Lovely Runner

Lovely Runner (Korean: 선재 업고 튀어) is a 2024 South Korean television series starring Byeon Woo-seok and Kim Hye-yoon.

It is based on a web novel titled Tomorrow's Best, which was also serialized as a webtoon by illustrator Doong Doong. It premiered on tvN on April 8, 2024, and airs every Monday and Tuesday at 20:50 (KST). It is also available for streaming on TVING in South Korea, U-Next in Japan, Vidio in Indonesia, and Viki and Viu in selected regions.

Lovely Runner
Lovely Runner
Promotional poster
Hangul
선재 업고 튀어
Literal meaningRunaway with Sun-jae on Piggyback
Revised RomanizationSeonjae eopgo twi-eo
McCune–ReischauerSŏnjae ŏpko t'wiŏ
Genre
Based onTomorrow's Best
by Kim Bbang
Developed byCJ ENM Studios (planning)
Written byLee Shi-eun
Directed by
  • Yoon Jong-ho
  • Kim Tae-yeop
Starring
Music by
  • Kim Jung-ha
  • Choi In-young
Opening theme"You & I" (Inst.)
by Eclipse
Ending themeVarious themes
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Kim Ho-joon CP
  • Kim Rak-hyun
  • Lee Joon-yong
Producers
  • Moon Suk-hwan
  • Oh Gwang-hee
  • Park Soon-tae
  • Park Yoon-ah
Cinematography
  • Yoon Dae-young
  • Jeon Hyun-suk
  • Shin Gi-chang
  • Park Min-hyun
EditorKim Ok-sun
Running time70 minutes
Production companyBon Factory
Original release
NetworktvN
ReleaseApril 8 (2024-04-08) –
May 28, 2024 (2024-05-28)

Synopsis

The series follows the journey of Im Sol, an ardent fan of idol Ryu Sun-jae. Sol, a once-promising film director whose dreams were shattered by an accident leaving her paralyzed, finds solace in the music of Sun-jae. However, tragedy strikes again when Sun-jae died in a tragic accident, leaving Sol devastated. But fate has other plans as Sol wakes up in a classroom, 15 years in the past, before both her and Sun-jae's accidents. Seeing this as a chance from the heavens, Sol vows to change the course of destiny for both of them.

Cast

Main

    A top star who has everything, from good looks to talent and charm. He is a former swimmer turned singer and actor, but his life as a celebrity didn't end well, ultimately leading up to his unfortunate death.
    A cute and lovable lady who gives up her dream of becoming a film director in 2009 when she injures her leg and is paralyzed.
    An ulzzang with a flamboyant look. He is the bassist from a different band. A police officer in present time.
    A friendly guy who is easy to get along with. He is Sun-jae's best friend, as well as the leader and guitarist of the famous band Eclipse.

Supporting

People around Sol

    A resilient single mother of Sol. She manages a struggling DVD store while raising her two children and caring for her elderly mother.
    A warm-hearted and wise grandmother of Sol.
    Sol's older brother. He is an aspiring actor full of passion for acting, but he repeatedly faces rejection in auditions.
    Sol's best friend. She is bold, sharp, and stubborn in everything.

People around Sun-jae

    Sun-jae's father and the owner of the Galbit House.
  • Ahn Sang-woo as Representative Kim
    CEO of Sun-jae's agency JNT.
  • Lee Il-jun as Park Dong-suk
    Sun-jae's manager.

People around Tae-sung

  • Park Yoon-hee as Detective Kim
    Tae-sung's father who is a veteran detective with 20 years of experience.
  • Kim Hwi-gyu as Cha Yi-seul
    Tae-sung's friend who has a weathered appearance that belies his pretty name.

JNT people

  • Moon Yong-suk as Hyun-soo
    The drummer of the band Eclipse.
    A bassist and the youngest member of the band Eclipse.

