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Daemul replaces writer in its second week

Already, SBS’s Daemul is sitting pretty in first place in its second week — its latest, Episode 3, breezed past KBS’s Runaway Plan B with a 26.4% rating to the latter’s 15.1% — so it comes as a bit of a surprise to hear that the production has replaced its writer.

The first writer, Hwang Eun-kyung, penned MBC’s hit medical drama New Heart. Replacement Yoo Dong-yoon is the writer of 2001-02’s Ladies of the Palace, 2003-04’s Age of Warriors, and 2007-08’s King and I, all sageuk projects.

Naturally, this has given rise to a lot of questions as to why, particularly since the drama is poised to become a big ratings draw. On October 14, a source with SBS’s drama department stated that writer Hwang had completed the scripts for episodes 1 through 4, “But in the process of writing 5 and 6, she couldn’t come to an agreement about the direction of the drama, so we unfortunately had to bring in a replacement.” That source added that they would make sure to make the transition smoothly, so as to keep the flow of the drama from being interrupted.

But the issue continues to be a buzz topic, and some are wondering whether this is the result of outside pressure from political circles (given the drama’s focus on politics). SBS has come with a strong denial to those rumors, stating that the writer change was decided before the drama began airing, and that the only reason is because of a clear difference of opinion between writer and director. According to that source, both Hwang and Yoo had written scripts for Daemul at the outset, and the PD had chosen Hwang. When their views clashed, he decided to go with Yoo.

Will the direction shift hurt Daemul just when it’s getting off to a great start, or will it propel the drama to greater heights? Well, considering how I disliked the first week’s episodes, maybe I’ll have to give it a second shot.

Via Star News, E Daily, Hankyung

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haha why am i not surprised! its Mishil y'all! she's all ready making waves in the political circles ( with the added benefit of dethroning one Mr.Bi the undisputed king of k ent!) GO GO MISHIL! FIGHTING SEJUNIM FIGHTING!

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We'll know if Daemul goes in that direction if she starts presiding over a Table of Evil.

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OMG, I cracked up at that one!!!

But seriously, I hope they don't go in that direction, it'll be too noticeable for the audience...

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"it’ll be too noticeable for the audience…"

True, true. Still, if Seo Hye Rim starts saying "This Seo will not cower to This Seo's political enemies", oh my heart will reminiscence with fond joy! ;)

Dae Mul's Episode 3 starts out with a heart warming visit between Lee Soon Jae and Go Hyun Jung. One can't help but recall the first episode of Queen Seon Duk, when they tried to assassinate each other!! Ahh, good times good good times!

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omaygad!!! the reunion...now, i'm so excited for daemul!!!!!

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Yeah, this issue sounds a bit like the previous director's project Style. The Situation says, "We got a Situation!"

My guess is that they're not sure about Kwon Sang Woo's character's role. If you take out most of his scenes, what you have is something like West Wing. When you have his scenes, it's a bit like The President Who Loved Me.

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lol at ur reference to jersey shore... i've never watched it except for excerpts but i know the situation from dancing with the stars... honestly, i liked him a lot more than i expected to.

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I cant believe I freaking vote for The Situation just because I'm a fan of Karina when she was still competing with Slavik.

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Karina was in a doomed situation with The Situation. His boobs had more movement than his feet.

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Lol

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too true... hehe

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lol.. sorry just wanted to add... i really don't get what's so good about that futuristic dance??? it was even asked for an encore... WTH? but i did feel the judges were harsh by not even mentioning his lifts even once.
and i'll stop now since we're totally out of topic...
i think we've got ourselves a situation... XD

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Frankly I thought he should have gotten zeros. He wasn't even dancing. He was walking. Unless you're a member of the Piru Crips, walking isn't dancing.

And it looks like we have a situation here as well. Seems like everytime the show is mentioned, it turns into a "Mrs. Brady vs. that guy from Disney" argument.

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lol... well according to Len, you get a 1 if you show up... and then a two if you move your left leg or right leg or something like that.. XD
michael bolton was so ATROCIOUS... it totally temporary deleted whatever expectations i had of him that i almost forgot he could sing well when he showed up again to sing.
Len is such a sweetheart sometimes... (sometimes)
love ur ref to piru crips... LOL
oh.. what about kyle and florence? is it debating who's the next to go? or something... i'm afraid i'm not in the loop concerning that discussion

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"oh.. what about kyle and florence? is it debating who’s the next to go? or something…

Definitely Kyle. Voting off Mrs. Brady is like slamming the door on Mary Poppins. Then again, watching Mrs. Brady get her freak on puts you in a very uncomfortable place. Much like eating live octopus, it takes awhile for it to go all down.

