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Sung Joon and Namgoong Min confirm I Need Romance Season 3

Kim So-yeon has secured her leading men for the upcoming third season of I Need Romance, and she’ll have the best of both worlds — a noona romance with Sung Joon (Gu Family Book) and an oppa romance with Namgoong Min (Unemployed Romance). Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

The third installment of tvN’s rom-com franchise will take place at a home shopping channel and focus on the alpha girls who work there together, telling the stories of their friendships, their workplace rivalries, and their love lives. Kim So-yeon stars as the 33-year-old fashion marketing director who’s an ace in the workplace but constantly licking her wounds when it comes to love.

This season it looks like the noona romance will take center stage, and Sung Joon will be starring as a 27-year-old geeeenius songwriter who heals the heroine’s heart. The genius part is silly, but I’m always happy to see Sung Joon doing anything remotely Shut Up-esque, so yay for that. He’ll have happy childhood memories of growing up with the heroine (I smell childhood first love), and then returns to Korea after being away for seventeen years. He finds her again and the two will eventually live under one roof, where he’ll have his heart stolen by her all over again.

Namgoong Min has been cast as the heroine’s work sunbae and mentor, a workaholic perfectionist who does whatever it takes to meet his goals. He’s a smooth, refined romantic, but inwardly he doesn’t really believe in love. Wang Ji-won (Good Doctor, pictured below) will play his other love interest, a model-turned-stylist who is both the heroine’s friend and constant rival in the workplace. She’s uninhibited, honest, and always true to her emotions, and though she’s had a line of guys waiting to date her since her school days, Namgoong Min will be the first man she genuinely loves. Eep, don’t be the guy who breaks both girls’ hearts AND busts up their friendship. Don’t be that guy!

I Need Romance Season 3 will air on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in mid-January.

Via MBN, Joy News

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Looking forward to this 3rd installment...such a pretty cast <3

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OMG SO HAPPY!!! *squeals* Sung Joon is AMAZING and although I haven't seen Namgoong Min in anything before, he looks so hot that I think I'll be enjoying this:D
OMGOMGOMG

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Unemployed Romance is on air now. I watch it at gooddrama.net. Namgoong Min is really cute and funny on this one. The drama if fluff, but I am enjoying it. It only has 10 episodes and they are up to ep 7. The only bad thing is that they only have one episode per week. You may want to check it out.

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yes i watch it too, it's funny, it's not typical rom-com poor meet rich

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I kinda gave up on Unemployed Romance after the boring first and second episode.....hmm..should I catch up again?

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I like it too. I like the way the writers have framed the scenes not so much as flashbacks, but a couples' history from each of their points of view. Too bad it's only 10 episodes. The ratings are low, but I don't think it's gotten much publicity. If you haven't seen it, it might be a good one to marathon some weekend. It's also on Dramafever.

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I agree. I was really surprised with Nam Goong Min's acting in Unemployed Romance. He was the comedic chops for someone who looks pretty serious all the time.

Hoping he won't go back to being serious and cool in INR 3.

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Namgoong Min has been on "A Rosy Love" (as Lee Tae-ran's late-arrival love interest) & "Birth of the Rich" before, so it's hard to miss that even if you haven't watched either one.

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I've never watched this series before, but maybe will have to tune in this time. This is an awesome cast! So looking forward to this!

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Sung Joon, noona romance, cohabitation and music *hyperventilates* did someone put a camera up in my dreams?

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Same here!

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my dreams...they came true!!! haha

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CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!

Although, honestly, they've screwed up the ending to INR 1 and 2. The final pairings of the main couple have been completely wrong, IMO. But with these 2, I don't mind the outcome of either one.

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I know right. I didn't watch INR1 but INR2 made me so mad, I had a serious case of second-lead syndrome. Poor Kim Ji-suk. I so wanted him to get ther girl but after a while I decided she didn't deserve him, he was too good for her. I've never seen Namgoong Min in any thing but I've only seen Sung Joon in LTM, hopefully, I don't get SLS again if I get to watch this.

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I thought the KJS was the best depiction of the 2nd lead in a K-drama (nice, but not boring), but I can totally see why Jung Yumi's character went with her long-time love.

Granted, the hereditary disease and not talking about it way before was a bit of the whole "noble idiocy" thing, but there was just too much history and feelings for the new guy to win out.

Otoh, felt that Jung Yumi's character really started to get attached to KJS's character, which is why her heartbreak over having to abandon that relationship felt real.

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Is it just me or does Sung Joon's story line sound like a mash up of The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry and What's up Fox?

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I did have the same impression. Will they have parallel love lines instead of one guy stealing the gal from the other guy? That would be nice to refresh the INR formula...
Of course, the noona romance is already appreciated. ;)

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I did, too! I also had a little I Hear Your Voice feeling as well...first love from childhood, cohabitation....hoping the writer will weave something original.

Love the leads and glad to see them both!

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And Dal Ja's Spring --> Home-shopping network shenanigans!

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Yup, the home shopping network, cohabitation with noona love, and oppa romance with a sunbae all reminds me of Dal Ja's Spring.

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Woot! Woot! Kim So Yeon is a lucky gal, and deservedly so..I may actually watch this installment

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ahhh ok i had to comment...

SUNG JOON BACK ON MY TV!!!!! =)

super excited!

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Reading "Oppa romance I was like Whaaat? And Oh shit Namgoong Min is 35. I did not see that one coming.
Watching him on Unemployed Romance I thought he was in his mid-late 20s or something. Wow. I guess it's the character + styling because looking though his google image page he definitely looks older with less make up and different hairstyle. Also wow abs. I won't look at him the same way in the next episode of UR.

