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Lee Seon-kyun to romance Miss Korea

Ha, well this PD-writer team is nothing if not consistent. The writer of Pasta and the director of Golden Time and Pasta are coming back with the new rom-com Miss Korea for MBC this winter, and they’ve called their favorite leading man Lee Seon-kyun up for a reunion tour. He’ll be joining Miss-Korea-to-be Lee Yeon-hee (Gu Family Book) and his Pasta/Golden Time cohort Lee Sung-min in the drama about turning a small town girl into a beauty queen.

The new Wednesday-Thursday drama is about a group of neighborhood ajusshis who band together for the bizarre mission to turn a young lady from their hometown into the next Miss Korea. Besides the fact that Lee Seon-kyun is just this producing team’s go-to lead anyway (and for good reason, obviously), he also straddles the oppa/ajusshi divide rather perfectly, if they need him to be one of the pageant-prepping ajusshis while still being appealing as a romantic lead. Grumpy he is. Frumpy he is not.

Well at least I know exactly what this drama is going to be now. Once you cast The Voice, it’s pretty much Yes, Ajusshi! = Yes, Chef! and beauty pageant waves as linguine and clams, yeah? Granted, there’s no explanation of why these ajusshis are all militant about turning their young neighbor girl into Miss Korea, but sense wasn’t really Pasta’s strong suit either. Just sayin’. The chemistry is what carried that show, so we’ll have to wait and see if the future Miss Korea and her shouty fairy godmother have any sparks to speak of.

Miss Korea follows Medical Top Team and premieres in December.

Via Star News

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Isn't he the second lead from Coffee Prince too?

Anyways, I think I might watch this. It seems to have potential even if it won't be wow-amazing.

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He sure was!

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One more and we have a winter theme in Dramaland. Oppa-ish ajeossis and younger S.M Entertainment girls. Well, we've had our share of time-traveling and ghosts, I guess.

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Not to mention high school dramas.

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Think how awesome if this was Park Boyoung or Moon Chaewon???

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Sigh.... why SM keep pairing their young actress with my favorite ahjussi?!

you're true, it'll awesome if he get pairing with the real talented actress like you've mentioned or moon geun young? or eun ji?

actually I wich to see him back to dramaland with more experience actress....

oh.... really I feel so JEALOUS right now!

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Or Jung So-min. Who is actually signed to SM C&C, and can act, and deliver consistently at that.

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Seriously, I would embrace SM if they actually allowed some of the TALENTED actors they have under their wing...but they keep pushing faces/singers out in lead roles. ergergerg

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*shouts* Gong Hyo-jin, where are you!!!

Okkkk, I know it's a SM drama production.

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This will be 3rd collaboration of PD Kwon Seok-Jang, Lee Sun-Kyun, Lee Sungmin. Their previous dramas are Pasta and Golden time which well received in S.Korea. I know what SM's purpose produce Miss Korea with Lee Yeon-hee from SM agency, they will make Lee Yeon-hee turn like Gong hyo-jin (Queen of romcom) in pasta and Hwang jungeum (idol turn actress) in Golden Time. I wonder Miss Korea will hit like Pasta and Golden time because the leading actresss is Lee Yeon-hee

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Lee Yeon Hee isn't as liked in Korea compared to Gong Hyo-Jin and Hwang Jung-eum. A lot of people dislike her and she is known for her poor acting skills. LYH also had a scandal this year for being rude & showing disrespect to her fellow Gu Family Book castmates and crew during the script reading. GHJ and HJE were never involved in serious scandals like that.

Oh and the last time LYH was the lead actress in a drama (Paradise Ranch) it flopped completely. The ratings were horrible as well as reviews.

I'm sad that Lee Seon kyun is in this mess, he deserves to act along side a better lead actress.

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To be fair to Yeonhee, Paradise Ranch's everything was a mess. It was just an unfortunate project all over.

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But there are lead actors who are still able to showcase their talents and shine even if the drama and story itself is horrid.

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She was lead actress in Ghost and it did respectably in ratings...

And her scandal was appearing not to clap for people talking in a few still pictures from a meeting. Seemed like making a mountain out a molehill to me.

