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Jung So-min returns to TV with Standby

Well, this is great news: Jung So-min is heading back to television with a new show, MBC’s sitcom Standby, which follows High Kick 3 and recently cast Ryu Jin in the lead.

It feels like ages since Jung’s last project but turns out to be only a year and a half since she wrapped up Playful Kiss, where she was winning and adorable playing a sometimes-frustrating (okay, oftentimes-frustrating) character. Then again, a year and a half is a pretty long time to stay out of the public eye for a rising It Girl in the very beginning of her career. I’m just glad that we’ll get to see her acting in something again, since I find her really relatable and endearing as an actress, with a natural presence.

Standby is a workplace comedy that takes place at a fictional broadcast station, where our series lead Ryu Jin finds himself stuck in a career slump (can it be a slump if it never took off?) amidst dreams of anchoring the nightly news. Other characters include variety PDs, writers, and announcers who make up the broadcast station family.

Jung plays a young woman named So-min (it’s common in sitcoms for characters to share names with the actors) who grew up in a remote mountain village. She finds herself working a number of odd jobs once she makes the big move to Seoul, determined to make her way in the world and work hard at a successful career. So-min (the character) is a little behind the fashions and tends to say weird things that puzzle people, but she’s got a warm heart and a generous personality. Sadly, though, it’s that trusting nature that also makes her a target for opportunists.

I’m a pretty big fan of Jung So-min and I love Ryu Jin playing comedic, so I’m going to have to check this one out… even if I am pretty tired out from following a number of sitcoms in the past year. They’re light-hearted fun, yes, but they’re also daily shows, and the episodes just pile up on ya, and before you know it you’re drowning in ’em. Glug glug.

Standby premieres in April.

Via E Daily

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Yay! It's about time. Love her.

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Wait, they aren't gonna be a couple in this drama, right? He's hot, but too old for her.

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Im Siwan is not her couple in this sitcom??! O_O

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well, kim so eun is the same age with her. and she had a chemistry with ryu jin in a thousand kisses. I don't mind if JSM is gonna be paired with him :) The one who's lucky is Ryu Jin himself

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Me too..! Love her..!
Her character description is so far from her true self... Hahaha.. Just know she is gonna kill this role again..!

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i really love her!!!

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just when I was wondering when we would see her again
so this is great news
but again not so....because now I have to postphone my decision to watch less and stop collecting k-drama's
I guess I just have to become more picky

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Aww yay, I love her too! I've been waiting for her big comeback but I'm a bit sad it's a sitcom. I honestly cannot keep up with them. Too long. :/

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I know, same here.

I was like "Yay JSM is back!"...read...read...read

"Boo! I will NEVER make time to watch this."

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I think she will be paired with Im Shi Wan character because the characters are the most closest in age. Im Shi Wan didn't confirm it yet right?

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Yup. Siwan is still considering...

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what? but i want Siwan with a noona xD....if he does accept the offer. plus, Jung Somin's character description n Ryujin's character description sound like they'd be an adorable match.

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Yeay!! Im Siwan confirmed for Standby! ^^

Hopefully he's So Min's couple and not Ryu Jin! O_O

source: http://www.allkpop.com/2012/03/zeas-siwan-confirmed-for-standby-sitcom

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I'm so happy to see her returning to the small screen - it's been a long hiatus for her.
She went back to college after PK, but has been kept busy with the ongoing PK press/fan appearances with KHJ.

She's absolutely adorable, but I am SO hoping that she won't be the love interest for Ryu Jin. I hated his pairing with Kim So Eun for ATK - it was actually kinda creepy. So Min has the same type of sweetness that So Eun has, and neither one of them deserve(d) to be paired with him.

A good OTP is one where the chemistry is apparent from the get-go. I don't like having to work at it to accept it.
JSM + RJ = Nope!
:)

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Love So Min. BUT Ryu Jin....isn't he too old for her? Such a mismatch. C'mon, give her a break....she acted her heart out in PK. Why couldn't Kim Jae Wook be the lead? He deserves a break. Plus they look good together.

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Word.

