Drama Casting & News
Choi Jin-hyuk, Song Ji-hyo up for cable medical rom-com
by | December 5, 2013 | 155 Comments

Looks like tvN knows a good thing when it sees it, because it’s keeping the new weekend drama timeslot it created for Answer Me 1994 and lining up its follow-up drama: a romantic comedy potentially starring Choi Jin-hyuk and Song Ji-hyo. Offers are out to both actors, who are both said to be favorably considering (decisions not final yet, yada yada yada). But that would be a pretty great match-up, wouldn’t it?

The drama is titled Emergency Couple, and is set, aptly enough, in an emergency room. The two leads were married through medical school, but divorced and went their separate ways… until they find themselves working in the same ER. Thus begins their second chance at courtship as initial bickering leads them back to romance.

Which sounds great and all, only… I in no way want my emergency room doctors distracted by sexual-angst-driven bickering! Professionalism please? The drama does promise to depict sincere growth as well as the life-and-death stories of the work in the hospital, so we can hope that the romance works its way into the proceedings in a natural way. (I have an aversion to medical dramas that are really just romance dramas wearing doctor’s gowns.)

It’s about time Choi Jin-hyuk gets to headline his own romantic drama, ’cause the man can sizzle when he’s on and it’s so sad when he doesn’t win his love. He’s gotten sidetracked a bit with some not-so-great dramas (Panda and Hedgehog, It’s Okay Daddy’s Girl) but his star is on the rise and this year solidified his popularity with Gu Family Book and Heirs. Song Ji-hyo hasn’t had a hit drama in a while (her last three being Mandate of Heaven, Gye Baek, and Crime Squad) but she’s got a sassy on-air personality and I’d love to see her in a straight-up rom-com.

Emergency Couple will be directed by PD Kim Chul-kyu, who, yes, has the terrible Paradise Ranch on his resumรฉ but also the better-received cable drama She is Wow from earlier this year, as well as political drama Daemul and historical hit Hwang Jini. Writing is Choi Yoon-jung of the 2002 mania hit Ruler of Your Own World; on the upside, it was a well-regarded drama, but on the downside, she wasn’t the main writer and it’s her only credit.

The drama will follow Answer Me 1994 as tvN’s next Friday-Saturday series, premiering in January.

Via Sports Chosun


155 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kate

    So excited . I love Song Ji Hyo and Choi Jin Hyuk ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 1.1 Cindy

      Why am I not excited? Coz I am not a fan of CJH and I do not find SJH interesting outside of RM.

      • 1.1.1 kate

        Aww really? You should maybe try to watch the movie Frozen Flower and the drama I Need Romance. I thought both actors showcased good acting there. Be warned, you will suffer from intense 2nd lead syndrome while watching INR.

        • maya

          to be honest SJH is annoying as an actress and haven’t proven her talent yet.. but it is a rom-com so maybe that will be better for her.

      • 1.1.2 Steph

        I love CJH as an actor. Not only is he handsome, but he’s talented. However, I’ve yet to find a drama that I love SJH in. I love HER to bits mostly because of RM. She’s just her there and I find that’s more interesting and endearing than her acting. Granted, I’ve only seen her in Goong. I’m not a fan of medical dramas, but I’d probably give it a try.

    • 1.2 savanna

      Dying of happiness!
      These 2 would make one HAWT couple
      and tvn = lots of kissing mmmhmmm ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Starrynights

    Looks interesting. But I’m a bit iffy about SJH’s acting. She’s great on Running Man but has never been able to captivate or WOW me when it comes to her dramas/movies.

    • 2.1 anniemo

      My very first thought was definitely “If only I liked herโ€ฆ”

      • 2.1.1 YBisTOP

        Watch Running Man! You will definitely love her afterwards!! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • anniemo

          I have! But I’ve also seen Mandate of Heaven…

          • maya

            guys RM isn’t acting.. it’s just a variety.

        • zsa

          It’s not so much about liking her,,,but liking her acting…I have the same problem too though I really adore her as a person and on RM.

          • el972

            Hmmm, my thoughts exactly.
            I don’t she has been given a chance to really show her tomboy, sassy side in a drama. She can be really feisty on Running Man, and I want to see her channel that into her new drama.