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lol... y r we discussing dwts on a daemul post? not that i don't enjoy it....
ive never eaten a live octopus but i can imagine...
and yes... florence had me when she showed her "six packs" right on the first ep... can you believe the lady is 70 something old?? and she still hasn't smooched len yet like she promised... not that i'm sure i want to see that. XD
oh.. who am i kidding.. mrs. brady had me ever since i watched the brady brunch.
mary poppins.. my fav nanny ever... played by the delightful julie andrews.. sigh. i wished she could have paired up with gene kelly just once... they looked perfect together on a show.
anyways, why just kyle and florence? what about bristol? she's a sweetheart but not a very good dancer...

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"lol… y r we discussing dwts on a daemul post?"

Sure beats people saying that Daemul (or any show for that matter) is for old people. Now that's a situation that makes Belleza want to choke a bitch. ;)

"not that i’m sure i want to see that. "

And that's the thing! We like Florence. We're just not ready to go where Florence wants to . . . .

"anyways, why just kyle and florence? what about bristol? she’s a sweetheart but not a very good dancer…"

Oh I forgot her. Yeah, she's DEFINITELY the next one to go. I don't think she's as bad as reputed, but you really do sense the audience have made up their minds about her as a person. She and Kyle are not even 20; you can definitely feel their awkwardness come through.

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Oh I know!! I've never watched the Jersey Shore before, but after watching DWTS, I started saying "situation" a lot.

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i'm totally getting a C.H.A.N.G.E. vibe instead

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I only watch this dang show for the pros. Love Derek and Karina (as a dancer..not so much in other areas lol). I enjoy having Corky Ballas in the show (I think he trained half of the pros). I dont really take him seriously though since he's always paired with old ladies.
As far as the judges goes, I only pay attention to Len. Not sure if the other two have ever done ballroom before.

I think Kyle or Bristol will be next to go.

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now THAT's surprising news... hm... very surprising in fact but i'll believe their reason until proven to the contrary...
as for whether or not it'll hurt the drama... hm, i don't know.
i've given ep 3 & 4 a chance and it still doesn't speak to me but even so, the writing wasn't too bad, if not of my taste. i liked new heart though, although i can't remember if the writing was the main reason or not.
as for the other writer, i've seen ladies in the palace and the king and I and it was decent but i'm afraid it might go more into political conflicts than it already does... and honestly, i dislike when it's too politics-heavy.
sigh. i'll give it one more week and then we'll see.

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Yoo Dong-yoon was attached to this project for awhile, so it's not "replacement" per se. But I assumed they were going to cowrite the show.

The more seriously the show goes into political machinations, the more Cha In Pyo will shine. I almost think he's deliberately doing a homage to Martin Sheen in his performance. (And yes, I can't help but see Lee Jung Jae in this very role. Wish fulfillment much!)

Either way works for GHJ, really. If you amp up the politics, you get more of her "Hye Rin." If you amp up Kwon Sang Woo's pratfalls, you get more of her post-comeback "noona is pretty" acting. Now, personally, I want to see more of her Hye Rin. It wasn't there in Episode 1, but in Episode 2 holy muther of . . .

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''I want to see more of her Hye Rin. It wasn’t there in Episode 1, but in Episode 2 holy muther of . . .''

Gah, she was awesome!

There is definitely more of a noona-dongsaeng relationship between KSW and GHJ, I like their scenes together but more than Lee Jung-jae's Jae-hee, he seems more Woo-sook. And Cha In-pyo will be her Tae-soo. Sigh, I totally see it now.

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I wanted to see Dae Mul because of KHJ. I hope they're doing the right thing by her with the writing change. I remember King & I had some epic scripting problems (a fistfight on the set at one point), don't remember whether it was with this writer.

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The plot doesn't interest me at all, is this drama any good?

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http://clairiere.livejournal.com/11855.html - this person has subbed otp clips from ep 2. watch them and see if you like it. i'm guessing you'll like it more than you think. ;)

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Maybe the writers couldn't agree on if Lee Soo Kyung's character should be the one to end up with Kwon Sang Woo's character.

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Yeah, it's pretty confusing, huh? At this point it's like anything could happen.

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Thanks for clarifying, JB. I honestly though Yoo Dong-yoon was already back and had written 1-4. I thought there was something lacking in the writing, quite glaringly so. (Though y'all know the PD ain't really all that either, jus sayin').

Not happy with the behind-the-scenes shenanigans but I'm happy to know he's back for good (he'd better be!) and that means the political tension will hopefully hold a lot more weight. (And we won't just be seeing lengthier versions of the first episode!)
After the schizophrenia-inducing first episode, the second and third episodes were a huge improvement (off to watch four shortly), definitely feeling the atmosphere, maturer tone and the weightiness of the characters now. And I totally don't mind it being infused with some playfulness and humour as long as it's not the other way round.

