Drama Casting & News
Jo Boa, Ohn Joo-wan, Song Jae-rim cast in new tvN fantasy drama
by | June 11, 2014 | 67 Comments

It looks like tvN is really pushing the single-episode-per-week format, because there’s another Thursday night drama headed our way this summer, set to follow Rude Miss Young-ae Season 13. The drama is called Surplus Princess (ing-yeo gong-joo), a pun on Little Mermaid (in-uh gong-joo). It’s about a mermaid’s quest to become human, which, of all things, is based on whether or not she can find employment. So basically it takes the highly competitive job search, turns it into a metaphor about needing to be salaried to be treated as human, which is then made literal again by the fact that she’s an actual mermaid? I guess at least the title makes sense now: too many princesses for so few entry-level positions in life.

Jo Boa (Shut Up: Flower Boy Band) has been cast as the lead, a mermaid with a temporary stint posing as a human. Her one shot to become human permanently is to get a job, which is the least sensical supernatural rule I’ve ever heard, but perhaps there’s more to it. (Oh, and by employment they mean a full-time salaried position, not any random part-time job. Not that the supernatural job fairy should follow society’s rules anyway, but whatever.)

Ohn Joo-wan (above right, Sword and Flower) and Song Jae-rim (above left, Age of Feeling) will both be on the job hunt along with our heroine, and so far all we know about them is that Song Jae-rim’s character is arrogant and rubs people the wrong way. I’d put my money on Ohn Joo-wan being the lead, but the casting stories don’t say either way.

The drama will follow the three of them as they suffer the daily grind and the hardships of the job search, with romance and fantasy to add a little whimsy to the proceedings. Directing is PD Baek Seung-ryong and writers Park Ran and Kim Ji-woo, who are all from the SNL Korea team. I think that means we’re in for more comedy than an earnest fantasy story, but who says we can’t do both?

Surplus Princess follows Rude Miss Young-ae on Thursday nights starting in late July.

Via Star News


67 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Laya

    I saw a name and thought “mary will be happy” πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • 1.1 mary

      Aww… Thank you, thank you! Thank you for remembering me…

      *clears throat*

      There are so many people I would like to thank for this news:

      First, the drama gods, for making this possible. *kisses screen* I couldn’t watch this without you!

      To cable channels, for expanding opportunities for talented artists. Also for your lax rules on skinship. (No pressure, tvN. Just saying.)

      To the lady who sells incense near my workplace, for giving me a discount on the “Dear Gods, Give Song Jae Rim A Drama” talisman. I’m sorry I doubted the power of your wares. All is forgiven. Please don’t sell the “Marry Me, Song Jae Rim Oppa” talisman to anyone else.

      To the beanut gallery and my twitter and tumblr friends, who put up with The Crazy… please put up with it some more once Oppa’s drama airs.

      And finally, to Song Jae Rim. For being born. And acting. And not giving up on Nail Shop Paris or Age of Feeling. Thank you! Thank you! Please do your magic thing again with this drama…

      • 1.1.1 Laya

        I think we have to take up a collection and buy up all those β€œMarry Me, Song Jae Rim Oppa” talismans for your exclusive use *cough*

      • 1.1.2 canxi

        You’re an inspiration, Mary.

      • 1.1.3 hipployta


        You’re a leading light

      • 1.1.4 kakashi

        I’m very glad you survived the news, mary. I wasn’t so sure you would when you first went on overdrive over at twitter/tumblr/everywhere πŸ˜›

      • 1.1.5 Saya

        mary, I scrolled straight to the comments for you. You must be ECSTATIC. Awesome.

        • saema

          Me too! πŸ˜€

      • 1.1.6 kama

        I don’t even comment, but I read it always. The first thing I though when I read the title was, ‘omg omg, mary! mary!’

        • sur

          Same here, I never comment but I also thought of Mary first πŸ˜€

          • mary

            Oh yay! We made you unlurk! Isn’t this fun? :DDDD

            Welcome to the beanut gallery!

      • 1.1.7 jomo

        Mary – YOU WIN!!!

