“The title of the series is ‘Jackpot,’ so there was a certain pressure for it to do well,” said Jang Keun-suk, who stars as the hotheaded hero Dae-gil in the period piece, at a group interview Friday at SBS’ headquarters in Tanhyeon, Gyeonggi Province.
“Jackpot” depicts a fierce battle between Dae-gil, a prince who has been deprived of the throne, and his younger brother Prince Yeoning, played by Yeo. Veteran actors Jun Kwang-ryul and Choi Min-soo are also regulars on the show.
Despite its star-studded cast, “Jackpot” has not been performing well in ratings — its last episode achieved an average viewership of 9.6 percent, according to the ratings company Nielsen Korea, It is outdone by KBS’s courtroom comedy “My Lawyer, Mr. Jo,” which airs in the same time slot at 10 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and boasts a 15.3 percent viewership.
The 24-part drama series, which began airing on SBS on March 28, is directed by Nam Geon and written by Kwon Soon-gyu.
Park Sa-lim, Seoul