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Heirs writer jumps broadcasters with new drama Descended From the Sun

The next project for star writer Kim Eun-sook is titled Descended From the Sun, which we heard about earlier this year when it was first being planned. Now the drama is in talks to bring onboard director Lee Eung-bok, which would give us the writer for Heirs teaming with the PD of Secret.

The drama is about a man and a woman working for Doctors Without Borders, who bond gradually as they save lives in disaster zones and end up falling in love. The production reportedly has offers out to several top actors, and as Kim’s projects tends to attract particularly high-profile cast members, expect a lot of buzz on this front.

Interestingly, the drama has been snapped up by KBS and is currently in talks over scheduling. Kim Eun-sook has turned out one hit drama after another over the years, many in collaboration with the same PD, Shin Woo-chul… and every single one of them has been for SBS. (See: Lovers in Paris, Lovers in Prague, On Air, Secret Garden, A Gentleman’s Dignity, Heirs.) Apparently SBS had been in talks to take Descended From the Sun as well, but it appears to have lost out. (Note: Some articles are hedging and stating that writer Kim’s move to KBS is probable but not certain, while others speak of it as a done deal.)

In any case, there’s some curiosity as to why Kim Eun-sook has chosen to work with a new PD partner and broadcaster, and SBS has to be feeling upset right about now. Kim’s dramas often not only are popular, they tend to also become pop-culture sensations, netting buzz outside of the drama world. It takes a certain kind of magic to make that happen consistently — even if that magic sometimes has you rolling your eyes or grinding your teeth in frustration.

Descended From the Sun will incorporate a fair number of location shoots and is thus entering pre-production early; it’s looking at a May 2015 broadcast for (probably) KBS.

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So KBS2 & the Director of School2013... Come on, I just know Kim Woo Bin will be in this!
As a big fan of this writer, I'm glad she ditched SBS: I don't know why but they became control freaks with her recent dramas (writing & casting & airing policy) & it annoyed me greatly. Anyway, SBS must have done a big blunder... A fresh new start on another channel is what we all need to erase Heirs from our collective minds. I'm rooting for you Ma'am & impatiently waiting for this show!

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All articles I saw so far have said they are looking for a 30something leading man.....so Kim Woo Bin is not likely to be the lead (some dc gallery said that So Ji Sub and Moon Chae Won are being courted for leads)

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He will be 26 on paper & his edged face helps to make him look older. Add a bit of blood, sweat & some lampblack on his skin... I keep my theory. ;)

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I totally agree. Woobie All The Way.

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OH YES. I like that pairing very much so.

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The DC inside posts probably are just the usual casting speculations/guessing?

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There could be a big chance that they will court Moon Chae Won..Maybe a month ago there was an article,it says that it rumored that Moon Chae Won is no.1 now in drama casting candidate and the three main stations are sending their main dramas scripts to her that up for early 2015 and if i'm not wrong MSTeam (Moon Chae Won's agency) is affiliated to Barunson Entertainment that one that will co-produce this drama..

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If her agency is a co-founder, so no more guessing game, Moon Chae Woon is the lead actress. Just like SM Ent, they only choose their stars, if they funded the project.

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But there is Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Jung.

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Actually, MS Team and Barunson are the same. It just changed its name to MS Team for its management company 2 years ago..because they wanted to changed some of their marketing strategies.
http://www.hancinema.net/son-ye-jin-lee-min-jeong-and-moon-chae-won-in-ms-team-40151.html

MCW's name has been linked since months ago but she isn't the only one. Son Ye Jin was the top candidate. And it is possible that they will pick someone outside of the company.

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I hope they aren't the couple. I like them both but together?No way.

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Oh have they ever been a couple somewhere? How could I've missed that!

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I feel exactly the same!!! Not together please!

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KWB will NOT be the lead in this drama. Take this as a fact.

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Unless you are a member of the production staff (bows 90° just in case), I'm afraid I can't take this as a fact. I'll wait for the official announcement, sorry.

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"So KBS2 & the Director of School2013… Come on, I just know Kim Woo Bin will be in this!"
Seems you are also part of the production team.

Writing this on all blogs from koala and here won't make it true. I also stand by what i said that he wont be the lead in this. He's not the right age (though you seem to glide just over that fact) and sadly he doesn't have that star quality yet.

*off topic*
I see the bashing of db continues on twtr while you still always comment on their posts here but under a diiferent name.
Tsk "those that know" will know what am talking about

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KWB is not A list enough for Writer Kim. She has high standard for her leads.