            Hoping, hoping…

        • s2rosez

          I think the Choi Jinhyuk and Song Jihyo met on RM (for the ‘Heirs’ special), right?

  3. Mandy

    …. and as I was just saying; dramaland just help themselves but produce dramas of the same theme. UGH!! How many more medical dramas are we gonna get before it finally gets old?

    Also… isn’t CJH like turning 29 very soon? As in… isn’t he going to enlist? Or did he already complete it? Because if he didn’t, he’s clearly waiting for the last minute enlistment and also attracting a whole lot of criticism.

    • 3.1 valleydale

      Hyun Bin waited until the last minute, completed an exemplary two years in the Marine Corp, then returned amidst much fan fair only to spend the last couple of years lolly-gagging around. Hope CJH won’t follow that template.

    • 3.2 adette

      i tried looking it up and it doesn’t look like he’s gone yet.. i saw an interview from 2012 in which he said he’d probably go “the year after next” (so sometime next year, i guess)

  4. Noelle

    This sounds like it would be good if done right. Yay for him getting a lead role.

  5. halo120

    I know Song Ji Hyo from Running Man and she seems to have an affable personality on variety but I am not familiar with her drama work. I’ve only seen Choi Jin Hyuk in Gu Family Book and Heirs and in my opinion he has amazing presence on the small screen. I look forward to his scenes in Heirs. It’s such a shame he’s received so little screen time on that show. I wonder if this would be his last project before departing for his mandatory military duty.

  6. anonymous

    Choi Jin Hyuk is the new Lee Min Ho, right?

    Below average talent and hyped for shallow shit.

    I see the pattern, does no one else?

    Kim Woo Bin, Lee Jong Seok, Gong Yoo, Kim Soo Hyun…

    • 6.1 javabeans

      Believe what you will. MORE FOR MEEEEEEEE

      • 6.1.1 Laica

        Hahaha great answer!

      • 6.1.2 Cynthia

        Heck yeah!

        One man’s trash is another man’s treasure……. I’ll take them!!!

      • 6.1.3 tokkioncrack

        GO JAVABEANS!!!!

        And we seriously need like and dislike buttons for the comments.

        • javabeans


          • Cindy

            but there’s no dislike button

        • katzer

          Like and dislike buttons just marginalize people’s opinions and promote echo chambers that generate little discussion. Can’t wait till the next reply 1994 post comes out for the shipping wars to get even worse. Sigh.

          • javabeans

            Orrrrrrr they’re fun things to click. People are still free to comment!

            I do reserve the right to remove the downvoting if it gets abused, though.

          • katzer

            Well I’ve observed the disasters that have occurred on other sites after implementing it so I’m pessimistic, upvotes aren’t too bad, but downvotes, especially when unchecked (as in people don’t need an account to do it and can just reload the page to click again), can cause problems.

          • Oniguiri

            I like the like and dislike buttons!
            It’s a good tool for someone like me to participate, cause I’m far away from being fluent in english! (I can read ok, but write is very difficult)

          • Windsun33

            I have mixed feelings about down buttons. Many sites disable them, especially those where you don’t have to log in, as it can lead to abuse and a form of bullying. But this site is a bit more civilized than most, so maybe worth trying for a week or so.

        • Orion

          People who are saying they don’t like his acting are already getting downvoted, so I’d say we’re well on our way to discovering how bad an idea the dislike button is.

          Yes, most users here are nice, but if any sort of criticism is met with dislikes and disapproval, people will think twice before speaking their mind, if it is not absolutely positive fun things.

          It’s your website and all, but I just don’t like the idea of such a nice community being filled with bullies who boo everyone disagreeing out.

          • Anonymous

            I also like having the freedom to discuss things without feeling unappreciated by the lack of upvotes, or discouraged and hurt by downvotes. Since the buttons are so big, the like/dislike culture becomes even more obvious and may become the driving force for discussion. I’m now afraid of commenting something controversial.

            Additionally, as someone who is very familiar with the K-pop world, blatant “dislike” spurs trolls into becoming more aggressive. Without likes/dislikes, these annoyances end with one comment because people just ignore them. When these people are ignored, trolling is notably decreased overall.

          • katzer

            Yeah it discourages people from commenting, and fans will also swarm to downvote negative comments.

