Media reports today revealed that Lee Joon-gi and and Kim Ah-joong have received offers to take part in the possible Korean remake of the US TV series Criminal Minds. The agencies of the two actors have confirmed the information and stated that the actors are examining and considering the project.
If the actors accept the roles, the remake will be Lee Joon-gi’s and Kim Ah-joong’s next project following Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo and Wanted, respectively that both aired on SBS last year. The Korean version will start its production during the spring this year and is set to be broadcast on KBS.
The remake of the long-running CBS show will join the rank of The Good Wife and Entourage, which both aired on cable channel tvN last year. While The Good Wife managed to obtained decent ratings during its run, Entourage failed to please the Korean audience as its ratings continued to drop since its pilot episode and averaged out to 1.0 %. Although airing a remake on terrestrial TV network like KBS is a good step to attract more viewers, adapting a western show for Korean audience remains a challenge in South Korea these days.
Criminal Minds is an American police procedural crime drama that premiered in 2005 on CBS. Its 12th season premiered on September 28, 2016 and is currently airing up to 22 episodes.
(News info from Soompi, Photos by KIYOUNG KIM from Seoul, South Korea – 사진 019, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28139721 and Yoon Min-hoo – http://ymhiu0516.tistory.com/64, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50914715)