They did it, they actually did it—tvN has lured Jeon Do-yeon (The Shameless, Secret Sunshine, Harmonium in My Memory) back to television! What a major get.
Talk first emerged late last year that Jeon was in talks to star in the remake of the much-acclaimed American TV series The Good Wife, and after over a decade exclusively working in film, Jeon has confirmed that she will be headlining the show, taking the role originated by Juliana Margulies.
Moreover, Yoo Ji-tae (Healer, The Tenor—Lirico Spinto, Oldboy) is considering the role of her husband, the disgraced state attorney who gets sent to prison following a public sex scandal, propelling the main character to return to her former career as lawyer to support her family. In this version, his character would be a prosecutor with the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office. Perhaps he’s a little young for the character (he’s 39, Jeon is 43), but Yoo has a wonderful gravitas and somberness to his acting, so I don’t worry that he isn’t up for it. They’re both fabulous actors individually, and now I’m excited to see them together.
Directing is PD Lee Jung-hyo of dark noir series Heartless City and bright rom-com Witch’s Romance; writing is Spy’s Han Sung-woon. The Good Wife has secured a Monday-Tuesday timeslot on tvN, to follow mystery-romance Oh Hae-young Again, which in turn follows hostage-negotiator-thriller Pied Piper. It premieres in July.