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Valid Love’s cozy threesome posters

It looks like three won’t be a crowd for this drama, at least based on the story the posters are telling me. Here’s a whole batch of posters, stills, and teasers for tvN’s new Monday-Tuesday drama Valid Love, starring Lee Shi-young as a woman who loves both her husband Uhm Tae-woong and the dreamy carpenter Lee Soo-hyuk who, well, isn’t her husband. Despite being a drama about an extramarital affair, I do think the currents will run deeper than just condoning her love for both men and calling it a day… that’s the hope, anyway.

The new melodrama is getting ready to air on Mondays and Tuesdays following Liar Game (Noooooo, don’t leave me, Ha Woo-jin!). Coming from writer Kim Do-woo of My Name Is Kim Sam-soon and PD Han Ji-seung of Alone in Love, I think we can expect some complex character studies, not to mention gorgeous visuals, from what we’ve seen so far. I already know at the outset that our heroine will be deeply flawed, since she asks in the teasers (the same voiceover in the previous teasers) what’s so wrong about loving two men, as the two men in question cry.

Lee Shi-young and Uhm Tae-woong do look adorable together in the stills that depict their happier days (though does that just make it sadder for Uhm Tae-woong?), when she’s a high school student who falls for the handsome substitute teacher at school. Later they’re happily married, which you’d think wouldn’t be a source of angst, but when she falls for Lee Soo-hyuk and can’t leave either man, it’ll be the central conflict that drives the story.

The drama’s tagline is: “All loves are valid.” Well sure, taken separately they are; I think it’s the simultaneity that’s at issue, no? (The use of “valid” in everything is a pun on the heroine’s name, Illy, which means “validity.”) I can’t promise it’ll be a show I watch all the way through, since it might make me want to break things, but it looks really well-produced and I trust it’ll be well-acted, if nothing else. Perhaps I’ll prepare myself for the premiere by clearing away anything throwable within reach, and arming myself with tissues.

Valid Love premieres Monday, December 1.

Via TV Report

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Can I have Lee Soohyuk instead?

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I know right, cause she already has a husband, and poor Lee Soohyuk needs love as well.

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Get in line, sister.

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why does Lee Soo Hyuk have to be a carpenter? of all the jobs in the world? he doesn't look it,not a bit, maybe if he does like a Home Improvement show for tv. whatever,, bring it on,TVN! hmm, so just to bank on the great following of King of High school, we will get to watch Lee Soo hyuk on Mon-Tue sched then Seo In Guk on Wed-Thu. Not bad, not bad at all.

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I would like to queue please. ;)

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As a non korean, my reaction was "Wow, I dont even need subs for those teaser"
Too many kdrama indeed

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"Noooooo, don’t leave me, Ha Woo-jin!)"

Same here

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Lee Soohyuk looks so dreamy...

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I feel conflicted by just watching these stills and teasers. Wonder if I could handle the angst and tears.

Not ready to say goodbye to Ha woo jin, and later *gasp* Jang geu rae.

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MNIKSS is one of my all-time fav kdrama and I really liked M2F until MBC abruptly cut the drama by a few episodes... so I'm definitely gonna watch this for the writer, and having Uhmforce is the bonus here!

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I'm really not sure of this drama.
might watch the first episode, it is Uhm Tae-Woong but... there's just something off in the promos and I can't pinpoint it.

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Whoever decided to make Liar Game just 12 episodes is a criminal. Making a great drama like that so short should be illegal!

As much as I love the team behind Liar Game, I also want to murder them slowly, because after the finale next week, where can I then get my weekly Ha Woo-jin fix?

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Well, if you're like me you watch all the episodes of Liar Game on repeat and pray to every single force out there that Lee Sang Yoon's next role is just as dark and dreamy as this one.

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But if it gets extended, it would just get draggy so 12 eps is perfect for the show. Although I'm gonna miss watching Do Young's general awsomeness every week.

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Lol ikr! And its just getting better! I hope there's season 2!

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Isn' it only 10 episodes? Did it get extended to 12? Or was the info I was looking at just wrong.