Jagam High School

  • Lee Chul-woo as Kim Hyung-gu
    A member of the Jagam High School swimming club and self-proclaimed rival of Sun-jae.
  • Kim Hyun-kyu as Choi Hyun-gu
    Sun-jae's friend from Jagam High School's swimming team.
  • Jung Kang-hee as Coach Ahn
    Coach of the Jagam High School swimming team.
  • Oh Se-young as Choi Ga-hyun
    Tae-sung's ex girlfriend.

Others

  • Heo Hyeong-Gyu as Kim Young-Soo
    A taxi driver with a grudge against Sol and Sun-jae.
    An employee of the cinema where Im Sol applied for an interview.

Special appearances

    A swimmer who plans to showcase his swimming skills alongside Sun-jae.

Production

Development

The series was originally published as a web novel on KakaoPage between July and September 2020 written by Kim Bbang. It was later adapted into a webtoon by illustrator Doong Doong, which became available in September 2021.

It is directed by Yoon Jong-ho, who co-directed other popular works such as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), My Holo Love (2020), and Flower of Evil (2020). It is also written by Lee Shi-eun, who is best known for her work True Beauty (2020–2021).

It was previously titled Time Walking on Memory (기억을 걷는 시간; Gieog-eul geonneun sigan).

It was revealed that the series took a solid three years to produce. Byun Woo-seok commented on this, saying, "It seems like the scripts went in earlier for other actors. I'm very thankful. About what you've sent me."

Casting

On March 28, 2023, reports surfaced stating that Kim Hye-yoon and Byeon Woo-seok were in discussions and actively considering taking the main roles. Their appearance was subsequently confirmed on July 19 by the production team of tvN. On July 27, Song Geon-hee was also confirmed to co-star alongside Kim and Byeon. On the same day, there were reports highlighting that Lee Seung-hyub was in discussions to appear in the drama, and his agency confirmed his participation on July 31. In the following days, it was reported that Yang Hyuk would also be joining the cast.

Filming

Filming began in the second half of 2023.

Original soundtrack

Part 1

Released on April 8, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Sudden Shower" (소나기)Han Sung-ho
  • Han Sung-ho
  • Park Soo-suk
Eclipse3:53
2."Run Run"Jeong Jin-wookYiproEclipse3:34
3."You & I"
  • Kim Min
  • Taylor
  • Kim Min
  • Taylor
Eclipse2:49
4."No Fate" (만날테니까)San YoonVendursEclipse2:47
5."Sudden Shower" (소나기;Inst.) 
  • Han Sung-ho
  • Park Soo-suk
 3:53
6."Run Run" (Inst.) Yipro 3:34
7."You & I" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Min
  • Taylor
 2:49
8."No Fate" (만날테니까; Inst.) Vendurs 2:47
Total length:26:10

Part 2

Released on April 9, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Star"
Jeong Koo-hyunN.Flying3:38
2."Star" (Inst.) Jeong Koo-hyun 3:38
Total length:7:16

Part 3

Released on April 16, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Like a Dream" (꿈결같아서)
Jeong Koo-hyunMinnie ((G)I-dle)4:09
2."Like a Dream" (꿈결같아서; Inst.) Jeong Koo-hyun 4:09
Total length:8:18

Part 4

Released on April 23, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."May I Love You?" (이 마음을 전해도 될까)
  • Park Woo-sang (LOGOS)
  • Song Yoo-jin
  • Park Woo-sang (LOGOS)
  • SIU
  • Song Yoo-jin
Umji (Viviz)3:18
2."Super Ultra Man" (슈퍼울트라맨)Deundeun ManDeundeun ManDeundeun Man3:18
3."I'll Be There"G.GorillaG.GorillaEclipse3:52
4."May I Love You?" (이 마음을 전해도 될까; Inst.) 
  • Park Woo-sang (LOGOS)
  • SIU
  • Song Yoo-jin
 3:18
5."Super Ultra Man" (슈퍼울트라맨; Inst.) Deundeun Man 3:17
6."I'll Be There" (Inst.) G.Gorilla 3:52
Total length:20:55

Part 5

Released on April 30, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."A Day"
  • Han Jae-hwan
  • Park Jeong-jun
Han Jae-hwanJongho (Ateez)3:52
2."A Day" (Inst.) Han Jae-hwan 3:52
Total length:7:45

