung-hyun-I and Lee Yu-ri will play the younger characters.

"Everyone is someone's father or mother, daughter or son, or brother or sister. This drama will show the relationships among people", said Kang, who plays a single mother in her 60s.

MBC will start airing "Park Jung-geum, Heavenly Beauty" on the same day, at the same time. However, Park, the protagonist of the soap played by actress Bae Jong-ok, is far from being beautiful. She is a tough detective who fights and arrests criminals. At the same time, she is a divorced housewife who is raising a son.

Bae starred in "My Man's Woman", which was a hit drama written by Kim Su-hyun. Now, she has to compete with another Kim drama but she doesn't seem to be worried. "(Rivaling with Kim's drama) is not an obstacle for me. Many soap operas are produced now and I choose what I can do best", Bae said at a press conference Monday.

"Park is a divorcee, and her job is a dangerous one. Ostensibly, she is not happy. However, Park is a very bright and healthy character, just like a neighborly auntie. That's why I decided to play the character", said Bae.

Son Chang-min will play a handsome and unmarried 38-year-old doctor who is a friend of Park from elementary school. Han Go-eun will play Park's stepsister.

Last but not least, SBS launches "I Am Happy - Drama" at 8:45 p.m., Feb. 9. As it starts about an hour later than the two other dramas, it is not in competition with them. The station hopes this will bring about the high ratings of its predecessor, "Golden Bride", which will end this weekend.

Known as the writer of commoners, Kim Jeong-soo is famous for her realistic depiction of daily life. This drama depicts the story of two families interweaving through the marriage of a minor entrepreneur's daughter with a food wholesaler's son.

Actress Kim Hyo-jin returns to the TV screen after three years of starring in the movies "Barefoot Ki-bong" (2006) and "Mr. Wacky" (2006).

All these weekend dramas have something in common. They all mainly focus on different styles of " family ".

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