Big Thing (TV series)

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Big Thing
250px-DaeMul.jpg
Promotional poster for Big Thing
Also known as Daemul
The President
Lady President
Genre Drama, Romance, Politics
Format Television series
Based on Daemul 
by Park In-kwon
Written by Yoo Dong-yoon
Directed by Oh Jong-rok
Jo Hyun-tak
Starring Go Hyun-jung
Kwon Sang-woo
Cha In-pyo
Lee Soo-kyung
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Production
Executive producer(s) Goo Bon-geun
Lee Myung-woo
Location(s) Korea
Running time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Lee Kim Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Original run 6 October 2010 (2010-10-06) – 23 December 2010 (2010-12-23)
Chronology
Preceded by My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox
Followed by Sign
External links
Website

Big Thing (Hangul: 대물; hanja: 大物; RR: Daemul) is a 2010 South Korean television drama based on manhwa artist Park In-kwon's comic Daemul, and stars Go Hyun-jung as Korea's first female president.[1][2][3] Number one in its timeslot for 11 consecutive weeks,[4] it gained successful ratings due to its stellar cast and story arcs taken from topical and controversial headlines.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

Anchorwoman Seo Hye-rim (Go Hyun-jung), who gets fired while protesting about her husband's undeserved death, enters politics through the proposal of Kang Tae-san (Cha In-pyo), a member of the ruling party and a strong candidate for the next presidential elections. With the help of Ha Do-ya (Kwon Sang-woo) whom she's known since childhood, Seo becomes the first female president of Korea. With political pressure and threats of potential impeachment from her rival Kang and his allies, Seo faces the crises and challenges of her term.[7]

Cast[edit]

  • Go Hyun-jung as Seo Hye-rim
  • Kwon Sang-woo as Ha Do-ya
  • Cha In-pyo as Kang Tae-san
  • Lee Soo-kyung as Jang Se-jin
  • Park Geun-hyung as Jo Bae-ho (president of Democratic Party)
  • Lee Soon-jae as Baek Sung-min (former President)
  • Choi Il-hwa as Kim Myung-hwan (Tae-san's father-in-law)
  • Lee Jae-yong as Gong Sung-jo (Do-ya's boss)
  • Ahn Suk-hwan as Son Bon-shik (media director)
  • Im Hyun-sik as Ha Bong-do (Do-ya's father)
  • Lee Joo-shil as Yoon Myung-ja (Hye-rim's mother)
  • Kim Jae-bin as Park Dong-hwa (Hye-rim's son)
  • Seo Ji-young as Kim Ji-soo (Tae-san's wife, Myung-hwan's daughter)
  • Song Ok-sook as Madam Min - Min Kyung-woo (friend of Se-jin's mother)
  • Jang Young-nam as Wang Joong-ki (electoral specialist)
  • Park Ji-il as Chief of Staff
  • Kim Il-woo as Oh Jae-bong (Bae-ho's subordinate)
  • Yum Dong-hyun as Seo Soon-jae
  • Lee Moon-soo as Kim Tae-bong (corrupt senator)
  • Kim Jin-ho as Kim Hyun-gab (Tae-bong's subordinate)
  • Shin Seung-hwan as Kim Chul-gyu (Kim Tae-bong's son)
  • Yoon Joo-sang as Min Dong-ho (president of adversary party)
  • Goo Ji-sung as Park Myung-young (Do-ya's secretary)
  • Kim Joon-ho as Hwang Jae-man (killer)
  • Kim Tae-woo as Park Min-goo (Hye-rim's late husband) (cameo, ep 1)
  • Im Dong-yub as vice manager (cameo)
  • Rainbow as girlband (cameo, ep 5)

Ratings[edit]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2010-10-06 01 17.4% (1st) 17.8% (1st)
2010-10-07 02 21.2% (1st) 21.4% (1st)
2010-10-13 03 23.0% (1st) 22.2% (1st)
2010-10-14 04 23.4% (1st) 22.7% (1st)
2010-10-20 05 24.7% (1st) 23.3% (1st)
2010-10-21 06 26.0% (1st) 25.9% (1st)
2010-10-27 07 25.0% (1st) 23.9% (1st)
2010-10-28 08 26.0% (1st) 25.4% (1st)
2010-11-03 09 24.4% (1st) 23.3% (1st)
2010-11-04 10 24.3% (1st) 24.1% (1st)
2010-11-10 11 23.9% (1st) 23.1% (1st)
2010-11-11 12 24.8% (1st) 24.2% (1st)
2010-11-17 13 24.2% (1st) 22.9% (1st)
2010-11-18 14 25.1% (1st) 24.3% (1st)
2010-11-24 15 23.8% (1st) 22.9% (1st)
2010-11-25 16 27.5% (1st) 27.0% (1st)
2010-12-01 17 23.7% (1st) 22.4% (1st)
2010-12-02 18 25.0% (1st) 24.4% (1st)
2010-12-08 19 24.2% (1st) 23.3% (1st)
2010-12-09 20 25.8% (1st) 25.3% (1st)
2010-12-15 21 25.2% (1st) 24.6% (1st)
2010-12-16 22 27.0% (1st) 26.2% (1st)
2010-12-22 23 24.0% (2nd) 23.3% (2nd)
2010-12-23 24 25.8% (1st) 25.1% (1st)
Average 24.4% 23.7%

Source: TNS Media Korea

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2010
SBS Drama Awards[8]
Lifetime Achievement Award Park Geun-hyung Won
Top 10 Stars Go Hyun-jung Won
Kwon Sang-woo Won
PD Award Cha In-pyo Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Special Lee Jae-yong Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Special Lee Soo-kyung Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Kwon Sang-woo Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) Go Hyun-jung Won
2011
47th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actor (TV) Kwon Sang-woo Nominated
4th Korea Drama Awards
Best Actor Kwon Sang-woo Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

  • In Japan, Fuji Television broadcast the drama under the title Lady President (レディプレジデント〜大物?) from September 5 to October 24, 2011 on its Hanryū Alpha programming block.[9]
  • In the Philippines, it aired on the GMA Network from August 15 to November 11, 2011, during its run, it received average viewership ratings of over 20%.[10]
  • In Taiwan, it aired on ETTV beginning August 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chung, Ah-young (17 March 2008). "Actress Ko to Return as President in New Drama". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  2. ^ Park, So-yeon (31 December 2009). "Ko Hyun-joung to turn 1st female president in new drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Drama Tackles Presidency". KBS Global. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  4. ^ Kim, Heidi (24 December 2010). "SBS The President ends run on top for 11th consecutive week". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  5. ^ Han, Sang-hee (5 October 2010). "Will female president appeal to TV drama fans?". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  6. ^ Kang, Hye-ran (4 November 2010). "Resilient actress relishes dramatic return". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  7. ^ Lee, Seung-han (30 September 2010). "Preview: SBS TV series The President". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  8. ^ Ko, Kyoung-seok (3 January 2011). "Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  9. ^ "Lady President". Hanryū Alpha. Fuji Television. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  10. ^ "GMA-7's Big Thing and Cinderella Man end this week". GMANetwork.com. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 

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