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Answer Me 1994 gets fresh new timeslot for October premiere

Finally, Answer Me 1994 has an airdate (and a poster to go with it), since we were told it would be coming in the fall but left to wonder about the particulars. The follow-up (but not sequel) to cable smash hit Answer Me 1997 will air as a Friday-Saturday drama on tvN, to premiere on October 18. The tagline makes me smile: The Golden Age of the Bumpkins. Yes, appropriate that country yokel image and stand proud!

The scheduling is a potentially significant move for the growing cable station, and I wonder if this hints at expansion of its drama programming in the near future. When tvN entered the primetime drama market in 2011, it picked Wednesday-Thursday nights as its timeslot (see: Manny, I Need Romance) but soon thereafter switched to Monday-Tuesday broadcasts, and that slot has been solidly booked since then. That isn’t to say tvN is a stranger to other timeslots (Joseon X-Files and Harvest Villa were Friday series), but creating a new slot could shake up the existing drama market, or at least stir the pot a little. Thus far we’ve had Friday-only shows and Saturday-Sunday shows (and Sunday-only shows), but Friday-Saturday is a new configuration.

Answer Me 1994 will be split into the standard two-episodes-per-week format, another change from its predecessor, though a less meaningful one since 1997 really should’ve been two-a-week anyway. (The single episode it aired a week basically turned into a monster double-header anyway.) And while 1997 centered around a group of friends in high school (and their 15-years-later selves), this time we’ve got college boys living in a boardinghouse (run by 1997′s parents).

The cast features (and I think this is the order in the poster, but can’t say for sure): Min Do-hee (of the group Tiny-G), Baro (B1A4), Yoo Yeon-seok (Gu Family Book), Go Ara (Pace Maker), Jung-woo (You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin), Sohn Ho-joon (Coffee House), and Kim Sung-kyun (Hwa-yi). I expect Go Ara to be at the center of the show as the basketball-loving daughter of the boardinghouse owners, with Jung-woo and Yoo Yeon-seok playing main leads.

PD Shin Won-ho, who is bringing back his whole crew and once again working with writer Lee Woo-jung, stated that he’ll be filming notable locations from each province, making this a nationwide shoot, sorta. You can expect lots of pop culture references, which in 1994 would’ve been heavily influenced by Seo Taiji and the Boys and basketball. And pagers and cassette tapes and all that nostalgic goodness.

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Ah, so excited!!! So looking forward to this. October 18th, come faster, please!!! :D

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hah the nineties. feels like my 7th grade class picture exactly.

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE. That is all.

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EXCITEDDDD... MOARRR!!!!

seriously, i love Answer Me 1997 due to its simplicity and lack of drama.. if you know what I mean..

hope the follow up will be as good..

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I agree. I didn't have those "What are you doing?! And more importantly, WHY?!!" moments that I have with some of the other dramas I've seen lol

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can't wait!

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I'm so looking forward to it......loved Answer Me 1997.....oh the nostalgia.....

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Wow first time I'm getting a comment in! Really excited for this show :))

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A very, very, very busy fall season this year in kdramaland. Hopefully all the dramas premiering will be worth the hours we'll be spending to watch 'em instead of doing other useless stuff like sleeping, eating, or working...

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Oh awesome. Although, Baro is the one second in from the right. Should i be embarrassed to know that? ha ha. I didn't even know he was in it, I wonder if he can act.

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My thoughts exactly :P

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Me too. I also wonder if his speaking voice is as deep as his singing voice.

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well, of course. but sometimes you wouldn't believe how high pitched his squeal could be. that is when his squirrel alter-ego came out. it really depends on the situation :D

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so excited for this one! i love answer me1997 so much!
it's premiering on my birth date October 18 and i was born on 1994! XD

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Lol.. baker guy from lee soo shin ! I can't wait to see what he's gonna bring to this drama! :D XD

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Bread Man= born to be a beloved bumpkin. The guy is all kinds of adorkable. Looking forward to this-- and I'm happy that it's a Fri-Sat drama.

