BY Joan MacDonald | Mar 27, 2013 04:51 PM EDT
"Wonderful Mama" is an SBS weekend drama that illustrates how life can interfere with the best-laid plans. Its heroine Yoon Bok Hee, played by Bae Jong Ok, has accomplished a lot in her life, working her way up from running a money-lending market stand to managing millions. But her priorities shift when she's faced with a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's. Her degenerative disease threatens her ability to manage her business and eventually the details of her daily life.
After receiving her diagnosis, she realizes that her most important goal is helping her children to grow up in a hurry. She must teach them how to run the family business and they must also learn how to care for her when she can no longer care for herself. It won't be easy as they still have a lot of growing up to do. Her eldest daughter, Go Young Chae, played by Jung Yu Mi, is spoiled and argumentative, the kind of girl you often described as a princess.
At work, short-tempered Go Young Chae, a designer, finds herself at odds with a nice guy, Jang Hoon Nam, played by Jung Gyu Woon. The second son of a clothing factory family, he lost his parents at an early age and cares for his hearing-impaired brother. Because of his own strong sense of responsibility, he tries to make Go Young Chae into a better person and in the process falls in love with her.
The drama also stars Lee Chung Ah as Young Chae's sweet, clumsy friend. Oh Da Jung. Da Jung is treated badly by others, including her own husband and is often taken advantage of. She's in need of protection.
Headstrong Go Young Chae will be Jung Yu Mi's first leading role. In "Rooftop Prince," she played the Hong Se Na, the second lead and in "A Thousand Day's Promise," she played Noh Yang Ki.
As if reversing positions, second lead Lee Chung Ah previously played the lead role, Yang Eun Bi, in last year's popular comedy "Flower Boy Ramen Shop" and this year stars in the film, "The Five."
Jung Gyu-woon appeared in two dramas last year, in "Horse Doctor" and "I Need Romance."
Set to premiere in May, the series is directed by Yoon Ryoo Hae, who directed "I Love You," and written by Park Hyeon Joo, who worked on "Hooray for Love."
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