          • ilikemangos


            I haven’t even thought about some of the sasaeng fans possibly down-voting the comments that show any dislike for their oppa, even if it is a logical statement backed up by reasons.

          • anniemo

            While I don’t share the same reasoning as you, I do appreciate that “dislike” button was once again removed. Let’s face it, nothing nice can come from a “dislike” button. It’s not like you use a “dislike” button to show amusement, or cheer someone on, or show comradery. It’s sole purpose is to tear someone else down. Who needs that?

          • Windsun33

            I think many people use the “dislike” button not to show dislike or disagreement of the comment, but of the person that wrote it. It looks like even Google has removed the dislike button – it still shows up, but does not do anything that I can see.

      • 6.1.4 Waiting

        Leave some for the rest of us please….is this now his first leading role? (flipping finally!)

      • 6.1.5 DayDreamer

        Javabeans, even if you’re wonderful and all, but still you can’t hog that many guys…..let me have Woo Bin and Jeong-suk at the very least!! lol

        • javabeans

          I suppose that’s only fair.

          • DayDreamer

            You are a very kind lady. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • girlfriday

          She does. She lets ME have them.

          • jomo

            As long as you share Ha Jung Woo, oh, and Park Hae-il.
            You can all have everyone else…except Lee Jin-wook, and PIE, and Chilbongie. Definitely CANNOT keep him to yourself.

          • Kiara

            Park Hae il is taken and I don’t want to share.

    • 6.2 katzer

      Yep I see it. I feel like it’s gotten worse in recent years too.

    • 6.3 callmeadreamer

      I’m excited to see SJH in another contemporary drama. I enjoyed her in Crime Squad (I thought it was good) where she had a different personality than most of her drama characters.

      I think she can rock a solid rom-com.

      • 6.3.1 callmeadreamer

        I’m sorry, this showed up under this comment on accident. I mean to put it under its own thread.


    • 6.4 anniemo

      You… just listed about every actor I like. There’s something very wrong with one of us, and I don’t think it’s me.

    • 6.5 sjkwifey

      Woahhhh! Hold up!! You did not bring Kim Soo-hyun into this. Kim Soo-hyun is worth the hype.

      • 6.5.1 GoldenDiva

        Definitely worth the hype its just he get a really bad cast with him so u can’t c his full potential

    • 6.6 Sajen

      Look I’m male and not gay gay so I couldn’t care less about abs or guys looks, I agree with you on Lee Min Ho but then you mention Gong Yoo and Kim Soo Hyun which makes me question your ability to judge peoples acting.

      As for Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong Seok they’re not great or anything, but they’re getting better and they’re both better than Lee Min Ho.

      • 6.6.1 katzer

        Well imo Kim Soo Hyun is decent enough, but he’s still over-hyped some. I just find it frustrating how people will praise any male star who’s good-looking with decent screen presence, while bashing Go Ara and other actresses when they actually have more talent.


        I generally use this list as a tool because he always backs up his opinions and seems a reasonable judge of acting skills.

        • Annie

          Shh, you’re being a voice of reason!

        • Peeps

          The blasphemy! Who is trashing Go Ara?! I’ll stuff their mouth with trash and dump them in the trashbin! And than Trash oppa can come along to empty the trash. >:(

        • Sunny

          Off topic but….: I really do appreciate Kitteh and the history that is given on the vaultofdoom.wordpress website. Kitteh has a good eye for talent and is for the most part relatively objective in any type of assessment of KDrama/Film land made. VaultofDoom is definitely my go to place when I want history and evidenced-based critique.

          To cheer on everyone: Go DramaBeans and Go Kitteh and all the other websites like Thundie’s Prattle and such. You all provide us crazy viewers with the things we need to satisfy our Korean addiction.

        • adette

          i like go ara, but before Answer Me 1994 she was known as a bad actress with a pretty face, so I don’t see how she’s much different from the other stars you’ve mentioned. A lot of her early popularity was from her looks more than talent; she’s not very good in anything else I’ve seen her in, tbh. Like-able enough, but a little… wooden or something. idk.. She reminds me kind of Yoon Eun-hye before Coffee Prince. Pretty face, inoffensive as an actress, but nothing to really get excited about… and then suddenly she’s in this role that forces her to be kind of a tomboy, and she rocks it. but idk, i might not be a good judge of acting talent, either.

          choi jin-hyuk isn’t the Best Actor In All Of Korea or anything, but I wouldn’t call him Lee Min-ho, either… and Lee Min-ho isn’t really that bad, unless whatever character he’s playing is trying to be funny (one thing I’ve learned from Heirs is that boy doesn’t have very good comic timing). Kim Soo-hyun is a pretty good actor, as well. I think he seems over-hyped because he’s been in projects that had reallybig names attached to them, like Moon that Embraces the Sun; The Thieves; Covertly, Grandly… but he’s been pretty good in them so I wouldn’t say it’s for nothing (well, at least the first two; I haven’t seen the most recent one).

