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Dr. Jin beats Faith to the punch with summer premiere

javabeans: So Song Seung-heon’s time-traveling medical drama has gotten on MBC’s schedule, and will be premiering in summer. They’re saying June, but it could be July.

girlfriday: Er? I thought Time Slip Dr. Jin already had a timeslot. Wasn’t there a whole debate we had about the size of his ego and cable?

javabeans: No, I think the substance of that discussion was mostly about towels.

girlfriday: It usually is.

javabeans: Time slip always trips me up, because it’s one of those terms that got co-opted into Korean that we don’t use in English, but it just makes me picture Song Seung-heon standing there with a permission slip to leave school or something. You know, his time slip.

girlfriday: Or standing there in a jumpsuit waiting to punch his time slip for his hourly job.

javabeans: His jumpsuit made of towels?

girlfriday: Yes, exactly. Also, I thought this drama was Faith?

javabeans: That’s what makes this news so funny to me. Lee Min-ho just got cast in Faith and was in all the headlines yesterday, with the media touting the power of the Lee Min-ho Effect in finally getting the show on the air.

girlfriday: The power of Lee Min-ho to make all noonas swoon? Oh, you mean the other one, his starpower.

javabeans: You might call those one and the same. You know, ‘cause Faith went through a couple leads, lost them, then sat in development hell for two years… and then he signs the dotted line and BOOM! Instant timeslot. I think people may underestimate just how huge Lee Min-ho is — he’s more than just another pretty face; he has more than just popularity, but also clout. On the Seung-gi Scale, he rates somewhere between refrigerator CF and mobs of handsy ajummas.

girlfriday: You mean Song Seung-heon circa 2000?

javabeans: Pretty much. So then you just know Song Seung-heon got all apoplectic about being pre-empted by that upstart, put in a few calls, and made sure HIS time-tripping, medical fusion sageuk drama got on the air FIRST.

girlfriday: Can’t have the young whippersnapper stealin’ your thunder now, can you?

javabeans: Right? Can’t you just see him yelling into his Bluetooth, “Just GET ME ON THE AIR BEFORE HIM, do you hear me?! Before August or I walk!”

girlfriday: “And these abs go with me!”

javabeans: I would hope so. And now all the headlines read, Dr. Jin To Air Before Drama With Same Premise Faith. Except… Faith has the legendary writer-PD duo of Sandglass, Eyes of Dawn, and Legend… while Song Seung-heon’s drama don’t got no writer or producer listed yet.

girlfriday: That seems to be a glaring omission.

javabeans: Maybe his abs will compensate.

girlfriday: Surely, they compensate for a lot. But I dunno if they have picked up drama-writing skills yet.

javabeans: But if they distract you enough from the lack of drama writing, maybe it’s the same difference.

girlfriday: Touché.

javabeans: But no touch.

girlfriday: Hands off the moneymaker!

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Let's see if I am still going to be 1st, after I press enter (just wanted to say that :-) ) Off to read now!

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I think all 3 pictures posted here are really good, but I especially like the one of Lee Min Ho. It's a really nice one of him.

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I saw the three pictures there and they're good yes, but I wondered....how does Seung Gi fit into an article about two dramas completely unrelated to him?

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Who cares?
lol
I guess that's the LSG scale of starpower.

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Don't get the appeal of LSG.

He's an OK actor when he's not overacting and frankly don't find him funny at all in his variety hosting/participating skills.

As for looks, let's just say, not even close to good-looking.

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For the longest time I felt the same way about Lee Seung Gi, and it always puzzled me why people adored him so. Until I started watching Gumiho and 1N2D and I'm pretty much a goner. I guess I finally see the light.

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I haven't seen enough of his projects to pass off a sound personal opinion. I think he's cute and entertaining enough in 1N2D and the only times I've seen him acting were in the Infamous Chill Sisters and his cameo in Best Love.
But the reason why I can't bring myself to watch Gumiho or King 2 Hearts despite liking both lead actresses (and being interested in the storylines) is because I can't really find any attraction in his face that hooks me enough to look at it for a whole series. He is very clean-cut and nice-looking, but yes, I admit I am superficial and like lead actors who have some more...sex appeal/hotness. *sigh*

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It's funny, Nicole, because I agree with you that he doesn't scream (or even whisper) sex appeal as himself...but I have seen him in MGiaGH and Shining Inheritance and I'm watching him in K2H...and somehow, within the role, he definitely sells it.

It's sort of the JGS effect - he looks one way but then in a role he seems entirely another. Except in this case, Sukkie usually looks like a girl and sounds like a man, and Puppy looks like a boy but sounds like a man.

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Oh thank god I thought I was alone lol.

I don't get what all the hub-bub is about. He's not that good-looking. I think he's a good actor though. I think most of the love comes from ahjummas who wish they had him as a son.

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Joining the Lee Seung Gi *don't understand it* club.