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actually baro is second from right in the main poster

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AM1997 left great impression on me, it's so memorable that made Seo In-guk my first bias and became the most favourite drama of 2012. Because of it, I wonder will this drama surpass it? Or at least left the same impression on me? I know it's unfair to compare the two, I just can't help it. Until now, I guess no new series can replace AM1997 in my heart, but I trust the crew so I will watch this. Hope for the 1997 cameo!

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Finally we get a date! So much anticipated dramas in October!

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I thought I saw Yoo Ah In there in the picture and was about the be puzzled the hell outta my head because YAI is so not in the cast list..... and then you guys listed the dude as Baro.

O....kay. My eyes need checking.

I'm in for the throwbacks to the past! Please don't disappoint! Cheballlll

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No the guy that looks like YAI is Son Ho Jun, Baro is on the other side with red plaid shirt with the bowl haircut.

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Just a little observation, but Go Ara's face is TINY!

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Thank you for the info! I'm really looking forward to this. I really liked Reply 1997 (up until the time skip) so I hope this will be as fresh, entertaining and full of heart. But since I didn't like INR 2 as much as its predecessor, I will try to temper my expectations.

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Just finished 1997, I knowww, I'm so late to this game. Completely trust Shin PD & his crew. He really knows what he's doing. 1997 was such a simple, heart-warming & beautifully done show, such a gem. Can't wait for 1994.

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The poster really hooked me! I don't know why though, it's like the poster told me : "I'm entertaining, please, watch me."

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Oh...to me the time slots don't really matter since I watch them whenever I am free =) just can't wait for it. So far this year's dramas are not as outstanding as last year's like Queen In Hyun's Man and Answer 1997 =)

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I can't wait!

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Trusting the crew behind the camera will produce a "really good" and at worst -a "decent" drama. I love AM1997 that I kinda hope AM1994 would not surpass it or else I would have another drama that I will spazz for months. Hahaha.

Anyways, i think the episode format will affect this drama a lot. AM1997 was a like a bundle of joy that is brimming at that short format..

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Really looking forward to this =]

I hope that means tvn will start having more than one drama a week I'd love that I pretty much watch all of their dramas .....

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Aww, I love the poster and the pagers, and the trading cards, and the baggy pants! Haha 90's fashion~ The good ole days~

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Usually I don''t go for the sequel or prequel or season 2 or follow up of korean drama cause it usually goes Bleh. Goong S *shudder*
Athena *tsk tsk tsk*
Iris *huwhat?*
Full house 2 *shudder* *Aaahhhhhhh* *pulls hair*
Dream High 2 *Shakes head* *eye torture* *STOP*

But cable dramas are an exceptions (yes I am talking about you Vampire prosecutor, you my dear crime fighter with the super power crime solver as well the Flower Boys following)

And I am definitely MOST excited, ecstatic and pumped up to the hundred times over for this drama. I am helplessly waiting and I even booked that whole day as a DATE with them.

I think this will be the fun day when it touches down OCT 28. So looking forward to watching this since its gonna be the work of PD Shin Won-ho as well as writer Lee Woo-jung.
Answer me 1997 was the most prefect drama ever. hahaha from cast, plot, Staff, directing and writing. But for me the, writing is what really did me in. The writing was perfect!!!!

ahhhhhh.. please come now oct 18

*goes off to watch answer 1997 to entertain myself until 1994 comes*

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Don't get me wrong, I love Jung-woo as a sweet and somewhat awkward character (Bread guy in You're the Best, Lee Soon Shin).

But, but can we see him in a lead role now and maybe try a different flavor of character? I have a feeling he can pull off a few more things and I want to see him try.

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I swear I saw them filming this show on my school's campus last week. Anyone know if they filmed at Yonsei?

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This....will be good. I feel it in ma bones. :D So excited.

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i'm both excited and scared!

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So many dramas to watch this October! ! Heirs, Mi Rae's choice and now Answer Me 1994.

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I agree with @Shy! AM 1997 was sooooo great that i dont think comparing the new version with the old one is a good idea.
I will watch the new version as a drama not related to the one i know. At least i will try to not relate both.

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This post literally made me squeal. I can't wait for this drama! I'll try not to compare it too much to Answer Me 1997, but it'll be hard. That has been one of my favorite dramas a ever.

I just want to fall in love again.

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ohmygahhh can't wait<3<3>

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I think Go Ara was miscast. She lacks that spunk that Eun Ji I guess set for any following female leads in sequels or follow ups.

