Oh, Korea. You and your almost-but-not-quite-sensical titles.
This time it’s a cable drama called Manny
, which is a mishmash of MAN + NANNY. I can’t even call it a portmanteau because that feels way too highbrow a description of the term. No, let’s call it ungodly union (which, by the way, is also what my friend calls the frantic pairing-off that occurs at 1:55 am in every dimly lit bar every night just before the lights come on). And yes, I know the word isn’t new, but that doesn’t make it any less cringe-inducing now.
The drama is slated for 16 episodes, and, interestingly enough, will be tvN’s attempt to compete on Wednesdays and Thursday nights
. The cable channel has been home to some solid programming — two notables are Harvest Villa
and Joseon X-Files
— but those were late-night Friday offerings. Manny, on the other hand, will broadcast during prime time.Seok Ji-seok
) plays the lead as a “cold New York man
” (which is to say, he’s got the New York background and ‘tude, but lives in Korea in the drama). He’s also got good genes but a haughty persona, like every k-drama hero of the past decade
. Unlike the typical hero, however, he’s also a manny
— the best, natch — and lives with a single mother to care for her two children. Rom-com goodness ensues.
Playing the single mom is an actress I always think should be getting better (and higher-profile) roles, Choi Jung-yoon
from Smile, You
and She Is Scary
The broadcast network landscape may be looking a little barren right now, but this little cable show may be just the thing to wake things up. Manny premieres on April 13
on tvN.TV Report
I swear, Asian dramas are the only times I will tolerate predictable rom-coms lol.