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Funny how people like to rat me here for things I say elsewhere: So brave & mature... Want to prove your loyalty here? Need the back up of the other readers maybe? On a side note, if someone I was following said things I would disagree with or that I couldn't handle, I would unfollow, or simply defend my POV ON THE SAME SOCIAL MEDIA. Btw, I sometimes criticize Koala's place too on twitter (free speech & all that): You might tell her in case she didn't see this.

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"He’s not the right age."
Was LJS the right age to play a thoracic surgeon in Doctor Stranger? And LMH in Heirs as a HS student: Right age? YSH in I MissYou: Right age? KHJ in IOTL: 34 yo & cast as a 1st year fellowship psychiatry doctor: Right age? Age on their ID is rarely a factor when you cast an actor in Dramaland, just saying. Disponibility, status, connections & if we are lucky
-talent- are why people are cast.

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I leave you to your illusions of grandeur.
Nobody is ratting you out. I called no names so if the shoe fits wear it.
Stand firm. If you hate a site and always insult them then don't read and post.

The casting is specifically looking for a 30 something old actor. That's what has been on the articles.

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I personally think if you're gonna post something on social media then you shouldn't get all upset when someone mentions your opinions or puts you on blast on other blogs, and then have your twitter friends come and try to back you up. People need to own up to what they say on social media instead of hiding behind their computers or changing usernames. If the situation was too humiliating then i understand the name change. If you had nothing to hide on twitter then you should have nothing to hide on DB is my opinion. This is the kind of scenario where "social etiquette" would be a weak argument -- In my own opinion i disagreed when people were trying to defend you by saying that what was said on one blog should be addressed on that blog and not discussed on other blogs. Forgive me but that kind of belief just seems naive because social media is a system -- a network. Controversy will be discussed, linked, and compared time and time again over a variety of different social media outlets.

The whole " stop ratting me out " is something I personally find immature myself. It's akin to little kids or teenagers fighting and then going to their parents or teachers. Except, worst, because you've aired your dirty laundry for thousands of people to read but you're getting upset when word gets around. It's like talking smack about a teacher on facebook and then getting in trouble when a student alerts the teacher. You have to have more sense then that because it's a cruel world we live in. And if it was a mistake, learn from it. If you choose to speak your opinions despite that (which i think anyone should), then don't get angry when it creates controversy.

I think it's a bit hypocritical to be saying others need to be more mature when you aren't particularly handling the situation with the kind of maturity you could. Ignore the people who bring it up and just move on with it.
Not saying that the person who "ratted you out" was any better since they seem to be following your twitter and embarrassing you here, but this drama needs to stop. This is just my 2 cents. Sorry for being off topic but #rantover.

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Seriously people, post your own comments, stay on topic and stop being sasaengs: If the opinions of a complete stranger are that important for you, you might want to reevaluate your priorities. Basically, get a life.

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Huh, Sasaengs? Sorry but i'm lost. Everyone's entitled to their own opinions which you seem to take alot of pride in. Trying to dismiss what others have to say and instead implying others are being irrational with undevoted "loyalty" doesn't reflect well on you either 'cause now you're just accusing people to protect your pride. Others are the crazy, I am not. I formulated my opinions based on your actions but your baseless accusation thinking everyone that isn't in your favor is trying to prove "loyalty" to a site is somewhat ridiculous. Not everyone that voices against you is a DB diehard, if that's what you're trying to imply. If people call you out on it then maybe you should reflect on it instead of assuming everyone's a "sasaeng" whatever that means in this situation.

The fact that what i said completely went over your head and you labeled me as crazy shows how much respect you have over "entitlement to opinion' when it's not your own.

Also, "If the opinions of a complete stranger are that important for you, you might want to reevaluate your priorities." You should perhaps take your own words into consideration the next time a stranger voices their opinions about you because the way I see it you got defensive first when you could have just looked the other way and avoided this all together.

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Sasaeng to who? DB? Please
Its you behaving like a sasaeng about KWB. All i did initially was say he wouldn't be the lead. But, you had to be a condescending know-it-all.
I know you must find it difficult posting here with your real id given all the **** you say about them but dear, learn to own your shit.

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Y'all are immature as far as I am concerned. You especially, because your comment about koala or whatnot was so unnecessary but to each his own anyway. And pls try to make your comments shorter, you are inconveniencing other users who are not interested in what you are arguing about. Better still, take your fight to a private place or wherever.

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KES chooses the lead actors of her dramas. KWB might have previously worked with the same director but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be in this drama.
I'm sorry but based on the statements you've made you seem to be a delusional fangirl.