To me, he's like Matt Damon. He's got that Average-Joe quality.
If he stood in a group of a dozen other men of similar stature and ethnicity.....then you were asked to rate them ...from most-handsome/charismatic to least, based on visuals alone ---he'd probably score somewhere between 5-6.

It's neither praising nor damning....it's just --- average.

I rarely watch the variety shows (apparently his forte) because so few are fully English subbed. Dramas, I can follow fairly well without subs, but variety shows play off of quick wit/banter....which supposedly he's good at.

So~ I sense that I'm probably judging him when he's out of his BEST element. Yet, that also causes me to wonder why he's being cast as *hot male lead actor*....if he's better at other things. (?) In any case, I am still enjoying the ill-named "The King 2 Hearts".

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Can't believe I finally found people that feel the same way about LSG. I've watched in him in both Brilliant Legacy and Gumiho, and he still hasn't impressed me much either. I think his acting is okay, but something about his appearance doesn't seem to hook me in as other Kdrama actors do. I'm planning to watch King Two Hearts and hoping this is role that maybe he shines more in.

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When I was really getting into k-dramas and unfamiliar with names and things, Shining Inheritance was one of the first things I watched. I found him more attractive the more I watched him--it wasn't something I saw right away,lol.I also like his acting, so that helped. I guess my admiration for LSG grew along with my affections for the character he was playing in a way. And then stayed cuz he's a fun guy to watch, imo.

But apparently he's more attractive in person. I was watching an old episode of Strong Heart one day where one of the guests was talking about him. She didn't get why everyone was so attracted to him either but said she changed her mind as soon as she met him for the first time. That was a hilarious story.

Anyway, it's all in the eye of the beholder. I don't think anyone should feel odd if they don't find something in him that attracts them.

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At first, I really am confused why soooo many people love LSG but after watching Shining Inheritance, Gumiho and 1N2D, I am too a goner...I fell in love with the guy.

It's called MAGIC! Few people have it. He has a certain charisma that people are drawn to him, not the "sexy""hot" appeal but something more on the side of adorable and cute but manyly as well. He is a guy that every father would want for their daughter kind of thing.

It helps that all his roles fit him perfectly and that he can really pull off the role without being silly silly.

Its not an ajumma thing, he comes off as someone who is REAL compared to other celebrities.

If you still can't understand it, it's alright not everyone is perfect. Peace! Hahahahahaha....

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Beg to differ. IMO the first picture is the best. That head tilting you see has been patented for the last decade. No actor has ever patented a certain gesture/body language as theirs. But that particular pose is definitely Song Seung Hun's. His worldwide promo for headtilting.

And he's still the best looking of the three tilting or not.

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They say that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." And I say:" to each, it's own." This to me is not a competition, there are different tastes for different folks and I believe there is enough room for that.

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And I agree with Javabeans about how popular LMH is, which probably gives him a lot of clout. He seems to handle it well, so far.

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He is truly beautiful, I will agree!

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What can I say but what a tilt! What a man!

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Agreed 3 photos looked good ... one has a man look, the other common and one a bit feminine

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Grabs popcorn

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stirs coffee.

the comments are always interesting at dramabeans. lemme have some of that popcorn.

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Haha you two make me smile! LMH over Mr. Hand towel any day :D even though I love them both, SSH comes across a little urm I can't find the word... Help me people...? :P

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less charismatic than LMH?

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..less talented?

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less ab-tastic......(not sure if it works)

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yeah, you had me on all the rest: LMH is a better actor and since he generally comes across as goofy/likeable in real life, probably more charismatic than SSH who is beeyootiful but perhaps a bit..stand offish.

But on less abstastic? No. LMH has abs, somewhere. We don't ever see them. SSH, however, is a known quantity, and in this case, quantity and quality are synonymous!

Let's hear it for Towel Slip Dr. Jin!

I will be checking out both, for different reasons.

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no i was saying that SSH's abs well lesser quality than LMH ( plez don't kill me!!!).. city hunter era

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LOL - and I was saying that LMH's abs would be slapped into oblivion by those of SSH. :)

One acts, is cute, and can be really hot at times.

The other is competent in a role that suits his talents, (such as they are) which include being hot at all times.

I like to watch them both, so I'm good :)

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Here you go.

SSH is like one of those smooth, dark chocolate after dinner mints. Delicious, pretty but cool.

LMH is a dark chocolate covered caramel - Delicious still, but warm, sweet, and the type you want to sink your teeth into.

JoAnne and freinds - try to keep this PG

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I don't think I can...so I will be quiet :)

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JoAnne...you hit it exactly. LMH is adorable, and a great actor and CAN be hot, and IS more frequently as he gets older.

SSH can't act at all, but he doesn't need to, he's just hot We need to find another venue for him so he's not messing up a drama, but we can still enjoy the scenery. Maybe a towel CF?!

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I think someone needs to post a side-by-side of the said abs so we can compare and take a vote. But I've got no idea how to do that, lol.

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But LMHot doesn't have any bulk. He's built for speed.

