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Park Shi-yeon becomes Miss Mom for Greatest Marriage

This drama’s been flying under my radar a bit, but it’s almost go-time for Greatest Marriage, whose launch is less than a week away. It comes to us via cable station TV Chosun, where it’ll take up residence for the next two months as their new weekend drama.

The production held a press conference on September 22, with the cast in attendance to talk about the show, which focuses on four couples navigating the world of romance with a frank and modern approach. (You’d think it were a provocative melo from the drama’s poster, pictured above, but judging from the teasers it actually looks fairly light and comedic.)

Park Shi-yeon leads the cast as the star news anchor who finds herself pregnant and decides, against the baby’s father’s wishes (that’d be Noh Min-woo, a news-corp chaebol and hotshot reporter who’s not ready for marriage) to have the child on her own. Bae Soo-bin will play another love interest, a talented anchor who’s nevertheless facing some uncertainty in his career. Uhm Hyun-kyung rounds out the main quartet as an AD on a temporary contract with the station, who’s more interested in using the job to find a husband than cultivate a career.

In the teaser, Park announces at a press conference, “More than a husband, I wanted a child.” Meanwhile, a man’s voice demands, “Why’d you get pregnant and tell me? You should have just taken care of it on your own.” (Gar, rage.) But it’s okay, because Park Shi-yeon appears to be able to handle things just fine on her own, framing her choice as a “sperm donation” that led to “a successful pregnancy.”

I do like the first poster’s tagline, which reads: “We have finally become independent from marriage.” I wonder if that’ll hold true through the entire show, or if our happily ever after will end with wedding bells after all. I won’t hold my breath for it, but frankly I’d really love if they stuck with the heroine’s decision and gave her a happy ending without the ring.

This drama marks Park Shi-yeon’s first project since giving birth last year to a daughter who’s now approaching her first birthday. Perhaps that’ll give her added insight into her character, while Bae Soo-bin became a father more recently (his boy just had his 100 day birthday). And while the topic of single mothers voluntarily having children out of wedlock (the drama calls this character a “Miss Mom”) isn’t necessarily racy for television, especially on a cable station, PD Oh Jong-rok did say that TV Chosun has a lot of older and more conservative viewers, which was a consideration in deciding how to express the story. Perhaps it’ll be done with an insightful touch, given that the story is reportedly infused with the writer’s personal experiences.

Greatest Marriage will air on Saturday and Sunday nights on TV Chosun, and is planned for 16 episodes. It premieres September 27.








Via TV Report, My Daily, Star News, Hankook Ilbo

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I'm a big Noh-Min-Woo fan for obvious reasons (chuckling over the permed and poofed hair fiasco in Full House 2). Glad to see he'll be gracing my screen in the near future!

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Im looking forward to this!

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Nice, can't wait, hope I won't be disappointed.
Love the cast

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The male lead it's Bae Soo Bin or Noh Min Woo???

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Same thoughts here!!!

Wishing it's Bae Soobin, because he is handsome, and he acts excellently. Sadly he's only casted as second-lead always! From Dongyi, to Shining Inheritance, to Secret. Dang, Bae Soo-bin, it's your turn to shine!!! You deserve it, man!

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Bae

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I hope it's Bae Soo Bin. It'd be nice to see him get the girl for once.

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This time he finally gets the lead role and the girl!
It's BSB in case you're still wondering.

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Can't say I'm excited but I am curious as to how this will be handled so I'll check it out. Don't like Noh Min Woo past snark fodder and haven't seen Park Shi-yeon in much but I'm cautiously optimistic. Bae-soo bin is good though I like his face better with a beard. Glad he's doing something lighter for a change. Anyone know where this is being subbed?

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Hi it's being subbed on Dramafever.

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LOL I hate hw much NMW looks like JGS its uncanny ?

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Other than to feel like I'm really going to like this

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I also think Noh Min Woo and Kim Jae Wook look a lot alike.

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Kim Jae Wook is like the better looking version of No Min Woo imo.

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Waaay better...

NMW was so good looking, prove is the current banner on DB.

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Absolutley. I tought he was attractive in Pasta. But I barely recognize him in these picture. He looks to feminine.

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I know he lost a bunch of weight for Midas to be a cancer patient (21 pounds and he was already pretty thin holy shit) and since then has never really gained it back. It's made his features and everything even softer somehow. I thought he looked really good in his Gumiho/ Rock Rock Rock days but he seems so much happier now that he has his own agency and seems to dress and do what he likes.

But yeah, don't think I'll ever get the ghostly BB cream look that lots of idols and actors go for. Just makes them look shiny and sick.

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I had a Korean colleague who looked a lot like Noh Min Woo, but when I told him that, he asked me "who's Noh Min Woo?" I was so surprised cuz I was like one of the few foreigners in that company..

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I love Park Shi-yeon and am so glad to see her back! This drama doesn't sound like it will be my thing, but I'm hoping she'll star in something more my style soon. :-) I LOVED her in Coffee House...

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Dito. I loved Coffee House and her part in it.

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Until now, Coffee House is still my all time favourite Kang Ji Hwan drama. I love Kang Ji Hwan but I really like that drama which Park Shi Yeon has a big part of my reason on liking it.
Not sure about this new one though, not that intrigued to watch it, but glad she's headlining a drama again.
All the best, PSY!

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Same here.. Love PSY in Coffee House. She has became one of my fave Korean actress afterwards. Def will check for this one.

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Until now Coffee House is still my all time favourite drama. The reason is because I totally love Kang Ji Hwan's character. And Park Shi Hyeon's character's in CH is still one of the best female lead's characters ever.