      • 6.6.2 valleydale

        Looks wise, I think Lee Min Ho is about a seven and a half one the one to ten scale of handsome. I’ve never swooned over him the way I do others, but I think he’s a really talented actor whom I tune in to watch because of his acting. Just my two pennies of course. YMMV.

        • Caitlyn

          In the first 5 or 6 episodes of Heirs, i literally couldn’t stop staring at Lee Min Ho. He’s so pretty! I think he can look like a 10 sometimes and other times not. I guess, like most actors.

    • 6.7 bd

      I’ve only seen CJH in “Gu” so can’t really remark on his acting (need to see more), but he was pretty decent in that.

      As for the list, why is Gong Yoo on it? He can act (at least in CP and after).

    • 6.8 GoldenDiva

      I love how u pple have no Love 4 the following

      Jang Guen suk
      Kim Bum
      Song heon Sueng
      Ji sung
      Jung il woo
      Song joong ki
      ummm I’m srry bout this 1 Harry from I miss u

      HELLO HOT CITY wat um the only 1 who thinks sooo okay More 4 me

      • 6.8.1 Joy

        “guen seok” “heon sueng”

        i caNT STOP LAUGHING

    • 6.9 seoulflysea

      Wow – so who do you consider a “good” actor? It’d be interesting if you revealed who YOU think deserves the praise. Maybe you haven’t seen some of them in some great roles. Gong Yoo was excellent in the movie “Silenced” and Kim Woo Bin has been getting rave reviews for his role in the recently released movie, “Friends 2”.

  7. Tweetiebird

    More papa Gumiho yes please! (I’ll even watch yet another medical drama, TVN’s becoming my favourite channel)

  8. isa

    Looking forward to this article, I think that although the medical dramas I do not call much attention, this pair looks good, I think the talent Choi Jin-Hyuk is wasteful heirs it was time to shine as an actor, know more to Song Ji-hyo running man by his performance that I have seen some of his work does not surprise me, nor dislike
    sorry for the grammar

  9. Cynthia

    Medical drama? Those are meh for me, but these two paired up? DREAM DUO! Both talented, both age appropriate for each other and both excelling in the really, really purtty area. And what looks like a big plus is that (so far) neither one of ’em are being touted as a GENIUS – a characterization that is quickly becoming a big, stinky dead horse in Kdrama professions.

  10. 10 Bernadine Moore

    Loved Choi Jin Hyuk in I Need Romance and have been hoping for him to get the lead, and the girl, since then. Finally! But he is due for military service! So sad that he will, after all these years of waiting to be discovered by the fans, end up disappearing for 2 years. ๐Ÿ™

  11. 11 Lovebug

    Choi Jin Hyuk stole my heart in Panda and the hedgehodge (Yes i did manage to watch that whole drama and i am not ashamed).
    To me, he was the best thing about Gu Family Book and is tragically wasted in Heirs. I generally enjoy TVN dramas but i really hate divorced then fall back in love stories. Not a huge fan of medical dramas either but willing to watch to check it out.
    Choi Jin Hyuk’s voice is one of the best things evar.

    • 11.1 Cupcake

      LOVE his voice. DEEP & SEXY !

    • 11.2 Waiting

      I love his spoken voice as well, but oddly I don’t care for when he sings. I have earthly idea why I feel this way either so I am with you if you are scratching your head at this comment! LOL

    • 11.3 Windsun33

      Anyone that managed to watch all of Panda & Warthog deserves a medal, maybe 2 or 3. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 11.4 fuzzymogwai

      hehe definitely watched all of panda and hedgehog as well!! was by no means a fantastic drama, but it was light brainless pastry filled fun kekeke and the bromances were so cute and everyone except the villain were so darn nice…and definitely loved choi jin hyuk in it~

    • 11.5 valleydale

      I agree he’s totally been wasted in Heirs. Loved him first in I
      Need Romance, and have been waiting for him to snag the lead since. I’m happy to see him being given this chance. I’ll tune in because of him. Oh, and I agree–his voice is one of his best assets.