Unlike young SSH who was massive in his early 20's and has gotten more defined as he "ages."

http://www.askactor.com/actor/Song_Seung_Hun/galleries/
Oh my my! This is where I stole all my fav THT photos.

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shel 3.2.1.1.6
agree with your proposition.. anyone here can do it? please... please...

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Lol I'm loving all the suggestions as to why LMH is better heh.

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Can't comment on LMH's acting since I haven't seen him in anything, but SSH has the better face and probably the better physique as well, even if his acting has been less than stellar.

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SSH is the most beautiful man in Korea, maybe the world.

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Yessss! He isssss!

And he is hottest than LMH!

And his abs is definitely far more superior that those of LMH!

Perhaps this is the time for the towel to slip to burn the screen hence proove his hotness once and for all.

The Time Slip could slip into a new title: Slip.

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I like!
Sounds like a scary movie, too. All those one worders are frightening.

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I think that's an amazing title, pipit. So terse yet so laden with tension. Add an exclamation mark and it gets even better: Slip!

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Great idea YY. If one exclamation mark isn't enough to make that damn towel obey a join chorus of bunch of angry ladies might work.

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LOL, you two!

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Yes!! And hardly anything else matters.

Just to put things in perspective. I come from Scandinavian roots and find him totally amazing.

A friend at work told me he saw him in for real and said he was better looking in person. I appreciate everything about him and have never sensed he possessed any of the negative qualities mentioned in this post.

I'd watch him over the other two in a heart beat. I hope this time warping medical drama story has some substance to it.

Having fun reading all the comments!!

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I foresee lots of drooling! Let the battle of time traveling eye candy commence!

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Yay! A drama that's gonna air after my exams finish! I was beginning to lose hope! I think I might skip Jin and watch lee min ho's though..there is just something more appealing about that..you know real acting and a good storyline..abs aside of course :P

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Exactly! I haven't been able to finish any of my drama because exams are next month! That's why I was thankful that these dramas are going to air in the summer. I'm sure I will have more time then...I think.
I think I'll read recaps for the first 2 or 3 episodes for each one, but I'm most likely going to watch LMH's drama since it has people working behind it already.

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Oh while you're talking about abs...don't forget Jaejoong will be in this one.

It's gonna be an absfest to remember if they let him show off :D

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Dr. Jin has Jaejoong..yay! that will make the sub out in no time, I hope

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"Seung-gi Scale"??
I need subtitles on this one.

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Me too. I just watch Kdrama, don't have a clue about the real world outside kdramaland. Who's the bigger star in Korea btw? In term of popularity I mean

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They are both really really damn popular. SSH with ahjumma fans and LMH with noona and teen fans.

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You have a point that makes me think of the ratings game.

Is it that teens don't drive the tv ratings, the people who pay the bills do? That is why sageuks are so reliable.

Does that mean MtEtS crushed all its competition because it pulled in both the parents and the children?

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I am fascinated by all that "ratings" stuff culture, even if i hate maths. From what i know, ratings tell us that in a sample of households, TVs are tuned on channel A or B. Apparently they do polls to know the composition of the family. But do they know how many people are sitting behind the screen to actually watch each show? Cause a lonely bachelor or a team of girls, are not exactly the same...

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I've heard in Korea it's mostly ahjummas who're in control of the TV remote whereas in Japan it's the teens! Don't know how true this actually is but when i think that schools in both these countries run later than usual esp for 12th Grade (in Korea atleast) they finish school and then go for additional tutoring (this makes me think that they would mostly watch these shows on the internet/reruns!)

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They're comparing LMH's level of popularity using Lee Seung Gi's trajectory in entertainment.

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i'm not from korea but from what i gather seunggi is POPULAR coz he's famous on ALL fronts..all audience, noonas, ajuhmmas even ajusshis hehe

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It was the various variety shows that made him uber-popular! Not only that he's known for being extremely well-behaved so everybody loves him in Korea....it was a smart move by him career-wise.

On another note, I haven't watched Ji-nah's previous works but I LOVED What's Up!! Just wish Dae's character's story was better resolved....it seemed kinda wishy washy....hope to watch Sandglass soon, tho! So, excited for LMH's drama!

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awesome. I just love when people answer with example. SSH --> ahjumma
LMH --> noona & teen fans
LSG --> everybody's puppy
got it.

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Really? LMH is what made a timeslot?

Hmph. I am actually not watching both believe it or not. I am going for the Lee Jun Ki saguek.I know another one and it's in July. Do we actually have any drama in the modern time frame now like circa 2012?

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javabeans: Right? Can’t you just see him yelling into his Bluetooth, “Just GET ME ON THE AIR BEFORE HIM, do you hear me?! Before August or I walk!”

girlfriday: “And these abs go with me!”

LOL!

Poor poor THT. I hate to say this, but his drawing power cannot compare to LMH. And this is an LMH who hasn't even earned Army abs yet.

