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Queen of Mystery: Hard-boiled crime show with comedic 'ajumma' twist

All Headlines 17:44 April 03, 2017

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- With the recent success of the office series "Good Manager," KBS 2TV has proved that good ideas and execution can go a long way even without top-billed stars.

And in the vein of "Good Manager," the network is pitching another idea-oriented show titled "Queen of Mystery," which mashes up a gritty detective tale with the quirky "ajumma" comedy genre.

Ajumma is a generic term in Korean for married women who have the image of being middle-aged, tough, stubborn and also wearing unfashionable clothes.

"I picked the show for its overall scale of completion and for being fun," lead actor Kwon Sang-woo told reporters at a media event held at the Times Square mall in western Seoul on Monday.

A promotional image for KBS 2TV's new Wednesday-Thursday drama "Queen of Mystery" (Yonhap)

Kwon, who returns to television for the first time in three years, said the show's entire crew is having a blast filming, "I'm wondering whether I ever had this much fun coming to film."

Kwon plays Ha Wan-seung, an elite narcotics detective, a hard-boiled gumshoe who is as thorough as they come. His opposite is Choi Kang-hee, cast as Yoo Seol-ok, an unassuming neighborhood ajumma who is a natural-born genius crime solver.

Despite having no authority in law enforcement, Seol-ok constantly snoops around crime scenes to investigate pending cases, clashing with the investigation led by Wan-seung. Though reluctant at first, Wan-seung accepts her talent as genius and joins forces with her.

"As much as the title is 'Queen of Mystery,' it is a work in which Choi must shine the most. The staff and myself began to work with the idea of supporting her," Kwon said.

Choi, meanwhile, made a bold statement, saying that she's never really liked mystery dramas. Choi said her friend, who read the script, recommended it to her for its comedy.

"In all honesty, I never really liked mystery shows. But one of my friends, who loves crime-solving series, read the script and said it was really funny," said Choi. "This might be the first mystery show that I love."

"Queen of Mystery," which also stars actor Lee Won-keun and actress Shin Hyun-bin, premiers Wednesday on KBS 2TV.

The main cast of KBS 2TV's "Queen of Mystery" pose for the camera during a media event held on April 3, 2017, at the Times Square mall in western Seoul. (Yonhap)

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