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Ryu Jin ruins his image for sitcom Standby

With High Kick 3 nearing its end, MBC’s gearing up for a new daily sitcom to take over its timeslot, Standby, and has cast Ryu Jin in what sounds like a hilarious character.

The sitcom is set at a broadcast station, where Ryu plays an announcer whose goal is to anchor for the 9 o’clock news. He looks cool and collected on the outside, but his real personality is described as a bit of a pathetic loser. I love it. Ryu Jin’s played lots of competent businessman types with polished, sophisticated personas, but this role promises to “ruin” that image thoroughly. He looks the part of the ice man, but he can be pretty hilarious when he goes counter to that image, as he occasionally did in Baby-Faced Beauty.

In his rookie days, Ryu’s character made a few key mistakes during live broadcasts and spent the next several years being bypassed by his colleagues and even juniors. Naturally this is a source of stress, so he resolves to make his breakthrough before he gets any older, starting a skincare regimen and writing glowing praise about himself (posing as regular ol netizens, of course) on the broadcaster’s homepage. He sounds like a hoot.

The show departs a bit from the family-centric setup of so many sitcoms, and instead depicts the the workplace bond, describing “relationships and understanding between people with no blood relations, who become a real family.” It’ll have a strong “humanism” bent, which means there’ll be lots of touching moments of connection interspersed between the laughs. The PD, Jeon Jin-soo, has worked on a number of sitcoms, including High Kick 3, All My Love, and Three Men, Three Women.

Standby will air daily and premieres in April.

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There were glimpses of his comedic side in "A thousand kisses" until they were ruined by a dramatic turn to the series. I can't wait to see him in this new role!

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oh my gosh...if i ever meet the writers for A Thousand Kisses, I would have some choice words for them lol...

Started out as my drama crack. I thought the premise was great and I loved the chemistry between WooBin and the single mom but they dragged the story lines to the point of no return that NOTHING got resolved. Started so interestingly then totally fell off the tracks...

RANT OVER.

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I know this isn't the place, but can I please get on board the rant train for A Thousand Kisses as well? How could something that started so well turn into such a drawn out melodramatic train wreck, that pretty much sucked all the joy out of my weekends? Ugh!

I love Ryu Jin and I thought he was hysterical in My Country Calls, so I'm really looking forward to this.

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JOINING. I stopped at episode 28 or 30 and picked up the last episode and OMG so surprised the plot didn't even progress much!! Glad I got off the train early enough but sad that it went south because it had SO much potential in the beginning!

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I pretty much did the same thing... catching every 5 or 6 eps until it just got reaaallly bad. The last episode wasn't much better. Not quite sure what happened with the writing...

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He was absolutely fabulous in "My Country Calls". His scenes are the ones that I rewatch. I wish more of the drama had been centered on his character, instead of the love triangle which was boring as heck.

And, I hope you watched beyond the end of the last episode to the rolling credits and beyond. He was priceless in that epilogue bit.

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ditto! He was by far my favorite character in that show.

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Ryu Jin was the ONLY reason why I watched "ATK". He was adorably cute when he was romancing Lee So Eun's character, so I will have no probs accepting his comedic acting. I'm anticipating this one! Hopefully, it will be as great as "Indomitable Daughters-in-Laws" (also on MBC).

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you mean KIM SO EUN. not LEE SO EUN

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I swear, they changed writers or something. I was raving about 1000 Kisses but then it flipped into something unrecognizable! I still have not finished the last 10 episodes!

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Oh yay! Good for him lol! He's been so typecast as the cold-but-secretly-warm-on-the-inside chaebol for so long that this ought to be good for him.

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Sounds like this will be pure fun!

I need something to stray away from romance focused dramas and anything with chaebols. Sounds refreshing to have a drama about bonding, yet not be a bore (since it's a comedy).

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Wow, great news! He was hilarious in My country calls! I've been waiting for his next comedy role!

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I agree, he was SO funny. He is way better in comedy than playing his normal I'm-so-cool Robot.

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Or should that be Ryu-bot? Hehe.

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Ryu-bot-- yes! ;D Please, no more Ryu-bot roles!

I agree! He was fabulous and hilarious in My Country Calls (he gave me 2nd Lead Syndrome in that drama) and seeing his comedic side made me realize how wasted his charisma has been in all of his Ryu-bot roles. Seeing a playful Ryu Soo Young in My Princess was a similar revelation for me.

Even though it's been a nice long ride, I'll be sorry to see High Kick 3 wrap up. It's been such a reliable source of warmth and amusement-- regardless of how angsty or bonkers my other dramas got, I could always count on HK3 to give me what my heart and funny bone wanted.

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Totally agree with you on HK3 - I can't believe it's almost over. I'm going to have serious withdrawal when it ends. :(

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i cldn't agree any better than that! he's adorable, i'm glad that he's got another project coz i'm one of his biggest fans

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oh yes he was great in that drama!

