Drama Casting & News
Poster and teasers for Dating Agency: Cyrano
by | May 3, 2013 | 87 Comments

I’ve got double-plus-good news: Lee Jong-hyuk looks smexy in the posters for his new rom-com Dating Agency: Cyrano, and better yet, there’s zero trace of his llama hair from A Gentleman’s Dignity. It’s the little things in life. The new series from tvN is gearing up to premiere this month and has finally released a poster and a few sneak peeks, though so far they’re more conceptual teasers about the premise than actual looks at the drama world.

The 16-episode series is an adaptation of the movie of the same name (starring Uhm Tae-woong and Lee Min-jung), and stars Lee Jong-hyuk as the head of a theater group that turns its talents to helping the lovelorn (and hapless, naturally) as a way to save their dying theater. As the leader, Lee Jong-hyuk is cold and calculating, and believes that love is just hormones running wild. Girls Generation idol Sooyoung (Third Ward) co-stars as a member of the agency, who has a much more romantic notion of love than her boss does. She’s playing the Park Shin-hye role from the film, but in the drama she seems to be the leading lady, which is a little confusing. Perhaps we’re deviating from the source material more than advertised.

Hong Jong-hyun (Jeon Woo-chi) is the genius engineer on the team who goes tongue-tied in the presence of his crush, and Jo Yoon-woo (Flower Boy Ramyun Shop) plays a high schooler who loves theater with all his heart, and designs the costumes for the dating agency. How cute. Lee Chun-hee (The Thousandth Man) plays the chef of the restaurant next door, and is a character shrouded in mystery. Based on Chunderella’s character type, I’d peg him for Daniel Choi’s role in the movie (adorably awkward, hopeless in the love department) but we’ll have to see how he fits into the story. So far the promo focus is all on the episodic adventures of the dating agency, but there’s going to be more story than that, right?

Dating Agency: Cyrano follows Nine and premieres May 27 on tvN.

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87 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ivoire

    Thank you!

    • 1.1 Ivoire

      Question: what is a “Chunderella’s character type?” (I am assuming it is a reference to Cinderella, but I still don’t get it).
      Also, like GF, I didn’t like Lee Jong-hyuk’s llama hair in AGD. I like his haircut in these posters better. This sounds like an interesting drama.

      • 1.1.1 Yukie

        Chundrella refer to his character in Family Outing.

        He was weak n being “bullied” by e others to do more chores than he supposed to 🙂

        • bd

          Mostly by “Stepmother Kim” (Su-ro).

      • 1.1.2 Bengbeng

        Adding to Yukie’s, it is the combination of his name “Chun” + “Cinderella” = Chunderella =)

        • kama

          when will he stop being the guy who owns a restaurant or stop being a chef?

          • Nicole

            Oh my god, hahaha you’re right! I remember he was a chef along with Han Chae-young in 2005’s Only You. ^^

        • Ivoire

          Thank you guys!

    • 1.2 superficial

      Not sure. Probably a matter of opinion but this is not a goodlooking cast. I’ve watched all Oh Boy dramas and enjoyed them all, but I think I will give this one a miss.

      • 1.2.1 Justine

        lmao i was just going “hmm that’s quite superficial of you…” in my head when i looked at your display name and looks like you beat me to it.

        • hawaiianseoul

          lol ouch

      • 1.2.2 crazyfansdon'tflamemethisismyopinion

        The SNSD girl is miscast, and as much as I have grown to like Lee Jong-hyuk, something tells me this flower boys version is going to be a miss. TVN is basically exploiting the name at this point and this iteration is more like Police Academy 7.

        Also, wth happened to Soo Young, she used to be the prettiest in her group and now…

        • Tuttie

          I think she went under the knife, she looks different from before…Her nose is weird. Its her, but not the same as before..

        • lema

          all these critics lol i havent seen you a any drama nor movie sooyoung is still the prettiest imo in snsd natural beauty they just wear lots of make up but for some reason in this drama her hair is never staight ughh but she acts better than anybody in snsd also mo but seriously give it a chance

  2. verte

    Yay <3

  3. j

    It looks so good~ Can’t wait!!!

  4. Belle3005

    I’m so EXCITED! Can’t wait to see this wheeeee~~

  5. manquant

    Smexy Jonghyuk oppa, dorky Chunhee and Sooyoungie~ I couldn’t ask for more. Have seen Flower Boy Ramyun Shop recently and Yoonwoo’s a sweetie there. Haven’t seen Jonghyun yet though but based on the trailers, he’s a flower boy from head to toe.

