Premiere Watch: Oh! Young-shim
Time slot: Monday-Tuesday
Episode count: 10
Reasons to watch: I’m so ready for this old school rom-com! From the premise to the direction to the promotional materials, Oh! Young-shim screams I’m-a-rom-com-from-a-decade-ago — and that’s a good thing. Sometimes, revisiting the classic structures and archetypes is comforting and just what you need. What do I mean by that? Song Ha-yoon plays our eponymous heroine who’s messy, super emotional, and not very successful at her PD job. Then she unknowingly casts her childhood friend as one of the eligible bachelors on her new dating show. Her old friend shows up with a new name, financial and professional success as a hotshot CEO, and in the form of Super Junior’s Donghae. Though as kids he was sweet on her, now the tables are very much turned/flipped/rotated, and we get to see what happens when these two meet again under strange circumstances.
ENA dramas have been getting very little play after they broke dramaland with Extraordinary Attorney Woo, but I’m just waiting for their next hit drama to take over the airwaves. Since Oh! Young-shim is a retelling of a classic 90s animated series, it will definitely pull in viewers of a certain demographic and mix nostalgia with more nostalgia. Hopefully creating a giant layer cake of classic dramaland goodness.
TL;DR: Potential to become the drama Love is For Suckers thought about becoming before it changed its mind