You guys might remember that I recently wondered in my review of web drama Mute, how the writer pairing came about. I was intrigued and rather puzzled at the seemingly random and unusual partnership between Jung Jae Won / One and Kang Han Na, in penning the show, and had invited anyone who might know more, to share more information in the comments.
Huzzah! We now need wonder no longer!
Many thanks to Table122000, who’s enlightened me with the answer. ❤️
As it turns out, this was all part of an 8-episode variety show titled The Romance, that aired on JTBC from Feb 13, 2020 to April 26, 2020. Two sets of celebrity writers participate in the challenge: longtime friends Kim Ji Suk and Yoo In Young, and Jung Jae Won / One and Kang Han Na, who meet for the first time on the show.
Their challenge is to work together to write a romance web drama, and we get to watch them work out their concepts, characters, and plot, over the course of 8 one-hour episodes.
The bonus is that these web dramas are already available for viewing, which I think adds a layer of interest, because it allows us to see what went into making the dramas, after having watched them.
In the end, Kim Ji Suk and Yoo In Young’s project turns into web drama Timing (review here), while Jung Jae Won / One and Kang Han Na’s project takes shape in fellow web drama Mute (review here). I found both web dramas nicely enjoyable in their own ways, so both writer teams did a solid job, in my opinion.
I have to confess that variety isn’t quite my thing, and so I haven’t fully watched The Romance yet. From the snippets that I’ve sampled, though, I do think it gives a reasonably interesting peek into the thought process that writers have to go through, as they create our beloved dramas.
I do think that there’s a noticeable “staged” quality about the variety show itself, which isn’t a criticism of the show; as I understand it, a degree of scriptedness is part and parcel of k-variety, as a general rule. I’m also guessing that the show producers wanted to give The Romance a bit of an added hook, because there are lashings of “blind date” and “dating show” vibes in the snippets that I checked out, as if the producers hope to create, or at least hint at, some sparks between our writer pairs.
If that’s your cup of tea, &/or if you’re curious about what goes into the writing of a drama script, I think you might find this show interesting.
You can check out the trailer on Viki here.
WHERE TO WATCH:
You can check out The Romance on Viki here.