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Pasta team returns with new drama Miss Korea

New drama alert: MBC is lining up its winter Wednesday-Thursday drama, helmed by the PD-writer team behind Pasta. It’s called Miss Korea, and it’s about a group of neighborhood ajusshis who set out to turn a young lady from their small town into the next Miss Korea. Why am I picturing a group of grumpy ajusshis swathed in glitter and why is it awesome? The new drama is set to come around in December after Medical Top Team, and so far Lee Sung-min (Golden Time) has signed on to play one of the members of Team Beauty Queen.

It’s not surprising that he’s joining the project, since it’ll be the fourth time he’s teaming up with PD Kwon Seok-jang of Golden Time, My Princess, and Pasta. Writer Seo Sook-hyang has since penned Romance Town, and will be reuniting with her Pasta cohorts. It sounds like a fun idea, mostly because of the misfit ajusshi thing and the strangeness of them as stage moms in the pageant circuit.

The make-or-break-it element will really be the actress they cast as the future beauty queen, since she’ll have to be believably normal to some degree. I’m assuming we’ll have an ugly duckling makeover transformation (in fact it’s basically a makeover sequence AS a drama), but I can see it taking more than one montage if they go for a Miss Congeniality type of deal. We’ll have to wait for more story details to find out the why behind the town’s efforts to turn this girl into Miss Korea, but I can see My Princess’s fluffy charm working for a drama like this.

Miss Korea will follow Medical Top Team in December.

Via Star News

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Oh hoo! This sounds like fun.

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My Fair Lady kinda stories are some of my favorites

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Oh yes, I totally like wardrobe-transformation scenes in movies and dramas the best. But I do hope they don't pick an already gorgeous girl, y'know? No one with a plastic face, at least.

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well I did not just mean change of appearance of course. I meant a change of outlook.

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nearly all real beauty pageant contestants are plastic.

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have you heard that this project is being helmed by SM C&C? i'm gonna go ahead and guess that they're going to add in a flurry of SM artists now... :( since thats what they usually do. (and it usually fails too which makes me sad because i love lee sung min (loved him as the King!) and want him to be in successful projects)

the premise sounds promising but it'll probably be the actors that will make or break this. (the main actors i mean... LOL)

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lol, are you talk about Prime Minister and I?
i never read this one is also produced by SM C&C

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sorry i search the news...and yup this one will also produced by SM, why SM like to produced drama with Ahjussi as the lead nowaday....

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Does that mean a SNSD member will be cast as the main character? ಠ_ಠ
My interest in this drama has gone from 100 to 0. It's a shame because the premise sounds really fun.

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Maybe snsd can play all the OTHER contestants, and our small town girl can be a good actress....hey, one can dream :D

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I would only find the casting of an SNSD member acceptable in this case if it was Sooyoung. The girl can act, and she has the right look and height to make a believable girl next door/beauty pageant contestant.

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let's just go ahead and cast Gong Hyo Jin unnie as the main actress. because, yano, she's fantastic.

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She's super awesome but she couldn't really pass for someone that young (imo). Still, that would be dream casting.

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You're right about her age, but that's too bad. She has a very natural, down-to-earth beauty that would work really well in the make-over. More importantly, she is such a delightful and versatile actress.

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How about Kim Seul Gi from Flower Boy Next Door?
She was adorable as the webtoon editor.

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That would be awesome. And I think (not sure--it could be someone else) she just left SNL K, too, so she doesn't have much on her plate right now?

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Okay, the powers that be need to make this a democratic process, because Kim Seul Gi, yes, she totally has my vote.

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she's awesome...and this may sound weird, but she reminds me so much of our lovely Gong Hyo Jin...the quirkiness and her cuteness....also a damn good actress I must say!

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I agree with you~! Kim Seul-gi would be awesome! :D

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she is not a big name yet in acting. SM will only hire a big name or their stars only.

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That would be beyond awesome, I loved her in FBND.

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Panda eyes XD

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I second that. She'll be perfect for this.. Sigh. It'll be a bonus if SJS is in it too...

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The drama sounds fun.....and I liked Lee Sung Min a lot in The King 2 Hearts....
Haven't seen any of the previous shows by the team though..

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i can totally picture han yeseul as the lead.

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The female lead is supposed to be a girl, so wouldn't the actress need to be in her teens/early 20s? That's when people actually compete in beauty pageants.

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Lee Sung-min , Pasta, My Princess...ok you got my radars attention!

I look forward to casting updates to see if this is going to be a MUST or a maybe. ;)

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The female lead is rumoured to be Lee Yeon-hee. As this drama is produced by her agency SM, she is leading candidate.
Also rumoured is Gong Yoo as one of the ajusshis.

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I'm iffy with Lee Yeon Hee, but was actually pretty impressed with her in her most recent project Gu Family Book. So that casting wouldn't totally turn me off.

Now Gong Yoo on the other hand is a definite watch for me. And I say this as someone who watched every episode of that drama called Big. So if he's in, so am I.

I've liked the other dramas by this team, and the premise sounds cute. With the right cast this could be adorable. Fingers crossed. I'll keep an eye out for this one.

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Yeah, I don't really get the Lee Yeon Hee hate. Her acting skills are really no more iffy than those of any number of young male actors but unfortunately she has no Y chromosome/washboard abs to be given the benefit of the doubt.

She wouldn't be my choice by a long shot but she's not so bad that I wouldn't check out a drama just because she's in it. I thought she was charming, if nothing else, in Gu Family Book.

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True, she's no better than many young actresses out there and has a pretty face. But personally, I find her so boring in all aspects in general. Her role in GFB was the only time I've ever been mildly impressed by her. She could've been interesting in Paradise Ranch but severely overacted.