    Sooyoung’s so lucky to be in a love triangle with those two, both Jonghyuk and Chunhee have oh-so-manly voices. Good thing All About My Romance will be done by then, my fangirl heart might completely burst with these two.

    Perfect timing, (Flower Boy) Dating Agency : Cyrano will be my inspiration for June’s start of classes~ *^^*

    • 5.1 Claudine

      Jonghyun was one of the minions in Vampire Idol who were perceived ugly in the vampire world.

  6. ck1Oz

    Are we actually excited about this?

    Not being sarcastic. Just have not heard much hype or fangirl screaming for this drama that’s all.

    • 6.1 milkmustache

      Haha, I don’t know about other people, but I am! It sounds super cute and I like all the people casted. And I tend to trust tvn with their dramas.

    • 6.2 nakai

      Planning to take a break from kdrama after NINE ends. But I’ll keep this on my watchlist. Thanks for the update GF !

      • 6.2.1 nakai

        Sigh …I did it again. Replying to post when I intended to make a new post. Sorry.

        But yeah I’m excited for this drama. I hope they have good chemistry together.

    • 6.3 Oohlala

      Watched the movie ages ago and while I love UTW and PSH in it, the movie itself is kind of really boring imo lol

  7. crazedlu

    I wonder if Sooyoung will be ble to catch up to all the actors around her? So far, in all her projects, she’s been a bit behind. She seems like a sweet girl, but ever since they announced her as a lead, I’ve had heavy doubts about her pulling off a version of the Park Shinhye character. Guess we’ll see.

    • 7.1 someone

      She will do great, I loved her in third hospital, she was hardly a bit behind in that, have you seen it? and she is very likable to watch. I take her over PSH any day.

      • 7.1.1 lama

        you must be a soshi fan

        • someone

          saw her in 3rd hosp thats all I know. She was very good in it

      • 7.1.2 haha

        u must be a sone
        she is watchable but far behind PSH lol

        • someone

          guess we are entitled to different-I dont like Psh and I never mentioned her acting, only that I prefer the other girl over her, when she was brought up. I dont watch high school level dramas thats all psh does.

          • Nilechocolat

            Every one love his own star and fave him or her on others but when you don’t know about park shin hye ‘s acting career & the only thing you know that she do high school level dramas seriously don’t mention again if you don’t like her that yours but if you doesn’t know other than YAB and HS please go and know other works of her 🙂

      • 7.1.3 helloyou

        …she’s better than Yoona IMO. But I don’t think that says very much.

        She wasn’t bad in Third Hospital, but then again I only made it through like 3 episodes of that show.

      • 7.1.4 crazedlu

        I watched her cuts of Third Hospital when I found out she was cast for this. She’s watchable, but I feel like she’s seen one too many dramas growing up and model her characters after those bubbly, aegyo girl characters. No nuances. Again, nice girl. Not so stellar in the acting department.

  8. Ace

    Yay, It’s tvN! Was a little disappointed with FBND but so far almost all the dramas I’ve watched are good. *crossesfingersforNine*. Also watching She is Wow which is hilarious.

    Anyway, I love the cast here. Been Lee Jong-hyuk’s fan since watching DWAYG? Also, Soo-young’s one of my fave in SNSD so hope the writing and directing’s good for this version of Cyrano.

    • 8.1 Fun-lugha

      Oh gosh! Ur watching She is Wow too? The synopsis doesn’t do it justice but it is hilarious! The gay couple made me go what?! plus the next door Army General and his wife who are always having such lols sex he he!

      • 8.1.1 Ace

        One of the surprising dramas this season. I also love the neighbors do it while the General’s minions go on as if they don’t know/mind what the boss and the wife are doing. Wow lady’s announcement on her radio show in ep.2 made my day. Hahaha. So much fun in this show, right? Hope the subs come out faster.

        • Mystisith

          Only 1 episode a week and 12 of them at the end for She is WOW. It’s so good that I demand an extension now.
          *Sorry for being off topic on this thread*.

          • Ace

            Only 12 episodes? Like J-dramas? Well as long as it continues to be funny and fresh, then it’s fine by me! Better a shorter show which ended very well than a 16-18-20 episode show which has more than a few dragging episodes and fizzed at the end.

          • TS

            No, no extension. Partly because I don’t see that working unless the writers really mess up (it’s a bounded issue) and partly because one reason I like it is that it’s not going on for ages.

        • joyfuls

          Do you happen to know who is subbing it? I know Dramacrazy has it, but they steal their subs from a source.