THT can't make a bad drama watchable. I tried, really tried with EoE, and the wardrobe, make-up and hair worked really really hard at making me want to watch him, but I just couldn't get past 20.

But LMH is a whole nother class of actor, as in, he knows how to act. And he is dreamy, so so dreamy.

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Sorry but.....lol doesn't SSH come into EoE around ep. 16-18 or something? They have a child and teen actor before that.

And I am not a SSH fan but even I acknowledge he has drawing power with ahjumma fans........whereas LMH has the teen fans.

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SSH shows up in 4, at the end.
As the show progressed, he became more and more beautiful. Seriously every shot was gorgeous, but soo not interesting.
I will gladly take all the hits in the world for this, which I wrote when I watched it.
I am almost done with Ep 19 of EoE and I am still waiting for it to be interesting. THT is so handsome and has no charisma. When he says his lines you don't see any thinking behind his eyes. It is almost as if he's just waiting for the next... person... to... say... their... lines, so he can say his. Most of the time, actually he's just waiting for the next guy to hit him with a stick. He has been hit with about 257 sticks so far, and I am prolly underestimating that!

The experience of watching this show was painful. I don't understand why it had such high ratings. Do ahjummahs like to see poor SSH get the kit shicked out of him?

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LOL, kit shicked....

I never watched it. I thought about it when I was in my SSH phase (early in my Kdrama career)....I've since moved on to KJH, Lee Min Ki, YSY, LMH, Yoochun, etc etc etc

Anyway...back to the point. I may be the only person who actually lives in Steinbeck country who says this out loud....but I hated the book. And I wasn't sure if this was a version of that story, or something else entirely with a similar name, but I didn't wanna chance it.

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I wish there was a discussion about "East of Eden" somewhere. The story in a word is heartbreaking. I watched the entire series because I was just starting to watch Korean Dramas and was enraptured by them.

The story is an allegory loosely based on the story of Cain and Abel. I had to spiritualize the meaning of the ending to not die of heart failure. Of course we know Abel has to die because he is/was the first martyr.

It is a beautiful revenge story. The character SSH plays is unbelievably God-like. He is a gangster, but such a good-hearted one! His actions throughout the story are totally contrary to what would be common/usual human reactions. I just feel that his character totally exemplifies WISDOM. So, I would have to say that this drama is a very important one.

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i have to agree with SSH Fan too, though I'm not really his fan. EoE is actually a very beautiful drama. it is my fav 70's era drama, given that i watched it without knowing any stories behind the drama production.

So I think most people who likes to criticize EoE is simply influenced by the whole 'drama' behind the production. EOE itself is actually a very beautiful drama. it is one of a kind that 'll always be remembered.

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See, that is why I didn't enjoy this.
Cain and Abel is just way too sad for me, and I like sad.

Plus - I really cannot get past the violence in this show. I don't understand how watching these guys get pummeled over and over and over is necessary.

Why are you hurting the beautiful SSH? Why are you hurting the beautiful Vampire Prosecutor? STOP!!!

PS I didn't know anything about the drama behind the drama either. Oh yeah, LDH's character was NUTS, too, poor thing!

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I do not like violence, either! I hated all the fights and how the evil man (Shin) tortured Lee Dong-wook not realizing he was his own flesh and blood. There is plenty of cruel irony.

Lee Dong-chul's purpose in life is to exact revenge on the man who killed his father. What happens in the end is that he gives his life for this man's only son who, also, is someone he (LDC) loved the MOST during his entire life.

Anyway, the redemptive themes are what make this story great.

I hated it when they introduce Min Hye-rin (Lee Da-hae) into the story. It is pointless and annoying. I could just taste the loathing Song Seung-heun had of her through his character Lee Dong-chul. I smile thinking about it.

When I watched "Sandglass" I noticed some parallels and similarities in the two stories: The prosecutor, the gangster, and casino owner's daughter. Falling in love with the bodyguard and him eventually dying. The time setting of the stories. I like "East of Eden" much better than "Sandglass." The ending of "Sandglass" disappoints me. It seems so amoral in many ways whereas "East of Eden" has a strong moral resolution.

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Going to watch Lee JunKi's drama (my hubby is back kyaaah! >..,<
Because it is airing first I think LMH's drama will lose more casual drama viewers though....but his fans will definitely watch it.
Also, for TSDJ a PD and script-writer has already been chosen. The script writer is the one who wrote Time Between Dog and Wolf (a drama I loved).

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Oooh! Really? I loved TBDaW, too!
But does that mean we get an angty Hand Towel? I don't really like angsty Hand Towel as much as romcom Hand Towel, who I love with all my heart.

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lol I really disliked the drama My Girl........I couldn't complete it and thought the female lead didn't act well. Similar to how I am feeling with K2H right now.