      • 11.5.1 Cupcake

        Don’t forget to mention his look & sexy bod as well….:-)

    • 11.6 Minitwin

      XD Panda and Hedgehog wasn’t THAT BAD….if you pretend that the conflict and plot didn’t exist. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had fun watching the cupcakes.

    • 11.7 bebethao

      OMG!!! I agree too!! I don’t much like Heirs (which is probably why I’m just reading it) but I go back and watch the scenes with Choi Jin Hyuk just to hear him and look at his sexiness!!! AND I love that we’re born the same year…haha XD

    • 11.8 Marie21

      Yes, i also think it’s a shame his character wasn’t so well-developed …I had high hopes about Kim Won and his story with Hyun-Joo but what a disappointment! I guess the screenwriter didn’t think relevant to delve too much into his storyline!!!

  12. 12 Quiet Thought

    FINALLY . . . AT LONG LAST . . . Song Ji Hyo has a shot at a character who isn’t the “Designated Square” in the series. Hope she takes it and plays it like I think she’s capable of playing it.

  13. 13 kopytko

    Choi JinHyuk and Song JiHyo in a cable medical rom-com? My first thought was: they’re going to play doctors!
    I am truly ashamed of myself.

    • 13.1 GoldenDiva

      LOL ,*Speechless* now I’m ROFL WHILE LMBO

  14. 14 DayDreamer

    Medical dramas…..booooring. Also, I only saw Choi Jin-hyuk in Running Man (same with Ji-hyo…although I remember her from Goong too) so I have no great need to watch this drama for the leads either.

  15. 15 savanna

    OH, and yay for this too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 15.1 DayDreamer

      I’m liking the Like/Dislike buttons too but I get the feeling they will disappear like the Report button, hehe. At least it will be fun while it lasts.

      • 15.1.1 javabeans

        The report button got removed because there were about 50 false alarms for every legit report (I think mistaken clicks) so they weren’t as useful as I’d hoped.

        • Anonymous

          A good idea would be to have a link on the sidebar somewhere to report comments. If something is really bad, we can easily contact you, and we can avoid the false alarms.

          • javabeans
          • Anonymous

            @Javabeans: Thanks! But I was thinking more of a specific form that would separate the general contact emails from the comment specific stuff. Just a suggestion ^_^

        • DayDreamer

          Ahhh. But that’s strange. If I remember correctly, there was a box that showed up for final submission if we clicked the report button. Shouldn’t that have deterred those mistakes? Oh well. It doesn’t really matter. The contact form works well enough too.

          Anyways, I remembered you writing/saying that the like button was tried once before and it made the site glitchy. That’s why I figured it won’t stay that long.

        • jomo

          I think I hit it once accidentally and felt horrible!!

    • 15.2 ilikemangos

      I really like the “like/thumbs up” button — i think it’s nice to have other people agree with you without necessarily having to comment. On the flip side, i could see how the “dislike” button might discourage some people from posting their opinions in fear of getting down-voted.
      But i guess you could argue that you should post whatever you want to post regardless of people’s opinions since they’re your own. Still, there’s some very sensitive people in the world who don’t take negativity well.
      Just a small opinion but i vote for only having the “like” button. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I can just see how this will be an issue in the AM1994 thread since there’s shipping wars going on.

      • 15.2.1 DayDreamer

        Yeah, I think only keeping the like button will work out well ’cause the dislike button isn’t really thought of as the “disagree” button which is what I think is the more apt description.

      • 15.2.2 ilikemangos

        This comment was before the down-vote button was taken off.
        thanks jb! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 16 Mia

    i can only say ~Hot~
    i love them both

  17. 17 niKai Soh

    I found myself really excited about this pairing, not so much because of the pairig itself, but because two of my favorites are in a drama again. I couldnt summon enough interest to watch the 3 series son jihyo was in so I really miss her acting. Choi jinhyuk, well its about time he do something that actually put him at the front and center coz I think he has so much potential. And these two pretties together as a couple in a drama is a bonus to my drama wish list.