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you didn't even watched her before judging.

She had spunk on WHo are you?

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I wouldn't say for sure that Go Ara is miscast. I agree though, that Eun Ji definitely had spunk -- also because the character was basically her life. Really tapped into those busan roots.
I think the image i have for go ara is just that she's a really pretty lady. fiesty would be the last word i'd use for her. but once she cut her hair for this role, i got really excited.
You'd be amazed how much an actor/actress can surprise you with their versatility! Fingers crossed she's good in this role.

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Eun Ji definitely had spunk ...

Too much physical spunk to my shock - the hair pulling, flying kicks, fighting, till I can feel YJ's bodily pain. I hope there are only a very minute percentage of girls like her in this world (*shudder*).

PD Shin can make non-actors look like pro by his way of story telling & camera. But then again, his story is so realistic that these actors don't need to really act, they just be themselves.

So I have faith even if he cast an idol (can't believe I said this!!)

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looks good! can't wait. :)

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I can't wait for this drama. The first one was written so well and the best part was that many could relate to it. Hopefully they keep that same quality.

He Was Cool was the first Korean movie I watched and Jung Woo immediately caught my eye. Even though he had a small part there was something about him that made me want to see him in more movies/dramas. I had to wait for years but I'm so glad that he's finally made it and his talent has been recognized. He is, by far, the biggest reason I'm so excited for this drama.

My opinion on Go Ara is based on variety shows and talk show but I find her to be very likable. Like others I don't see her having that same sassy spunky personality that Eunji brought to her character as Shi Won but that's ok with me because I would be pretty disappointed if they made the new character the same as the first. I remember seeing Go Ara on Running Man a couple times and I thought she seemed to have a really fun, cute, spunky personality. She really put herself out there to have fun and participate in the games. It didn't seem forced on her part and I was actually thinking I wouldn't mind seeing her as a regular member since she got along so well with the cast and maybe have a love line with KJK lol. I had the same feeling with Ji Hyo when I saw her on Family Outing. I've gotten off topic, but based on her appearance for this show I'm thinking her character might have that same fun, cute, spunky personality so this may be a tailor fit role for her.

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I think the same in regards to Go Ara - she might be no Eun -ji in terms of likeability, but I believe she can have that spunk people say she has not. I'll keep my fingers crossed just in case ;P

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Not a fan of Go Ara but I'll still watch. Won't be as good as 1997 though

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So heirs + Answer me?

*sigh. where will i find the time?! For k-dramas, always.

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I hope you don't mind, but I think the order of the poster is: Min Do-hee, Sohn Ho-joon, Yoo Yeon-seok, Go Ara, Jung-woo, Baro, and Kim Sung-kyun.

I can't wait for the this drama to air! But it will be on during midterms (I'm finally in college!! :D) so I won't be able to watch it with all of you dramabeanies. :( But after they end I think I will marathon the episodes to catch up with you all. :)

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i like go ara so looking forward to this~

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I like Go Ara too and I hope that she and the drama will do well. :)

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Answer me 1997..!! OOpps!! that drama was totally awesome.
But when i heard about the remake, i really wished they are not changing the cast. (Al least Jung Eun Ji)
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.But when it comes with Goo ara, i am not that disappointed ,,but the other characters, i am worried!!

I am not so sure that this will get a huge echo just like the 1997 did..!

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I'm watching... FOR THE PARENTS! Such awesome chemistry.

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I love 1997's casts better for now, because I was already familiar with all of them even before the drama started.

I have high hopes for 1994 though, since it's from the same PD and script-writer. I don't have anything against Yoo Yeonseok even he usually plays a jerk, and I want to give Go Ara a chance to amaze me.

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what about the monday-tuesday slot?
they won't have anything then, or it's finally time for BASKETBALL?

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That's so true!!!! Idk of any popular anticipated dramas in fall/winter for mon/tues spots

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Wow. 1994?.... I wasn't even born yet...

Anyways, Friday & Saturday time slots is amazing for those who watch it with subs internationally :)))
This way we can watch it Saturday/Sunday. (No more waiting for school to end on Mondays)
Life just became easier, YAY!

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1 day away!!!

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