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She should make City Hunter 2.

Then it'll be the most popular kdrama of all time :D

Lee Yoon Sung: "Friends can be potential enemies. Because they know too much about each other."

*draws his gun out of his jacket and shoots Nana*

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Annoying mode.

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Wonder what happen behind the curtain... monetary or creative disagreement? Or something else?

But oh well, personally I never like medical drama and I dont think this drama is an exception for me either.

Except... they can bring Won Bin or Kang Dong Won back to small screen (which I doubt).

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I'm hoping for Gong Yoo. ^^

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On the plus side, especially for recruiting, if they have to go out of country for shoots, the actors can get some sleep on the plane!

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Wonder what happened to Writer Kim and PD Shin. I miss their teamwork.

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You & me both. They were a dream team.

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LOL I find it slightly ironic that she'll be collaborating with the PD of Secret given it was the drama that killed Heirs in ratings. It was only after Secret ended that Heirs really shot up to the higher teens.

I wonder why the switch happened. Maybe it's some budgeting or time-slot issue. I expect some huge names to come out of this one though, not the usual suspects being thrown about but a really legitimate big name from possibly the movie industry. If Han Hyo-joo didn't get herself in trouble, I really expected her to be courted. Who knows, maybe she is. It's gonna be fun to see who they go with in the end.

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To be honest, I don't really like this writer and foreign shoots in Korean dramas usually make me cringe so I am wary of this drama. Hopefully the writing will be sensitive to the country they shoot in and they manage to get some decent foreign actors.
And pleeeeeeze don't make the male lead an overbearing jerk who keeps arrogantly wrist-grabbing/ordering the female lead because he wants to "protect" her.

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I'm with you…this writer, in my book spells "do not watch". I hate the way the female leads are portrayed and treated in her dramas.

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Same here. I read the list of her previous works and realised that I've disliked the portrayal of women, and the "romantic" relationship dynamics in all of her dramas that I've seen. Her work is a 'do not watch' for me as well.

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Me four...

Secret Garden was addictive but still nonsense. If I hadn't watched at the very beginning of my drama watching times, I'm sure I would never have finished it!

Don't like her chaebol hero jerks, nor her bizarre damsels in distress, nor the supposedly romantic (utterly creepy!) relationships between them.

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This is why I dropped Secret Garden. (I almost made it to the end too.) I liked HJW's character initially but I got turned off that she was almost thirty and acting like a helpless naive teenager. And their love or feelings or whatever seemed to halt whenever they switched bodies. Shouldn't there have been some consistency?

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I don't like her at all either. However, if she casts Kim Woo Bin as suggested above, then I'll find myself watching despite myself.

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Heirs pushed her into the Do Not Watch category for me too. There's just something disturbing about her romances.

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Heirs Was The Worst Drama, the only works that i like from this writer it's Secret Garden & Gentleman's Dignity

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i'm with you Heirs The Worst Drama But Gentleman’s Dignity not that good either i didn't find any problems in drama but her old drama like Lovers in Paris & Lovers in Prague really amazing for me

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That writer its overrated like Lee Min Hoo

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This reminds me of the chinese drama 'the last breakthrough'---A love story between doctors who also volunteered in africa. This drama was one of the reason I wanted to volunteer (do medical missions). I will definitely watch this for sure. Besides, I love 'secret garden', 'gentlemen's dignity', and 'lovers in paris'... ?

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That drama was a total gem - the first of its kind.
Absolutely loved it!

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What is the Chinese title of that drama?

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TVB drama 天涯侠医

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Absolutely off topic, but good luck and you need lots of hard work to prepare or consider volunteering for a medical mission! (First, get into the medical field if you're not in already) :D

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Thanks. I am in the medical field and i did do a medical mission (in mexico)....but it was nothing like the drama. But it's good to watch something and say "i want to do that" and then finally doing it.

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This writer is totally crap and overrated.

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Depending on who ends up in it I might watch, but I've got to say, "From the writer of Heirs..." does not exactly get me excited about this one. Secret Garden was ok, but Heirs, despite having a cast that really tried, was just nearly unwatchable. There was enough cute involved that I slogged through it, but I'm still not entirely sure why.

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@ThoseWhoKnowMe
you said "talent why people are casted", seems like you totally new in Korean Entertainment world.

IMO, there are only 3 words in K-Entertainment lately-Money, Connection and Media Play..

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In other word... Popularity!
Although I may be sad that less talented actors are more populars but that's how K-ent seems working.

