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New cop series depicts personal, softer side of police

All Headlines 17:13 March 06, 2018

By Woo Jae-yeon

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- Forget about blood-splattering, hard-boiled cop series. tvN's new TV show "Live" promises to throw light on the softer, more humane side of police officers struggling everyday to keep order and help people in need.

The purported goals of the drama sound achievable when taking into consideration the track record of the scriptwriter, Noh Hee-kyung of "The Most Beautiful Goodbye," "That Winter, the Wind Blows" and "It's Okay, That's Love," popular TV series that tell warm stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

Cast members of tvN's new series "Live" pose for photos during a media event at a hotel in southern Seoul on March 6, 2018. (Yonhap)

Noh said "Live" would be "very different" from previous police procedurals that focused largely on solving cases. The drama is more about people tasked with the job, she added.

She became interested in life in law enforcement during the massive anti-government demonstrations that swept the country in 2016 and early 2017, which ultimately led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye.

"Looking at the police making a human barricade in front of me, I wondered if these people really wanted to be here. I stumbled upon them again squatting and eating meals behind police buses. They didn't make eye contact with the protesters," Noh recalled at a media event held Tuesday at a hotel in southern Seoul.

"I started to wonder why they were there and who ordered them to be there ... While doing some reporting for a possible scenario, I learned that they were just doing their job like I do as a writer. They have no choice but to do their job ... They called themselves human shields at the front line," she said.

A poster of tvN's new TV series "Live" provided by the network (Yonhap)

Starring Jung Yu-mi, Lee Kwang-soo and Bae Jong-ok, the drama depicts what police officers at a small but busy patrol division go through on a daily basis.

The actress Jung, who plays policewoman Han Jung-oh, said she hopes she can portray the life of police officers accurately based on the conversations and experiences she's had and seen at a local patrol division.

"I am neither a very brave person nor good at openly discussing social issues. I would rather do that through my work," she said. "I want to play the role well in order to express the life, feelings and hard work of police officers."

Currently appearing in the popular reality show "Youn's Kitchen" on the same network, she hopes to use some of the positive energy she's received from the program to contribute to the success of the new series.

Actress Jung Yu-mi makes an appearance during a media event in Seoul for tvN's new series "Live" on March 6, 2018. (Yonhap)

Actor and TV entertainer Lee Kwang-soo vowed to do his best to play the policeman Yeom Sang-soo, seeking to calm some reservations about whether his light and funny image from the popular variety show "Running Man" will match well with the serious character.

"It's been eight years since I debuted. People close to me also worry about that image. But I believe people will see me as Yeom Sang-soo of 'Live' if I devote myself to performing the character well," he said.

The series is expected to combine the dynamism and passion of dramas with a warm human story, producer Kim Kyu-tae said.

"I would like to add that the series is like a school to learn life's lessons for clumsy adults," Kim said.

The 18-episode show is set to premiere on March 10.

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