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Me too...don't like angsty Hand Towel. Romcom Hand towel's lovely, charming, sweet and smiles a lot. Angsty Hand Towel scowls, is surly, rude, grimy, greasy and generally a very depressed and depressing character. Romcom Hand Towel is all sunshine and light, angsty Hand Towel is all gloom and doom. Maybe Dr Jin Towel will be a bit of both? Angsty Hand Towel undergoes a radical change when he slips into the past and ends up becoming romcom Hand Towel? Or maybe it'd be the other way around? First sunny then gloomy? Oh whatever. I just want him to ride a horse. I've never seen him ride a horse before. A motorbike, yes. But I just want him to ride a horse. I have no idea why.

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I know why. I can even guess you would love him riding a horse with a kilt which is blown away by the wind and revealing those muscled thighs of his and giving you a chance to see whether his favourite speedo is finally being forsaken for the kilt.

But of course I might be wrong because I'm always in awe of what's running inside your head YY. They're just wonderfully amazing.

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Romcom Hand Towel on a horse
In a kilt with no remorse
Muscled thighs so appealing
Speedo nowhere, naught concealing.

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Oh yeah, I decided YY is a genius.
Secretly. And comes over here to drop her brains on us for a little while.
I thank YYou.

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We are so not worthYY

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Seriously, I love these talks of you. It's always so funny and yeah LMH all the way :)

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LOL, hilarious conversation!

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This post is missing some fluffy goodness.

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LOL

"Just pay attention to my towel and ignore that lack of wrieter-PD, ladies"

Haha, somehow makes me dislike him just a tad bit more but all is fair in entertainment and war, I suppose.

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Remember JB and GF are just having fun with it. They're not saying he actually said that.

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Lol, don't worry-- I didn't think he actually said that. But the thought of him doing it comes too easily XD

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Sigh.... I think it's fun to make joke of his lack luster acting skills and compare it with his incredible good looks and even more out of this world body beauty then matches them with his equally incredible ego.

But, I never lost tract of what's real and what's not. He's so big here and admittedly outside too because we make him that big (here).

In Dramabeans THT has his own personality/character which is completely separated from the real Song Seung Hun. Which is why I love him more than other stars. It's always fun to come to his tread.

I still remember his interview where he good naturely admits his faults and his LACK ACTING SKILLS.

That article forever endears him to me.

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Me too, Pipit. I am quite hopeful that along with his prettiness he's got a personality like Uhm Tae Woong - would LOVE to see all that pretty wrapped around the soul of an enormous dorky goofball.

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LOL

"Just pay attention to my towel and ignore that lack of writer-PD, ladies"

Haha, somehow makes me dislike him just a tad bit more but all is fair in entertainment and war, I suppose.

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Heh - Song Seung-heon just isn't one of my favorites. I appreciated him for My Princess (until the writing tanked at the end), and I'm one of the first to say that I lurve me some Handtowel action, but there's just something about how his personality comes off - it's like he's got more than a big touch of So Ji-sub ego-centrism (word? IDK..) - I'll bet there's not a mirror made that he's ignored in passing.

Comparing SSH to LMH is like apples to oranges. Just doesn't compute. I can see SSH being afraid to go up against opposing time slots - LMH would crush him, and justifiably so.

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Re Mirror - seriously, can you blame him? He probably turns HIMSELF on, he's so hot.

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Hah! Just watched a bunch of MTM reruns on Hallmark - so now I'm thinking of The Handtowel as Ted Baxter.... a
total peacock!
:)

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you know, he would PERFECT in a role like that. People would line up in the streets to see him parody himself, and he CAN do the funny, I've seen it happen. It was probably by accident, but still.

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My thoughts exactly Cynthia! He's super good-looking but he comes off as one of those people who knows they are and isn't afraid to bring it up in conversation. "How 'bout them Yankees, guys? How 'bout my hair?" lmao or like a sack of diamonds?? So pretty, worth a lot, but kinda useless if you think about it-- at least where dramas are concerned, anyway.

But, I mean I'm willing to get a mind-change any day now. I just don't think Dr. Jin will do it. I enjoy reading about him though. It always makes me laugh.

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................but lol I don't even understand why this is an issue except for pressed LMH fans.....
The drama's aren't even in direct competition to each other for ratings or anything......

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I think it is partially because:
http://www.hancinema.net/time-slip---stop-producing--40520.html

A quote:
Lee Kim Production of the drama "Time Slip Dr. Jin" is demanding the suspension of the drama "Faith" which is to be broadcasted on SBS.
Lee Kim Production claimed, "The fact that "Faith" is based on time travel and a modern day doctor traveling to the past to treat patients is very much like 'Time Slip Dr. Jin'".
SBS and Kim Jong Hak Productions said, "Our scenarios have been through reviews and we had no problems".

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The one thing SSH's series has over Faith is that Jin is being adapted from a great manga. Jin is by far my favorite Japanese drama (one of the few worth watching), so I'm interested in seeing how the Korean version turns out.

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I was JUST going to mention that. I quite liked the japanese drama but the strength of it was definitely the acting ability of those in the Edo period roles. Jin was sympathetic without being annoying and Ryouma was comical without being a cartoon; they played them with such subtlety that I wonder how the korean version will tackle the characters...
...will it stress the comedy aspect of the situation more or be more dramatic like the japanese version was?
The most central aspect of Dr Jin was the medicine... perhaps LMH's Faith will be different from that?

