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[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Wish Upon a Star"

최종수정 2009.12.29 11:59 기사입력 2009.12.29 11:59

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From left, actress Choi Jung-won and child actor Park Ji-bin, Kim Yuri, Joo Ji-won and Chun Bo-geun pose during a press conference for SBS TV series "Wish Upon a Star" held at the SBS headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on December 28, 2009. [SBS]

SBS Monday and Tuesday TV series "Wish Upon a Star"
Scenarist: Jung Ji-woo
Producer: Jung Hyo
Cast: Choi Jung-won, Kim Ji-hoon, Shin Dong-wook, Chae Young-in
Premiere Date: January 4, 2009 at 8:50 P.M.

"A drama which will reveal the new direction SBS dramas will take on in time with the 20th anniversary of the company's establishment," chief producer Kim Young-seob said of TV series "Wish Upon a Star" during a press conference held Monday. And his statement holds true as for the first time, SBS plans to air hour-long dramas back to back on Mondays and Tuesdays starting 8:50 P.M. January 4 next year. This may be why "Wish Upon a Star" has seemingly taken on a relatively safe plot. By now viewers are used to how a poor employee (Jin Bbalgang, played by Choi Jung-won) who believes life is 'one shot' becomes romantically involved with a cold-hearted lawyer (Min Kang-hoon, played by Kim Ji-hoon) after serving as his maid. The story of how Choi has to support her four younger siblings had been added onto the storyline. The plot is easy enough for viewers in and past their middle ages -- hence, it seems the role of "Wish Upon a Star" will be to form ground during a new time slot by recording steady ratings with its somewhat verified story.

Scenarist Jung Ji-woo of "Wish Upon a Star" has shown us in the past through SBS TV series "Perfect Neighbor" and "Marrying the Mafia" that he has the ability to newly structure plots the viewers are already used to. "Wish Upon a Star" too contains twists from its typical storyline. Jin and Min will live together -- another commonality in romantic comedy dramas -- yet it is new that Jin will secretly raise her four younger siblings at Min's house. And Jin will not be the typically lively and bright character but an immature girl who "seems to lack in some ways because she does not have money yet is concerned with looking pretty." The overall story may seem somewhat obvious but the seasoned acting and writing by the cast and scenarist, respectively, may create a show which may possibly see success in both popularity and presentation. Another point to keep check on will be how well Choi Jung-won portrays the appeal of her character. Will "Wish Upon a Star" live up to SBS' expectations and stir up a new trend by airing in a new time slot?

Senior Reporter : Kang Myoung-Seok two@10asia.co.kr
Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@asiae.co.kr, Jang Kyung-Jin three@10asia.co.kr
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