Part 6

Released on May 6, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."I Think I Did" (그랬나봐)You Hee-yeolYou Hee-yeolYoo Hwe-seung (N.Flying)4:20
2."I Think I Did" (그랬나봐; Inst.) You Hee-yeol 4:20
Total length:8:41

Part 7

Released on May 7, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Monologue" (독백)
  • Baek Seung-jae
  • Jason Moon
  • Sean Kimm
  • Baek Seung-jae
  • Jason Moon
Jae Yeon3:11
2."Monologue" (독백; Inst.) 
  • Baek Seung-jae
  • Jason Moon
 3:10
Total length:6:22

Part 8

Released on May 14, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Spring Snow" (봄눈)Choi In-youngChoi In-young10cm3:21
2."Spring Snow" (봄눈; Inst.) Choi In-young 3:21
Total length:6:43

Part 9

Released on May 21, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Gift" (선물)Choi In-youngYoon Young-junHa Sung-woon4:49
2."Gift" (선물; Inst.) Yoon Young-jun 4:49
Total length:9:39

Part 10

Released on May 27, 2024
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Please Don't Leave Anywhere" (떠나지마)Doko
  • Doko
  • Sa Seung-ho
Doko3:21
2."Please Don't Leave Anywhere" (떠나지마; Inst.) 
  • Doko
  • Sa Seung-ho
 3:21
Total length:6:43

Chart performance

List of singles, showing year released, with selected chart positions and notes
Title Year Peak Artist Notes
KOR
"Sudden Shower" 2024 124 Eclipse Part 1
"Run Run"
"You & I" 125
"No Fate" 142
"Star" 125 N.Flying Part 2
"Like a Dream" Minnie ((G)I-dle) Part 3
"May I Love You?" Umji (Viviz) Part 4
"Super Ultra Man" Deundeun Man
"I'll Be There" 128 Eclipse
"A Day" 181 Jongho (Ateez) Part 5
"I Think I Did" 90 Yoo Hwe-seung (N.Flying) Part 6
"Monologue" Jae Yeon Part 7
"Spring Snow" 83 10cm Part 8

Release

The series was originally scheduled to be broadcast in the second half of 2023; however, it was moved to the first half of 2024 due to the changes in tvN's Monday and Tuesday lineup.

During the CJ ENM Meet & Grow conference on January 18, 2024, tvN officially revealed that the premiere of Lovely Runner was scheduled for April 2024. It was later confirmed that the premiere will take place on April 8, 2024, at 20:50 (KST) and would also be available for streaming on TVING in South Korea, U-Next in Japan, Vidio in Indonesia, and Viki and Viu in selected regions.

Viewership

Lovely Runner : South Korea viewers per episode (thousands)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
12345678910111213141516
1737704892859947871109011241384127513221189131512891431TBDTBD
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Korea.
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
(Nielsen Korea)
Nationwide Seoul
1 April 8, 2024 3.073% (2nd) 3.176% (2nd)
2 April 9, 2024 2.710% (3rd) 2.918% (3rd)
3 April 15, 2024 3.444% (1st) 3.678% (1st)
4 April 16, 2024 3.378% (1st) 4.069% (1st)
5 April 22, 2024 3.435% (2nd) 3.834% (2nd)
6 April 23, 2024 3.377% (1st) 3.946% (1st)
7 April 29, 2024 4.459% (1st) 5.259% (1st)
8 April 30, 2024 4.095% (1st) 4.656% (1st)
9 May 6, 2024 4.759% (1st) 5.638% (1st)
10 May 7, 2024 4.752% (1st) 5.973% (1st)
11 May 13, 2024 4.735% (1st) 5.670% (1st)
12 May 14, 2024 4.260% (1st) 5.002% (1st)
13 May 20, 2024 4.568% (1st) 5.214% (1st)
14 May 21, 2024 4.827% (1st) 5.349% (1st)
15 May 27, 2024 5.297% (1st) 6.197% (1st)
16 May 28, 2024
Average
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC, and EBS).

Notes

    General Notes

References

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