  18. 18 mimi

    i love him and i do picture him as a doctor,he has the style but god!im fed up with medical drama

  19. 19 kanz

    The plot sounds funny! Cute bickering in emergency room,Ex-couple get back together…
    I hope it’ll be good since TvN usually has funny, good shows

  20. 20 Shadow-chan

    My first thought when I read the title: Ooohh, I’m going to watch no matter what!
    My second: Oh, it’s a medical drama… hmm… :/

    Actually Emergency Room is one of my favourite shows, but somehow I’m a bit hesitant to watch medical k-dramas…
    On the other hand, I’ve loved every tvN drama I’ve seen so far (okay, that are only 3, but still…) and it has Choi Jin-hyuk, so why not try something new?

    (And a BIIIIG THANKS for the like-buttons! My cursor won’t twitch to the lower left of a post in vain no more, woohoo! xD)

    • 20.1 damai

      That’s what I thought. Can rom-com wins over medical instrument? But it’s TvN, we still has a chance, perhaps..

    • 20.2 Windsun33

      I have yet to find a k-med-drama that I really liked. I think that part of it is that so much of the plot involves non-medical stuff, like power struggles among inept fools, while the intrepid newcomer genius trudges on saving patients and hopelessly fighting the system – kind of a Doctor Don Quixote figure.

  21. 21 josh

    Song Ji Hyo has mostly been bland to me in all the projects i’ve seen of hers, so maybe i should watch her in variety to see this sassy on air personality of hers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 21.1 damianna

      try watching running man ep 77 where they had joo sang wook as a guest. she held in it for quite a while because he’s older than her but… better watch it yourself.

      • 21.1.1 Nancy

        I loved that ep and eps with Joo Sangwook. He’s adorably funny. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jihyo pair up with him in a rom-com and seeing them bicker.

        Looking forward to this because I’m a big fan of Jihyo on RM but none of her acting projects really stick out to me but this should be fun with Choi Jinhyuk.

        • damianna

          yeah. he’s mostly done serious role when he’s kinda fun in reality. from the recent running man ep too, he is a chatterbox! so please, a rom-com for joo sang wook!

  22. 22 Sajen

    Kind of sounds like Alone In Love in an ER room, we can only hope it’ll be that awesome.

    If so who will be their Dr. Gong?

  23. 23 damianna

    well so ji sub had done a great job in master’s sun when he sort of never was in a rom com before, why can’t song ji hyo do this? she’s not that bad of an actor. give her a chance.
    i’ll definitely watch this. but if its more like scrubs (too much to ask i know) and less like grey’s anatomy, it will be even better. the best medical dramas in my opinion are ER and house.

    • 23.1 Cynthia

      She was in that rom-com movie “Jackal” with Jae-joong – thought she did a good job despite the flimsy plot. And she was excellent in “Frozen Flower” – just wasn’t a laughfest there….

      • 23.1.1 damianna

        i watched both and she’s fine in her roles. in mandate of heaven, her character was okay in the beginning until the writer turned her into a typical one.
        i love her in RM so i’ll probably watch anything of her. hey, i stick to heirs and mi rae’s choice for my girl-crushes.

  24. 24 justanotherleo

    I’m so looking forward to this. I certainly hope that both Choi Jin Hyuk and Song Ji Hyo takes up this drama! Regarding the like and dislike buttons, while there are times when I crave for the buttons, I feel that people would be more likely to click those buttons than to type out a well-thought-out response. And the responses are what I enjoy reading here. I certainly don’t want to see it degenerate into the YouTube-like mess where perfectly logical responses get down voted simply because people don’t like what responses are saying.

  25. 25 Eddie

    Rom-com for these two? Yes please!!! Lol
    Paradise Ranch tho…

  26. 26 Mar

    I’m down for this pairing. My only concern Choi Jin Hyuk tends to be a little pouty in his acting, he’d do well playing off a quirky actress or a bright character that can balance him.

    One of my dream castings is Song Ji-hyo paired with Gong Yoo is a rom com that has a side of heat, because I think they could smoke up the screen.

    • 26.1 Annie

      Oooh. That would be a visual treat.

      Out of curiosity, what are some of your other dream castings?