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thank you for mentioning this. eventho i'm thinking most (here and the kdrama audience) will miss/ignore that tiny bit detail.

LMH has a big fanbase now, so i can bet my monopoly money that Faith might get the higher ratings. altho, perhaps combining SSH's fanbase with Jaejoong's supporters might boost Dr. Jin's.

honestly, learning about Jin's adaptation, I wanted someone like a Kang Ji Hwan (who was attached to Faith before, i think) - someone in the same calibre of acting. no offense to SSH.

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I'm pretty shallow so I'm gonna bet my wrist on JIN. Mathematically speaking, two abs > 1 abs. And anyway, I never enjoy LMH's acting. He's too good at it that I don't even have some moments when I laugh at some part. And yeah, I'm pretty shallow..

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LOL I just love math when it comes to DB commenter ;)

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Yeah, this is probably the only place where we could learn 1 ab + 1 ab = 2 abs thus > 1 ab ^-^

Never know how easy math really is before....

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Can't we put LMH and Jaejoong in the same drama?

And exactly how many time travel dramas are being made this year? Five?

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I hear you . I mean the first time hearing the time-travelling premise (Rooftop Prince) - I liked it but now that everyone's seems to be doing it - I ain't sure anymore .
Time-travelling dramas:
-Operation Proposal
-Rooftop Prince
-Queen In-hyun's Man
-Dr.Jin
-Faith

..... what else ?

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I'm all for SSH and Jaejoong in the same drama! I can't wait :) I've watched Jin and loved it, I hope the Korean version is similar(great acting and lots of action, please?)
Faith sounds interesting too but I'm not a fan of Lee Min-ho, so I don't care too much about that one.

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why are you so mean to Song seung-heon?

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I liked SSH in My Princess, though that was largely because of the chemistry he had with Kim Tae-hee.

So, I'm going to be watching LMH's drama for sure (because, uh, it's Lee Min-ho), but whether or not I watch Song Seung-heon's largely depends on his female co-star and on just how cute and/or bickery the characters' relationship is.

... it would be pretty funny if the next bit of news was that Faith's timeslot had been moved up to early June. *g*

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"I liked SSH in My Princess, though that was largely because of the chemistry he had with Kim Tae-hee. "

Exactly! He was so very endearing in that role.

Also, It's not as if we dramawatchers cant multitask. After all, I balanced The Musical and What's Up quite well, not to mention the multitude of similar k-dramas that are out every "season".
Personally, I dont see why I have to choose.

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Oh, you don't have to choose at all - for me, I think the issue is: do I really want to watch two dramas about a doctor who travels back in time, one right after the other?

Possibly not. So, my solution is to pick Lee Min-ho's drama as my definite, as Song Seung-heon's as my 'maybe'. :)

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See, I like variations on a theme. I like to watch all versions of a movie, I especially LOVE to discover that a movie I enjoy is based on some other movie I had no idea it was connected to...I love seeing the infinite variety in how to present the same story.

I will knit the same thing in different colors with slight variations in style for the same reason, just as (when I used to) draw the same scene in different media or times of day.

For me, having multiple shows with the same basic premise gives me food for thought so I'm always happy about that!

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I agree.
I will watch any official version of Pride and Predudice, and most romcoms are based off the theme Jane came up with.

What about Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet being the basis for any of the "I can't be with you because my father killed your father" K-dramas?

It's all good.
Time travel is my favorite set up for any story. I have read just about every novel I could with that.

The fact that the settings start to resemble each other makes it more fun to compare and contrast, too.

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Jomo...in that case, I guess you are probably a fan of Ten Things I Hate About You?

can't describe how much I love that movie...

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If I love the source material (Pride & Prejudice, for example) or a specific concept or trope, I'll watch any and every version I can lay my hands on.

However, if it's simply a variation on a theme I'm not particularly enamoured of, my interest does tend to wane.

(P.S. 10 Things I Hate About You is awesome! and you know, for a brief time in high school, I was actually convinced I'd one day marry Heath Ledger. ahhh, youth.)

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@ JoAnne,

While I think the movie "10 things I hate about you" is cute. I'm a bigger fan of the school they went to. The kid graduated from there. And yes, it does really look like a castle. In fact that's the schools nickname. :)

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Trixi, that was a REAL school? I figured it was CG, LOL. But it's not really called Padua High, right?

Man, I love that movie...Heath Ledger singing on the bleachers...

I miss him. So sad.

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For all the Pride and Prejudice lovers out there, I am SO with you - I think I've seen 3 or 4 versions, plus Bride and Prejudice, the Bollywood version - not to mention an almost annual read of the book - as well as Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Northhanger Abbey, Persuasion, all the rest! Huge Jane Austen fan here.

Has anyone read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? How about Sense and Sensibility and Seas Monsters?