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Power to MISHIL! ;-)

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By the way, do you happen to know if anyone is thinking of subbing this? I looked at With S2 but it seems its not in their plans.

Cheers.

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wow i had read somewhere earlier that the drama already had a writer switch before this...and that too because of a disagreements with the director...bt i hope this works out for the good

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I hope this is a winner....Kwon Sang Woo needs to began his comeback.

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"There is definitely more of a noona-dongsaeng relationship between KSW and GHJ,"

Their dynamic is reminiscent of HIT, when she was paired with Ha Jung Woo. The director's chosen some really good music to motif their relationship. Really, the onus is on KSW to lay off his proclivity to smirk through a scene. The more he plays it straight, the better.

In my ideal world, Daemul would have paired GHJ with Da Cha Syndrome as lovers/political enemies, and we would have a tortured Deokman/Bidam "I must defeat you to have you!!" dynamic. And to have KSW and LSW as a true second couple.

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Yup. Daemuel had something like three writer switcheroos even before it went on air. The PD is notorious for demanding things go his way, or the highway, and for being a controlling ass. He often arbitrarily changes not just lines, but entire scenes, the flow of the story, and character motivations, without consulting the writer. According to people who've read the original scripts for episodes 1-4, the differences were staggering.

This was originally Yoo Dong Yoon's project anyway, so it's not a huge leap. He's actually an improvement over Hwang. But with that PD at the helm, I don't feel any hope. At all.

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"3 writer switcheroos"?

Maybe that's the composition of the problems that plagued "Daemul" (besides "the GHJ casting" ones)...

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Yeah, I'm going with this is almost never good when there's so much behind-the-scenes drama with writers and PD. Past experience tells me the train is going to de-rail, so I'm not going to start watching until it's over and I've read some reviews.

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"Yeah, I’m going with this is almost never good when there’s so much behind-the-scenes drama with writers and PD. "

You'd think so, but bad press with Dae Mul has been going on for almost FOUR YEARS.

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The real reason I believe is that this Daemul has generated some political pressures from Country A and "someone" rather senior from Country A has sounded the displeasures South Korean Lee. To avoid Country A buying more of South Korean's government bonds and leading to appreciate of Korean won. Hence ultimately hitting the Korean export, Lee decided to flex his muscles on SBS board.

As can be seen in Daemul itself, the idiots who run the broadcasting station, in this case SBS senior management were the people who has taken the action to replace the writer. It is not a dispute between the PD and the writer. The PD, I believe is under pressure himself. It is decision from the management of SBS.

The mistake that the original writer made was that she should have depicted the truth (as reported in the press worldwide about the North sinking the South's submarine) i.e. "stir up the propaganda" against Kim Jun Il rather than picking on Country A leader!!. It is just simply too obvious!!

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Has to be said, Country A really knows how to make duck skin crispy. ;)

Observer -- do you have reports on this? Sounds plausible, given that Country A is also the #1 Hallyu market.

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And the whole napa cabbage SITUATION!
Country A and so hold the cabbage like hostages.

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Never knows, we may see cabbage war in the coming episodes of Daemul!!

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Oh I know. Cue to network news portraying poor Korean salarymen going into convulsions after 2 weeks not eating any kimchi. Cue to the Prime Minister of Country A saying we all already think, "dude. have y'all thought about using bok choi instead?"

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It is the premier of Country A that sounded the displeasure, not the prime minister according to the heavenly top secret!! ^___________^

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hehe...no report, I meditated and it is a heavenly secret secretly divulge to me!! ^__________^

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Have to say, Episode 4 turned out pretty well. It flowed a little bit like City Hall, finding humor in the political games themselves (the ox tail soup bit is hilarious!) rather than going bipolar. KSW's Ha Do Ya is a lot of fun here.

Also, I like the detail they've put into the mosquito storyline. It feels somewhat like the human interest documentaries that MBC runs at night.

I strongly believe now that Go Hyun Jung doing a full-run sageuk has made her a better actress. Halfway into Queen Seon Duk, you had a sense that the PDs began giving GHJ free reign with her interpretation of Mishil, and in turn GHJ started experimenting with different moods and facial expressions. It was like national improv.

There's various scenes in Daemul where she not only acting with the eyes, but she is almost speaking lines of unspoken dialogue through them. In one scene here, when she is watching Ha Do Ya play with her son, you see a narrative of emotions there, from shock to recognition to deep gratitude to romantic ambivalence. So clear and expressive her acting here, so wonderful.

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GHJ is a woman with story and she speaks with conviction. This is the first time I like KSW on screen character!!

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