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It's 12. Episode 10 aired yesterday and it's definitely not the ending.

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I really dislike adultery dramas. I watch dramas for entertainment...I don't find this topic entertaining in the least. I don't like the idea of the drama trying to get me to root, in some way, for the second lead. Especially if the spouse has not done anything worthy of a wandering eye. This one looks, to me, like it may be a situation where it was high school girl infatuation with an older guy...and then later,when someone her age comes along, it's tempting. I don't like the pics at all. It makes me hate the heroin already.

However, it does seem that most of these types of dramas end up showing the devastating results of adultery...they don't tend to romanticize it. I think One Warm Word handled this topic well...everyone was miserable while they were unfaithful. And I'm all for reconciliation...even when adultery happens....if at all possible. My 2 cents.

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I agree with your opinion.

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I think this is a good winter drama. Dramatic, overwrought, complex, dark, angsty. Those are good emotions for cold, gloomy weather. I'm actually looking forward to this. I've never stuck through a melodrama before but who knows? This might be the one.

(And LSH looks amazing.)

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Lee shi young's face looks different from when she appeared in Golden Cross. Can't figure which part of it tho....

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I think it's the hair. With the bangs. :D

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Did she undergo PS? Her nose looks different and the bangs its distracting! Lol

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That's a bit far fetched. It's just the bangs.

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Shi young looks different. Not in a bad way. Becomes more pretty :D

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Ugh. Theme aside, I don't even like the look of the stills. Easy pass since I also found Kim Samsoon unwatchable in spite of my love for the cast.

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I am still not sure to watch this drama. Maybe if they have lots is musics. The visual is awesome and the cast but not sure of the story.

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she asks in the teasers (the same voiceover in the previous teasers) what’s so wrong about loving two men, as the two men in question cry

I feel like a horrible person, because for some reason this made me laugh. I don't even know why.

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Well I guess that makes us both horrible people, because I did too. I might watch this just for the cruel hilarity of it. And the score. The music director knows what he/she is doing!

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Oh no, the phrasing is really funny. I laughed too.

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I guess she just keeping the husband as a safety net....

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Yeah ikr...
But ehh it's by far al lot more often the other way around; the guy making women cry, so this is kinda refreshing?

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Shi Young, Shi Young, don't look at me like that, don't speak in that sweet, soft, sad voice . . . I can't afford the plane ticket to rush to your side and comfort you.

Also, I don't speak the language, and I couldn't take either of those guys in a one on one fight.

Actually, I'm a pacifist and couldn't take Shi Young in a one on one fight, but she'd just call the cops on me, anyway.

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Ha ha... Shi Young wouldn't need to call the cops. She can take care of herself, that badass medal-winning boxer! :-D

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I kept reading the "cozy" in the header as "crazy". And I find it apt.

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Lee Soo-hyuk, you beautiful, beautiful alien.

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Dang! I'm already anticipating our heroine getting jealous of an unmarried girl who loves carpenter. A LA Secret. This'll be yet another time where i'll be all conflicted about the second lead female. ....whoever she might be.

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It makes me happy to think that Uhm Tae Woong is married and probably happy in real life. It makes the on screen suffering more bearable.
I'm so glad to see Lee Soo Hyuk back on screen!

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I volunteer to make Lee Soo Hyuk happy! Come to me, you beautiful alien like man!

By the way, whoever took those pictures of UTW really did him a disfavour, the lighting is atrocious and anyone with a little bit of knowledge about photography knows that side lighting is awful on the subjects, because it just shows every single imperfection. UTW's skin looks terrible, I don't know why they couldn't use a softer light.

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I think the imperfections in his face make him more charming and special. Really it never bothered me, and I can't understand how you come up with "horrible'' to describe his photographs.

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LOL there you go, now I can't understand how I made that typo...the quote is supposed to say "terrible".

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Okay, tempting. Only cause I think Lee Shi Young is awesome! Does any one remember way back in Birth Of The Rich when she was totally overboard hilarious as the crazy mean rich girl who turned out to be kind of sweet and naive? I don't like adultery themes but I'll probably check it out once. As for Uhm Tae Woong, I prefer him in reality/variety than dramas.

