Be Melodramatic

Be Melodramatic[1] (Korean멜로가 체질; Hanja멜로가 體質; RRMelloga Chejil; MRMelloga Ch'ejil; lit. Melo Suits Me) is a 2019 South Korean television series starring Chun Woo-hee, Jeon Yeo-been, Han Ji-eun, Ahn Jae-hong and Gong Myung. It aired on cable network JTBC on Fridays and Saturdays at 20:30 (KST) from August 9 to September 28, 2019.[2]

Be Melodramatic
BeMelodramaticposter.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asMelo Is My Nature
Hangul멜로가 체질
Hanja멜로가 體質
Revised RomanizationMelloga Chejil
McCune–ReischauerMelloga Ch'ejil
LiterallyMelo Suits Me
GenreRomantic comedy
Developed byJTBC
Written by
Directed by
  • Lee Byeong-heon
  • Kim Hye-young
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producerHam Young-hoon
Producers
  • An Jae-hyun
  • Shin Sang-yoon
Production companySamhwa Networks
DistributorJTBC
Release
Original networkJTBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseAugust 9 (2019-08-09) –
September 28, 2019 (2019-09-28)

SynopsisEdit

A romantic comedy that depicts the daily lives of 30-year-old best friends Lim Jin-joo (Chun Woo-hee), Lee Eun-jung (Jeon Yeo-been) and Hwang Han-joo (Han Ji-eun), using a show within a show as the backdrop.

Jin-joo is a writer who gets her first chance to write a 16-episode television series and, in the process, falls for her director, Son Beom Soo (Ahn Jae-hong), and he for her, although not without a number of prickly moments. As Jin-joo writes the show and Beom-soo develops it, their personal and professional lives intertwine in unexpected ways.

Eun-jung is a documentary film maker who has not properly got over the early death of her fiance from cancer. But she is successful professionally. During much of the series, she is making a documentary about a second-tier actress and personality, Lee So Min (Lee Joo-bin), who ends up being considered for a role in Jin-joo and Beom-soo's show.

Han-joo is a single mother who works for a marketing and production company. One of her jobs is to ensure that production companies that have accepted product placements by her company live up to their commitments, a responsibility she executes inventively. She gets promoted and her company ends up working on Jin-joo and Beom-soo's show.

The show features a large ensemble cast and follows the story arcs of many of them.

CastEdit

MainEdit

A rookie drama screenwriter. She broke up with Kim Hwan-dong after dating him for seven years.
A documentary director who is the CEO and only employee of her company. She has persistent complex grief disorder[5] after her boyfriend passed away and often imagines and talks with him.
The marketing team leader of a drama production company. She's also a single mother.
A famous drama director who has filmed five consecutive hits, who combines arrogance and insecurity. He decides to make Jin-joo's proposed 16-episode romantic comedy, “When You're 30, It Will Be Okay” after reading her proposal.
A new employee in Han-joo's marketing team. He has a complicated relationship with his girlfriend Ha-Yoon.

SupportingEdit

People around Jin-jooEdit

Lim Jin-joo's ex-boyfriend and Son Beom-soo's assistant director.
Jin-joo's former boss. She is a famous screenwriter in the industry.
Jin-joo's younger sister.
  • Kang Ae-shim
Jin-joo’s mother
Jin-joo’s father

People around Eun-jungEdit

Eun-jung's younger brother. A drama producer who is close with the three best friends. He is in a relationship with another male producer.
Eun-jung's deceased boyfriend. He often appears in her imagination.
She's a top celebrity and Eun-jung's rival. They used to be friends before So-min became famous.
  • Ryu Abell as Kim Ah-rang
A documentary director and Eun-jung's friend.
President of documentary group.

People around Han-jooEdit

  • Seol Woo-Hyung as Hwang In-kook
Han-joo and Seung-hyo's son. He sometimes struggles with not having his father around.
  • Kim Young-ah as Lee So-jin[12]
CEO of the drama production company where Han-joo works.
Han-joo's ex-husband and In-kook's father. He seduced Han-joo when she was a college student and left her because he wasn't satisfied with his life.

People around Beom-sooEdit

  • Jung Seung-kil as Seong In-jong
Director of the broadcasting company JBC where Beom-soo works.
  • Heo Joon-seok as Dong-gi[13]
Beom-soo's co-worker and friend. He often fails in giving Beom-soo good advice.
  • Lee Ji-min as Da-mi[14]
She works at JBC's cafeteria and confessed her love to Beom-soo.
  • Nam Young-joo as Sol-bi
Beom-soo's ex-girlfriend. She's a lyricist who sometimes works with Hyo-bong.

OthersEdit

  • Kim Myung-joon as Lee Min-joon
So-min's manager. He is very dedicated to her and seems to have a crush on her.
  • Mi Ram as Ha-yoon
Jae-hoon's on-again off-again girlfriend.
He and Chu are friends.