      • 1.1.8 Rushie

        I saw Song Jae-rim and I squealed for Mary’s sake. You’re something special Mary, please don’t ever change.

      • 1.1.9 Curly Nadine

        Mary, you slay me! I’m so happy for you.

      • 1.1.10 KDaddict

        Of the 12 years of watch KD, and visiting KD blogs 2/3s of that time, I gotta say that Mary is the sweetest, funniest and most lovely of fangirls! Way to go! And Congrats!

        Look fwd to your humorous squee-ing when the drama starts.

      • 1.1.11 trotwood

        I hope you realize how much we all love you, Mary, and are looking forward to lots of fish-filled squeecaps.

      • 1.1.12 tokkioncrack

        See mary this is why I called you an institution. Just scroll down you are mentioned more than SJR in an article about SJR.
        Who said hoping and praying don’t work. He got a lead role(hopefully the main one) due to your incense burning.
        Now if only it becomes a super duper hit and SJR becomes a cf, drama and movie star with presence everywhere ou will probably be rewarded fully for your handwork and die of happiness πŸ™‚

      • 1.1.13 Xiarylle


        Can we be best friends??? πŸ˜€ this news made my day solely because of the fact that I know you must be hyperventilating out of sheer joy. rock on, girlfriend! πŸ™‚

      • 1.1.14 kooriyuki

        Mary, remembered I said just a feeeeeeew days ago “I can feels eet” that The Rim will be in a drama soon??

        You has gotten eet!!!! So let’s count down with Mary to the airing of this dramaaaaa~~

      • 1.1.15 ML

        If it’s another person, I might find this level of obsession over a celebrity very disturbing but somehow you manage to make it …cute?

      • 1.1.16 AnotherFan

        Oh I just love this thread πŸ™‚

      • 1.1.17 JoAnne

        I assume you will ask me to comment on the next Rim Jeob. My answer is oh hell yes.

    • 1.2 oosiee

      Me too had the exact thought….Mary is gonna jump out of excitement!!
      And I too cannot wait long for his comeback!!

    • 1.3 fina

      Ha! The moment I saw Song Jae Rim’s name, I immediately clicked the comments section and viola, as expected. Lol! I love u Mary πŸ™‚

      • 1.3.1 kungfupigeon

        So did I!!!

        Here’s to you Mary, one of the best fangirls I’ve ever come across

  2. zakin89

    This sounds interesting and fun πŸ™‚ Count me in πŸ™‚ And I actually like the one ep per week format!

    Also, looks like mary’s prayers for Song Jae Rim getting a role have finally been answered^^

  3. Shaynanigans

    Mary! Can you believe it???
    He’s heard all your pleas and signed up for a drama!

  4. Chandler

    YAY. Another promising drama to look forward to! And with a certain casting choice that I’m sure will probably make a certain someone and everyone, for that matter, very happy! Even I have caught the Song Jae-Rim fever! (I hadn’t watched Age of Feeling, but went back for his scenes after hearing such wonderful things haha)

    I also liked Jo Boa in Shut Up even though she’s very green. She could have partly lucked out with a good character there, but she portrayed her fairly well and I think this will be her shot to show how versatile she can be. She certainly has a fun character opportunity here! The other guy looks familiar, but I’m not sure where I’ve seen him.

  5. ricky

    Hella crushing on Jo Bo-ah, if I watch it would be for her. I don’t know about the synopsis of the show, though. Since tvN does have a good track record when it comes to dramas it might be a pleasant surprise.

  6. mel

    God I hope sjr is the lead seriously in love with that boy

  7. canxi

    Prayer circle for Song Jae Rim as lead and girl-getter, lol. I haven’t seen Jo Boa in a while! Aww, yay. And lol, she’s wide eyed and cute she’d make a great mermaid come to land. I’m here for all the hijinks as she learns how to use things. “What’s a fork?”

    • 7.1 mary

      I am SO excited for this! There are so many jokes you can mine out of the fish out of water (hur) trope:

      – “What’s a tax return?”
      – “I have to pay to drink water???”
      – “Sushi is made of WHAT?”
      – “Excuse me, but this handphone you sold me doesn’t work underwater…”

      • 7.1.1 canxi

        LOL– “Poop comes from whereeeee????”