      • 26.1.1 Mar

        Lee Jong-suk and Oh Yi-na

        Hyun Bin and Yoon Eun Hye

        Jung Il Woo and Ha ji-min

        Lee Min Ho and Kang Sora

        Seo In-guk and Im Ju-eun

        Yoon Si Yoon and IU

        Kang Ji-hwan and Chae Rim

        Kim Soo-hyun and Park Se -young

        Yoochun and Lee Ji-ah

        I’d like to see Kang Haneul and Dahee cast together again

        And of course everyones dream castings-

        Lee Jong-suk and Woo Bin

        Kim So-eun and Kim Bum

        • CFLH

          yoo ah in and jung so min

          and i want jung woo sun-son ye jin gong yoo and yoon eun hye or joo ji hoon and yoon eun hye in a drama again together

          song ji hyo and joo sang wook

          • kepogee

            YES. Song Ji Hyo and Joo Sang Wook, please.

            This two can play a good rom-com pair.

            Did you see them being cute in running man too? HAHA

        • Annie

          Nice choices ๐Ÿ™‚

          Yoon Si Yoon and IU would be super cute.

          • CFLH

            yep i saw them in running man..haha…when they were catching chicken and smashing walnuts haha

    • 26.2 damianna

      gong yoo is going to be a running man guest for next week ep175. i practically jumped on my bed seeing the preview! let’s hope this pair would get to work together. and i’d like to see her paired with song joong ki too.

      • 26.2.1 callmeadreamer

        I would have liked to see her paired up with him next week too. But I have no hope it’d actually happen, she rarely get paired with guests (male or female).

        • damianna

          i think he’ll be grouped with jae seok and kwang soo based on the little preview that i’ve watched. yeap, she’s always paired or grouped with gary which i’m okay with but a change now and then is welcomed too.

  27. 27 Waiting

    “Writing is Choi Yoon-jung of the 2002 mania hit Ruler of Your Own World; on the upside, it was a well-regarded drama, but on the downside, she wasnโ€™t the main writer and itโ€™s her only credit.”

    *no train wrecks…no train wrecks*

  28. 28 maymay

    Omg I love this pairing. Still a noona romance but at least the man is smoking hot and looks nothing like a dongsaeng. I’m just wary of their personalities. Please make them quirky and cheery. I love them both but much better if they aren’t mopping in despair. They aren’t the greatest actor or actress but we’ve seen how the right roles bring out great performances. More sass please for both….

    Pretty please…..

    • 28.1 Annie

      It’s not really a noona romance. Their characters are supposed to be the same age.

      • 28.1.1 Annie

        Oops, I guess you meant the actual ages of the actors. In that case, yeah, it is a noona romance.

    • 28.2 damianna

      but choi jin hyuk looks more mature than his age in my opinion.

  29. 29 jayne

    Ow yeah…..finally a leading role for Jinhyuk and on a rom-com at that! He was one of the 2 only reasons I checked out Heirs (the other one was because of the writer), and just as I thought, what a horrible drama. A depressing waste for Jinhyuk.
    I’ve been waiting for Jihyo to star in rom-com, I think it’s her kind of genre.
    Plus, it will be aired on TvN.
    Will definitely check it out.

  30. 30 soiia

    Gaaah I’m happy since they are so awesome… I mean mane of glory and Ace jihyo… But another medical drama? D: bouhouhou

  31. 31 Abbie

    I adore Song Ji-hyo, so I’m happy she might be doing another drama.

    And Choi Jin-hyuk is having a really great year, even if Heirs isn’t what is what all hyped up to be. I’m a fan now, and I’m glad he’s doing well. I hope he does this drama, if only so I can see him in a rom-com with Song Ji-hyo.

  32. 32 karina

    well I like song ji hyo’s personality but no so much for her acting. I do think she will do better in this drama since it’s romcom, which I think will suit her better than saeguk drama.

  33. 33 jomo

    The thing about SJH is she is different in everything I have seen her in. I have to doublecheck D-wiki to make sure it’s the same actress.

    I like her. I haven’t been wow’ed by her but I blame the scripts – especially Mandate of Heaven where they could have made her and LDW much much hotter. Wasn’t there a Joseon version of the tango they could have done in a library somewhere?