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Ghost did well because of So Ji Sub. Netizens thought lyh was miscast because she looked too young for her role and they couldn't take her seriously in that part and of course her bad acting is always a complaint

the scandal may have not seemed like a big deal to you but it was still very disrespectful and it wasnt just a "few still pictures from a meeting" a video of that meeting was also released and her rude behavior is obvious

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In Korea, everyone was complaining about her inadequacy in Ghost from what I remember. I think by now, with all the big projects she's been in and the years she has been in, she should show some improvement from her first project. But she's always flat and the same, imo. There are actors who, sure, are terrible at first, but they grow. I don't think Lee Yeon Hee is like that.........

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him and Lee Bum Soo both deserve better then teaming with SM idols/actors. How could two great actors work with those two terrible actress.

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I heard Lee Beomsoo is great instructor for acting, Ha jungwoo have learned acting from him " Before entering college, Jung-woo enrolled at a private acting institute and at one point had actor Lee Beom-Su as his instructor" and jung ryeowon's acting seems better after she had pairing with LBS in history of salaryman. Maybe yoona's acting skill will improve after working with LBS. Who knows?

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It's a waste really. Lee Bum Soo seems to be purposely putting himself in a losing streak after he finished filming History of a Salaryman. I know that actors can't be in award winning, gripping projects all the time but with LBS it's back to back to back, it's frustrating because I'm a fan and I want to like him in something again.

well good luck to lee bum soo and lee seon kyun anyways because with these dramas god knows they all the luck in the world lol

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I know! That would have been great even though GHJ's real age would probably make her too old to compete in Miss Korea. But their chemistry in Pasta was SOOOOO cute!

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Their chemistry was sizzling in Pasta I hope they will work together on something else because with that much chemistry you can't just work on one project alone.

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It would be a much more interesting drama though, esp because of her age and her real life character to be reserved.

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Yaaaaaaaay, Lee Sun-Kyun!!!!!! December can't come soon enough now! This story premise already sounded really fun. Now with one of our most beloved dreamy leads? I've been trying to catch up on his recent films lately. There's never enough of "the Voice". :)

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Mr Voice?!
Count me in!

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Been forever waiting for his next drama. I am excited and nervous at the same time. Not sure about this leading actress but the Voice seems to be able to create chemistry with anyone.

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It seems like they swap onscreen pairing
Lee Yeonhee and So jisub in Ghost
Lee Seonkyun and Gong hyojin in Pasta
Lee Yeonhee and Lee Seonkyun in Miss Korea
Gong hyojin and So jisub in The Master's Sun

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it'll be totally big pressure for LYH if she fail creating good chemistry with LSK... mostly after TMS, she'll be compared to GHJ for sure...

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the story it self already take my attention

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I love him. There thats it. Lates!

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Whatever happens, I just hope we see some passion. No more lukewarm concept couples (i.e. let's stick two character types together to make a point), please! Watching Secret today made me realize how viscerally thrilling well done romances can be.

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Agreed. I am looking forward to more from the Secrets writer. As far as Miss Korea goes, I am not looking for anything great, I just hope it won't be really bad.

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Well.....if this is meant to be another Pasta(no story just chemistry)then it all depends on the main leads to carry it.....hope it turns out to be a good one...though i am not sure with the female lead...

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Though I liked Pasta, it did have some issues with how the female lead was portrayed somewhat as a kitchen slave instead of a real chef. I hope the female lead here does not end up as just some silly pawn in the pageant game.

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Just my 2 cents re: Pasta: I'm a chef (and female), and her portrayal in Pasta was pretty realistic. You're never a real "chef" until you make it up the ranks, and she was essentially the maknae line cook- so all the crappy work fell to her. In American kitchens it's pretty similar, it's not that easy to move up staying in the same kitchen when others have seniority- that's why we tend to change restaurants frequently

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she isnt a professional chef yet, she is just a junior so her character and the way GHJ protrayed her are realistic in my eyes just like @aqf explained.

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Dear LYH, please don't screw this.

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I hope this dont turn in to another Pasta. The amount of screaming made me leave that drama half way and there was no story there for me to stay, despite my like for the leads (but really, the screaming was TO much)
I really really like him and this sounds fun. Im not expecting a lot, just a fun and light drama. If he is on board, count me in.

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I watched Pasta more for the food porn than anything else. The story itself had a few problems. As far as all the screaming, I think they were trying to get that "Chef Ramsey Effect", and it did not work well.