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I wrote talent as the 3rd factor in my sentence, adding -if we are lucky-: I think we agree on the priorities? Yes, there is mediaplay and yes the number of followers on weibo matters but thank god, the actors cast as leads are not all necessarily Hallyu stars or idols, especially at KBS. I've been watching dramas since 2009 & I'm interested on what happens behind the curtains so I'm not exactly a newbie... All in all, it's a very special situation we have here & maybe we will all be surprised. ;)

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Well, Heirs writer and Secret PD, this drama has melodrama ingredients all over it. It's still melo right? Not melo promoted and disguised as romcom?

I heard the leads will be So Ji Sub and Moon Chae Won. Total melo pairing! SJS has emotive sad eyes and MCW looks perfect for melodrama.

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They are both Lee Kyung Hee drama alums, after all! (MiSa and Nice Guy)

But I absolutely adored So Ji-sub as a romcom leading man with Gong Hyo-jin. I would die of happiness if she was his leading lady again, I do realise her name has not come up for this though.

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Heirs? no as long as she doesn't write another teen drama like that again fine... I'm sorry EUn Sook I have to hold on this one Heirs kind of blew my brains into pieces! LOLOL

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I have a love/hate feeling for Kim Eun-sook's writing. I hated Secret Garden, so I didn't even finish it. I loved A Gentleman's Dignity and have since watched it twice. Heirs I only followed the recaps, because I just can't bring myself to watch episode one with the bad American actors. BUT, I did like the show okay. I didn't love it, it had a lot of problems, but it had a lot of actors I like, so, yeah. Kim Woo-bin's character, for one, I loved. Maybe because it was KWB playing him, but I did and still do think there was so much more that could have been done with his character, so now it feels wasted. But I loved him.

This new drama is hit or miss for me. It's not normally something I would watch and I probably will only follow recaps (if it's recapped) and watch episode one. But, I make no promises to myself to watch it, because most likely I won't.

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Yes!! Love-hate is how I feel. She does the "head" stuff well, just not the "heart" stuff. On the "head" side, her scripts are funny, which is why nearly all the scenes of F41 in A Gentleman's Dignity are good. That's probably why I loved AGD originally. Only in rewatching did I realize how much the central romance irritates me. But Kim Eun-Sook got me to watch the whole thing anyway.

Same goes for Heirs, my love-hate K-drama. It commits all the worst sins of K-dramas and the romance is poorly done. But the secondary characters were great and the script had this snarky, sarcastic sense of humor. Pointed humor doesn't show up in K-dramas much and I found it cheeky.

Often the humor in Heirs was buried under the PD's choices in music and editing, which were pure melo. In the end, I couldn't figure out what tone the show was going for. I think Kim Eun-Sook and the PD were battling it out. But like you with AGD, I've watched it twice. Mainly to catch the fast dialogue again (and to enjoy the mostly strong cast). I wonder if Kim Eun-Sook's move will give her a chance to build on her strengths with a PD who appreciates that she's better with the head stuff than the heart stuff?

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Mada mada dane

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Eh, I've never really liked this writer much. I did enjoy Secret Garden well enough at certain parts though, even if it's not a drama that really stays with me much. I remember having a lot of fun watching it at the time. But then I also remember getting really annoyed too so...

I'll probably at least check this out, but I admit, right now I'm kind of just hoping actors I don't care about sign on.

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To be honest even if I did not like the Heirs because of Tan & Eunsang character, I will still give this drama a shot because I love her past dramas such as Secret Garden, Lovers in Paris, Gentleman's Dignity, and City Hall. I heard she gave up on Heirs and let her protégés and writers under her continue writing it so might be the reasons why I did not like it. And beside Hong sisters gave out a good drama Master Sun after making one of the worse drama I've ever watch BIG. So this might be good. I hope it's like City Hall.

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Wait, did she write City Hall? I did like that drama.

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Not keen on the writer at all, I haven't liked any of her dramas (not even secret garden) and as much as I enjoyed Secret I don't think I'll check this one out.

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Could JB & GF (or one of other members of the DB staff) one day do a post on just the drama-wrights and their writing styles? I think it would be a meaty sort of post, and it'd introduce/familiarize us with other works by the same writers.

*Fingers crossed that someone will answer my wish!*

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Oh, this is a great idea! I've only just started to pay a little bit of attention to drama writers, and it would be so cool to get an intro to who some of the big names are and what kind of work they're known for.