'Mismatch' is an accurate description for the pairing of Ryu Jin and Kim So Eun in ATK, but compared to the rest of the trainwreck that drama became, their relationship/marriage looked downright normal - a calm eye in the whirl of the insanity hurricane of ATK. It was easy to overlook KSE's character calling her husband 'ahjusshi' for 50 episodes - that in itself summed up their total lack of any sexual tension.
I would hate to see it repeated with Jung SoMin - she had enough trouble getting KHJ in the sack for PK - she needs a hot guy who wants her from the get-go!
:)

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But Kim Jae Wook is in the army, no?
Too bad :(

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i dont really like her.. she killed kim nam gil!!!
After watching bad guy, I just didnt like her!
I could've not watched BAD GUY bc it made me
not like playful kiss. Godammnn !!! >.< my kim hyung joong!!!!!!!! lol.

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Dudette! Let it go...

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Still hung up on Bad Guy ending? LOL XD

Maybe you should watch this BTS interraction between JSM and KNG to get over it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7k9nleJTEM

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I love this girl!
You know when a person can act when she can make a character like Oh Ha Ni lovable.

Dear Javabeans and Girlfriday,
Please consider recapping this sitcom please

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recaps? agree to this! can you please recap it? please ^^

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oh yeah! recaps pleassse with cherry on top!!! c:

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Yahoo!!! can't wait to watch MinMin's new sitcom!!

She's a very talented & it's good she's finally BACK!!!!

Minnies all over are all agog over this news~~thanks DB!!

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Thank you for updated. Finally we can wait for MM to comeback. I hope you will do the recaps for this sitcom too. Many thanks.

Nice to know you are fans of So Min~

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hi pearl! nice seeing you here! ^_^

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its about time!! MinMin is back!!!
so excited for her new project!
I dont watch sitcoms that much but if MinMin's on it them there's no doubt I will stay tune to it!

I love this girl a lot!
Excited to see her wonderful acting chops once more!

thanks javabeans for sharing this!

and also, hope its ok to re-post your article to our blog
^_^

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In the drama 'Bad Guy', she was so good at being a bad girl...I hated the fact that she killed KNG. He's an awesome actor! What made Queen Seon Deok one of my favorite dramas were not only the costumes and scenery, etc... but Kim Nam Gil and Yoo Seung Ho! They were GREAT! Their scenes together were so funny. KNG & YSH together w/ Ko Hyun Jung aka 'Misil' were the best actors in that drama! :)

Come to think of it...had YSH not been cast in Operation Proposal, he could have been a good lead opposite Jung So Min. I do like her...she's a pretty good actress, too. ...& as for the current male lead...he seems too old to counter her character...I guess we'll see how it turns out.

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Wow...I was just wondering when I can see her again on tv after I read the article about Kim So-eun on a Chinese drama. I love them both because they can act.

So happy for Jung SO Min...but gosh, I am not sure when I can find time to watch this..:( Hoping there will be a recap...:)))

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Hoping someone subs this... I really liked Jung So Min in PK and was just wondering like yesterday whatever happened to her.

I don't mind sitcoms cuz you can watch a few eps, then if you don't get to it for awhile it's not rocket science to figure out what's going on. But, it seems that not many of them are subbed...

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Hrmm.. I have this love/hate with her.. Hate her as she killed Kim Nam Gil in Bad Guy but love her in Playful Kiss. I hope she will be not with Ryu Jin as that will be strange since he is a lot older than her...

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He was paired with Kim Soeun in his most recent drama, so I guess they'll find a way to get that chemistry.

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EEEEEE. FINALLY.
I can't believe it's only been a year and a half. But srsly, the k-entertainment industry is in need of more young actresses and I adore JSM, so YAY!

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i love her.she is a natur beauty and very good actress.i am happy for her and for us as her fan.fightingMinMin.

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Darn it, I really wish she had come back with a drama instead of a sitcom. I love Jung So-min, but sitcoms are so long and rarely subbed so, I might have to skip out on this one.

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Definitely made my day!!! I am so happy she came back, I don't think I have ever watched a Korean sitcom - it'll be interesting

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I have never watched one either. Hopefully k sitcoms are easily accesible and subbed like k dramas! O_O

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i'm surprised ppl hate her so much in Bad Guy..i guess it shows her acting abilities....i actually preferred that role than playful kiss, innocent girl-turned evil because of her jealousy is more interesting than naive sweet girl...which sounds pretty much like what her role would be here again....i like roles that shows some layers to a character than all sugar and cotton candies or straight up bitch...but that's just me...xD

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Funny how things work! I saw her on the banner last night and thought, what has baby Yoon Eun-hye been up to lately? And tada, answer the next day! :D

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What has Ryu Jin been doing lately that he's been paired up with such young actresses??? First, it was Kim So-eun in A Thousand Kisses and now Jung So-min in Standby...

