Black comedy and K-dramas are two words that I won’t put side by side but upcoming SBS show Heard It Through The Grapevine is being touted to have the genre and before we think anything, let’s have a look at its production team and it is the one behind critically acclaimed quality shows like Secret Love Affair and A Wife’s Credentials. Yes, this can surely be a satirical take on the rich and prestigious families, around which its story is woven.
The drama stars Lee Joon (who recently left his music group MBLAQ and has proven his acting calibre through performances in Gap Dong and Mr. Back) as the son of a uber rich family who feels pressure of being rich and expectations that come for maintaining the reputation and prestige of the family. Yoo Joon Sang (You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly) and Yoo Ho Jung (A Little Love Never Hurts) play his parents. He is a powerful, well-known lawyer while she is the typical socialite wife who always maintains the perfect persona even if she knows about the burden her son has to suffer to live up to the family traditions and name. Son falls in love with his high school classmate and a girl from an average family, played by Go Ah Sung. She is returning to small screen after nearly 5 years since her last show God Of Study. She starred in films in the mean time and that explains why her name didn’t ring a bell for me as I’m not into K-movies at all. Her character is carefree, smart and outspoken here and the two teens end up in her getting pregnant. Of course that’s a huge blow to Lee Joon’s character’s family and thus starts her introduction to his family where rules, surveillance, traditions, humiliation, isolation (add whatever word that comes to mind when you think about drama families that are wealthy and affluent, maybe the makjang weekend shows can give some hint!) are the things she has to face.
Anyway, as the drama is a black comedy, this will an interesting take on the rich and the powerful and coming from the top-notch team, there is a guarantee of quality stuff and something fresh. To be honest, their shows are not at all my cup of tea and hence, not surprisingly, Heard It Through the Grapevine is something I’m not looking forward to. It doesn’t help that everyone is looking so sad in the posters. But I would keep an eye as to see what they have in store. The show is premiering tomorrow and has big shoes to fill as it takes the time slot from highly rated Punch (which I skipped as I wasn’t in the mood of a dark show like that even if it starred my first love Kim Rae Won. Heh.).
The first time I’ve been so excited for a show in a year. I jumped at the words black comedy and the deal was sealed after reading that the Production Team is same as that of SLA.
LOL….this is the beauty of drama world…all of us have different tastes and yet we all love them!
There are so many fans of this production team…and I’m sure the dramas must be awesome…they are not just my thing I guess….let me know your review about this one! 🙂
This is actually the drama I’m most looking forward to this spring, ha. I’ve so far loved everything this team has done (that I’ve seen) so let’s hope they deliver again. But yeah, I can understand that their works are not everyone’s cup of tea.
I knew you would be waiting for this! Haha 🙂
I won’t be watching it but I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it.
Hah, you’ve got me pegged allright. XD
I heard about this one and to tell you the truth I was kind d of interested to check it out. I liked the premise, we’re talking about teen pregnancy if I understood correctly and Secret love affair was so e thing I was enjoying so I might check it out after all.. 🙂
Yes…teen pregnancy is a topic that is not addressed a lot and it’s great that this team picked it up for Grapevine.
I guess if you liked SLA, this one is a must watch for you 🙂
This drama is made if crack lol or maybe I just have a dark humor. I didn’t know it’s the same production team as Secret Love Affair. The theme reminds me of SLA as it’s a wry commentary on Korea’s upper class. Now, it makes sense.
I’m hearing lots of good things about it! And I’m reading recaps as well…but as it’s not something I want to see, I skipped it.
It’s great that it is according to the initial reports that it is a black comedy 🙂