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She was the only good thing in that drama. I hated everyone else.

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In! I like Lee Si Young. I like angst, hahaha.
I like Lee Soo Hyuk's haircut, too.

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i want to watch it but i scared that my heart will hurt throughout the drama.... i am 100% sure that i will cursing every time i watch this drama....

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I like Lee Shi Young :)
and uhm's hairstyle remind me of Jang jae yeol (IOIL) :D
I like lee soo hyuk too..
but I dont have mood to watch melo nowadays =_='

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My heart cries for Lee Soo Hyuk already. And I hate melo-adultery! But for Lee Soo Hyuk, I'll check this out.

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Waiting.. Waiting.. For UhmForce :D :D
more curious about this drama.. I think this drama have different story from "extramarital affair"

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wow what was that a menage story looking forward for the drama

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In my mind 'threesome' and 'adultery' are two very separate things. If the show is about the latter, I won't be able to watch it as I am very sensitive about adultery. On the other hand, I can't imagine that there would be a Korean drama about three people being part of a consensual relationship where they share a partner or it is a threefold love match. ...Which is the reason I always feel sad that Korean dramas are usually focused on love triangles and not something different.

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I haven't seen it but I think there's a Korean movie about that called My Wife Got Married.

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I just watched it, it was amazing. I really loved it.

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Yes, I really hate dramas that rationalize adultery. If you are miserable in a marriage you can try counseling or get a divorce. Is it more difficult to get a divorce in Korea?

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Why does everything have to be so clear cut and black&white? I really hope this series would not be boring and would actually explore the topic of polyamoria since it seems to be such a curse word and impossibility - only on the basis of institution called marriage.

As for the fact that this is a Korean drama.
If this was a historical drama, the main lead man would have a wife, concubine on the side and all is well. In modern setting Korean dramas it seems pretty common that men have affairs outside marriage but nobody mentions divorce. Now that we have a woman who loves two men, everybody balks and tells how horrible this is and how horrible she is. Nobody seemed to judge Jungrok in Gentleman's dignity although he was just a horrible human who cheated on his wife constantly.

And just for the record I'm not saying adultery is the right thing to do. I'm saying that social constructions manipulate people to hate and be ashamed of things for no proper reasons and that I'm excited if a drama has any possibility to explore them.

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I totally agree with you.

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Yes, I would like to see polyamory explored in a Korean drama too!

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I would love to see polyamory explored too, that would be a good change of course from the love triangles

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yea. They did touch the subject before, in a movie called 'My wife got married' though I didn't like the way it approached at all. The husband was clearly against it and the wife only thought for herself and didn't care how he'd feel.
If this drama really goes for that, I hope the wife will have more redeeming quality, and eventually convince me that she does indeed loves both men. But again I highly doubt they would let a kdrama broadcast on tv about such topic, even it's on cable. At most, I think they'd touch a little about adultery(like the trend) to finally show how the husband is still her 'fated' and destined one, and that her lover is just a 'fling'. that she's only attracted to him physically and whatnot but in the end it can't compete the real love which is from her husband. I'd be disappointed tbh.
This drama would be a trend breaker if they want to and do it right.

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Thank you for making sense. It is strange that despite quite a lot of what people see and experience in life, there is very little consideration for the grey areas we live daily!

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wow sexy carpenter

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lee si young so pretty!

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woww lee si young and lee si hyuk look really good together!

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I didn’t recognize lee si young at all ,she looks so different , it’s not the hair ... I love UTW but I don’t like the plot , not at all ....

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As much as I like Uhmforce I really can't bring myself to watch this.

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Same here

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I will watch this drama for one name that's LEE SI YOUNG

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I love Lee Si Young! I have watched all her dramas and movies, but I'm kind of a torn of watching this because in not really fond adultery theme, it's so rampant even in Philippine television and I feel that mistress and other partner are justifying their actions. Call me traditional but it just not right.

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rooting for lee si young and lee soo hyuk pair hehehe

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