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That was the first thing I saw him in so that probably explains why I don't think he's an ass...I always think he's in on the joke - 'yeah, I know I'm not a great actor, but I'm trying...and hey, in the meantime, aren't I PRETTY?' If that's really his attitude, I find it very endearing. But I'm probably projecting.

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He had chemistry with Ryu Suyeong who played the professor!

That scenario with SSH and KTH both going after the professor might have improved My Princess tremendously! Ha ha ha...

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A rom-com like MP was perfect for SSH; really helped that KTH did such as good job as Seol.

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*nodsnods*

I agree; though the drama had obvious flaws, SSH and KTH were so cute together that I just didn't care. (and hey, that's why the fast-forward button was invented, right? ;))

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and here I have praying like crazy to all drama gods for CITY HUNTER 2!!!...

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Actually, there was a British children's drama called "Time Slip" somewhere in the 80s, so maybe the word is BE and not AE?

Between SSH and LMH, I'd prefer LMH on any day. Towel, or no towel.

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Just between SSH, I prefer no towel.

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The only thing that comes between me and my towel is SSH.

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JoAnne, you are the cause of more diet coke splatters on my screen than anyone else.

Just thought I'd let you know. :0)

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Love you too :)

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I'm still very skeptical about the korean version of Jin. The japanese original was excellent and they had a leading actor who is a very good actor. Not denying that Osawa Takao isn't handsome but he is a very good actor as well. Plus the supporting cast especially scene stealing Sakamoto Ryoma(Uchino Masaki) and gorgeus Nakatani Miki.
SSH is gorgeus to look at but is he a good actor, okay at best.

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let's not forget Ayase. I thought she was endearing as Saki.

the one thing i'm betting the Kdrama will up is the romance. kdramas are typically better at handling the romance department. yet, not very good at maintaining the balance between drama, comedy, romance, and action. the jdorama on the other hand can simply incorporate everything.

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Ayase was adorable in this part, she can be a hit or miss in her roles but she had that girlishness that was needed to play Saki.
I liked how the feelings slowly grew between Saki and Jin, it wasn't instant love (though Saki fell for him first)
Now I'm wondering who will play Saki and will they add the Nokaze character (who wasn't a character in the manga)

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I saw the Jdrama version of Dr. Jin and enjoyed the first season alot. It was like a medical McGyver where Dr. Jin was practicing 21st century medicine with 19th century technology.

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I think no matter how many time-travel sageuks you put ina row, if the last one has Lee Min Ho, most people cant resist. curiosity or crush whatever. even if you are sooooo tired of the similar type of plots, you´ll watch. involuntarily your hand clicks that remote.

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Director and Writer have been announced:

Song Seung Heon and JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong will appear for the first time together in this drama that is directed by Han Heui, who has worked on the direction and production of dramas such as “Over the Rainbow”, “Super Rookie”, and “The Bean Chaff of My Life”. The scriptwriter for “Dr Jin”, Han JiHoon, has written several hit movies and dramas including “Taeguki”, “Boy’s Don’t Cry” (t/n: also known as Once Upon a Time in Seoul), and “Time Between Dog and Wolf”.

http://star.mt.co.kr/view/stview.php?no=2012040414155430633&type=1&outlink=1
http://jyj3.net/2012/04/04/news-120404-song-seung-heon-kim-jaejoongs-time-slip-dr-jin-scheduled-to-be-mbcs-successor-to-light-and-shadows/

Still crossing my fingers...but REALLY hopeful. Let's go, absfest! :D

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Lee Min-ho!!!!

I know for a fact that my LMH got a lot of ahjumma fans too. But definitely more noona & teen fans. Anyone saw the news about his event in China being cancelled because too many of his fans showed up?

Anyway, glad that the dramas are not gonna be shown at the same time. They each have advantages & disadvantages. Faith maybe has the trifecta, but I don't like the lead actress and not sure about the story; TSDJ has SSH (to me he's not an advantage ;) ) & Jaejoong, and was adapted from a popular manga, but as with most Korean adaptations they don't really turn out as well as the originals (so hope they got a genius writer and director).

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its freakin LEE MIN HO. ENOUGH SAID

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In terms of premise, Dr. Jin > Faith
In terms of lead actors, Song Seung Hoon >> SSH and LMH

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In terms of hotness, KIM JAE JOONG >>>>> SSH and LMH

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In terms of acting acting and hotness and on screen charisma,presence>Whole cast of Dr.Jin!=D

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I meant LMH's ,etc!

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What I meant was:
In terms of lead actors, SSH < LMH :))

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For me, i'll prepare a feast of offering for drama-gods to express my gratitude. What can be more satisfying than JaeJoong and Lee Min Ho, one after another. I die n gone to 7th heaven watching these two gorgeous men...aaaawwww

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I am looking forward to both drama. As for who I like better....both SSH and LMH are my favorites. However, as of now, I am looking forward more to Dr.Jin than Faith..mainly b/c the pairing of LMH and KHS ( I know it is too early to judge but they do not match physically, although both are really good looking people).

