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Eun Ji-won stars in new sitcom

I’ve missed Eun Ji-won so dearly since his departure from hit variety show 1 Night 2 Days, but perhaps it won’t be long before he’s back on my to-watch roster again. On top of joining four variety shows as a regular, he’s added a new sitcom to his slate, and wait for it… IT’S SET IN THE 90s. Awwwww yeah. The clothes? The music? The pop references to 90s idol self? I’m so in.

It’s called Answer to 1997 (or more literally, Answer me 1997, which makes less sense), though reportedly the title’s not fixed yet. It’s set to air on cable network tvN this summer, and so far the cast includes contemporary idols (Where are the other 90s idols?) — Seo In-guk, A Pink’s Jung Eun-ji, and Infinite’s Hoya. There’s at least one actor I recognize: Sung Dong-il, supporting actor in every movie/drama ever, and one of the guests on 1N2D’s Supporting Actors Special.

There’s not much information yet about the story, just that it’s set in the 90s. I’m guessing that with so many singers, it’s about the early idol set, of whom Eun Ji-won is now one of the more recognized/remembered stars. Now I’m thinking Yoon Kye-sang’s sitcom run was wasted on High Kick. He could’ve played himself on this show!

Eun Ji-won really could play a thinly-veiled version of himself, which would be so awesome. Don’t believe me that he could? Take a look at him during his Sechs Kies days in the shot below. Hasn’t aged a day, right? They should get Tony Ahn to play his rival, whatever the character is. Like even if they were rival shop owners on a street corner, everything could be an H.O.T./Sechs Kies meta joke, and devolve into a dance-off. It just writes itself, I tell you.

Answer to 1997 plans to air on tvN in June.

Via Osen

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I miss Eun Ji Won on 1N2D too!

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Its Eun Cho-ding!!!
I miss him too! Gah~ please rival him with a 1st gen idol - im thinking Moon Hee Jun, he matches Jiwons out of this world persona... Eeeee that would be gold

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One word: YES!!!!

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Sounds interesting! I think I might watch just for Hoya. Doesn't take much for me to be happy. :-)

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Eun Ji Won cracks me up, and add Hoya to the mix? I have zero expectations of what his acting may be like, but he is one of the members in Infinite I like the most so I am definitely intrigued. Plus, his smile/laugh is so damn beautiful. *fangirl moment*

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I am in it for Hoya!

I love him and Dongwoo.

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HAH yes to tony an please.

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90's Kpop!!! Count me in!!!

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love the 90's - Forever Fan of Sechs Kies!

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Whoah, this makes me feel young, being a '90s baby. Isn't is a bit early to be making 90s nostalgia dramas? Haha - still, sounds interesting.

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I know, right!

I love girlfriday's suggestion to have Tony Ahn come on the show and play his rival!

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Kinda worried for Hoya, I mean Myungsoo (L) did fairly good in SUFBB but I don't think I've ever seen Hoya act. He is, on the other hand, a seriously good dancer so maybe they'll incorporate that.

But 90's style dance, clothes, hair? Oh yes. Plus Eun Ji-won is awesomely awesome.

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There were times when Myungsoo was utterly painful to watch and other times when I squee'd in the cuteness. Hopefully Hoya will induce less of the former and more of the latter in me.
Hoya does have mad dance skills so I hope they include that, too!

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NICEEEE!!

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"They should get Tony Ahn to play his rival"
....or Moon Heejun!! or, err Jun Jin?
that would be awesome "That 90s show"

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Haha, Moon Hee-jun, like I loved him in "Infinite Note" with Kim Gu-ra...

If the prod. wants, they could get g.o.d. & H.O.T. & Shinhwa also...wait, wait for it...

YOON KYE-SANG~!!!!!

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i see the yoo ah in header......& now i can't unsee some Yoon Kye Sang in him! not sure why...but guess that's why love em both!!! <3

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aww that's amazing news, i missed him so much and i'm glad that he's acting again.

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I'm thinking since the IMF crisis hit Korea in 1997, it could be something about that?

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Yes, it is a possibility that the drama is about that; 1997 was an evil year to Asia now that you mentioned it...

