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Single mothers and baseball coming to small screen


A slew of new dramas are taking over both weekday nights and late night weekends.
This weekend, MBC aired its new Saturday and Sunday night series "Strike Love." Based on a comic book series spawned by cartoonist Lee Hyun-sae, the sports drama charts the life of baseball pitcher Oh Hye-sung, played by actor Yoon Tae-young, and his childhood love, played by hit medical series "New Heart" star Kim Min-jeong.
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While MBC is bringing some sports to the world of drama, SBS is bringing yet another soap opera-style series to weekday nights.
Following the highly popular SBS series, "Wife`s Temptation," "Two Wives," another outrageous tale of adultery and betrayal, hits screens tonight.
Headed by Hallyu star Kwon Sang-woo`s wife Sohn Tae-young, the new SBS series revolves around the lives of Kang Chul-soo, played by actor Kim Ho-jin, his wife, played by actress Kim Ji-young, and his lover Han Ji-sook.
Sohn Tae-young is taking on the role of Kang Chul-soo`s lover, Han Ji-sook. In an unlikely twist of fate, Sohn`s Han Ji-sook, a single mother, manages to wrest Kang away from his wife, only to lose him when he gets into a car accident. After his accident, Kang contracts amnesia. Having been erased from Kang`s memory, single mother Han faces a tumultuous future.
Another kind of single mother is slated to hit the small screen later this year. Olive Nine, the entertainment and production company behind popular dramas including "Jumong," signed a deal with the production company that produced the hit flick "Speed Scandal" to make a television version of the movie.

The movie version follows the escapades of a successful radio host, played by actor Cha Tae-hyun, and his illegitimate daughter (he unknowingly fathered her with his first love). His peaceful life is turned upside down when his daughter -- a single mother to boot -- arrives at his doorstep, unannounced. A series of comic events unfold as Cha`s character struggles to come to terms with his newfound family.
"The drama version of `Speed Scandal` will upgrade the charms of the three main characters, showing episodes that delve more deeply into issues like childcare, education and single motherhood," said a representative of Olive Nine. "As a result, I think it will make for a fun and touching, well-made drama that surpasses the original."
"Strike Love" airs on Saturdays and Sundays on MBC at 10:40 p.m.
"Two Wives" airs on Mondays through Fridays at 7:15 p.m. on SBS starting tonight.
By Jean Oh