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I think the lead actor role would be good for a Bae Yong Joon comeback to Dramaland. He has been gone too long,

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@thosewhoknowme:
"“He’s not the right age.”
Was LJS the right age to play a thoracic surgeon in Doctor Stranger? And LMH in Heirs as a HS student: Right age? YSH in I MissYou: Right age? KHJ in IOTL: 34 yo & cast as a 1st year fellowship psychiatry doctor: Right age? Age on their ID is rarely a factor when you cast an actor in Dramaland, just saying. Disponibility, status, connections & if we are lucky
-talent- are why people are cast."

My idea: talent + wrong cast = failure (Nodame kversion can be the latest reference for you)

Which ones among those dramas you mentioned above were successful with rating or acting ? Seems you didn't even know what you were talking.

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In all fairness I've had high hopes for Nodame k-version. That's Joo Won there, and that's the Nodame franchise I've liked for years! I'm wondering where the mess came from! Still following it, but I'm dragging myself to finish the entire thing. Liar Game won me with tears and blood. Because of my definite love for the j-version, I was biased with the k-version. But here I am now, pioneering its (k-version) greatness to my friends who are also fans of the j-version!

I'm also happy, real legit genuinely happy, for Kim Eun-sook's move to KBS. I'm not a fan of Kim Eun-sook, per se, since she wrote too much unnecessary kiss scenes since Secret Garden until present. Sigh. She did not do that with Lovers in Paris until On Air (and I was a very huge fan of hers), but I quite admit she has a number of followers. So, looking forward for this KBS broadcast! Go, KBS, go! Rooting for KBS this time!

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I just finished TC ep 6 with no sub, and I don't think I will bother to find sub to watch it again. The show lacks its focus on main characters, instead, producing some more abundant ones. It's getting more frustrating to see their acting, both leading and supporting. I fail to enjoy it the korean way.

Not a fan of KES either. With her history of chaebol-cinderella rom-com, I wonder what her descendants of the sun will look like. Love story between A doctor from a chaebol family and a female doctor from a poor family, maybe.

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I've always liked Kim Eun-sook to write dramas for Kim Myung-min pairing up with Kim Tae-hee / Song Hye-kyo. Before I die, I'd like to witness that! To each his own.

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LMJ is not a good enough actress to play a role like this. KES will definitely choose veteran actors. Goong Yoo and Ha ji won please!! or my dream cast KDW and Ha ji won :)

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I love Secret Garden.I would like HB and HJW together again in one of her dramas.

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I 2nd this! ? but Hyun Bin is doing that jekel & Hyde drama though.....*pout* unless Ha JiWon is cast in that drama instead of Han JiMin (?). Nevermind Kim Eun Sook being the writer...Sorry. Going off topic.

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Boo to KBS! For the past two days, the dramas they've been posting on youtube -- the little preview thingy, where you move the counter, and a little tiny preview goes along, showing you what's happening at each minute, doesn't work!

So typical for them! I'm so sick of KBS!

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The little preview thingys are back, as of today! Hope it lasts.

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This is a BIG budget production and KES is about rating = $$$ and who will pay the highest oversea. The main actor and actress would have to be in the Hullyu Star category.
Ji-Seob So is in the Hullyu Star category and just release a new song this year. There would be a possibility he will get the role.
Gong Yoo would be perfect for the role because he will be wrapping up a movie on something regarding a man and a woman falling in a forbidden love in Finland. He is well known oversea for he’s humanitarian work. If the rating sky rocking for this movie, he would be perfect!!!
Han Ji Won is known for her humanitarian work oversea and also in the Hullyu Star category. She just wrap up a movie call Chronicle of a Blood Merchant. If the rating sky rocking, she might get the role.
Moon Chae Won is not in the Hullyu start category but have play a role as a Doctor before. She will be wrapping up a movie with Lee Seung-gi. If the rating is sky rocking, she might get the role
Park Shin Hye is known for her humanitarian work and have a very strong base oversea. She is in the Hullyu Star category. She just finished the movie The Royal Tailor due beginning 2015 and she currently working on Pinocchio. If her rating sky rocking for both her movie and drama, she might be offer the role (I think). She is known for taking low budget project and turn it into a mega hit.

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Park shin hye kim soo hyun
Yoon eun hye soo jisub pleasee...

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Hey,in asianwiki there they say SONG JOONG KI is offered to be lead role in this drama.i hope joong ki acceptm

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Hey.why u so hate to KBS.let it be.because kim eun sook drama always in SBS.i never see kim eun sook drama in MBC or KBS

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And at least who in other country can watch in KBS WORLD

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