Can't wait to find out who the leading lady for Dr. Jin.
Anyhow, instead of putting down one drama to support the other, why not just enjoy both! Fighting Dr.Jin and Faith!

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I do love how Lee Seung Gi is used as a reputable popularity meter here, very scientific. Next we'll be measuring hotness on the Won Bin scale and cute smiles on the Jung Il Woo meter.

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lol. I can work with those other two scales.

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Can we also use the Uhm Tae-Woong dorkiness/how much unlike your characters the actors are scale?

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I ABS-olutely agree with Alvina. Why do we have to choose? They're both drool worthy.

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lol, thank you! That's what I'm saying. There's always time to add/drop AFTER seeing if it suits our taste. Right now, I'm just appreciating all the pretty :D

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Just Hope they find a good writer'cause this type of drama is all about the story. (pray) My dream is that one day they'll have a story as strong as "Lost" in the first season. Even if I luv' the actors (YAY!!).

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Sorry for being completely OOT, but allow me to recommend this hilarious article XD
http://www.allkpop.com/2012/04/the-most-predictable-scenes-in-korean-dramas

For me, the most predictable is number 6... But also the one I expect the most ;D

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Having seen the original "Jin" (which was very entertaining, btw), I think that lots of "writing" might not be required, so much as a few general localization edits. Much of the historical hierarchies and sentiments of the era will be substantially similar to the Japanese version. However, unless they're going to adapt seasons 1 and 2 of "Jin," they'll need to flesh it out a bit -- and, without a question, boost the romance quotient!

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Don't need to worry about romance. Korean excel in this department ^-^

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You know, the more I think about it, the more I think you girls have pulled a fast one on us.

For no apparent reason, you include a photo of LSG.
BUT, I believe this qualifies as a photo of a puppy, thereby averting what could and should have been a fan war between the Towel and the Hot. Huh.

From the Great Sun Tzu: He will conquer who has learnt the artifice of deviation. Such is the art of maneuvering.

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speaking of puppies, I saw a glimpse of a header here featuring some cuuuutest puppies. where is it now? havent seen for a long time.

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Dramabeans! Now with puppies!

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Indeed!

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In dealing with k-dramas and these girlies, LSG will pop up in the weirdest ways possible.

I'm not arguing~

The photo with him and a puppy makes me squeal like the age most people think I am~

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I love how Song Seung Heon discussions and articles turn into an issue/topic about his abs. Haha.

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Sometimes we discuss his eyelashes, too.

But he doesn't like it when people talk about his eyelashes.

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And it's more fun than talking about SJS's hair.

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The head tilt gets a lot of exposure too.

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I think he developed the head tilt so he wouldn't poke himself in the eye. You know, for when the towel comes off.

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OMG! Is it just me? The image that comes to my mind!
JoAnne tell me you aren't talking about what I think you're talking!

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LOLOL! A big guy like him has to be really careful or he'll end up having little accidents like this....

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If I'm right and am thinking what I think you're thinking, Pokey there can come in pretty handy as a substitute clothes line for towels and speedos and even as a key holder.... the possibilities are endless! Only downer- he'd have to drag a whole lotta load with him and all that bulk, not to mention sound (jingling keys, flapping towels etc) could be a mite distracting when he's trying to hold a serious conversation. Terribly heavy too....I'm worried all that stuff Pokey's holding up would take a toll on the poor thing's health in the long run.

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Of course you ladies are right.

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You guys are too funny! Lol! Hrm... LMH should fight back and try to get an earlier Timeslot too! xD\

With the writing and leading pair (The Return of KIM HEE SUN!!!!!).

And SSH and KJJ...

Which do you think would win if they duke it out?

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Oh! and don't forget Faith's 3 Billion won production!

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We all forgot Philip Lee in this abs-quation.

Is LMH+ PL is SSH+ JaeJoong?

I actually give JJ the edge over PL, but I know the elf lovers out there are going for PL.

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If we're talking Abs, SSH+KJJ definitely wins this one.

But I'm talking how good the Drama would be given.

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Dr. Jin will be hurt and helped because it's an adaptation because it will always be compared to the jdrama (and sometimes adaptations just don't happen right)..

I'm watching both or at least checking them both to see which one is my cup of tea. I just hoped Jaejoong would pick light hearted stuff and not this.

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I love Jaejoong, but to be honest his acting skill was so so. He is much better than Kim Hyun Joong. But his acting is decent. Kinda stiff.

I was hoping he'll take drama like his Japanese dorama, he was good in there. But this one? I'm not sure but I'll give it try.

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Seriously, can't they make new drama theme? I mean how many time travel dramas are being made this year?

I'm excited about Rooftop Prince since it's the 1st one who premiere and I'll keep watching it.

But..Faith, Dr.Jin and the tv cable drama (forgot the name) also about time travel, it's not even fresh anymore for me.

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