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Seo Ji-seok is The Manny

Oh, Korea. You and your almost-but-not-quite-sensical titles.

This time it’s a cable drama called Manny, which is a mishmash of MAN + NANNY. I can’t even call it a portmanteau because that feels way too highbrow a description of the term. No, let’s call it ungodly union (which, by the way, is also what my friend calls the frantic pairing-off that occurs at 1:55 am in every dimly lit bar every night just before the lights come on). And yes, I know the word isn’t new, but that doesn’t make it any less cringe-inducing now.

The drama is slated for 16 episodes, and, interestingly enough, will be tvN’s attempt to compete on Wednesdays and Thursday nights. The cable channel has been home to some solid programming — two notables are Harvest Villa and Joseon X-Files — but those were late-night Friday offerings. Manny, on the other hand, will broadcast during prime time.

Seok Ji-seok (Gloria) plays the lead as a “cold New York man” (which is to say, he’s got the New York background and ‘tude, but lives in Korea in the drama). He’s also got good genes but a haughty persona, like every k-drama hero of the past decade. Unlike the typical hero, however, he’s also a manny — the best, natch — and lives with a single mother to care for her two children. Rom-com goodness ensues.

Playing the single mom is an actress I always think should be getting better (and higher-profile) roles, Choi Jung-yoon from Smile, You and She Is Scary.

The broadcast network landscape may be looking a little barren right now, but this little cable show may be just the thing to wake things up. Manny premieres on April 13 on tvN.

Via TV Report

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OMG I MIGHT JUST HAVE TO WATCH THIS!!!!

it's like WHO'S THE BOSS!!! hahah

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except that this manny is super hot and refined? a genius manny perhaps?!!

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This is the best comment ever - I'm dying over my Physics Paper, which is awful because it needs to get done (now) but still - I love it.

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You think you can just make grilled cheese and put in a Disney movie? Please. LET A PRO do this.

Psh. Like the guy in the $1,000 suit is going to get vomited on by a child? (Adjusts ascot, primps hair, scowls at children)

What can I say, I think I'm going to love this.

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Well, when you put it THAT way, janna.

As long as he's more his Dr Wang persona than his Kang-seok persona I'll happily skip aboard.

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DR. WANG!!!

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= MINE! Hee!

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DR. WANG!!!
Too bad he didn't end up with Jang Seo Hee's character.
But his character and the head nurse were hilarious!

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I'm actually glad he didn't get the girl... He was too good for her. He, to me, is the greatest second lead ever written. 'Nuff said.

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In my neighborhood, being a nanny is very serious business. It not only includes watching over a child but making sure that you can make a healthy well balanced meal, can make dinners (formal and informal) for the family/ for parties, knowing another language is a plus too.
My neighbors are really nice, but they are serious about their children's health and mind--so its not like let them watch tv while I scour the internet. Its actually learning time etc.
Its fun---teachin the little ones korean :)))

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I didn't mean that to be demeaning in any way, no kid should be parked down in front of a TV while being watched, but I have a feeling a guy out of his element might resort to those things. On a re-read I guess this character is already a nanny and not just a regular chump becoming a nanny.. so hm.

I kind of like a guy out of his element but this might be interesting if the mom is lax on her parenting.

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more like Charles in Charge. Charles was the original manny.

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He handled both our days and our nights. I know, I know. That sounds suggestive.

...That's exactly what I was going for.

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i LOVED charles in charge (scott baio was so dreamy when i was like 4, LOL) too-- but there was no love line with the mom, was there?!!

hahah hence, the Who's The Boss reference.

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I wish I had a Like button I could push for this comment.

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*like* x 100!!

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One of the best sitcoms of all time!!!

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wow I've never even heard of this channel before -_- lol
but the premise sounds interesting! can't wait to see how a 'new york man' becomes a manny... :P

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When his hair is short he looks a lot like Hyun Bin. Guess he's gonna be my HB substitute for the next two years. (sigh) Will watch on your recommendation, JB.

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I will ttly be watching it for oppa alone!
Love him in Gloria!

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Interesting. This sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I'll definitely check this one out!

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You know, I think the drama may turn out better than its awful name. Mainly because if Choi Jung-Yoon acts as well as she did in Taereung National Village, she is going to rock it.

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This will be on my must watch list... I love love him in Gloria and OB/GYN.. he was soo great in that drama too... oh.. I also love the actress.. She was good in Smile, You... ahh.. my two favorites so far... ^^

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ohhh...this sounds good!!!

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Oh! She's Jung In's sister in Smile, You! Glad to see her take on a lead role for a change. I've always seen her be the second lead so it's a nice change.

Seo Ji-Seok... I don't know what it is about him, but I just stared at that picture for a whole minute before commenting. Sigh!

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The what now?