Hoping that in this one she's going to another female lead that we could be proud of and love of course.

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I love her and I love she will do well

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Looks like a good watch.

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I don't really have a lot of interest with the storyline. But I like PSH and BSB and love that teaser and poster. So yes, I'm going to watch this one.

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I will watch this drama for PSY...I started appreciating her after "Coffee house"...she has gone a looong way from the talentless paper in "My girl" to a brilliant actress...gotta commend her on that!

BSB just doesn't do it for me! I don't know...I know a loot of people like him but I find him boring...found him boring in "Shining inheritance" and in "49 days"..I am not saying he is a bad actor but he just doesn't have the "it" factor or charisma for me *shrugs*

No Min Woo, I have only seen him in "My girlfriend is a Gumiho" and bits of what I saw of "Midas"...harmless actor imo...

The story of the drama sounds solid on it's own, girl power! However I fear a miscarriage from what i saw in the teaser....that would beat the whole purpose of the drama...Anyways I will surely be tuning in and cheering on PSY!

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Gosh I hate kpop lol we u said PSY I thght u was talking about PSY?

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lol no I meant Park Shi Yeon :p

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Yay for Park Shi Yeon and Bae Soo Bin! Btw does anyone know if PSY is blacklisted on the free to air channels due to her scandal?

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Hi, I first read here that PSY has been blacklisted by KBS and MBC. Don't know about SBS.

Please read article below:

http://www.soompi.com/2013/12/10/mbc-and-kbs-ban-celebrities-in-legal-trouble-from-appearing-on-broadcast/

I am watching the drama mainly for BSB but also hope for PSY's sake that it will be a success.

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So she's blacklisted b/c of her drugs but Kim Hyun Joong isn't? The heck is wrong w/ KBS and MBC? It doesn't really matter b/c I've been watching mostly BBC and Japanese drama.

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Javabeans, many thanks for your interesting write-up. Am so glad to see BSB take on a comedic role, although his character does seem like a jerk. Hopefully he'll change for the better.

Love PSY's chemistry with both BSB and NMW at today's press conference.

PSY and BSB did a short interview with Chosun Media and I just love their chemistry here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sar1bRr_qlA

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I really wish No Min Woo would get a decent hair cut for once in his life.

This sounds interesting, I wonder how they'll handle the issue of single motherhood. I also hope that she won't get married at the end. Marriage isn't necessary for a happy ending imo. But I'm probably only saying that because I'm not interested in getting married myself, lol.
Everyone also seems so obsessed with getting married in dramas, or marrying off their children, it's nice to see a different attitude for a change.

PSY is a good actress, I hope this is a successful project for her.

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Her dresses are way too short for an anchor.
I just hope this drama delivers the promises, I fear for the 'conservative viewers'

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Omigosh, is that Baby Gook from the Emergency Couple drama? I'd totally watch this just for his adorableness! <3

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Whenever I see her, I'm reminded of her in Nice Guy, then I'm reminded of Song Joong Ki. I really really miss him

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Oh gosh, same thing. Every single time I see her, I remember her in that role and feel like shaking coz it was just...oh gosh...that drama just had me torn between tears and rage coz I kept thinking "How worse can things get for the main character". Their acting impressed me

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Personally, she reminds me of Story Of A Man, which reminds me of Park Yong Ha…

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me too! :(

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I am glad PSY is back. I am not sure about her drug use. She did have terrible back pain. BTW, is the other girl Sujin from Mother's garden?

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Nice poster! Different men on- and offscreen..

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Great news. PSY is one of my favorite actresses and definitely a great beauty. Loved her in Nice Guy and hope she will shine again in this drama.

BSB was nuanced and masterful in Secret - he manages to convey so much with his eyes only.

Thank you for posting this article. I will be watching for sure.

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Yay, can't wait! This sounds like it'll be interesting (hopefully). I like Park Si Yeon and Bae Soo Bin's fine, too. It's too bad that PSY's banned from the big 3 stations because I like her as an actress. Will that ban be lifted later on? While they're on this policy, they should go ahead and ban Kim Hyun Joong, he is the one that needs it!

I may be in the minority here but I'm not a fan of Noh Min Woo (and all the other androgynous-looking actors --- yes, especially you, Jang Geun Suk!). I like my men manly, not girly-er than me. LOL. But I'll still check this out for PSY and BSB even if I have to sit through the drama watching NMW. T__T

And hooray for Dramafever subbing this! At least I won't have to make my own inferences watching without subs. hahaha

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I'm on board, and so happy it appears Drama Fever will be carrying it!

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The individual posters look weird - the men look small and the women look like giantesses.

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Only if you look at them side by side.

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Oh, a motto I can relate to ATM... haha~ Every gal should have a man ready to be a sperm donor for you when you need it someday. (I do.)

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Yay! Bae Soo-bin playing NOT evil!!! I am so excited!

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I love Park Shi Yeon and Noh Min-woo! ♥ But I'm not happy with the others.. *sigh*

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hai idol park im your number one funs in the phli. i hope your a good girl and take care always IDOL PARK SHI YEON.

GOOD BLESS YOU..

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MAY DAY IDOL PARK IS NOT COMPLETE IF I CANT SEE YOUR PICTURE IN CUMPUTER I HOPE IHAVE A FEATURED WIFE LIKE YOU IDOL PARK BECAUSE YOU ARE GOOD GIRL AND SO BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IVE EVER SEEN IDOL PARK SHI YEON TAKE CARE ALWAYS IDOL PARK AND..
GOOD BLESS YOU..

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