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Here’s our first look at the cast, in character, for KBS’s upcoming drama School 2013 — which appears to (finally!) have settled on its title after a bunch of rather half-hearted changes (they flirted with 2013 School, then School 5). You’d think if they were going to be so wishy-washy they could have at least entertained something more… well, entertaining.
Naming aside, I’m looking forward to the show, which remakes the ’90s series that featured so many of today’s big stars. The leads in the younger generation — namely,Lee Jong-seok, Kim Woo-bin, and Park Se-young — are dressed here in uniforms; they play students in their second year of Seungri High School (so, 17- and 18-year-olds). It’s an ideal year for drama depiction (similar to how U.S. stories seem to favor junior year), given that the students are old enough to feel the turbulence of transitioning to adulthood, yet still have plenty of time ahead of them before graduating to university. And given the show’s premise, I think we’re going to be seeing plenty of adolescent turmoil and coming-of-age angst. I’m just crossing my fingers that they manage that balance in a skillful, poignant way.
Below are photos from the recent script rehearsal, which includes the adults in the cast. Namely, Jang Nara and Daniel Choi as teachers, as well as familiar comedy faces Lee Han-wi (To the Beautiful You, Wild Romance) and Park Hae-mi (Smile Dong-hae, Unstoppable High Kick).
Oohlala Spouses is reportedly still in talks over whether to extend by two episodes or not, but in any case that doesn’t seem to affect the premiere of School 2013, which will kick off on December 3.
Jang Nara can pretty much pass as one of the students. LOL!
"School 2013" is coming back after 10 years.
According to an online study done by KBS's citizens' panel, they asked 2,000 men and women above the age of 15 and they said that they were really interested to watch KBS's new Mon/Tues drama "School 2013."
To the question, "Will you watch it once it starts?" 81% of people said that they definitely had interest in watching it. Among that 81%, it was the 40-50 age demographic that scored the highest. Many of them said that they would watch it with their children.
The survey also indicated a demand for dramas that dealt with teenagers. 30.9% of all responders said that KBS needs teenage dramas and 57.7% said it was necessary overall. It looks like "School 2013" can appeal to many different generations.
87% of the people knew about the original project and 77% knew that Jang Hyuk, Choi Kang Hee, Ha Ji Won, Jo In Sung, Gong Yoo and Im Soo Jung were among the few that went through the 'School' series.
Director Lee Min Hong said, "I hope to raise the issues that all generations should worry about through this teenage drama. We hope to also become a tent pole for future 'School' series to come."
"School 2013" will begin airing on December 3rd.