  8. soserious

    saw Jo Boa in Shut Up and Thorn (movie) – and she has improved… it saddens me how she felt she need to do Thorn (19+ movie) because her role offers were little to none after filming Horse Doctor.

    for the curious, Thorn was pretty terrible. but Jang Hyuk is in it, if that matters to anyone.

    i’m excited for this drama casting though. I too, am fairly certain that Ohn Joo-wan would be the male lead. i like him, but he did leave me a bitter aftertaste in the ending of Twelve Men in a Year. thanks for the news GF!

  9. kakashi

    oh yes.
    delicious WTF seems certain.
    and maybe mary will recap it?

    • 9.1 mary

      I’d love to, if it gets subbed!

  10. 10 soprection

    YAY. This sounds like it has the potential to be funny and relatable (cause looking for a job sucks for everyone, UGH). I also like the fantasy element which sounds absolutely ridiculous – I almost wish that Jiyeon had been a real witch in Witch’s Romance – but anyway, this sounds cute! And fun! And the one episode format doesn’t bother me that much. I like them trying new things.

  11. 11 Luz

    Aww I missed Joo Wan. Last time I saw him in anything was on XMAN. I use to ship him with YEH.

  12. 12 mary


    Look at this stuff
    Isn’t it neat?
    Wouldn’t you think my application’s complete?
    Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl
    The girl who has interviews?

    Look at this job
    Requirements untold
    How many wonders can one position hold?
    Looking at my forms you’d think
    “Sure, she’ll do everything!”

    I’ve got gadgets and degrees a-plenty
    I’ve got post-its and stick-its galore
    You want rejection letters?
    I’ve got twenty!
    But who cares?
    No big deal
    I want more….

    I wanna be where the workers are
    I wanna see, wanna see them suff’rin’
    Sitting around on those – what do you call ’em?
    Oh – cubes!

    Flippin’ your fins, you don’t get too far
    Work is required for drinking, crying
    Hurrying along down a – what’s that word again?

    Up where they work, up where they rank
    Up where they stay inside without sun
    Nothing is free – wish I could be
    Part of that world

    What would I give if I could live out of their paychecks?
    What would they pay if I spend a day without the sun?
    Bet they want one who understands
    That you don’t reprimand superiors
    Bright young women, no complainin’
    Ready to staaaaand

    And ready to pour drinks for everyone
    Asking no questions and get no answers
    What’s an employee and why does it – what’s the word?

    When’s it my turn?
    Wouldn’t I love, love to explore that shore up above?

    Out of the sea
    Wish I could be
    Part of your work

    • 12.1 peeps

      OH. MY. SJR.



    • 12.2 miszdi

      So good. You’re one brillian fangirl!

      Oh Mary! Ikaw na!!

      Congrats girl! We’ll be waiting for your “fishy” squeecaps on twitterworld^^

    • 12.3 astromantic

      I’m officially slain.

    • 12.4 jaded14yaoi

      Lol! Mary you are a riot!

    • 12.5 Peridot

      Absolutely brilliant! Your comments about a certain very handsome, beautiful, ethereal [insert whatever you want to add here] actor always make my day.

  13. 13 Laden

    First reaction:
    Yay! I’m happy for mary

  14. 14 oi

    Ohn Joo-wan <3
    will check this out

  15. 15 Jeessssiiee

    Key word: Song Jae Rim.

    I’m sold!

  16. 16 Carole McDonnell

    I want to see Song Jae Rim. Not liking the mermaid bit though.

  17. 17 Rou

    Oh hey, she can become human only by finding a job: that must be the dumbest supernatural thing I’ve ever heard.

    • 17.1 ann

      I think it’s smart, I always watch some supernatural dramas and think “ok, but what about the job? They need a job to survive”

  18. 18 dfwkimchi

    Just saw the headlines andvthought Mary must be on cloud 9!