That was my first thought after reading the title.
Oh, so that's what it means.
Can he be my manny? ;)

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This looks watch worthy....a mixture of nanny mcphee and harlequin romance, lol.

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Oh god, this sounds SO MAGICAL.

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Hmm... not sure if want.
But, hey, it's Seo Ji-seok, so why not~

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A hot manny...... I so need to see this

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I hope they change the title. its too cringe-worthy

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OMG, story concept = LOVE.

Also, Seo Ji-seok looks might fine there. And Choi Jung-yoon in lead role for once?

I'm. So. In.

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*mighty fine....and.... in a lead role...*

what can i say? things are starting to look better on the dramascape. :D

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Hahaha as I was reading the description I thought the "cold New York man" would be the one getting a Manny. That would have been an awesome bromance drama with homoerotic undertones. I would definitely watch! :)

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What exactly is the the frantic pairing-off that occurs at 1:55 am in every dimly lit bar every night just before the lights come on??

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JB I agree with you about this actress. While I've only seen her in dramas I keep thinking she's going backward each time hopefully this is the exception to the rule.

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This sounds awesome, especially if, as Janna says,
the Manny is porting a $5000. manteau when the child pukes on him.

Can he be a manny and a genius? Now there's an ungodly union of drama cliches = A Mannyus!

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lol Mannyus, you can't leave out a "genius" in Korean drama.

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the funniest bit about this drama: my friend had a man-nanny named Manny for a very long time. Definitely watching this one!

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Wait, we're ragging on the title? You can't tell me you've never heard of a manny before?! (I've always seen it as male + nanny, though. Not that it makes any difference, really.)

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The title of manny for a male nanny has been in used for a very long time. Madonna got a manny for her first son, and other single celebrity mothers who had a boy also got mannys (apparently so that the manny can serve as a possitive male influence for the boy or whatever...) and yes thats their official title: MANNY!!!! Madonna's manny was a hunk btw.

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This sounds promising. :D

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Aside from the terrible, terrible title this looks like it could be good. Seo Ji-seok was cute in Gloria (which started off pretty delightful and took a turn in the later half) and I do look forward to seeing him play THE BEST NANNY IN KOREA and shenaniganin' romcom style with Choi Jung-yoon.

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Who's The Boss-esque... I prefer watching Mrs. Doubtfire in Korean version. Keke~

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I read about this drama few days ago and got interested. Hope there will a subber group picks this up.....

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I know a Manny... that's what I thought his name was until the other moms at school clarified it for me. He's the man nanny. I have no clue what his real name is....

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*drools* OMG. I wish he was MY Manny.

Yes another drama to look forward to!!!!!

<3

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hahaha MANNY! Gotta love Koreans and their Konglish. The premise sounds super cute and I love Seo Ji Seok. What a great combination.

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I need a manny who looks like SJS like right now. He just needs to take care of me.. *winking*

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This Manny?

http://blogs.babycenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/handy-manny.jpg

No? Okay. HAHAHA. Well, I can't wait to check this out for the dimples, I mean story. ^_~

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i have to feeling that tvN will someday make again a drama as good as joseon x files , i can feel it !

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A responsible individual to care for my 2 young daughters*
Qualifications:
Perspective applicant must be able to do the following(with ease)
-have a smile that lit up the room
-a physique to die for
-(almost) always plays a (at first)haughty(misunderstood) chaebol son who actually has a heart of gold(Pure 19,Gloria)

Seo Ji Suk, you can be in any role, & I will watch your drama....

*in reality,my children are old enough to take care of themselves,but I would still have you live in our house 24/7,365 days so that I can drool over you...
(hehe,can you tell I'm a charter member of ICOMYM ;)

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I just feel the need to say that Manny is a widely used term. Stupid, but pretty commonly heard.

K that's all. lol

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This cheesy premise is right up my alley! Yay for goofy rom coms!

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Wow this sounds good!!! am watching:D

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ahh, I remember him from Pure 19...

and that variety show Hot Brothers as well as 100 points out of 100. He was super hilarious. I'll look out for this

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I loved him from GLORIA!

GOODLUCK!

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I love him. Mr. Sexy

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Was looking for info about this drama and search results came up with "My Big Buddy - London's first registered manny agencies, specialising in male nannies." Hee.

With that said, I can't wait for this drama... with dramabeans be reacapping this?

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*will* Dramabeans be recapping this? Darn typos.

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I love this show. Found it through Netflix. Cannot believe the number of great movies and tv shows come out of Korea. Subtitles are adequate and story lines are fun. Great comic relief in Janice and the assistant in the dress shop. Good acting also by the kids.

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i watch manny oh!he so hot and handsome.i keep looking at him coz im not familiar with him.he looks like kim hyun joong from ss501 on his haircut.he's totally look hot and awesome.

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