  34. 34 AuroraB


  35. 35 CFLH

    i loove tvn dramas…sometimes they have more oomph. i’m hoping that there will be another drama under the oh! boy series…

  36. 36 Chloe

    I just read a slew of reports from various Korean news portals on Naver.com that the casting has been comfirmed! I’m excited to see Song Ji-hyo in a modern drama (not a sageuk) and I hope she really steps it up here since she’s an actress with substantial talent but her career has been largely defined by her variety activities.

  37. 37 kepogee

    I’ve been waiting for 3 years for her to finally play in a rom-com tv series.

    Jackal is Coming was just really bad – i didn’t even finish it! Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jae Joong couln’t make up for the bad script.

  38. 38 Macchan

    It seems like medical dramas might be the trend for this year huh? I don’t really get it though because I feel like that kind of limits your audience since there are a lot of people who can’t handle medical stuff. Personally I just find them really boring, give me another time travel drama any day. But I do love Ji Hyo so I might give this a go.

    Since you mentioned that the director also did Paradise Ranch I can’t help but think doesn’t this have basically the exact same plot but swap the Jeju island resort for a hospital? Well I guess there are a lot of other dramas like this too.

    Still, coming from the same director does this mean I can look forward to the main leads bumping into each other in the corridors and looking surprised and then awkwardly staring at each other for what feels like eternity even though they both know that they work in the same place at least once every episode? because if so then then you can count me in. I might be the only person ever who actually enjoyed Paradise Ranch, it was so awful that it was funny but it was also very sweet.

    • 38.1 kuxi

      There must be more than one medical drama in south korea, I think you just assume that this year is trend of medical drama because good doctor is popular and another medical drama “medical top team” airing in same year.

      • 38.1.1 eny

        My assumption is like that too, many medical drama in South Korea but this year the range from one medical drama to other is really short. I think it’s not only because of good rating of good doctor but the story leave something deep, many good rating drama but after it finish it’s easily forgetable

  39. 39 Luzie

    Ruler was such an amazing drama. I think I got dehydrated from all the crying.

  40. 40 Perrie

    Happy Miss Mong is doing something different ๐Ÿ™‚ Will check it out!

  41. 41 jam

    mongjiiiiiii!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ i’m aware many aren’t pleased with her acting, but i feel like romcom can be her forte *crosses fingers* although im getting sick w/ the medical environment as well, i really hope they both can deliver along w/ the scriptwriter and director.

    and this is totally off topic, but i wonder if gary is gonna be jelly of romantic scenes hahahah *total wishful thinking*

  42. 42 tarsoe

    I love both of them, please be good drama, but if not, I’m just gonna watch it blindfolded…omg that voice…ummm

  43. 43 Viki

    Watching for Choi Jin Hyuk’s first lead role! FINALLY!

    • 43.1 kuxi

      No, he has been took up lead role on SBS’s my daughter flower and SBS’s it’s ok daddy girl. I think he’s great for supporting role and scene stealer but he’s not great for taking up leading role.

  44. 44 Wheey

    Haha, I just dissed Lee Jong Seok’s potential medical drama yesterday, but this new drama concept, I like!

    Ji Hyo needs some serious love in kdramas, Choi Jin Hyuk too. I don’t really have a favourite couple in this genre, the exs that gets back together, so I’m looking forward! ๐Ÿ˜€

    But how does romance play out in ER? With the blood gushing, bones broken and immediate surgery needed (as they always do), we’ll see.

  45. 45 RaeDar

    I admit I squealed when I saw the heading. And then jumped up and down in the living room like a hyperactive energizer bunny. Whoops.

  46. 46 Yee

    Thank you Drama God! I’m over the moon with this happy news for Choi Jin Hyuk <3 and Song Ji Hyo! Knowing it's tvN drama there will be lots of room for kissing & make-out scenes for this pair of experienced lover! Absolutely looking forward to it! Fighting HyukHyuk!

  47. 47 Crazynoona

    oh yes please!!!

  48. 48 p3rk3le

    i love those two and i think it’d be a great couple but PLEASEEEE no more medical dramas!!!

  49. 49 Stephanie


    Yes! finally they will have him as a lead.
    Heirs is too painful I just stopped watching it even though heโ€™s in it.
    I will watch Emergency Couple though!

  50. 50 Tohru314

    Two words…YES PLEASE!!!!!

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