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Last Secretary becomes The Boss Has Changed

SBS’s upcoming rom-com series Last Secretary has been renamed The Boss Has Changed, which is a title change I like; already it goes from sounding vaguely serious to light and fluffy, which is what you want in a romantic comedy, no?

The drama has also finalized its lineup. The first two to be confirmed were Choi Kang-hee (My Sweet Seoul) as our heroine and Lee Hee-jin (Best Love) as the hero’s friend and senior secretary at his company. Looks like the latter has dropped, but now, we can add Ji Sung (Royal Family), Hero Jaejoong (Heaven’s Postman), and Wang Ji-hye (Personal Taste) to that list.

I’d been a little wary of the premise at first, because it sounded so obvious: Secretary joins company, falls for boss. But with a few key details added, my interest level has jumped up a few notches accordingly.

Choi Kang-hee plays a woman who finally lands a job as a secretary after a long struggle to find employment, only to find that she’s working for the immature youngest son of a chaebol family (Ji Sung), who happens to be “a bad boss.” Hee. (The word used here means a boss who’s lacking or somehow flawed — heo-dang, like 1N2D’s Lee Seung-gi — not necessarily that he’s a bad person.)

Jaejoong, then, plays a sharp and skilled “prince of the financial world,” while Wang Ji-hye plays a perfect, controlled lawyer. Hm. I think I like this cast together, although it’ll be the story that seals the deal (or not) for me. Choi Kang-hee’s pretty good with comedy, and I’m very interested in seeing Ji Sung go lighter after picking so many serious roles (Royal Family, Kim Suro, Swallow the Sun). I can’t say much about Jaejoong’s acting since he’s relatively inexperienced (he sure is pretty though), while Wang Ji-hye should be great — she made a ridiculous second lead delightfully fun to hate in Personal Taste, with her ability to bring a little extra personality to even the flimsiest stock character.

The drama replaces City Hunter (sadness…I am addicted to that drama) and premieres on August 3.


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So Jaejoong's casting is confirmed. Not really a fan, but I'm on the side of underdogs so...fighting!

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so you watched sunao? :)
i thought he was really good in that jdrama.

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i like him too but I think he has a long way to go in th.eacting department...then again I've only seen him in his rookie project, "Heaven's Postman", so I'm willing to hope that he could have improved with Sunao

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I think he's somewhat improved in Sunao. He's okay in that j-dorama while he's quite stiff in Heaven's Postman.

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I really like Choi Kang-hee, which draws my interest to this drama.

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im really looking forward to this :) the cast looks great, cant wait for more info on the drama~!

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Any possiblity that this could start later, say maybe due to an extension of City Hunter?? So sad, I don't want City Hunter to end...

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Jisung!!!! I love him at Royal Family!

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Ji Sung! Alright! I too loved him in Royal Family. He did a bit scene of comedy in the first episode, so I think he has it in him to do comedy.

I haven't watched any of his other dramas, so I am basing my comments only on his performance in Royal Family. But he did such an excellent job acting in that drama.

I totally agree with JavaBeans regarding the storyline/writing. Since the writers names aren't included in the article I must ask, do we know who the writers will be?

This is a quote from a previous Dramabeans article: "The production team has me a little wary, with PD Sohn Jung-hyun having done stuff like the makjang First Wives’ Club and Princess Lulu, although I’ve heard better things of his 2007 Crazy For Love, the latter of which he worked on with scriptwriter Kwon Ki-young."

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I am curious about this too.
After a ... failed google search on my phone I haven't seen much about this writer.
Did he also write Hero with Lee Jun Ki in 2009?
That was the only Comedy I could find connected to his name.

I hope this will be a real comedy. All the ones I ever see in Kdramaland are similar to melodramas except no one dies @[email protected] I want to watch something fun :D

idgi.

I'm excited and going to watch this drama regardless though. JJ fansites have been digging up some interesting things about the characters :D

Fangirls are so useful <3

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I watched Sunao ni Narenakute.. and Jaejoong was good there (won best supporting award).. he is more popular in Japan so his first acting job was in a Jdrama.. if you want a preview on how he acts.. it's good to see that show

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i love sunao :D

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Me too! Though I was biased towards Jaejoong's character towards the very end... tears...

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I fell in love with Ji Sung after watching him in Royal Family. And the premise of this definitely sounds good so I know I'll be tuning in.

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jaejoong <3 jaejoong <3 jaejoong <3
and now i am totally interested in this drama! :D

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Ji sung...so great in Royal Family/love him. These stars never stop working!

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KA-CHING! $$$$$$$$
with jaejoong being signed on for this drama that is the sound of this drama being sold to Japan.

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haha! so true!

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He has a very large following in Japan (even his twitter updates becomes news).. so yeah it's a seal deal ..

