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Oh Ji-ho heads back to the Joseon era in late fall

He of the magnificent dimples is returning to dramaland for the first time since tying the knot back in April (excuse me for a moment while I mourn his bachelorhood). A JTBC source has confirmed that Oh Ji-ho (Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong, God of the Workplace) will play the lead in the cable channel’s upcoming “modern sageuk” show Maids (a working title).

While it’s exciting that Oh is returning to a sageuk drama (his last, Chuno, was four years ago, although he was in 2012’s historical film Gone With The Wind), we haven’t been told what his role is just yet. So far, all we know is that the actor will play the male lead, a mysterious flower boy. Set in the Joseon era, the fusion drama will delve into the lives of maidservants and will focus on the individuals who fight to overcome the barriers imposed by class and social status.

Given the lack of information on the plot, I’m curious as to why the show was dubbed a “modern sageuk.” Is it because of the focus on the female house servants of the time, who up until now have played supporting characters in historical dramas set in Joseon era’s patriarchal society, or is there another reason? Regardless, Maids could be an interesting study of an often neglected social class in history, and I am happy Oh has signed on — although it is slightly ironic that the first casting news to be released for a female-centric story is for the male lead, he’s always fun to watch.

Maids will be helmed by Jo Hyun-tak (Who Are You, Daemul), written by Jo Hyun-kyung, and will air on Mondays and Tuesdays on JTBC in November.

Via Osen

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Watched him first in "My Wife is A Superwoman". Love those dimples. Congratulations to the newlyweds.

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First introduced to him in “Chuno” and fell in serious like. Tried watching all other things he was in, and dimples aside, not always too impressed. Now, please do not bash me too hard, but hubba hubba he rocked his role in “Chuno.” He has the chops to do about anything I think he sets his mind to, but, ah well. Will most assuredly wait for this and check it out, who knows? I send only the best thoughts and wishes for him and his new bride, and wish many years of contentment.

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He's married?? I don't know the news...

Anyway I'm happy for him to return to dramaland. I can't watch Queen of Office because it's too weird. And sageuk is always the genre I love.

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Oh Ji Ho will forever be my Dimples Ahjusshi, while Lee Sang Yoon will always be my Dimples Oppa <3

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Man I love Lee Sang Yoon and his dimlples...I was staring at his dimples (and abs) in "My daughter Lee So Young" and "Angel eyes" *__*

And while we are on the topic of dimples, lets not forget other dimpled hot guys like Hyun Bin, Lee Min Ho, Kim Bum, Siwon, Yoochun, and Lee Jong hyuk....sorry, I have a thing for guys with dimples *flails limbs*

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Uh.. Forgetting someone? You know, umm, like freakin' SEO-JINNIE?

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Ottoke I forgot Seo Jin Ahjusshi TT_TT

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Loved him on his ghost series and Running Man, as well. Macho charisma to spare, and a great sense of humor.

But, seriously, how does he get cast as a "flower boy?"

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It would be fascinating to see a Saguek that is viewed from the world of the lower class. Even in the better sagueks, you can be too painfully aware that the servants, if they have any character at all, are childish and docile and loyal as dogs, just like the servants in Gone With the Wind. They are often the only source of humor, but a lot of it is buffoonish humor, because they are ignorant louts with no sense of personal dignity, like our noble heroes and heroines.

In other words, they think and act the way rich and powerful people through the ages have always imagined their servants are like.

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Oh Jiho. Sageuk. I'm in. Honestly, I can watch pretty much anything for Oh Jiho's bedimpled smile.

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Omo I have not seen this ahjusshi in a drama for the longest time! "Chuno" was the last drama of his that I saw :O The plot does sound interesting...oh we will have a whole lot of maids discussing all the palace secrets they know (if set in a palace)...but where does Oh Ji Oh's character fit? hmmm how does he actually come in contact with the maids? a sexy stable man boy? a hot silent guard with a passion for cooking? a gorgeous cross dressing man who becomes a maid to get in on the secrets....countless drama possibilities kekekekekke

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I was just thinking about Oh Ji-ho (I'm currently rewatching Chuno) and feeling like I hadn't seen any news about him for a while, and then this! Perfect timing! I can't tell whether or not to be excited when we've been given so little information, but I'm certainly hoping for the best. OJH was honestly really awesome in Chuno.

Also, I totally didn't know he got married this year. Congratulations to him and his wife!

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I look forward to finding out more about this one, but boy does it have its work cut out, following after Yoona's Street! That Drama is perilously close to perfect, really quite freakishly good in every aspect, conservatively a million light-years better than anything else airing this year, that's for sure. This one has GIANT shoes to fill

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I like him quite enough but my biggest draw here is the channel. JTBC produces only a few dramas a year but boy, the quality is here.

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Lots of comments about how so and so actor is so good-looking, but many, while decent-looking, aren't anything particularly striking w/ some not even that.

But OJH is one of those who really fits the description of being so good-looking.

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What? He tied the knot already? Sigh.

I'm wishing to see him in a new drama preferably with Han Ye Seul so I could see my Fantasy Couple once again. But, this is still a good new. Looking forward to this one. However, OJH a flower boy? Don't understand that one.

Good looking he is. But like flower definetely not.

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