Will Park Shin-hye’s Comeback Rom-Com ‘Doctor Slump’ Continue the Popularity of ‘Welcome to Samdal-ri’?

Airing its 1st episode tonight at 10:30 PM KST on JTBC, ‘Doctor Slump’ is a romantic comedy depicting the revival journey of Yoo Jeong-woo (Park Hyung-sik) and Nam Ha-neul (Park Shin-hye).

Despite becoming a mother and having a husband, Park Shin-hye revealed that her approach to acting remains unchanged. She chose ‘Doctor Slump’ because, as she shared, “I wanted to show the genre and the aspect I am best at.” She showed strong confidence in romantic comedy.

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Supporting her determination is Park Hyung-sik, with whom Park Shin-hye reunites after 11 years since SBS’s ‘The Heirs.’

Park Shin-hye said, “It felt like we met at a school reunion. We filmed together very comfortably.” Park Hyung-sik added, “Meeting as friends, there was no need for the process of getting to know each other from the first shoot. It was a set where I felt anticipation rather than tension.” 

He further mentioned being impressed by Park Shin-hye’s acting skills, “There were many situations where I was surprised by her skills as we worked together.”

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The reunion of this duo, combined with their chemistry, raises high expectations from viewers. However, it’s slightly surprising that after portraying high school friends in the early 20s in 2013, they find themselves in school uniforms again in their 30s. Of course, the student role is only in flashback scenes. 

In the drama, Park Shin-hye’s character Nam Ha-neul is an anesthesiologist suffering from burnout syndrome, while Park Hyung-sik’s character Yoo Jeong-woo is a plastic surgeon experiencing the worst slump in his life. 

After excelling as the top student in high school, both characters face the worst moments in their lives 14 years later and meet again. 

Wearing a school uniform throughout the filming, Park Shin-hye expressed concerns, “I worried a lot about wearing the uniform for the entire shoot as flashbacks kept appearing.” 

The previous drama, ‘Welcome to Samdal-ri,’ depicting the healing romance between Ji Chang-wook and Shin Hye-sun, concluded with a record-breaking 12.4% viewership.

While ‘Doctor Slump’ might lag slightly in ratings, it carries Park Shin-hye’s confidence in her “best genre.” The question remains whether ‘Doctor Slump’ can continue the success of ‘Welcome to Samdal-ri.’

Source: naver

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