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Kim Hee-sun and Lee Seo-jin star in new weekend drama

There have been some rumblings about Kim Hee-sun (Faith) and Lee Seo-jin (Grandpas Over Flowers) headlining KBS’s new weekend drama Wonderful Season (the rumors began when Kim Hee-sun left her variety show Hwashin to focus on acting), but it’s only now that the drama is starting to lock down its cast. Wonderful Season is the newest drama from acclaimed melo writer Lee Kyung-hee and PD Kim Jin-won of Nice Guy, this time trying their hand at the multi-generational family drama.

The large ensemble cast will center around Lee Seo-jin’s character, a Seoul University graduate and successful prosecutor, with a gaggle of misfit siblings. Ryu Seung-soo (Empire of Gold) plays his hyung, a wannabe actor. At his age? Uh, that probably means he’s unemployed, right? Hwang Soo-jung (Salt Doll) plays Lee Seo-jin’s twin noona, who is developmentally challenged and remained in a childlike state ever since an accident during their childhood.

There’s not much else about Kim Hee-sun or Taecyeon’s characters, but I do think Lee Seo-jin and Kim Hee-sun will be really cute as a romantic pairing. While warm popular family fare is nothing new for Kim Hee-sun, it’s been a while since Lee Seo-jin has left sageukland. Though if his magical stint on hit variety show Grandpas Over Flowers is any indication, he’ll be right at home juggling a household full of elders with wit. Besides, there’s always the chance that writer Lee Kyung-hee will just do a long-form melo instead, which seems more up her alley anyway.

Wonderful Season will follow King’s Family and air on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in February.


Taecyeon, Hwang Soo-jung, Ryu Seung-soo

Via My Daily

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Seo-Jin? SO THERE!!!

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*Seo there.

Hihi

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oh no! i really want to watch lee seo jin in a drama but from the given synopsis, i don't find this one that interesting.

i did watch some dramas i didn't find interesting initially but then they became favorites, like arang and the magistrate and japanese drama liar game so i'll still check this one out.

i'm not very hopeful i will like this one though. i hate melodramas. :(

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I'm not fond of weekend dramas but because of Seo-Jeanie I will be watching.

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Am I the only one who sees the name Lee Kyung-hee and thinks we're probably in for a world of pain?

(in some parts of my head, the words 'Lee Kyung-hee' and 'comedy' do not compute, when put together)

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Lol, I was thinking "Where's the melo?!"

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If there is pain in her works, it doesn't seem meaningless or just an easy way to elicit the viewers' sympathy. I can handle sad stories, but I cannot stand mindless cruelty. Not a single work of her has been a traumatic viewing experience for me anyway.

As for comedy, the only glimpses I can remember were in Sang Doo Let's Go To School, and they were really funny. Like Rain trying to get rid of his gigolo habits...

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So sad, I love him but I've never watched him in anything aside from GoF. I wanna see him on the screen so I'll tune in.

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Thank you for the update. I was wondering what had happened to KHS and the drama she was supposed to star in.

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Oooh! Midae Hyung! Why does it have to be a weekend drama! I wanna watch it but this is going to be long!

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Loved her in "Faith". I'll be watching this one for sure. Thanks for the article girlfriday.

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As soon as I saw that "developmentally challenged" part, I got all leery and stuff. They used the same trope in "Gloria" and a few other dramas. Usually about 3/4 of the way through the series, someone comes up with a new miraculous operation or cure and then they all sing Kumbaya.

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There is a character like that in I Am Sorry, I Love You by the same writer. I like the realistic take on the issue. There was no miraculous healing, she only found people who would take care of her and her son in the end. She remained exactly the same person she had always been. I think this part of the show won't make us viewers roll out eyes all too much.

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If they stay realistic with it, that is OK by me. I am not that familiar with this writer, so will give it a chance, though my luck with weekend dramas lately has been pretty horrible. But it's gotta be better than "Her Legend" :D

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The character was shown in all ther helplessness and vulnerability, but without reaching for cheap sympathy and pity. I think it was one of the best portrayals of such a person in Kdramas.