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I wasn't too excited about this...tired story line but I'll HAVE to watch it now. :)

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Oh, my hubby is back! I love him so much. This show already seemed like a fun concept but now I'm actually excited for it.

Is Gong Yoo still rumored to be involved in this drama? Because, if so we get a Coffee Prince Reunion as well! The only two men in Dramaland who I'm dying to call Oppa... together again on my screen. Pinch me.

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The voice? I'm new here, kindly enlighten me about that. Thank you!

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I don't know if this is really what Javabeans means, but his voice is extremely attractive. (if it's possible for a voice to be attractive, lol)

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Mr. Sexy LSK is known around here by THE VOICE as he has the most alluring, sexy, warm and every other awesome adjective there is.

I think I can also safely say that it's not just around here (Dramabeans) but also around many drama blogs as well.

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He is called The Voice because he is super schmexy and has theeee best voice.

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Yep, he can be reading the phone directory for all I care...his smexy, velvety voice will make anything sound interesting.

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I don't know about super smexy, but he has a very deep resonant voice. It worked well in Coffee Prince and worked really well as Chef Choi in Pasta, which I adored. I didn't worry about the sense of the show, I just enjoyed it immensely. I loved Gong Hyo Jin's father on the show always calling her up and asking her "did you get fired yet?"

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He actually sings a song for his GF in Coffee Prince...
He may not be a singer, but that song just kills me every time! His voice is sooo deep!

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oh I'm sorry I meant Girlfriday. :o
oops!

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just watch his drama and close your eyes,,, you will know what does the title "the voice" means.....
if he were my hubby I would ask him to read me a book every night. hahahahaha

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oh my goodness yay. I'm seriously so excited, you don't even know. I've been looking for new of him to be in a new drama. He's one of my all time favorites, alongside Gong Hyo Jin and Yoon Eun Hye.
his voice is so sexy oh my goodness. (;

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This show looked like something I would watch before, but you add Mr. Melt-My-Heart-With-Your-Dulcet-Tones and I will watch anything. Seriously anything.

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Well, I have no problem about him being cast as the male lead. Always loved his acting. On the other hand, I am wary of watching anything with Lee Yeon-hee. Yes she is a natural beauty, but her acting is just sub-par.... just look at her previous dramas.

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Wheeeeeee! LSK back on the small screen! Looking forward to seeing him again.

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can't stand lee yeon hee's acting, but i suppose i'll have to watch for lee seon kyun. if i was able to finish ghost with her in it, i guess i could tolerate her better in a lighter role.

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this sounds like it could be very funny with some heart! looking forward to it

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And now I am for sure watching.

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Well, I was already on board before, but now I'm really looking forward to this!
And this is one of the moments where I'm happy that Korean dramas have such a short time between casting and everything and airing, cause yay for not having to wait an eternity to watch it :D

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I am sooo looking forward to December already. I just enjoy watching Lee Seon-kyun turn a character into someone so interesting and unforgettable. I can even close my eyes while he is doing his dialogue and just be carried away by his voice to the land of make believe.

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Okay, now I have to watch this because Mr. Voice is on it.

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What role did Lee Yeon-hee play in Gu family book? I googled her picture but I just don't remember her.

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She was Lee Seungki's mom when young.

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Am I the only one who has noticed that this article is not accompanied by a brooding, yet smiling, picture of Lee Seon-kyun?

Why, Girlfriday? Why? You have conditioned us to digest any piece of information in the k-drama world with a yummy side dish of eye candy. This ain't fair!!!

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How do I delete my comments? There was something funky going on with my computer. The pics were not resolving. I am mortified. I am sorry. really sorry. dont ban me from this site. I will become a blubbering mess. I am already a blubbering mess.

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Is it weird that I'm a straight male and I love his voice too?

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not at all. I think that his voce is even more attractive than T.O.P's, and i'm literally obsessed with T.O.P oppa's voice. ^-^

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PLEASE SM PLEASE
cast the right leading lady
what's a beauty pagent drama when the "average" looking girl is beyond average looking???

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Darn it, now I'll have to watch this show!

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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo.......

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I'm excited for this. Love both main leads. Lee Yeon Hee was great in Ghost & Gu Family Book. I hope she will shine more in this new role.

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