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I'm giggling like crazy right now lol , YAY !!!. Can they hurry up and start filming just so we can get some pictures and a teaser already. I'm so excited.

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YESSSSSSSS.

I thought Namgoong was ten years younger than he actually is, huh.

And link to second season since Sung Joon is a songwriter? I love the cameos that link the worlds.

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It would be a fabulous set up if her best friend is a boy who has his own romantic thing going on, rather than be part of the love triangle.
I really don't want to see NGM NOT get the girl...again.
I do want to see some serious kissing out of NGM and SJ.

I like 2012 better than the orig. I thought it had more heart and less flip. I hope they stay in that vein.

And KSY will be wonderful in something light and sweet.

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Have you try watching Can We Get Married, Jomo?
Sung Joon sure know how to kiss, serious kiss of course :*

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I just want to see some hot makeouts :) Oh, and good plot...of course lol

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Definitely looking forward to this for the three main actors!

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Yeeeeeeees! :D

Bring on the makeouts!

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OMG THE CAST. I'm sold. lol

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Better and better.

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Exciteeedddd!!! \o/

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Co-habitation, noona romance AND Sung Joon!
Call me signed up

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Yes you guys can go for the plot. I am just waiting for the skinship scenes. Now I can finally see if the actors can kiss vs the limp goldfish kisses on the main stations.

Shallow works for me.

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I find it funny that we are all looking forward to forward skinship scenes. I know from SJ's previous works that he is not coy about "realistic" passionate kissing, not sure bout NGM and KSY though.

But considering that this is an INR franchise, we may have a lot to look forward to indeed. :)

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Lol works for me too. There is a real woman on the show.

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Finally!

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Haven't seen the first two "I Need Romance" dramas, but yes I will watch this because of Sung Joon...

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You should try watching the 2012 one! The INR dramas are very entertaining and don't hold back when it comes to the kissing/sexual scenes. Perfect drama for us mature viewers!

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Happy days!!!

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yessss...yessss....happy days are here again!!!!

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Omg, too many dramas to keep track. Beautiful man, melody of love and now this. And golden rainbow for makjang fixes and heirs for my trichotillomania needs and potato star to make me just happy. I wont have time for a social life!!!

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YAY!!!

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**swoons into puddle on floor**

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I will be definitely watch this for Namgoong Min and Sung Joon!!! I adore Kim So yeon!! Also, I hope they have some HOT kisses and show us some ABS too and lots skinships!!!!!!!!

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Look like I HEAR YOUR VOICE more rom-com version :)
BRING IT ON
CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH THIS

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YEsSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Namgoong Min AND Sung Joon? This noona's heart is thumping wildly!

I'm curious... why is Namgoong Min's name written that way? It seems atypical for a Korean name. I would expect to see it written Nam Goong-min.

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Min is his given name and Namgoong is his surname, one of the handful of Korean surnames with two characters.

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Ah, okay. Thanks!

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Nan Goongmin and Sung Joon? yay!
So looking forward to this drama!

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Sung Joon is genius again? He was genius in all the dramas I've seen him in (White Christmas, Gu Family Book..) But I'm finally excited for an upcoming drama! I've nothing much to watch now but AM1994. And there's Nam Gong Min too! Definitely excited!

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Lol, I think it has more to do with the fact that no one can just be good at something in a K drama. They have to be AMAZING!

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Is Sung Joon the lead?

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i haven't watch any of the I need romance series, except for some snippets here and there. But this, i'll definitely watch =)

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Wow, Namgoong Min already signed up for his next drama? Nice...I'm waiting for more episodes of Unemployed Romance to start watching it.

Anyway, maybe I should start watching INR 1...that's the one with Choi Jinhyuk right? Is it really good?

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Honestly I have a hard time finishing dramas but I Need Romance Season 1 is one of my favourite dramas. It's fun and sweet and hot and it does a great job of showcasing female friendships which is too rare in dramaland. I didn't love the way the main romance played out but Choi JinHyuk is great in it. Very endearing.

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Agreed. Choi JinHyuk stole my heart with that show. I had seen him in Pasta but he didn't really make an impression until INR1. Still, I hated the way it ended. Here's hoping for a better ending for INR3. It had better be good, it has Sung Joon in it!

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I like it! This season seems different and fresh! No more 7 year boyfriend lol~

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Definitely putting this on my calendar! I can't wait to be a shallow watcher waiting for the skinship scenes. I think I'm a wee bit jealous. :)

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okay, now I'm OFFICIALLY excited about this installment of 'I Need Romance'!!!

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i watched both season 1 and 2, and both times I experienced the second lead syndrome @[email protected] so I'm a little bit traumatized! I will wait how the plot plays out and probably watch it when its done airing!

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Sung Joon!!! (Haha I did this before and now I'm also too happy, that's all I can utter)

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Not into this show, or its predecessors. But I'm glad that Namgoong Min and Sung Joon are both in another drama. Love both of them.

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So excited for the 3rd season! Loved the 1st season the most, though! INR 2 was kind of a mess.

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Super excited for this one. I absolutely LOVE both the leads so I'm hoping that the story will be solid so I won't have to curse the writers for wasting these fantastic actors. Also how georgeous did these two look while presenting and award at MAMA 2013 ?

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I was trying to remember who Wang Ji-won was in Good Doctor. She was Shi On's hoobae and looks different here.

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polka dots!!!!what the.....

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Definitely excited to see this! I really love the first two seasons of I Need Romance. Hopefully this season will be just as good!

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Sung Joon is so pretty.

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