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Let’s Eat shakes up cast lineup for sequel

javabeans: I have some drama news for you, but maybe you should sit down first. So they’re doing a Season 2 of Let’s Eat.

girlfriday: Yeah, I know. I’m already on it. Got my bowls of ramyun and my takeout menus at the ready.

javabeans: Wait, that’s not all. Season 1’s Yoon Doo-joon is just-about-almost signed on to return in his role as Gu Dae-young.

girlfriday: Uh-huh, yes, that’s totally why I’m watching Season 2. Duh.

javabeans: Hold on, there’s more. So…. none of the other cast members are coming back.

girlfriday: Wait, WHAT.

javabeans: Yeah, there’s been “a large change” in the lineup, according to Yoon’s management. Also the management of his potential new co-star, Seo Hyun-jin (Three Musketeers), who is looking at the leading role.

girlfriday: WHAAAAAAAAT. You can’t do that! What about Lee Soo-kyung??

javabeans: She… is not returning. And that original loveline “will be very different” in this new season.

girlfriday: Very different? VERY DIFFERENT?! You mean different because it won’t exist, because he’s going to not be with her anymore and fall in love with someone else?

javabeans: Well, I did tell you to sit down. I don’t know why they say that. Does rage travel less far that way? I don’t really know how you do that to a show, though, where you make a Season 2 that kind of…

girlfriday: …derails the happiness that you spent sixteen episodes building in Season 1?

javabeans: Yeah it kind of seems counterproductive, because I don’t know how I would root for the new girl that you’re trying to sell as his love interest.

girlfriday: You solve that by not rooting for her. What the hell, Let’s Eat? Why are we suddenly being My Sassy Girl 2?

javabeans: Aghhh, talk about ruining two movies with one movie. Because I don’t care if I don’t see the second, lesser, stupid movie with some other girl. Just the fact that she exists totally negates the whole point of the first movie!

girlfriday: Yes! She’s a canon-ruiner!

javabeans: Why couldn’t they just make Yoon Doo-joon a new guy who’s like his first season character living out a parallel existence in the apartment building next door? Why did you have to bring him back and then crush his love?

girlfriday: Yes, if you’re only going to bring back one character, which is already a mistake, then what’s wrong with Bizarro Gu Dae-young running a copycat Shiksha blog and not cheating on Lee Soo-kyung? HUH?

javabeans: I’m trying to be fair and think of any way in which this might actually work. So they’re also courting Jo Eun-ji (Greatest Marriage) and Kim Hee-won (Misaeng) to join the cast. In addition to Seo Hyun-jin, of course, who’s been offered the lead. Maybe it’s a prequel and he hasn’t met Lee Soo-kyung yet?

girlfriday: Then what’s the point of caring about this girl, if he’s just going to break up with her and meet Lee Soo-kyung later?

javabeans: Oh right. Then maybe Lee Soo-kyung is his girlfriend in Canada and we just never see her?

girlfriday: Why did she go to Canada? Why aren’t they Skyping with webcams?

javabeans: Maybe they were really happy, and had a beautiful marriage, and she got cancer but was able to spend her last few months beautifully enjoying all her good food with him and went peacefully, leaving him to move on and heal with another nice lady who likes to eat?

girlfriday: Well now I’m annoyed AND depressed. Thanks.


Seo Hyun-jin, Jo Eun-ji, Kim Hee-won

Via MBN

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Well, I think I just lost interest in this sequel. :\

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Yep! Me too!

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I can't even. If I was holding anything it would have been thrown across the room.

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Me too :( Soo Kyung and Dae Young were too cute OTL

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Me toooooo.

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Why? This is not the news I wanted to read. It isn't Let's Eat without Sookyoung and the rest of the original cast. I love Doojoon but I'm really not that excited for season 2 anymore.

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THEY CANNOT? (I mean, they can, BUT THEY CANNOT.)

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I feel the same way! I'll still watch. Doojoon is still enough for me. I'd even want Feeldog to guest or something.

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NOOOOOOOOOO.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *sobs*

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*facepalm* But... maybe it will be a prequel?! Yes, that's it! We learn about his past before he met all the other guys. How he became a foodie. *lives happily in the land of denial*

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"Then what’s the point of caring about this girl, if he’s just going to break up with her and meet Lee Soo-kyung later?"

LOL, that's so on point! They're obviously trying to sell the second season based on the success of the first. So they're retaining one character to make it feel familiar and then change it up completely. It feels like a betrayal of sorts for people who loved the first season and initial coupling though...

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I don't know that I will watch this now. Disappointing!!

Did they make offers to the entire original cast and they all declined except for Yoon Doo-joon? He was great, but not having the other cast mates...I just don't get how this will work. The prequel is not a bad idea, but still... *sigh*

I like the other possible actors on their own, but not for this. Need the original crew please!