  19. 19 Rushie

    I love how everyone’s just ‘aww Mary would be so happy’ ‘hurray for Mary, Song Jae-rim got a role’. Does anyone know how to contact SJR, we need to deliver Mary to his doorstep. Keep on rocking girl, you make me happy to be a fangirl.

    • 19.1 KDaddict

      Send her to his agency’s office or to a filming location when this drama starts shooting.

      I’d so contribute to a collection for sending Mary to SJR’s doorstep in Seoul!

  20. 20 bebeswtz

    You had me at “Song Jae Rim” <3

  21. 21 Cocoboo

    Hehee, the moment I saw Song Jae Rim’s name in this news article, I smiled and thought of Mary (I don’t even know you!) xD

    The drama sounds a bit strange, but interesting.

    I’ve only seen Jo Boa in SUFBB, but she was really cute and likable. And I hope SJR is the other lead.

  22. 22 yayaya

    Sooo surprised to know that many liked this girl as an actress. I mean she’s cute and all, very pretty indeed to the point that I can say that she’s one of those natural beauties. But, her acting is… meh. The worst thing in SUFBB was her character which was sadly not helped by her acting. I also saw Horse Doctor for Jo SeungWoo nd Kim So Eun which made me accidently saw her performance there and… she was not seen to improve. Well, maybe this character will suit her? I’m interested in what TvN produces though, might as well check this one. But hey please give me LET’S EAT 2 with the freaking same characters as the first faster! Dae Young aaah!

    • 22.1 pigsnout

      Not sure if her beauty is natural but her acting is ok for a first timer in SUFBB. Not a natural talent like Lee Yoo Bi or Im Joo Eun but certainly not at Suzy/Jin Se Yeon levels of awful either. .

      • 22.1.1 spi

        I actually really LOVE Jo Boa in SUFBB. So glad she’s got a lead role.
        And Song Jae Rim saved Age of Feeling for me.
        Will definitely watch this then!

        (Arg, I’ve just recently made a vow to not watch on-going dramas anymore, it interferes so much with my studying!!)

    • 22.2 coffeenlucia

      She actually has improved her acting a lot after she co-starred with Jang Hyuk in Thorn.

      I agree, she has a lot of room she can grow as an actress, but she’s still one of my girl crushes πŸ™‚

  23. 23 Merce

    Wait wait wait… Mary didn’t you mention on your tumblr that your craziness started with someone’s fanart of SJR … as a mermaid?!?!?!

    Mind. Blown.

    • 23.1 mary

      NO!!!! HAHAHAHA I didn’t fall in love because of that weird merman picture! O_____O

      I just liked him in Two Weeks and AoF… then WTFParis, then everywhere.

      The merman picture was something dear Mila sent when she wanted to show me a Rim pic that was “new” and “shocking”.

  24. 24 Chiomy

    I am totally down for this. And I just might give you a run for your money mary!

  25. 25 amber

    I’m surprised is this post for another drama in making or for mary getting her wisg? Rock on Mary.

  26. 26 Dorotka

    Mary, isn’t it telling how for majority of us, dramabeans followers, the first thought when we saw this post went to you? :–)
    Your PPL is really the best ;–) Now you are forever associated with your beloved SJR :–)))

    But seriously, you are the sweetest fangirl ever :–)
    I like your humor and inoffensive way of supporting your k-drama crush…

  27. 27 TSMissy

    seeing the headlines one name came to mind immediately: Mary..

    right now, Mary is more famous than SJR among beanies…

    LOL! happy for you Mary..!

  28. 28 coffeenlucia

    Just finished watching “My Mighty Princess” with Ohn Joo Wan in it, and I thought he was so loveable and shippable with Shin Min Ah!! So much, that I almost overship my otp and don’t want him to star with anyone else, even if it’s my girl crush Jo Boa!! (ok jk but still… the feelsss)

    I’m actually intrigued by this whole mermaid storyline. I like the weird stuff. πŸ˜›

  29. 29 Perrie

    wow, this drama sounds verrrrrrrry interesting.

    Modes of Production & Wages= Humanity????
    I think Karl Marx would want to check this drama out too, haha

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