Special appearancesEdit

ProductionEdit

Lee Byeong-heon, who co-wrote and co-directed the series, started working on it in 2015 after the release of his coming-of-age film Twenty. He stated that he "wanted to discuss the stories of people, not just women, who were starting anew after coming out of relationships. This story was too much to spin in two hours so [he] opted for a drama format."[2]

The early working title of the series is Yeouido Scandal (여의도 스캔들) . It was originally planned to air on cable channel tvN in 2017 following A Korean Odyssey, however, it did not push through.[21]

The first script reading took place on March 13, 2019 in Sangam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.[22]

On July 12, 2019, actor Oh Seung-yoon, who had been cast for the role of Lee Hyo-bong,[23] was removed from the drama after being booked for aiding and abetting drunk driving.[24] As the crew needed to reshoot all his scenes from episode 1 to 14, the premiere was delayed by two weeks, from July 26 to August 9.[25][24] On July 19, it was confirmed that Oh Seung-yoon had been replaced by Yoon Ji-on.[10]

Original soundtrackEdit

Be Melodramatic OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2019
GenreSoundtrack
Language
Label

Part 1Edit

Released on August 10, 2019 (2019-08-10)[26]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Consolation" (위로)HenHenKwon Jin-ah3:16
2."Consolation" (Inst.) Hen 3:16
Total length:6:32

Part 2Edit

Released on August 17, 2019 (2019-08-17)[27]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Undecided" (작가미정)Shin On-yuShin On-yuShin In-ryu3:49
2."Undecided" (Inst.) Shin On-yu 3:49
Total length:7:38

Part 3Edit

Released on August 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)[28]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Your Shampoo Scent In The Flowers" (흔들리는 꽃들 속에서 네 샴푸향이 느껴진거야)Jang Beom-juneJang Beom-juneJang Beom-june2:48
2."Your Shampoo Scent In The Flowers" (Inst.) Jang Beom-june 2:48
Total length:5:36

Part 4Edit

Released on August 31, 2019 (2019-08-31)[29]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Fake" (거짓말이네)
  • Lundi Blues
  • Hen
Lundi BluesYoo Seung-woo3:10
2."Fake" (Inst.) Lundi Blues 3:10
Total length:6:20

Part 5Edit

Released on September 7, 2019 (2019-09-07)[30]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Moonlight"Kim Cho-yeonNoddedHa Hyun-sang3:28
2."Moonlight" (Inst.) Nodded 3:28
Total length:6:56

Part 6Edit

Released on September 14, 2019 (2019-09-14)[31]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Far From Melo"ZEEBOMBZEEBOMBZEEBOMB4:29
2."Far From Melo" (Inst.) ZEEBOMB 4:29
Total length:8:58

Part 7Edit

Released on September 21, 2019 (2019-09-21)[32]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Your Shampoo Scent In The Flowers" (Actors Ver.)Jang Beom-juneJang Beom-june3:21
2."Your Shampoo Scent In The Flowers" (Ballad Ver.)Jang Beom-juneJang Beom-june
  • SAya
  • Jaeyeon
4:46
Total length:8:07

Part 8Edit

Released on September 28, 2019 (2019-09-28)[33]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Moonlight" (Cello Ver.) NoddedHong Jin-ho3:30
2."Slow Step"Lee Ha-jinMILO
  • Jion Yun
  • Nam Young-joo
3:49
3."Smells"
  • Choi Jung-in
  • MILO
MILONam Young-joo3:03
4."Fake" (Folk Ver.)
  • Lundi Blues
  • Hen
Lundi BluesLundi Blues3:12
Total length:13:34

RatingsEdit

Be Melodramatic : South Korea viewers per episode (thousands)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
12345678910111213141516
1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A425N/A
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research.[34]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Title AGB Nielsen
(nationwide)[35]
1 August 9, 2019 I'm Not Going to Like Something Like Love
(나는 사랑 같은 거 안 해)
1.790%
2 August 10, 2019 If He's a Director, Shouldn't He Have a Girlfriend? The Thing is He Has No Luck^^
(감독이면 여친 없겠네요? 재수 없어서^^)
1.035%
3 August 16, 2019 Are You on the Side of the Man I Like?
(제가 좋아하는 남자 쪽에 속하나요?)
1.723%
4 August 17, 2019 Are You Going to Transfer? What a Philanthropist!
(갈아탈 텐가? 이런 박애주의자!)
1.531%
5 August 23, 2019 It's Not Going to Be Easy, But It's Going to Be a Lot of Fun. Good Luck to Us
(쉽진 않겠지만 엄청 재밌을거예요. 잘해봐요 우리)
1.596%
6 August 24, 2019 You're Growing on Me. You're Growing on Me...
(정 들었어요. 정 들었다고...)
1.478%
7 August 30, 2019 Can I Kiss You? Only Kiss!
(키스해도 돼요? 키스만!)
1.544%
8 August 31, 2019 I Don't Know How I Used to Be...
(모르겠어 내가 어땠는지...)
1.190%
9 September 6, 2019 Why Are You Hesitating, Are You Excited, By Any Chance?
(뭘 망설여, 설레고 그러냐 혹시?)
1.521%
10 September 7, 2019 Is Something Making You Jealous?
(뭔가 질투가 난달까?)
1.849%
11 September 13, 2019 There's Something I Need to Figure Out... My Heart That Likes the Writer
(해결해야 될 일이 있어요… 작가님 좋아하는 내 마음)
1.016%
12 September 14, 2019 Love Is The Best Thing In The World
(사랑은 세상에서 제일 좋은 것)
1.324%
13 September 20, 2019 Why Are You Getting Out of There...?
(네가 거기서 왜 나와...?)
1.270%
14 September 21, 2019 Do You Want Me to Hug You? It's Hard For You...
(내가 안아줄까요? 당신 힘드니까...)
1.651%
15 September 27, 2019 Today I Should Be a Little Disappointed
(오늘은 좀 실망을 해야겠어요)
1.489%
16 September 28, 2019 I've Stayed By My Whole Life At This Temperature
(지금 정도의 온도로 평생 옆에 있어♡)
1.803%
Average 1.488%
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama aired on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 11th Melon Music Awards Best OST "Your Shampoo Scent In The Flowers" (Jang Beom-jun) Nominated
21st Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST "Your Shampoo Scent In The Flowers" (Jang Beom-jun) Nominated [36]
2020 56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Jeon Yeo-been Nominated [37]

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