Sitcoms/Variety Shows
More lovelines and flashbacks in Standby
by | April 5, 2012 | 46 Comments

Well, that’s one way to grab our attention, isn’t it? Jung So-min and Im Shi-wan haven’t been in many of the promos for upcoming sitcom Standby, so now’s their chance in the spotlight. And cute almost-smoochies are always an attention-getting way to reel us in; we’re cheap like that.

He plays a high school student in his last year, who for some reason is staying at a jjimjilbang (sauna). She plays a country girl who relocates to the big city and takes up a number of odd jobs, among them one at the same jjimjilbang. They end up being chased by a gang of adolescent delinquents, and their escape lands them in close quarters. And thus begins their loveline.

The other leg of the love triangle comes with Lee Ki-woo, who said of the romantic pairing, “It feels good [to have that loveline]. In my past projects, I’ve mostly played characters in one-sided loves, so this is practically the first where my character is on the receiving end.”

Lee describes his character as an affectionate person who doesn’t speak much, but is perceptive to the feelings of others. Even so, he’s awkward at expressing his own feelings.

He said of his first sitcom project, “Sitcoms have changed a lot and compared to the past, there is less of a burden on comic acting. More than a pretty boy who lacks any sense of reality, I wanted to portray a cheerful character who could help viewers unburden from the difficulties of reality. I had faith in this project because of the combination of Jeon Jin-soo PD and writer Park Min-jung, who did sitcoms I enjoyed watching like Three Men, Three Women and the Nonstop series.”

Then there’s Ha Suk-jin, who is described as a cool, competent, and perfect announcer at the broadcast station, thereby making him the rival to his bumbling colleague Ryu Jin. Which might lead one to believe he was always the hotshot… but for the “past” photos showing what he was really like in high school. A big ol’ dork. Hahaha.

Apparently Suk-jin and Ki-woo were in the same class in school, and the mischievous Ki-woo had put raw garlic in Suk-jin’s lunchbox. Too bad Suk-jin’s allergic. The two men meet up years later at the broadcast station, and Suk-jin vows revenge. Who says perfect men can’t be petty?

Standby goes live on Monday, April 9, and will air daily.

Via E News 24, TV Daily


46 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Mystisith

    All i have to say is: Lee Ki-woo is stellar on those pictures! A big cheerful smile instead of a sad bitter one makes all the difference… The kids look adorable.

  2. oozzeee

    ,love Lee Ki Woo’s first pic. He seems really delighted about something while being photographed, in contrast to the second one where he’s just smiling a for the camera’s sake..

  3. canxi

    Laughing so much at Suk-Jin’s dork pictures,lol. Somehow still adorable though.

    • 3.1 houstontwin

      I really loved Suk Jin in “Once Upon a Time in Saengchori.” Everyone should check it out. It was so clever and funny.

  4. momogi

    yaayy,, jung so-min, im shi-wan, lee ki-woo, so much pretty and cuteness. I want to watch standby soon!!

  5. coconutjuice

    Does anyone know how long this sitcom is going to be? Hopefully each episode will be only 30 or so minutes instead of the 1 hour ones.

    • 5.1 canxi

      Yeah, since it’s a daily sitcom, I believe, the episodes will be like 23 or so minutes and 120 or so episodes.

  6. Alicia

    I’m happy that Lee Ki Woo’s character will actually be on the receiving end of getting some love instead of the one sided love. I don’t know if I could take him being rejected again.

  7. Ani

    *melts at the thought of the awesome to come from this*… *and the pretty* XD

  8. jomo

    Getting a little bit a whiplash watching Im Shi-wan go from:
    Glowing flower sageuk genius
    Desparate Murdering Fiend/Friend
    Romantic Boy in the Balls

    Especially that last switcher.

    But I am glad he’s getting the roles.

    • 8.1 YY

      My grandma always says nothing makes a man more alluring than romantic balls.

  9. Natalie

    I hope Lee Ki Woo gets the girl 🙂 I can’t wait to watch this!

  10. 10 Cinderella

    Wait… so is Lee Ki-woo going to end up with the girl? I thought Lee Ki-woo and Jung So-min would be the end game and Im Shi-wan is the second-lead???

    I will not stand for this if Lee Ki-woo does not end up getting the girl this time!

    P.S. – Love those dorky pics of Ha Suk-jin, it’s nice to see that not all hotties have been knockouts in their entire life… in kdramaland at least.

  11. 11 Locturne

    After watching Equator Man, the only reaction these pictures prompt is: Jung So Min, stay away from the creepy boy!

    • 11.1 jomo

      I agree with you. Too many issues!