Even Heaven's Postman is a Koean+Japanese collaboration project.. I thought he was a Japanese when I first saw him since he is fluent with the language too.. (more fluent than his bandmate Yoochun)

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I have to say JJ's Japanese is the best in TVXQ(5) Yoochun is actually just average

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i though it was changmin? no?

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yes, Changmin's japanese is the best, Yoochun's is good too.. Yunho and Junsu's are not that good..

I don't understand why we discuss it here though o_O

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Used to be Changmin back in 2008-2009. (In term of word used) Then JJ got a bunch of Japanese friends which made his speaking eloquently. Asking a japanese friends, at least JJ speaking is the best among TVXQ(5), not sure about word selection.

Why are we discussing about this matter? lol

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lol, since 2008-2009 Jaejoong didn't talk in japanese in public much, so how you know? xDD

Changmin and Yoochun were much better than Jaejoong back then though..

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@yaya Jaejoong was in a Japanese drama which greatly improved his Japanese language fluency. Recently, fans who went to JYJ's charity concert in Japan said that Jaejoong was the best at speaking in Japanese.

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@cookie
by your logics Yoochun should improve his japanese as well, since he played in japanese drama as well.. do you know that they just learn the lines, not exactly the language.

and I haven't watched sunao, but my friends said that Jae's japanese was far from perfect there.

as for concerts it was JYJ concert, so no Changmin there, right? and Changmin and Yoochun are not very talkative in general, Jaejoong always talk a lot, it doesn't mean though that his language skills are the best..

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oooh i smell blood bath.. kekekekeke .. kidding!!!

chill girls..

why are we again talking about this???

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Jaejoong siad it himself that he have to act like he can not speak japanese well in the sunao and its actually bother him.

Jaejoong's Japanese is the best coz he keep in contact with all his japanese friends while the other didn't. He did study more Japanese while he free and he always talk to his Japanese friend so that why his japanese is THE BEST

Watch the clip when he went to variety show in japan and you will see that his japanese is really good and most japanese think that he did not have korean accent at all

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lol))) japanese say that about Yoochun and Changmin as well)

when Yuchun went to Japan for Miss Ripley shooting set hunting, japanese people said that his japanese on native speaker level.

none of Toho has native speaker level though))

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I study Japanese so I knew their accent!!

Yoochun can understand Japanese but for him choice of words are limited and even in concert he need help from JJ when he can not think of the right word to said. In drama yoochun only remember the sentense.

But JJ learn Japanese from his friend and he get better at understand the slang. He always get new trend of slang from his friends, you can see it in his twitter. His knowledge of Kanji is getting better as well.

While the other stop learning Japanese, JJ still learning it so no surpise he getting better. You can not compare his Japanese in 2008 and now.

I think i should give up explain this to someone who doesn't believe the other people' opinion.
I just talk to my Japanese friend in twitter and she said JJ is the best right now, you have right to believe it or not but im not going to waste my time explain this again.

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lol)) so you expected me to BELIEVE you? ok then xDD

that was amuzing conversation xD

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wae so serious?
its really obvious that jaejoong's japanese has improved over the years and he's the most fluent now
He's even learning KANJI << that takes super dedication
Why is this such a dreary issue?

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so what's with who speaks better Japanese.. this is a Kdrama so what's the fuss...? geez

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i hardly ever comment her but lol i love how this even became an issue. jaejoong is better in japanese. period. i'm a native speaker, and while he's far from being fluent, he's at a level higher than the other jyj/dbsk members. this doesn't invalidate yoochun or changmin's skill in the language, it just means that jaejoong is ahead of them. idky this is so hard for @yaya to understand lmao jfc.

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@savethelastdance
maybe because it is not exactly true and you have no argument except for your own opinions? lol

not to mention that it was tacky on your part to start this conversation at all.. lol)

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Why are people discussing adeptness at Japanese here? I thought this is a post on a K drama =_= not to mention talking about people not in this drama.
Choi Kang Hee has been away for some time, I wonder how this will turn out for her.

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i understand that you like yoomin and the thought of jaejoong being anything less than rubbish in comparison to them (in regards to language efficiency) is making you feel pressed rn, but girl no. it's not just /my/ opinion, it's the general opinion of dbsk's japanese fandom.

yawn yes it was tacky for me to call you out for being painstakingly wrong about a language you clearly know nothing about lol ok.

but like ningk said, this has nothing to do with the drama in the first place so this conversation is done.

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@savethelastdance
lol, no, I actually love only Yoochun in dbsk xD but Changmin is the best in language, and it is well-known fact in toho japanese fandom, yes.

when you say that Jae is better now, you have the problem because you can not know it, since he didn't talk in japanese in public, so it is your speculation only, lol)) get your facts together XDD

I meant it was tacky to start this conversation about who is better in japanese in this post, lol

so you are trying to prove jaejoong being anything less than rubbish in comparison to Yoomin, this is exactly tacky, you are insecure xDD can you respect Jaejoong more, I guess it is too much for you to respect Yoomin.

