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tvN doubles down on time-slip genre with 'Chicago Typewriter'

All Headlines 17:57 April 05, 2017

By Chang Dong-woo

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's TV dramas have seen a glut of time-slip works in recent years, with varying degrees of success. Series such as "My Love from the Star" and "Guardian" have enjoyed enormous success, while ambitious, high-budget series "Saimdang" is still struggling to make an impact.

On the heels of the success of "Guardian," tvN has tried to further cash in on the craze with "Tomorrow With You," only to fail with miserably low ratings. But apparently tvN isn't disheartened, as it prepares to roll out its latest time-slip series "Chicago Typewriter," starring Yoo Ah-in and Lim Soo-jung.

Stars of tvN's new drama "Chicago Typewriter" pose at a media event on April 5, 2017, at the Imperial Palace hotel in southern Seoul. (Yonhap)

"Its hard to define this drama with a particular genre. It's a mish-mash of different colors, ones and stories," Kim Chul-kyu, director of "Chicago Typewriter," told reporters on Wednesday at a media event at the Imperial Palace Hotel in southern Seoul.

Yoo is cast as Han Se-joo, a star writer with a hypersensitive and fussy character who goes through writer's block. The story revolves around Han and his secret ghostwriter, played by Koh Kyung-pyo, and diehard fan girl played by Lim, who later turns into Han's worst anti-fan.

A mysterious antique typewriter acts as a conduit for the three to travel 70 years back in time, living out as dissident writers during Japan's colonial rule of Korea. According to director Kim, the series starts off comedic in the modern day but later explores complex and serious themes relating to Korea's independence movement.

"The show later contains heavy drama, anger and frustration of the youth who have lost their country and the camaraderie among independence activists," the director said.

Lead star Yoo said he is having fun fleshing out his character who is "complex and deep inside."

"My mission and homework seems to be expressing the inner complexity. He's not a person who's obvious and we don't know what kind of inner thoughts or pain he has," said Yoo, adding he finds common aspects between his character and himself.

Lim, Yoo's opposite, returns to television for the first time in 13 years. She said she was mesmerized by the script from the first read, particularly by Yoo's character.

"Screenwriter Jin Soo-wan's script was great. Writer Han Se-joo's role seemed fresh and charming. Working with Yoo also boosted expectations," Lim said.

Lim said she was confident "'Chicago Typewriter' will show a differing time-slip aspect from other similar works.

"Chicago Typewriter" premieres Saturday on tvN.

This composite image show highlights from tvN's upcoming time-slip drama "Chicago Typewriter." (Yonhap)

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