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BRING IT ON! I'm a 90s baby. I'm all about this.

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Am so happy!!
Finally choding is back on d screen! My weekly dosage!!!

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Ahhhh 90's. I like it already.

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Oh God, this brought me back to an episode of 1N2D where they showed a scene of Ji-won's first acting job (he used to say in the past that he wanted to try acting and evil PD managed to score the VTR). Ji-won was cringing throughout. I love it!

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Hee...I remember that as well. I caught a snippet of another variety show where they played a longer clip for him and he was so embarassed. Truthfully, as much as I heart him, and as adorable as he is, he can just stand there smiling and I'd be happy.

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lol. That was funny. His acting was so stiff. But I can bet he's grown...look at all the times he acted and fooled the PDs and cast on 1N2D.

Still, even if he just stands there, like you said...I'd be happy.

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SAME HERE :)
oh cutie ejw! my fav from 1n2d season 1~

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omg. daebak

not crazy about the random idols cast but WHATEVER YESS EUN. JI. WON!

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I like his weirdness and school boy genius in 1N2D. He's unique and so lovable. ^___________^

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Oh yeah, can't wait for this! I saw the casting news on allkpop but thanks so much for giving at least a little info on the plot.

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Omg...YES! Baby bear!
And Sung Dong Il? Bonus!
Will follow this drama no matter what :)

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SO EXCITED!!!!!
and suh dong il! :)

EUN JI WONNN!

wow. this made my day! :O

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aww..my choding! miss him so much

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Eun Ji Won = must watch.

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Thanks for the heads up GF!

I've been missing Eun Ji Won and wondered where/when we'd see him again.

P.S. Love the top photo. (Disclaimer-didn't know about Eun Ji Won in the 90s.)

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I miss Eun Jiwon (love love love him! He was my favorite of the remaining cast of Season 1), but we've seen his old clips of when he was a drama/movie and even he said "It was like I was reading from a textbook". Hahahaha. Maybe with age comes improved skills? Who knows, but it'd be fun to see. But seriously, can we just get a whole lot of 90s idols and see what they can do here? Some of them really haven't aged much. XD

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Bwhahahahha it's like the days when h.o.t did small movies. They were soo fun. Because it's be longer and funnier. Fingers crossed.

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You meant this upcoming drama of awesomeness is longer and funnier. Calm down first and then comment.

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Yippy my Jiwon will come back to Variety Program. Can't wait to see him.

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AHHHHHHH! I love this so much!!

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love eun ji won!!!! saw him 2 weeks ago live and it was epic!!!!!! so i totally want to see him more but as far as I know he can't act very well??

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"Take a look at him during his Sechs Kies days in the shot below. Hasn’t aged a day, right? "

the same cannot be said of the rest of his poor sechkies members xD

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"It just writes itself, I tell you."

hahahahahahahahahaah TRUE! just imagine the dance-of..sing-off...whatever OFF!

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OMG! I'm excited for this and I don't usually watch sitcoms.

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Hello, does anyone know what are the 4 variety shows that he is a regular on? I miss seeing him too~! :)

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this has great potential for cameos!

kim jong min! yoon kye sang! moon hee jun! oh if it kang ho dong cameo-ed!

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I'm a Inspirit, and I have never actually seen Hoya show any interest in acting. He's far more of a dancer, though it would be wicked awesome to see him if they incorporated his skills. Though then again, I would watch any TV drama with any of the Infinite members, so I look forward to this regardless ^^

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OMO Eun! Ji! Won!

I hope Seunggi will cameo in it so that I can see Dang Ding couple again.

Or better, all 1n2d 1st season boys cameo in a scene where Jiwon character guests in their variety show! I miss seeing them together! *sobs*

By the way, MC Mong changed his twitter profile picture, and guess what picture he put? The best friend gold ring from the 1st season farewell episode! The production gave him too TT TT

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miss him and Seung Gi in 1n2d!

honestly I haven't watch the season 2 knowing that
Eung-Choding and Heo-dang Seung Gi is not there! :(

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and Thank God

SeungGi is in TK2H
and now Eun-Choding have these! :)

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