          • tephxx

            kpopshowholic is subbing (http://kpopshowloveholic.tumblr.com/) but there are just 2 episodes out.
            she is wow is really funny haha and good

  9. keets

    Lookin’ good, hope it stays that way!
    I love me some nerdy vampire but not when he’s tryna work HaHa hair.
    Can’t wait, Lee Chun Hee makes me swoon!

  10. 10 wenlin

    omg! looks awesome… can’t wait 😀 thanks for the preview post, hehe!

  11. 11 Moko

    Hong Jong-Hyeon reminds me of Kim Jae-wook in those pics. What is KJW doing lately anyway? Anyone????

    • 11.1 salina

      he is doing his military duty. i just heard he is due to be released May 4th. ^^

  12. 12 casius

    CHUNHEE!!!!!! Ahh, i love him so as an actor.
    i like most of the cast: indifferent to soo young tbh..
    and a little concerned about the story and production, but that’s something we’ll find out once it airs so… for now, not gonna care too much.
    it’ll be interesting how they translate the movie/original story into drama format.

  13. 13 Faith

    Hong Jong Hyun’s hair. Why 🙁

    Other than that, I’m so ridiculously excited! Loved the movie, can’t wait to see the drama adaptation.

    • 13.1 cheekbones

      I’ve been wondering, should I like it or not ? I don’t hate it, but I’m not sure if it’s good. I was surprised to see him (I mean his hair) in the teaser sometime ago. Hehehe……

      I think I’m the only one who wants to watch this for him ? 🙂

      • 13.1.1 Moko

        nope youre so not the only one 😉

  14. 14 kopytko

    I want it to be good. I really do. I need a quirky comedy.

    AND I miss Jung Rok’s llama hair from AGD. The ‘do itself is ugly, but LJH rocked it all the way. To me, it made the character complete. I guess it was necessary to get rid of it to avoid comparisons to AGD. *goes to rewatch a random episode thereof*

    • 14.1 Mystisith

      I loved the llama hair too! Some guys can pull it off and others can’t.

  15. 15 RockPaperScissors

    Sign me ! If Chun Hee is in it, I’m a watching.

  16. 16 Mystisith

    Seems cute. All those love fails… ^^
    I wonder if each episode will be independent with the hopeless case of the week and maybe the love story of the Agency’s members playing in the background.
    I’m in the mood for a pop corn drama & this could be the ticket.

    • 16.1 trotwood

      I would really like it better if it were different love stories each week . I am not feeling a Sooyoung pairing with any of the male leads.

      I did like the movie, and I am looking forward to this.

  17. 17 Fasiris Fay

    Looks good!

  18. 18 Abbie

    Teasers 2 and 3 were funny and cute. I can’t wait to see this! Love Lee Jong-hyuk!

  19. 19 MariD

    I’m excited! The movie was a lil slow, but I have always loved the concept of show around a dating agency. Can’t wait!!

  20. 20 maldita

    Junsu Appa with mah girl Sooyoung and my fave Chunderella. Definitely watching this.

  21. 21 Saima

    This show moved up on my radar after spending the past week and a half being obsessed with “Dad, Where are we going?” Jong-Hyuk’s son, Junsu, is just lurvveeeeee!! What makes his Junsu-isms all the more ROFL-worthy are Jong-Hyuk’s WTF expressions.

    • 21.1 maldita

      I love how Jonghyuk’s pretty much judging Junsu hard 80% of the time. Like, he’s forever in WTF mode with the things Junsu says and does. 🙂

  22. 22 J

    Junsu appa! Omg when he eye-smiles I totally go “yeah, indeed he’s that weird kid’s dad!” lol

  23. 23 snow_white

    I hope it deviates as much as it can from that boring movie..

  24. 24 Me

    I can see soo young bad acting through the 1st picture..more like a pin-up actress like lee yeon hee..sorry to say..

    • 24.1 Mystisith

      *Rolls eyes*
      1 – Acting can only be judged in motion.
      2 – If you had seen her in The 3rd Ward you would know that her acting will be the last problem of this show…

    • 24.2 MariD

      Really? You can tell how well a person is going to act by a pictures? Can i borros your talent next time I go to the movies? Movie tix are expensive and knowing how the actions is going to be would save me time & money..