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Lee Yeon Hee is just well...sometimes she's really good, and sometimes she's really bad....so...I guess that's why...but why not? she could be really good here too, right?

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that's her daddy money. Lee Yeon hee can sign anyday, any minutes even during her sleep hours. Now it's depends on the director and writer-how much money they can get from the daddy.

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WTH,

How the hell did gong yoo become one of the ajhusshis
I hope that's just a rumor or they seem to have lost their marbles.
On the other hand if he's the lead more gong yoo for me ....yayyy.

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You're right. Gong Yoo has been rumored to be the main lead.

OTOH, he could ALSO be one of the ajussis also....

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If the leading lady is a young 20-something girl, I guess that would make him an ahjussi, lol. He'll always be an oppa to me, though *w* lolll

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I believe Gong Yoo was just someone's wishful thinking.

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I think she would be good choice since she has that charming girl next door aura. And I think, she could also portray a sassy model if she wants.

As it was already said below, she was very charming in Gu Family Book and I wished for her to get a role where she can proof herself.

A lot will depend on the motivation behind the project "Turning-villiage girl-into-Miss Korea" to make the transformation believable.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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They now have Jung So Min under their management, would it be too much to ask to make her our future Miss Korea? and I can see her having awesome melts you if you stare too much chemistry with Gong Yoo.

JUst oughh no idols or Lee Yeo-hee, pleaseee

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Seconding Jung So Min. This needs to happen!

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She is rumored to be in the female lead for Jang Geun Suk in Beautiful/ Pretty Man!
Although, I like Lee Yeo-hee and give her more than the benefit of the doubt, Jung So Min might be the smarter choice. Plus, the female lead in Beautiful Man sounds kind of dull so I would rather see her in another role (and far away from Jang Geun Suk of whom I am not the biggest fan).

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Okay, that sounds great! :D
And I absolutely loved Lee Sung-min in The King 2 Hearts.

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they just cast honey lee, and turn her to miss korea, & later miss universe candidat

hahaha

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It 's kind of Pigmalion story mixed with Miss Congeniality .I love those story with the ugly heroine breaking her chrysalis and transforms into a beautifull lady.

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I really love the premise, though honestly I'd be much more excited if this were by a different writer. I've seen most of her dramas, but none have really grabbed me, or left a lasting impression . . . here's hoping this one finally manages what the others could not!!

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This sounds super cute and adorable. I'll be looking forward to it.

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Oh Jae-Kang Hyung!! :D

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Lee Sung Min? I'm there! This does sound fun!!

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Please. Cast. Well.

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sounds interesting

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Let's not forget that this drama is being produced by SM C&C.

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Can they cast Sunny? She can win Ms Congeniality?

Or even Sooyoung?

Since I don't actually know anyone besides the SNSD or f(x) girls there. It's way better option and am happy Yoona is not an option . EEveryone else can act so I pretty much don't mind who does the female lead from SM C&C.

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They do have actual actresses at SM C&C, so fingers crossed. (Even if they're of varying degrees). Didn't Jung So Min recently sign on? She'd be great.

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They also have Han Chae-young and Kim Ha-neul

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Jung So Min has left SM C& C along Han Ji Min

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Jung So-min just joined SM C&C in August.

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Isn't she too short to be a beauty queen contestant?

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Jung somin would be fantastic! I also nominate Park Hasun, or Han Groo.

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can't wait...you know, i recently binge-watched Pasta & Greatest Love b/c of Master's Sun. I could not hate Lee Sung Min b/c he was such an adorable oppa in King 2 Hearts. Sounds hillarious...can't wait.

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Lee Yeon Hee has UGLY SMILE, her gum showing too much, not appropriate as Miss Korea.

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Oh damn, I'm never going to be able to leave the house now.

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Oh nooo Kit, that comment is just bullsh*t. Excuse my French

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I loved Pasta, so much. It's so feel good and so much food, lol. It's one of my favorites, so I'll give this a shot.

The drama sounds fun, can't wait to see who else gets cast.

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Sung Yuri just came to my mind. She can play pretty and be a country bum at the same time!

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Miss Korea. I am thinking of Sooyoung because of her height.

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This kinda sounds like Little Miss Sunshine to me. I enjoyed that movie, so I think I'm going to enjoy this as well.

I hope they'll pick a nice leads!

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Somehow these lines come to mind:

I'm a woman who has competed in the Miss Korea pageant:

I can't watch the kids!
I can't live in a rented apt!
You don't expect me to cook, do you?
etc. etc. etc.

From King's (Wang's) Family.

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Haha I thought of that too!

I seriously want to slap that woman every time she opens her mouth. Ugh.

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Oh this is different ..... I don't recall there ever being a drama with a beauty pageant setting.

I'm thinking the potential for big laughs is huge on this one, if they decide to go for funny, that is.

Sounds interesting, for sure.

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Currently watching pastA

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jung so min could be good! she is cute and charming. Park Ha Sun is quiet pretty too! I hope Lee Yeon Hee will not be casted as she not have that beauty pageant material. Yeah she got the height but not for body and beauty smile....and most idol in SM is skinny! Doesn't miss korea need to have georgeous body? Damn...they should just cast honey lee...haha

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I think Lee da hae is good candidate

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I'm thinking Kim Yoo Ri who just finished playing Tae Yi Ryung in The Master's Sun. She can be both glamorous and dorky looking at the same time. She may be a little up there age-wise (1984 puts her at 29), but she's only been playing minor roles and just now second female lead. I think she's ready to play the female lead.

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I'm actually really interested! And they should use Lee Hyori's song as the theme song
Cuz I am missuu Koreaaa~
Lol:)

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wow, i love the storyline =).

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i would love to see dear GHJ in this!!!! but she also did the Pasta :( i am expecting too much maybe :((

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