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Yay! She is back!~
I highly doubt they'll be subs, but I can still hope. Sigh, and much as I love her, I hope I'm able to enjoy her appearance on this show, since it's going to be hard being an international fan.
Also, I heard Ryu Jin isn't her love interest, it's someone else. Wonder who!!!

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I LOVE her! Her acting seems so natural and real. You don't feel like she's "acting" or even think she's "acting good". When you see her on screen, it's like watching a live documentary. I'm not saying she's super duper awesome and flawless, but she comes off as natural in her acting.

But woah, she lost a lot of baby fat on her cheeks!

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When I saw this I cheered out loud... but it's a sitcom. We'll see. Someone might be starting her first daily drama. I just love Jung So-min. I've missed her since playful kiss and I watched that this summer.

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Well thank God! That will finally silence the "Why not Jung So Min as the female lead?" comments. They were approaching the level of annoyance of the "Where is Jae Hee?" comments.

But I do really like her. Happy to see her back.

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Does MBC do live streaming or online videos of sitcoms?? I only get KBS World and One HD where I live... *panicking slightly*

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Yay, it's about time. So excited to see her again :)

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This is great news! Cannot wait to see SoMin again after 1.5 years. Am so glad she will act in such a long sitcom. That means she will get lots and lots of exposure.

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yay, good news

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but not Ryu Jin , please. there are plenty young good actors, why ryu jin, oh nooooo

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Most likely to be coupled with Siwan right?? Can't imagine So Min coupled with an Ahjussi... x_x

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jung so min is very pretty,. moment I highly dislike the guy she pairs in this drama !!!!!!!!!!!!

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yes , . , jung so min is so pretty and smart,. moment I don't like men's pair with him in this drama#############3

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Yeah!!! But, I hate to say that Ryu Jin is way too old for her...it was a little uncomfortable watching him and KSE but Jung so min?? Ottoke??

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loooOovve herrrr!

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Yay she's back.I like her in Playful Kiss but I want to see her in drama. newe it's good to see her again. Now Im jus waiting for Moon Geun Young's comeback.

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Love her, so am definitely looking forward to this.

I don't normally comment on people's looks but I have to say that she looks thin in that photo. Not sure when it was taken but I hope she's not purposely losing weight. I thought she was gorgeous in Bad Guy and Playful Kiss.

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Actually, I think this is an old picture. Her hair is lighter now. But yes, she did loose weight. She gained a bit of weight during PK (due to stress maybe?), but she lost it afterwards.
This is a more recent picture:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dz-euoXaelo/T0eWVmdRmmI/AAAAAAAAgno/T5qyqmxi2ts/s1600/427670_381782991834025_100000069834374_1579960_2129870409_n.jpg

Pretty girl, even without make up :)

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Thanx for the picture.
She's so lovely

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how come her character sounds sooo much like ivy chen's character in modern people ^_^ i hope they tweaked it a little! Can't wait to see her back on the silver screen!

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IF SHE'S IN IT, THERE'S NO WAY I'M NOT WATCHING THIS.
*Major Jung So Min fangirl*

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was just thinking bout her

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YAY AWESOME! I love her in PK...even though her character is annoying, she's very cute and a good actress.

Wow, is that a new photo of her? She looked maturer now :)

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YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! I'm so glad to see her back! She literally just disappeared, I take it she was probably just studying but I've missed seeing lil Yoon Eun Hye!
Hope she stars in a proper drama this year, would love to see her as the lead again.

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Goooodness! Long time no see, JUNG SO MIN ~ ! ! ! !
I am glad to hear this news about her returning into K-Dramaland, yay yay yay!! :D

Oooo.... #6 Yeezong's comment made me so freaked out....but, honestly....I laughed out loudly ~ That's part of me is very strange, oh well.... ^__^

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im so happy that she's and this will be my first sitcom because of her and i hope the guys she ends up would be good enough for her

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yay!!! finally, the long wait is over!!!!! i so love this girl, such an adorable and an awesome actress. so happy that his leading man will be lee ki won :D

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would i selfish if i ask you to recap this sitcom?
JUNG SO MIN is just SOOooOO Adorable! I've been waiting for her next project and this is it!!! I'm excited! :D

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