I'm pretty sure that Yoomin are no rubbish, and they would be perfectly fine even without speaking japanese at all XDD

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Lol, this is so amusing. Is this a sign of what's to come if javabeans decides to recap this drama? If so, I really really hope this gets recapped. JYJ/TVXQ stans create some of the best dramas, lmao.

For the record, nobody cares which JYJ/DBSK member speaks better Japanese, English, Korean, etc.

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@hahaha: LMAO, seriously. This thread is so embarrassing.

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@jejung.. you can say that again

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This thread is ridiculous but just to add my 2 cents as a Korean fan: Changmin (and Yunho) used a Korean pronunciation telepromoter for his Japanese promotions (using Korean words to sound out Japanese words). This should give you a clue to his fluency and how his accent might have sounded. Good day.

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that says nothing about their pronunciation, that says only that they can't read in japanese..

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@yaya ....So being unable to read Japanese still makes them the better speaker?
Lol. You're kinda grasping at straws here.

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So Jae Joong and Ji Sung as love rivals? Does that make sense? Boy vs Man haha

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or really godly saint vs man ...not dissing ji sung....he looks mighty fine in those pictures.....I'm just slightly partial to jaejoong ... :)

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or Angel vs man ^^ Jaejoong <3 <3 <3

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wwwooooww...jaejoong,..waiting for your acting,.. <3

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jaejoong had shown great acting ability in sunao..you gotta watch it...august, please come soon..

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Ahhh...so this is the replacement for City Hunter in Aug........ WAIT!! STOP!! You mean City Hunter will have a last episode and it won't go on FOREVER?!?!?
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo......
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LOL!

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***sigh*** ***sigh*** ***sigh***

...and now I've watched ep 10.

The GOOD me wants to give this boy a big hug and bring him home for a good meal.
The BAD me just wants to jump his bones.

(Sorry to all that this is OT - the LMH lust has taken over. I am helpless..)
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LOL but so true!
I don't want CH to end too T_T

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I've never watched Jaejoong act, apart from DBSK's Banjun dramas, which were fun and silly but not exactly a showcase of acting talent :P Since everyone else has been saying that he's really good in Sunao, though, I'll be optimistically looking forward to seeing how he does in this drama!

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You might want to watch "Heaven's Postman" over at DramaFever. It's a movie so it's a quick watch. I thought he was rather good in it. He certainly brought the enigmatic "pretty" factor to it. (Shallow, but true. What can I say? - it's Hero...)

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I've heard of Heaven's Postman but never got around to watching it. I'll have to give it a try sometime! :)

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Why are there so many dramas I wanna watch? Ah~adding this to the ever expanding list. T_T

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JAEJOONG. Nothing less could cure my painful city hunter withdrawal that is sure to come in the august, the timing is perfect <3

I preferred him in Heaven's postman over Sunao [character-wise i guess], can't wait to see him acting in Korean again. Though I would kill to see him in the less predictable spoiled son role instead hehehe

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Ahh I'm so excited for this. I love Jaejoong soo much and I've been waiting for him to be cast in a K-drama for a long time. He was really good in Sunao!

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just like every other fangirl here...jaejoong. back.

ah!
heres to hoping his acting earns as much praise as yoochun!

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i just luv ji song in this drama that's it! need i say more? don't like the line of leading ladies, sorry! :(

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I will only watch this drama for Ji Sung! Gosh that man melts my heart.

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It will be nice to hear Ji Sung sexy velvety voice again *swoon*

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Oh cool Jae Joong. The script better be on point. I hope they cut his hair. I love him but I'm ready for that hairstyle to go bye bye on all the men!

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weeeeeeeeeeh.... jaejoong! i would really wanna see this.

add that Ji Sung is doing a lighter role, i boarded the ship already...

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Ooooh...............JI SUNGGGG ~ ~ !!!! ^________^

I really love him since I've been watched him in that drama "Swallow the Sun" and "Royal Family" (he really impressed me by his awesome hotness acting, ofc.) I reaaaally enjoy watched that drama "Royal Family" but I was glad that I finally watched all of it!!!! =D

Ohh, I am sure that this new drama will be probably interesting because of my first favorite group DBSK Jae Joong (( Ah......right, he's not in DBSK anymore but he's currently in JYJ now. =/ )) I will be roooooting for all of cast in this new drama! ^__^

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Oh! I meant, all of CASTS, heh! (I forget to add "s" in the end.

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Ji Sung!! love him to death, and Jae Joong too.. all the other comments about JaeJoong remind me of the NJ JYJ concert where this girl was going hoarse screaming "JAEJOONG" throughout the whole concert, even when it was a short break, she didn't stop for nothing.. back on topic totally looking forward to this.

