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When will Birdie Buddy air?

UEE was supposed to debut in her first starring role this summer. But summer’s going by and Birdie Buddy is nowhere to be found. What gives? Looks like Group 8’s playing favorites, and Birdie Buddy is coming up with the short straw. It’s been six months since production began on the drama, but it hasn’t quite found its direction, and the production is continuing to go adrift.

Birdie Buddy, starring UEE, Lee Da-hee, and Lee Yong-woo, drew some interest after its initial press conference in February, and has been in production for the past six months. The show has been plagued with problems from the get-go, but seemed to be moving along. Stills are being released, as all productions do, but since entering principal photography four months ago, they have yet to produce any substantial footage.

The show reportedly only has the equivalent of seven episodes in the can, which if you’re familiar with the Korean production system, is ridiculously under par. Most 20-episode dramas complete all of principal photography AND air its complete run in six months’ time. Only the most big-budget productions spend a few extra months shooting in advance, and even then, the shooting ratio is nowhere near as slow because there are large action sequences to be covered.

It looks like the budget is a problem, although production house Group 8 is releasing announcements that things are fine. It’s not hard to see that they’re focusing more of their efforts (read: time, money) on Playful Kiss, which already has a broadcaster (MBC) and an airdate, and is set to be their next Boys Before Flowers.

Personally I never saw the draw for Birdie Buddy, but it does have its manhwa fanbase, as well as those of its stars, so there’s a chance that if it can pull something together for a less competitive season, it might fare reasonably well. Whether or not the production can turn itself around is another question entirely.

Via Sports Chosun

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There'll probably be more interest if Lee Da Hae is starring in it (as opposed to "Hee").

Just a thought. But can't imagine her playing golf though.

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I hope the production company gets their act together because I don't think its fair to keep its actors and crew tied up for so long. It's already been half a year.

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Alas, I don't think this drama really has anything to really sell it. UEE might be popular, but I think her fans would prefer seeing her as a singer than in another drama. It's about golf. The cast isn't known for strong acting, and the sports drama trend has produced a few real clunkers.

The PD's decent (Tamra, Legend) but everything else is a big question mark in a crowded field of competition. A big ol' meh.

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Haha @gemini28 I'd watch Lee Da Hae in anything...

Hmm as much as I have no interest in UEE or the subject matter, I hope it soon flies (haha, get it? Birdie...flies...ha...ha.) because it might end up like Calling For Love. A drama that took forever to get in the air and when t finally did, nobody really cared enough anymore.

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Hehe, I know right? We're such suckers for big names, if I heard Lee Da Hae were in it I'll be so intrigued I'll probably take a peek just to see her playing golf.

I guess this is where k-land differs from hollywood in dramas. Western counterparts tend to be more open and daring in casting new faces.

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Hmm I would say only slightly. Because even Hollywood refuses to stop using the same old faces sometimes.
I have been wondering what the industry is going to do. In a way they're dumb. How long are they going to pass a 25 year old as a high school student? How about when they turn 30?
In the end, their refusal to use fresh faces actually hinders them in the long run and limits them creatively and production-wise.

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Sports dramas in general don't seem to do that well. The fact that this drama happens to be based on one of the most boring sports in existence doesn't really help it, either. But I do hope that this show airs soon. I'm anxious to see UEE in a protagonist's role.

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I'm not a fan of UEE, but I feel bad for her nonetheless. Although, if this drama is going to cause her rep to go to the sewers, I'd say she should be thankful and look for greater opportunities.

P.S. I just noticed this new setup/look for Dramabeans does not give us the usual "preview" of an article/recap/news like it used. Sad. But, what can you do? Look forward and then beyond. Something UEE can try to do from here.

P.S.S. That was a long P.S.

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Well I never had a great interest in sport dramas.
If they wanted a better budget, they shouldn't have picked anything to do with sports. :)
And that dress or whatever UEE's wearing is way to short.
Anyways :)
When I fist saw Lee Da Hee's name I mistook it for Lee Dae Hae.. BUMMERS..
I'd only watch it if she was in it ;D

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i dunno but I'm not really anticipating any of group 8's dramas cuz they tend to have horrible actors/story lines and just get popular because of the ggot minams (read. fan service)....

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I don't get the draw of this drama either.

Especially since its taken UEE away from After School for all these months, and I'm a big fan of her IN the group.

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OMG.. I completely forgot about this drama.. till I read your posting..

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Uee looks so uncomfortable in his arms. :\

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Thanks for giving us an update...kind of...on what's going on with Birdie Buddy. I wasn't planing on watching it, but I did wonder what happened to it. It was set to premiere last month and when nothing came of it I did find it weird. o.O

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How about Paradise Ranch/meadow, heard that drama also going nowhere, pity for the actor/actress there.

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hmm.. i guess i can understand, i mean, who likes golf?.. i'll never probably watch the drama anyway.. pity uee.. i like her.

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I'm a little disappointed myself cause I was actually looking forward to this. I'm not a Uee fan was never really big on her but I am an After School fan aka Playgirlz so I support all AS members this drama included so I was lookin' forward to watchin' this drama & supporting Uee.
Also lookin' forward to see how Uee does in her first starring role but it now looks like it's either gonna take a long time or not at all.
It really does look like Group 8 is playin' favorites which sucks. but I do hope they will air this drama soon.
Eventhough I really don't have much heart in the s/l. I read it & the plot/storyline does not interest me but again I wanna watch it to support a fellow AS member & who knows this drama might turn out really good in the end.

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the guy looks just abit like joo jin mo

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@ Sandy I exactly felt the same ! Jo Jin Moo my love...

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I want to watch Paradise Ranch so badly

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I have to admit that I have 0 interest in this drama and from the way things are shaping up, I think that the drama is gonna have a rough time once it finally airs. I even suspect that it may turn out to be one of those unfortunate cases where it might get it's episodes cut down. For the sake of the hard-working cast & crew I hope not.

On a positive but totally shallow note, I must say that Lee Yong-woo is looking mighty fine in the above photos. Whoever the stylists is did a good job.

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yeah .. I've been waiting and keep waiting ... will it air or not .. huhf ..

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but ofcourse...who ll watch these two when there are other amazing pairs (like KHJ n JSM in Playful Kiss♥)

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Wow, I thought that the guy was Joo Jin Mo.

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Sorry Not interested in the Drama...I mean Golf realy?...they should have pick another sport like soccer, swimming, volleyball, basketball....but GOLF...BORING!!!...or Car Racing...Like "Fast in the Furious"....

I agree that Group 8 priority #1 is "Plaful Kiss"...cause they know that ppl are going to be watching...guaranteen ....

Sorry, UHEE !! :P

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no offense to anyone but sports drama is usually a flop
also i didn't like lee yong woo's acting in style
i know it's hard to judge from just one drama but he was as stiff as a rock

most likely NOT TO WATCH THIS DRAMA

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i dont really like uee^s partner in this drama.......
honestly,like some who post there im agree that likeky not watch this drama because i dont relate it so far......

sorry uee.....

i think this drama is have so much fun if uee didnt partner of the man who in there for the post picture in there...
i dont have interest to know his name........

sorry again uee....

i like this drama if you are solo to make it.not with the guy who was in the post picture.......

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you can watch it on dramafever.com !!! 4 eps already out!!

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