      • 11.1.1 anotheraddict


    • 11.2 malta


    • 11.3 missjb

      I agree with You XD
      Si Wan’s character in Equator Man is still keep in my mind, I can’t get over his creepy personality… lol…

  12. 12 Cam

    HAHAHA! Look at this actor HA SUK JIN ~ he’s really dorky but very handsoooome. HeeHee! 😀

    Looooove this actor Lee Ki Woo’s adooorable smile! I am glad to hear that he’s satisfied with his character role to able to receive L-O-V-E to Jung So Min, of course. 🙂 That’s great! Oh my ~ Oh my ~ Jung So Min and Im Shi-wan (from Equator Man) seem like they’re clooose to “smooches!” each others. hehe ~ See what’s happens, hmm~!

    ^___~ v

  13. 13 Shena

    This is going to be a sitcom I’m looking forward to watching since Nonstop.

  14. 14 Cynthia

    What am I missing here?

    MBC employees are currently on strike, particularly those employed in post-production, editing, etc.
    How can Standby air on the 9th (unless MBC filmed eps before the strike began and have a bunch of them ready to be aired) – but your info says ‘live’?

    It’s my understanding that the strike continues on and with the recent firing of several key strikers, things are looking uglier with no end in sight.

    • 14.1 Mystisith

      I read that MBC hired free lance journalists to replace the ones on strike for the news. I bet they did the same with the post prod technicians…

      • 14.1.1 Cynthia

        Oooo… a scab labor force. It’s like the US in the 70’s under Reagan.

  15. 15 yuna

    so it’s gonna be lee ki woo-jung so min-im shiwan triangle?!?!?! and lkw will be the receiving end?!?!? wow! am dying of anticipation already. can monday come soon?

    • 15.1 ck1Oz

      Won’t he like get the girl in like eps 50+ or something? Being a sitcom and all.

      • 15.1.1 yuna

        you’re probably right. it’s 100+ episodes and there are other plotlines too.

  16. 16 snow

    can we have a girl for suk-jin too? a dorky one XD

    • 16.1 hanjiyoon

      i think he actually does have a girl though! (check out the previous post on Dramabeans covering “Standby”!) From the teasers and the previews, it looks like she’s pretty dorky too! Hehe. I heard it’s going to be a love triangle too though, since she likes Jin-haeng. 😛

  17. 17 Steph

    So easy like that, and you threw in Husband’s pics at the bottom. Did not read but looked real hard!

  18. 18 Ace

    Aaw! Jung So-min’s growing up. I mean she looks more mature here than in PK. I forgot that she was already 22 or 23 when she did PK but she looked like a high school student.

  19. 19 Noelle

    Hmm, well all he says is he’s on the receiving end that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll like her back. Just saying.

    God, can LKW be anymore cuter!?

    Most definitely my first sitcom. I can’t skip out on all this awesome.

  20. 20 RaeRae

    This is the first sitcom I think I actually want to see!! When does the first ep air??

    • 20.1 hanjiyoon

      April 9! Two more days <3

  21. 21 Lady Seoul

    Oh. Hello. I didn’t know he was going to be in this series. =O ;D

  22. 22 kewbie

    Loving these pics! Thanks for posting!

  23. 23 wanderlust

    oh Jung So Min is so lucky! Lee Ki Woo and Im Si Wan in one drama, that’s so much eye candy! 😀 I loved both of them in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and The Moon that Embraces the Sun.

  24. 24 BlueBluff

    Ha Suk Jin is fucking hawt.
    LOL. Please excuse my language. (;

  25. 25 sally_b

    Two very, very (rawr) attractive men…and that girl who makes bizarre, twerky movements with her lips (aka Playful Kiss) that make me want to beat the screen with my shoe…sigh.

    Oh PLEASE Drama Gods ~~~ botox her lips into submission…or just have her stare blankly, without lines…a lot. thank you.

  26. 26 Tracy

    Is it just me, or does Ha Sul Jin sorta look like Kim Kang Woo!

  27. 27 Shawn

    When does this air????

    • 27.1 nomu nomu nomu

      from article:
      “Standby goes live on Monday, April 9, and will air daily.”

  28. 28 Sponge

    Ahhhh the stills are too adorable 😀 since i’m not going to watch the drama (i can’t handle the episode load of sitcoms), i hope there will be video cuts just so i can experience the cuteness 🙂

  29. 29 Viki

    WHY? WHY? Why does Jung So Min always get to kiss the hottest idols? First Kim Hyun Joong oppa and now my Siwan oppa???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  30. 30 annie

    hmmm i like the pairing of siwan & jung so min. they are good looking together but sigh, my siwan can’t get her at the end! so frustrating!

  31. 31 k-soup

    can’t you recap this sitcom?
    I’m desperate! :/

  32. 32 Jaykah

    yummy cast 🙂

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