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The cast members of the upcoming SBS drama,
The cast members of the upcoming SBS drama, "Let Me Be Your Knight" / Courtesy of BIG OCEAN ENM, SUPERMOON PICTURES

By Dong Sun-hwa

New dramas about K-pop stars are slated to hit the air next month amid the growing popularity of Korea's entertainment industry around the world.

SBS' "Let Me Be Your Knight," starring actress Jung In-sun and Lee Jun-young of boy group U-KISS, is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 7. The upcoming TV series is a romance story about a popular K-pop singer named Yoon Tae-in (Lee) and his "fake doctor" In Yoon-ju (Jung), who end up living together to treat Yoon's somnambulism or sleepwalking.

JR of boy band NU'EST, Kim Dong-hyun of AB6IX and Yoon Ji-sung of the now-defunct project group Wanna One, will also appear in the 12-episode soap opera, which will be directed by Ahn Ji-sook. Ahn previously co-directed the 2019 TV series, "Kill It."

Cast members of the new JTBC TV series,
Cast members of the new JTBC TV series, "Idol: The Coup" / Courtesy of JTBC Studio, TAKE2 MEDIA GROUP, Transparent Arts
Just a day later, on Nov. 8, JTBC's "Idol: The Coup" will air its first episode. Hani, the former member of girl group EXID, LABOUM's Solbin, WJSN (Cosmic Girls) member Exy and REDSQUARE's Green will be featured in the new drama, which follows a fictional K-pop girl group called "Cotton Candy" that is on the brink of dissolution. Hani plays the group's leader, who struggles to manage the team in the cutthroat music business.

The production team of the "Idol: The Coup" previously said that the drama will offer a glimpse into the dark side of the K-pop industry. Its director is Noh Jong-chan, who is best known for his drama, "Clean with Passion for Now" (2018-19).

However, whether these new TV series will make waves remains to be seen, given that most dramas centering on K-pop have not been successful. For example, KBS' "Imitation" (2021) ― a story about an unpopular K-pop star who tries to imitate an A-list singer ― garnered only about a 1 percent viewership rating. Critics point out that it is difficult for dramas about K-pop to attract a wide range of viewers, because those who are not interested in Korean music are less likely to watch them.


Dong Sun-hwa sunhwadong@koreatimes.co.kr


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