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News bites: November 22, 2014


Noh Min-woo, Yang Jin-sung

  • Non Min-woo (Greatest Marriage) and Yang Jin-sung (Bride of the Century) are positively considering offers to lead a new MBC cable drama called My Unfortunate Boyfriend. About a woman who has no qualms about lying to get what she wants and her boyfriend, a man who is honest to a fault, the drama will demonstrate how their unlikely romance turns out to be true love. If they take the roles, Noh Min-woo will play the man who believes in living truthfully, and Yang Jin-sung will play someone just starting out at a corporate job, determined to succeed at any cost. She’ll potentially face competition from Kwak Ji-min (Shining Romance), who’s been offered the role of a femme fatale intern. My Unfortunate Boyfriend airs beginning January on MBC Drama Net. [Osen]
  • This premise sounds fun: In Family Is Coming, SBS’s upcoming weekend drama, a grandmother is welcomed home after a 50-year absence. When it’s discovered she’s amassed a fortune in the amount of 18 million USD, all sorts of hijinks ensue as her family members fight for a cut of the inheritance. Their actions can’t all be about greed and betrayal, however, as the show is being billed as a warm story about reconciliation and familial growth. Oh Sang-jin (You From Another Star) plays an adoptee who grew up under grandmother’s wing, and while he’s known as a businessman, in reality he’s a lazy, unemployed bum. He acts like a child and is a major slacker, but he’s the guy who’s charming and impossible to hate. Family Is Coming will air after Modern Farmer at the beginning of January. [My Daily]

  • Kim Jung-eun, Kim Su-ro

  • Given that the plot seems to have shifted focus a number of times already, it comes as no surprise that Kim Jung-eun (Oohlala Spouses) and Kim Su-ro (A Gentleman’s Dignity) have dropped My Heart Twinkle Twinkle (formerly known as Goddess of Sales). The latter stepped down due to a knee injury he suffered while shooting the variety program Real Men, but Kim Jung-eun’s reps remained mum on the reason for the actress’ resignation. While early reports suggested the drama’s emphasis would be placed on the eldest sister (who was to be portrayed by Kim), recent reports seemed to highlight Nam Bora’s character, the youngest of three sisters, as the protagonist. Jang Shin-young (My Spring Days) is said to be in talks to step in as the firstborn daughter. My Heart Twinkle Twinkle airs after Birth of a Beauty in January. [Korea Economy, Joongang]
  • KBS is developing a new reality show tentatively titled Don’t Miss It, about the TV-watching habits of real people… Yawn. Viewers will be divided by regions, social classes, and age groups, and their actions and words will be filmed as they watch TV. Um, unless they can call Na PD in to work some editing magic (the man can make falling rain appear artistic and interesting on Three Meals a Day) I don’t have high hopes for the show — perhaps the slated celebrity appearances can save the day. Don’t Miss It will begin airing in mid-January with a 6-episode pilot run. [Osen]
  • After suffering from a decline in ratings, MBC’s once-popular variety program Dad! Where Are You Going? will come back for a third season with changes to the format and a new cast. Members of season two will film until the end of the year, and it is anticipated that most or all of the cast will be replaced in the new year. Producers want to shift the focus in the upcoming season to depict celebrities raising young children in their homes, and they are actively seeking out households with children under the age of 6. In addition to the format changes, the show will likely move from Sunday nights to a different day of the week. [Dong A]

  • Bad Guys

  • The cast of Bad GuysKim Sang-joong, Park Hae-jin, Ma Dong-seok and Jo Dong-hyuk — is planning to show up en masse at a fan flash meeting event. At first, Kim Sang-joong’s presence was uncertain due to a throat injury, but he’s said he will likely be there, if only for a short while. Kang Ye-won, who is currently in the U.S., has said she will try to fly back to attend. The Bad Guys fan appreciation event will be held at CGV’s Cheongdam Cine City on November 23. [TV Report]
  • The pilot for the U.S. remake of You From Another Star may be filmed as soon as next January. Saemi Kim, an executive director at ABC, the network that optioned the rights for both SBS’s You From Another Star and tvN’s Nine, provided some insight into the programming process a few days ago at DICON 2014, an annual Korean content conference. Kim said ABC receives approximately 1,000 projects to review each season, half of which are comedies and half of which are dramatic shows. Of those, 100 to 120 are picked up, and then only around 20 are chosen to have pilots made. Eventually, 9 to 10 of those projects will be broadcast. Although Nine was the first Korean show to be picked up, its development pace has slowed. You From Another Star has progressed faster, but it will be January before the pilot-scheduling details are confirmed, and then the remake’s pilot will have to impress test audiences and network executives before production can move forward with a full season. [Yonhap]
  • The web drama Love Cells has taken the Internet by storm with over 4 million views in the three weeks since its launch. Available via Naver tvcast and based on the eponymous webtoon, the fantasy rom-com is winning viewers over with its story and star-studded cast: Jang Hyuk, Kim Woo-bin, Kim Yoo-jung, Park Sun-ho, Nam Ji-hyun, Baek Sung-hyun, and Oh Kwang-rok. [Osen]


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I've been waiting for you guys, especially Javabeans and Girlfriday in light of the Noona recaps, to discuss the loss of Kim Ja Ok as well as fond memories of her work. I saw a short discussion in the Friday thread, but unless I missed something there's no discussion from the official writers here.