    • 24.3 Jo

      For once I am unbothered by an idol. Soo Young, lookswise looks similar to Go Joon Hee, and doesn’t look like she is solely going to be a pretty meek girl. I think Soo Young, in terms of most idol women, is one of the more outgoing (but not shameless) women out there. Her “idol personality”, to me, doesn’t feel fake and thus doesn’t get in the way

  25. 25 Anya1

    can’t wait for this!!!!
    oh but even in the movie.. Uhm Tae-woong doesn’t end up with Lee Min-jung right? in fact they sort of leave an open ending with Park Shin-hye if im not mistaken? I mean we see her doing the whole cyrano agency thing on him?… so i guess that is why they are taking her character as the leading ladys?

  26. 26 Dix

    The charm of the movie for me was PSY using the agency’s trick to try to get with the Tae Woong’s character at the end so I expected two women to be in this series.

  27. 27 kittikiki

    Sooyoung is so pretty but that hair is just awful!

  28. 28 Lilian

    Never did watch the movie but seems like it was a hit. Will look out for this drama when it’s out.

  29. 29 Ariadne

    I loved all the previous Oh Boy dramas but this one I’m not particularly excited about. I’ll give it a few episodes and see how it goes, though.

  30. 30 Hazel

    I hate to be a Debbie Downer, and I’m not the type to automatically discount anyone just because they’re an idol, but I think this show really would have benefited from casting a female lead (if Sooyoung is in fact intended to be the main love interest) with more experience/gravitas/charisma to be paired with Lee Jong-hyuk – the 16-year age difference isn’t helping (although a noticeable age difference between between the female/male leads seems to be the trend lately, what with IU/Jo Jung-seok, Shin Se-kyung/Song Seung-heon…Hyeri/Tony lol)

    Sooyoung’s very funny on variety shows, but her acting is not as interesting.

    • 30.1 yammy

      agreed! i don’t know much about sooyoung’s acting, but i wish they casted a female lead who is bit older. I’m getting kind of disturbed at the influx of huge age gaps in dramas/movies these days. it was one of the things that made the cyrano agency movie version a bit squicky too. I thought Park shin Hye (and even lee min jung) was too young for uhm tae woong. yes, it’s a drama, so the age shouldn’t always matter, but there are some gaps (like this one here) that can’t (and shouldn’t) be crossed…

      • 30.1.1 TS

        Also, an older woman would make more sense: she’d have fewer opportunities to meet an eligible man in her daily life and so would use a dating agency.

  31. 31 anvesha

    I totally forgot about this, but I am excited watching the poster because yes, Lee Jong Hyuk looks awesome!! And the story has potential. I didn’t think Soo Young’s character will be leading lady though, but I guess it’s more traditional for a drama.

    I hope she is good since I never saw her acting… she should be good for them to cast her, right? Since Flower boy series usually had good actresses…

  32. 32 TS

    @GirlFriday You are so funny! I was laughing at “smexy” and “llama hair” and “it’s the little things in life.”

    As for this show, it’s made me the most excited I’ve ever been for May. God willing, someone subs it fast.

  33. 33 dani305

    It took me a while to figure out who the lead was. He looks so different here than in AGD. Unless I’m super bored… this is gonna be a pass.

  34. 34 panshel

    So who is the Lee Min Jung in the drama? SooYoung plays both Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Jung’s roles? That’s… weird. I’m watching for Junsu appa ’cause Lee Jong Hyuk is hot and a great actor.

  35. 35 denise

    looks fun. sometimes the best dramas are the ones you don’t have expectations. tvn has delivered a pretty good array of dramas. my favorite is once upon in sangchoeri.

  36. 36 bd

    The film version was too slow and there have been some real good films where things developed slowly.

    It kinda paid off at the end, but not enough to make up for the rest of it.

  37. 37 TinTin

    I heard that Lee Yoon-ji would be playing a role in this drama. I guess, maybe, she’ll just be doing a a cameo, then… 🙁

  38. 38 bishbash

    Is it only me, or does anyone else also think Hong Jong Hyun and Lee Chun Hee looks alike??

    • 38.1 jj

      I was thinking that Hong Jong-hyun and Jo Yoon-woo look-a-like..

  39. 39 tephxx

    if i don’t like it, i’ll not take it into “oh boy” lol since there isn’t any “flower boy” in the tittle xD

  40. 40 Jess

    I like Sooyoung, but not so much as an actress. But those teasers really drew me in (also because I loveeee Lee Jong Hyuk and Lee Chun Hee). So I think I’m gonna give the drama a chance. *Sigh….

  41. 41 QT

    Junsu appa~ I’ve never seen Lee Jong Hyuk’s drama so I dont know what to expect aside from his Appa Odiga stint xP

  42. 42 bakedshrimp

    Teaser videos look great. Gonna totally catch this.

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