While "How to Buy a Friend" had a poor performance in terrestrial ratings, never going above 2%, the drama was a noteworthy success in terms of improving the profile of Lee Shin-young. The young actor with a supporting role in the big hit "Crash Landing on You" from earlier this year got his first taste of a proper lead role in "How to Buy a Friend" and viewers took notice.
According to the Good Data Corporation Lee Shin-young ranked number four among performers for the drama's last week. This is particularly notable because "How to Buy a Friend" was only a four episode drama to begin with. It never had very high expectations, and mainly existed to provide a proper lead-in for "Born Again" in a timeslot that had not been used for dramas since "The Tale of Nokdu".
Written by William Schwartz
"How to Buy a Friend" is directed by Yoo Yeong-eun-I, written by Kim Joo-man-I, and features Lee Shin-young, Shin Seung-ho, Kim Sohye, Oh Hee-joon, Min Dohee, Jo Yi-hyun. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/04/06~2020/04/14, Mon, Tue 22:00 on KBS.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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