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you saw JYJ in NJ? lucky :) and that's some hardcore fangirling going on...

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I think I'm going to re-brave live-watching dramas with this one, even though I don't know anyone in this case :s *girds her loins*

CMR (aka tinpra)

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YAY.. JI Sung.( it would have been better if he played a bad boy.) XD Also Hero.. (i am dying here already)... I liked his acting in Heaven's Postman was not bad.. he can be better for sure..

Looking forward to see them on screen ^__^

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i love jaejoong to death... excited for this... woot... plus ji sung will be in this drama...

familiar with choi kang hee but i only watched her in one old drama, she was an extra, the one with janghyuk.. i'm ok wan ji hye... thx god i didn't hate both of the female leads... lol...

looking fwd for this drama...

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looking forward to my love jaejoong :-)

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the lead actress of this drama looks scary in her latest pic really scary she looks like a starved 10 year old

http://www.allkpop.com/2011/06/what-is-choi-kang-hee-doing-lately

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i am really hoping this will ease us all out of the city hunter withdrawal we are sure to feel. jj was pretty darn good in sunao and i loved him in postman so i think we are looking forward to a really good 4some in this drama.

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JI SUNG! I'm so glad he's confirmed for this. New Heart may have been a more serious drama, but he was adorable there.

*Adds to her list of dramas to watch*

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I'm looking forward to this... I have liked Ji Sung since "save the last dance for me" days and he pretty much did mostly melodramas and serious dramas recently. I'm looking forward to seeing him in a light fare.

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Ji Sung had a few cutesy/funny moments in New Heart and Save the Last Dance for Me so I think he can pull it off.

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oh i lub jaejoong!! his pic's just my desktop background 4 a while now, im just amazed how pretty he is (sorry for my fangirling)
i am currently watching yoochun's drama now and i thought i'd give up kdrama for at least a while after city hunter & ripley ends..now that's not gonna happen

hi JB...just a thought, now jj's gonna be in a drama i hope he gets to be in one of your Banners here..& yoochun too..please??

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YAYAYAY! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE JAEJOONGIEE IN THIS KDRAMA ♥ ^^

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OMG, I knew JJ was going to appear in a drama but didn't think it was this one! I'm excited now to watch this show. :D He was really great in Sunao and Heaven's Postman. What a great way to ease my sadness when City Hunter ends.

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So Jaejoong is confirmed on this one?

As much as I want Jaejoong to debut on Kdramaland I'm quite reluctant to see this drama premiere 'cause I HATE TO SEE CITY HUNTER END! Damn, that drama is so good. Waaah~

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never thought Jaejoong has lots of fans in dramabeans knowing the fact that he has only been in one Jdrama and one movie..

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Aaaah....the viki page on this drama is exploding with JJ hotness at the moment.

However woo hoo I am in for the storyline and IN for Ji Sung.I am so so so happy lookie the Aug drama line up is fantastic as well.

I've got this,plus Eric's new drama then Lee Dong Wook's weekend drama end July.

How can a girl get so lucky?I am so so thrilled.This year's line up for dramas is so good.

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i hope the hype of casting JJ will not fall short to disappointment.. i'll die a thousand deaths if the script ends up crappy

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so do I, hope the script and directing will be good...

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you and me both

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I like the new title. It sounds like a gossip passing through the company and it does change the whole perspective to a lighter and fluffy tone. I'm definitely IN. August please come quickly!

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JAEJOONG.

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With Ji Sung and Kim Jae Joong,
this drama is in my must watch list....

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So excited for Jaejoong's first Korean drama! I loved him in Heaven's Postman and that's how I became interested in JYJ. Looking forward to seeing him play a devious prince!

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I agree with cookie! Jaejoong's Japanese is definitely the best! My Japanese friend says not only does he speak fluently but he has the best accent. Jaejoong works very hard to improve.

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"he sure is pretty though" LOL
*psh he's more than JUST that!

FYI, the title's once again been changed to "Protect the Boss"

Yes, I'm rooting for Jaejoong but besides that, this is another all-star cast! I knew dramabeans wouldn't disappoint and write an article ^^

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Yay for Ji Sung. I'm not sure abt the female lead. But the male casts enough to draw my interest. Ha. But that woman , is she the same w/the one that play in Aeja?

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the drama sounds interesting. i won't get my hopes up for it just as yet, but i wish it well.

on a side note, as happy as i am for jaejoong, i'd love for some of his stans here to not get too ridic. i adore the kid too, but lol this fandom can be a bit much sometimes. this drama isn't solely about him.

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Excited for this cast. :3

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@yaya - JESUS CHRIST, SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE THIS BABY A FUKIN DUMMY... WHO FKIN CARES? GET A LIFE! PLEASE! I DONT UNDERSTAND Y U'D COM HERE JUST TO START SOMETHING..

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