I haven't seen Her Legend (Me? a drama about bags? please!) but I must say I liked all the dramas by Lee Kyung Hee I saw. MiSa is by far my favourite, Sang Doo Let's Go To School was fantastic too. They are melos and there is some makjang going on, but I appreciate her works for telling me people's stories that can be heartbreaking and sad, but show the human side of her characters. What they go through and why. It's not melo that shows a character undergoing some absurd tortures because of somebody's whim or people pursuing something with all their strength because they need to reach their goal which objectively saying is WTF.

Just because of the writer I am going to have a look at this drama.

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Same. I've seen five of her shows so far.

Every now and then I'll be in the mood for a good melo and she writes some truly memorable ones. Even if sometimes I don't like the endings, I do overall enjoy her dramas.

Sang Doo, Let's Go to School is most def my fav of hers tho.

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Lee Kyung Hee wrote drama with actual plot, which differentiate her from the other celebrated writer who should not be named. (*cough* ... heirs)

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Since it came from a childhood accident, won't it be more along the lines of a traumatic brain injury than something cureable?

A traumatic brain injury should make for an interesting character and heartbreak for family members. Thats because traumatic brain injuries are particularly hard on family members. The injured, even if high functioning, have a fractured cognitive existence. In some areas of cognition they are completely normal, and in others impaired. In some ways they're normal emotionally, yet they can also be emotionally regressed, volatile, prone to emotional extremes and lack a normal verbal 'filter'.

The injured also have the heartbreak of fully KNOWING they're not normal, but at the same time not being able to grasp HOW to be normal. The family can hope for their functionality, but not a smooth existence. For family, helping them is a lifelong commitment to helping them navigate consistent challenges, rocky emotions and dashed hopes. There's small joys, but lots of heartache over the taxing commitment and grieving over what 'could have been'.

I'd be excited to see Seo Jinnie play against that kind of character. He has a great ability to convey internal strength and a wonderful warmheartedness. But he better practice how to dig deep into his own life history, so he can produce some quality cryin'.

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In two of the three dramas that I can recall it was a traumatic brain injury - one from an accident (Gloria), and one from some kind of gang fight in the past (forgot name). In those two somewhere in the last 25% or so, the rich guy (prince) found some super doctor that could fix it all. I thought it was a cop out by the writer, because it avoided having to deal with the real issues that you pointed out.

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I was more intrigued by Hwang Soo Jung taking on this role. Clearly helpful in her efforts to rehabilitate her image. It's hard to hate on a developmentally challenged adult. A way to win the public's pity. Her agent/agency played this well.

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ugh, Taecyeon.

Thank goodness it's a multi-generational family drama.

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I don't know why, and this is purely about his appearance, but Taecyon has such a punch-able face. Every picture I've seen of him, he is looking so smug. Doesn't help that he's got that rumors surrounding him and his groupmates. Ugh! He's lucky he'll get to work with veteran actors

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what kind of rumors ??
you must dont know him
I think with taecyeon positive image lately he will cast in new movie soon

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Yesterday I saw Ryu Seung Soo guesting inMama Mia and he said that Taec Yeon will be the maknae brother.

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Woo! Kim Hee Sun! Loved her in Faith, can't wait for this :)

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Oh my. It's Seo Jinnie so guess I have to watch it. Even though I am deadly afraid of the writer.

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Same writer did "Nice Guy", which was not bad, but had no shortage of makjang.

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lee seo jin=must watch. missed him in dramas. but taecyeon... *side eyes*

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Seojinnie in a new drama is good news.
New drama follows King's Family, meaning KF will end soon. That's even better news. That crazy disaster!

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Omg YES, I'm SO with you on that...I had high hopes for KF, especially since I enjoyed TB years ago. But man oh man, it's ridiculously childish at times, way more makjang than I figured, full of clichés...and it's fizzling fast. I typically like the multi-generational family weekenders, but KF is a sinking disappointment. I haven't watched it raw since nearly three weeks ago, and I'm leaning towards dropping it.

You gotta figure, it replaced another craptastic weekender that also blew my expectations into the dirt...LSSB.

Here's to hoping this will break that darned cycle!

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What is TB, pls?

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Three Brothers, by the same writer. It aired four years ago, same time slot.

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I enjoyed TB and Conditions of love, My rosy life is one of my fav. But KF is just ..too much, even crazier than " First wives club". ahh

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Haven't watched 3 Bros, Conditions of love or My Rosy Life. Didn't even hear about them.
KF has descend into the realm of farce, what w that DIL audition and 2nd SIL's bid to be a gigolo.
I quite enjoyed 1st Wives' Club tho. Didn't think it was crazy, except for Ahn NS's acting being over the top.