It's a big loss for K entertainment, and she was so sweet in Noonas. I understand you guys might have chosen not to discuss such a tragic event.

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I likewise have been keeping an eye out on that, and assumed these newsbites would cover it.

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Yeah i was thinking they were going to say something because of Noonas Over Flowers but not even a word about it in the news bites...

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Me too.. Since this website is all about Kdramas, I thought the loss of perhaps the most beloved Kdrama mother would be worth a mention. I actually did tear up a bit when I heard the news. She seemed like such a nice lady and she's always played the ideal caring mother in all the dramas I have seen her in.

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She was my fave and representative K-drama mother.

What a loss and too young!

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I clicked on the News Bites as well, with the hope that I would read about the passing of Kim Ja Ok. Even though I don't know her personally, I found myself shedding tears, as I read how she passed away. She seemed to be a beautiful woman, inside and out. I loved her in the few dramas I saw her in: MNIKSS, World Within, Ojakgyo Brothers, and Single Daddy in Love.

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Oh, no, I had no idea! What a great loss, not just for the K entertainment world, but the world in general. She seemed like such a fun, sweet lady. I especially loved the scene in NOF when she was dancing by herself to the music in public. Such a gentle, free spirit.

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Oh dear, I had no idea! May she rest in peace, she was a great actress and seemed so girlish, even at her age. I remember wishing I could be like that at 60 too :(

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This is such upsetting news. I don't know what else to say. I'm just stunned and very sad.

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Love cell was such a cute web drama shame that the ending was pretty confusing! Any chance for season 2?

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Celebrities raising their kids at home under the age of 6? Sounds like a rip off of Return of Superman to me.

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That's what I was thinking too, tbh. They kinda got rid of the main distinguishing factor between the two shows (even though Dad, Where Are You Going? aired first). I wonder what they'll do to try and distinguish themselves now.

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SBS also got the same format show name Oh My Baby. Currently line up Ricky Kim, Kim Jung Min (What Happens to My Family) and singer Kim Tae Woo.

I like Appa Odiga but since the first show is the reason KBS Qualification of Man got cancelled and when Return of Superman increased their rating, Appa Odiga declined.

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KBS's new show, 'Don't Miss It' sounds exactly like 'Gogglebox', a show we have here in the U.K. It has actually become really popular and is a really fun watch but wow, the premise is completely the same.

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I was just about to say that too!

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It's probably the same. Is it on BBC?

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nope, channel 4

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Definitely sounds like it. Just hearing what it's about, the show sounds boring, but after watching it you realize just how entertaining it is.

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Exactly! It's really good so don't dismiss it before you tried it!
It's literally my Friday night made, that's how good it is.

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Its my friday night too, I love it the families are so much fun
to watch. My kids make popcorn and we all watch it together lol.:)

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Yang Jin-sung's character in Bride Of the Century is similar to this one but yet different, either way she is really lovable.

Who the hell did ever come up with Don't Miss It? It's so realistic, it's boring too tears. I remember when they were looking for people with my ethnicity and all I thought was forget it that's not going to air, but it did, with the most everyday boring folks. But then again tv channels over here are filled with dumb reality shows that are ripped from other countries.
End rant. *breaths*

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Hey, Yang Jin-sung, was wondering what she'd been up to. I liked her in Bride of the Century; good to see she's getting her shot to play lead roles.

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Yang Jin-sung was the only bright spot for me in 2014 k-drama (I haven't watched any since Bride) so I'm grateful for any news about her. Thanks, awcoconuts.

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so I read something wrong. I definitely read that the cast of bad guys...is planning to show up at a mass flash meeting event and was somewhat confused. haha.

I was way more curious about Nine's remake. Darn. I feel like that be easier to make successful/decent than You From Another Star. Wonder what happened?

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i think making nine remake or good doctor remake wil be harder than than You're from another sun because the detail of the drama

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I tuned in for Love Cells because of Kim Yoo Jung but no one was talking about it on English blogs so I was wondering why lol

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I ♡ love cell. That last episode *squeee*

I've been selling this one to my kdrama dongseng but she's not buying it, lol..

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Aww, that's nice that the Bad Guys cast is having a fan event soon. ^^ Really been liking that drama.

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now I need the hairstyle of ghost hunter Park Dongjoo or Midas Myungjoon or No Minwoo will look prettier than Yang Jinsung.

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agree! bring in the hair stylist from Midas, please...

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Yes please, Yang Jin Sung.

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Finally some activity from Yang Jin Sung since Bride of the Century. So happy she is getting more lead roles.

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I absolutely loved Yang Jin-Sun in Bride of the Century!
Unfortunate Boyfriend sounds exciting!
I love the pairing and the premise. I hope they both get cast, I think they'll do a great job with those roles ^_^

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mm...I was hoping you would post news about Kim Ja Ok's recent passing...I know it's not exactly drama-related, but she's such a huge figure in k-drama land/Korean entertainment, I figured you guys would :T

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who will play in the US pilot of YFAS? does anyone know?

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