2016 has been a very successful year for Kwon Yu Ri, better known as Yuri of Girls’ Generation. Besides all of her K-pop idol activities as part of the most popular K-pop girl group in Hallyu history, Yuri’s individual endeavors have also been very successful. Joining her fellow group members Yoona, Seohyun, and Sooyoung, Yuri pursued a career in acting. However, she along with Sooyoung are standing out after graduating from Chung-Ang University. Both have a degree in theater and film and a Lifetime Achievement Award as Honorary Ambassadors of the school. Needless to say, Yuri’s huge improvement in her acting was visibly seen when she played the female lead of Bae Jung Yeon in Neighborhood Hero.
After Neighborhood Hero concluded successfully, Yuri took on the lead role as Goho in the Sohu web drama Gogh, The Starry Night. Apparently, it was so popular that it is being picked up by Korean television for a mini-series run on the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS).
News of Gogh, The Starry Night being picked up for a Korean television run on SBS was first announced by Korean news outlet Kookje along with AllKpop. According to the reports, the web drama, which was broadcast through China’s Sohu TV, will be divided up into a mini-series consisting of four episodes. It will begin airing on Saturday, October 22 in the 9:55 p.m. KST time slot for Saturdays and Sundays currently occupied by Second to Last Love.
As for K-drama fans wondering what Gogh, The Starry Night is about, the synopsis details that it is about Go Ho or “Gogh” (Yuri), a 29-year-old female employee at an advertising company. She struggles to succeed in both her work and relationships. She also doesn’t like her boss, Kang Tae Ho (Kim Young Kwang), the department head of the advertising company who has perfect looks but is cold and heartless, which causes everyone to avoid him. Tae Ho throws several tasks at Gogh, and she works hard at it no matter what, but she also has a thing for talking smack behind Tae Ho’s back. On the other hand, despite throwing numerous tasks at her, Tae Ho cannot help but look at Gogh as cute and adorable.
Gogh, The Starry Night airing on SBS as a mini-series is a huge deal because it will now be given the Korean viewership treatment. In South Korea, that is where the big money is pertaining to K-dramas. It is also unique because this will be one of the few times a series that is not technically just a K-drama, but a Korean and Chinese collaboration web drama, will air on Korean television. This may present opportunities for more web dramas to air on Korean channels if they are popular enough.
Let’s just hope that SBS does not expect super-high ratings for Gogh, The Starry Night. Although it is possible for the series to be a breakout hit and surprise everyone with a viewership that rivals K-dramas like Descendants of the Sun and Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, it is first and foremost a web drama. Ergo, it is currently available to watch in its entirety online. To be fair, though, SBS probably understands this fact and will only expect a viewership percentage between five to eight percent.
Gogh, The Starry Night will air on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:55 p.m. KST on SBS for two weeks. For those who don’t have access to Korean channels, the entire series, as in all 20 episodes, is actually available to watch on DramaFever. Take note that the first five episodes are free to watch with ads. The remaining 15 episodes are only available to DramaFever premium members.
[Featured Image by Sohu TV]