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Same here! I've been a fan of funny Ryu Jin since My Country Calls. I can't wait for this to air!

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OMG finally a lead role! About damn time the man gets to be lead since he has been in numourous dramas. Go Ryu Jin.!

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I've only seen him in serious roles and pegged him as one. Then came along his guest appearance in Happy Together. Consider his serious image shattered to itty bitty pieces. This man is beyond hilarious! No doubt he will be good in this role. Can't wait :D

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As an avid drama watcher from the 90s, Ryu Jin has a special place in my heart. I always saw that comedy bone in him so I'm glad to see he is going for this role. Yay!!!

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oh man this sounds so great!

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I'm hoping for something along the lines of Ted Baxter from Mary Tyler Moore!

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Oh.My.Gosh. That is SO funny! I love him, but bailed half way through ATK. The only downside for me is that this will be a daily and since I no habla Korean, it's unlikely I'll get to see the hilarity. Bummer.

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Ted Baxter! I can see him in that role. It would be perfect for him!

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Ted Baxter, lol. I had an English teacher that looked and acted just like him. We gave the poor guy a lot of grief.

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It's a miracle that he signed on to another drama so quickly after the disaster of ATK - he really deserved a looong recoup time, (along with the rest of that beleaguered cast).

I can kinda see him in this described character - cold pro externally, insecure goofball internally. Good luck to him this time around - it can't be any worse than what he's just suffered through.

:)

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Amen. On the other hand, nothing's better for him than acting again in something nice. Just to reboost his self confidence. One out of the water. Now, can someone help rescuing Ji Hyun Woo please ?

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now i remember how adorable ji hyun woo was in sitcom old miss diary.

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woah i hope he gets the lead i assume? he was also very funny in another drama the title of which i can't recall now but he cracked me when he needs to be hilarious in a role, even in a thousand kisses where at times he was this naive bachelor! i luv him since i really really like you!
i will surely look f/ward to this one! woot!
thnx DB et al

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I'm so going to watch this even though I'm not a fan of dailies. He has won me over in My Country Calls......so cuuute.

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i love ryujin :)

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His character description reminds me of Uhm Ki-joon's character in the sitcom "Kimchi, Cheese, Smile" who was a hoot.
I'm super glad that Ryu Jin is in a comedy because he can be hilarious! I loved him in Call of the Country. Definitely my favorite Ryu Jin role and one of my all time top favorite characters in a korean drama.

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Aww I loved him in BFB. Sadly I don't watch sitcoms. Tried and couldn't stick with it.

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He has been the 2nd lead who doesn't get the girl so many times. I hope the script is kinder to his char this time around!

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Sounds interesting...

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Standby? so this is the sitcom where Siwan (moon embracing the sun) was offered a lead role. though i'm not sure if he's going to accept it or not...but the description of the sitcom sounds really nice
“relationships and understanding between people with no blood relations, who become a real family.”
n Ryujin's character sounds interesting. xD
hope there'd be some recap/review on this sitcom later on^^
thanks for the news.

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Well if his character is just half as hilarious, lovable and dorky as the one in My Country Calls, its a total win.

ATK... *facepalms* Let's not go there...

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the best thing about ATK was that he was so funny in it until after ep 33.. but he was still so cute and lovable..

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He's so lovely.
I admire him since "My country calls". At times, he was so hilarious I couldn't believe my eyes that such a handsome man would fall so low for acting. If he's half as good in this, you'll laugh with tears!

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I love Ryu Jin, and he deserves to be in something really good as the lead because he is constantly giving me second lead hives. He is able to portray warmth and humor even in glances and gestures. Loved, loved, loved him in Baby-faced Beauty. Fell in love with him in I really really like you. He is another actor who provides "Eye Candy" for grown ups. Unfortunately, as a daily, it does not look like I will be able to see it in the states. I do not get a Korean channel where I live, and Dramafever does not show many of these. Dramabeans, please post stills when they come out. Any more pictures of Ryu Jin will always be welcome.

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Well i just loved him in My Country Calls,the reson i liked him as an actor was after i wathed him in that darma,his just debak!!!

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Love him. He just grows on you. He has a wonderful smile that doesn't show up in his roles nearly enough.

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I just keep imagining him singing with a bucket on his head. Hilarious! ATK should of had him have more comedic moments.

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After 1000 Kisses, he needs a comedy!

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Yay! I really like him and the poor man needs something lightweight after the ATK trainwreck.

Hopefully, the writing will be good and he can show off his funny side.

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Not "lighweight"....poor choice of words. "lighter" would be better....something not mahkjong.

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Ryu Jin are you reading all this? 'love all the fangurling... He's willing to ruin his image again just like in My Country Calls.. Can't wait for this, just hope the Eng subs come with the episodes first shown here in the US... Pls don't let the show fizzle towards the end! Ryu Jin Fighting!!

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Heard that Jung So Min is going to be in this sitcom as well. Wow, great news..Can't wait for this to start.

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