"The Secret Life of My Secretary" is struggling to gain a solid viewership. The new SBS drama recorded ratings of only 3.2% and 3.6% on its opening day on Monday. A likely culprit is the drama's conceptual similarity to "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim", creating suspicion among viewers that the former is ripping off the latter.
Of course, the storyline of a romance between a boss and secretary of wildly different personalities is a fairly common one. "Jugglers" from 2017 also featured a similar premise. However, both dramas suffer somewhat in the expectations department as being original productions.
This being, of course, a relative term. "The Secret Life of My Secretary" has also been compared to "The Beauty Inside - Drama" in terms of the male lead's mental dysfunction. Netizens have been critical of this creative choice, deriding the main characters as being defined largely by a mental handicap.
"What's Wrong With Secretary Kim", by contrast, had a built-in audience from the webtoon it was adapting. Additionally, as a tvN production, What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" was very on-brand. As major network dramas continue to operate in a slump, "The Secret Life of My Secretary" faces an uphill battle in terms of attracting an audience.
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"The Secret Life of My Secretary" is directed by Lee Gwang-yeong, written by Kim Ah-jeong, and features Kim Young-kwang, Jin Ki-joo, Kim Jae-kyung, Koo Ja-sung, Jang So-yeon, Han Ji-sun. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/05/06~Now airing, Mon, Tue 22:00 on SBS.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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