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I might actually watch the beginning few of this, just because of Seo-jinnie being male lead. He was awesomely awkward and bumbling in GOF, a complete 180 from his usual on-screen personas...so that's one more reason why I'd tune in, along with KHS as female lead. And at least Taecyeon is in a secondary role...even if his acting has improved some :P

Now I'm being apprehensive in taking on another family weekender...after being burned with all the catastrophes from this year alone (LSSB, ISYG, AHYI, GOM) so...despite it being a LKH work, I'm gonna give it a trial run. I'm just hopinggg that it doesn't get all melo and makjang-y...

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I also watched LSSB, ISYG, and GOM (Can't recall what AHYI is??) and rolled my eyes at each one. The best Weekend drama I've seen is Childless Comfort, and also Life is Beautiful (set on Jeju Island). Let's hope this one is well-written, and worthy of Seojinnie and KHS.

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Yeah, had the same reaction as you...that's why my hopes are somewhat cautious ;P

I almost forgot about Childless Comfort!!! I had categorized that as last year's, since it started last Oct. Now that I remember (lol), that was the only weekender I liked this year too! That had such an amazing cast and story, and no nonsense. That drama puts all these others to shame!

AHYI=A Hundred Year's Inheritance. What a waste of Eugene and Lee Jung Jin!!! (as GOM wasted Kim Ji Hoon, and LSSB wasted Jo Jung Seok)

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Lee Seo Jin? I'm so in. I'm expected him and Kim Hee Sun to have chemistry.

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Lee Seo Jin, count me in...

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acting is his bread and butter, but i still hope he has time for grandpa over flowers!

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With how much buzz Grandpas Over Flowers is giving Lee Seo Jin, I'm guessing he's not so mad at his manager anymore for being a co-conspirator with Na PD, pranking him onto the show XD

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I'll be honest. I didn't recognize Lee Seo-jin up there. I was like, okay, so where's his picture?? Am I the only one? It's like, I saw him in Grandpa Over Flowers and he doesn't look like the Seo-jinnie from there.

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I've never watched any of Lee Seo-jin's dramas but after watching his appearance in 1N2D and catching a bit of GOF, I'd like to see this drama! And I quite like Kim Hee-sun too.

But why is it that weekend dramas are almost always multi-generational family dramas? I'm usually irritated by the grandmother character in most of this kind of dramas. I'd prefer something like My Daughter Seo Young.

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I hate it when people I like and look forward to watching end up in long running family dramas. I'll just have to pass until it's over and I hear it's if it's decent or not. I've been burned too many times.

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Seo-jeanie!!!! Wheee!!! ♥♥♥

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Taecyon? But he just got assigned to active duty service. I don't think he'll be doing this drama. But anyway, the lovable KHS and our Seo-Genie? I'm so gonna watch this.

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he will enlist around 2016

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Since I have a big soft spot for LSJ, ( seriously the man has killer dimples!) looks like I'll have something to look forward to! :)

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love her

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Ugh, the downfall...Taecyeon.

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Wow, it's been ages since I've seen Lee Seo-jin.

Last time I saw him he was in this drama where he played a gangster and Kim Nam-gil was one of his right-hand men.

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Kim Hee-Sun? I have only seen her in "Faith", but her acting skills are about as good as a rock. There is much better talent out there to waste my time watching a rock "act".

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I'm a bit behind, finding out about this only now, but I'll definitely keep an eye on this since LSJ is in it. He's one of the very few remaining actors I like that I can call oppa. Darn it, I hate getting old...

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im so excited! i love seojin so much!

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i miss Seojinie in melodramas. i really loved him in Phoenix.

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Hearing form the title is already convinces me that this drama is a very happy and stress-free drama plus all the great casts in it. I definitely looking forward to it.

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I love this beautiful actress, Kim Hee Sun. I just can't wait to see her agains in new drama since "Faith". She is a perfect beauty Korean actress beside Song Hye Kyo.

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Frankly speaking, I love to watch Kim Hee Sun in the modern outfits because she is always fashionista and her beautiful icon looks is super elegant.

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