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WHYYYYY TVN WHYYYYYY

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lol nope, bye bye Let's eat 2 it was nice to know you.

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Okay, so I am living in denial, and I've come up with great plan. (humming--they did not break up; they did not break up to myself). So the new female lead is not his love interest but will have her own love story involving his food blog and her food blog and the food critic for a newspaper. He helps them even though he doesn't want to (they are a bit annoying) because she is Soo Kyung's cousin. Soo Kyung is in ___ (pick a remote place with no internet--so no skyping) doing work for the government and her cousin is now living in her apartment while she is away. Hijinks ensue and they all head to the remote location for an off-camera wedding.

Sighing in my happy place.

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#$$#[email protected]#!^%. Also, bummer.

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Uh...she kind of carried the drama...interest lost

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RIGHT!?!? I mean if they had to retain only one of the original cast why not her? And Barassi of course!

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I'd be much more willing to accept that she and Do Joon broke up than the other way around. Haha.

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I join the chorus of Noooooooooooooos.

No Sookyung means no Barassi.

Wouldn't have minded a few new characters, but the lead couple + dog were the absolute minimum required. Preferably also Sookyung's crushing boss. And at least a cameo of Yoon So-hee.

My guess is they didn't have enough imagination to come up with a solid storyline (which, granted even in the first season, had its weaknesses - the whole murder mystery bit was not needed).

Not very excited now, and not too likely to be watching either.

(My Sassy Girl 2: don't understand how anyone thought that would be a good idea. Utterly unneeded... and you have to be as mad as a hatter to cast an idol with zero acting experience to take on Jeon Ji-hyun in a career-defining performance.)

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oh no !! i don`t like the change of cast :(

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CRAP! Pardon.

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Just the fact that this will exist is making me sad

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At this point I wish they would just start with a whole new cast. I would at least give a new cast a chance. The way it looks now I will be staying far, far away from this sequel/prequel/whatever the hell this is supposed to be.

Barassi!!!! /cry

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Annnd there goes my interest in "Let's Eat 2"...sigh.

I would've been fine with either at least the OTP from season 1 OR a whole new completely different cast with no original cast members OR most new characters with maybe a side character from 1 being the new main (like the lawyer guy) with a whole new cast! But THIS?! ? Ugh! We can't have the main guy from 1 be the main guy of 2 without main lady from 1! ? Unless there is no loveline for him.. Unless they come up with something brilliant I'm skipping! ?

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Agree... you gotta have the original main actress and the lawyer guy. They were part of the magic. In fact, they should have ended up together. The writers purposefully made the lawyer into a super awkward guy near the end just to make the chummy neighbor boy look more attractive. Argh. Still one of the most disappointing endings ever. I loved this drama except for the end.

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Bummer! The one way it would work is if there's no love interest between Dae young and girl No 2. To be honest, in Season 1, the love interest between Dae young and Soo kyung felt contrived, not spontaneous at all. Maybe she changed her mind and decided to go with the lawyer instead?

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WHY WHY WHY

I've been disappointed a lot with "sequels" having changed everything EXCEPT for the main actor or actress (e.g. Sex is Zero 2, My Wife is a Gangster 2 AND HOW CAN I FORGET ABOUT THE UPCOMING MY SASSY GIRL 2)

So disappointed.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Make Doo Joon play some other character, e.g. Shiksha-nim's long lost twin brother or something and than I'll be fine with it. But you can't just ruin Season 1 for everyone.

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Is he reprising his role as Gu DaeYoung?

I just thought he was coming back for season 2 but as a completely different character hence his hesitation?

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Let's eat was literally my happy pill for 16 weeks. I was _so_ looking forward to a second serving of the food gang or at least the two leads. I can't believe they're breaking them up.

The build up took SO LONG, and now he's already looking for another foodie?

THIS FEELS WRONG.

WHY WHY WHYYYYY

TVNNNNNNNNNN *shaking fists*

I'll just pretend that this sequel doesn't exist, and continue with my life.

TT____________TT

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To be honest despite liking, a great deal, what I saw I never finished season one because the once a week annoyed me and well time continues to move forward with no input from me on whether it should or not. I always intended to go back and watch it once it finished, maybe I will one

Even though I haven't finished season one yet this feels like betrayal. I mean how do you bring one character back but not the rest. Maybe they all died in a freak accident and only Dae-young lived.

On an unrelated note does anyone else want to smack Cha Tae-Hyun for agreeing to do My Sassy Girl 2?

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Not initially smack, but ask why, why, WHY???!!! If I do not like the answer then I can smack. ;)

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Looking at his filmography/dramagraphy, it's a chance for him to do a lead/big role, which he seems to haven't had for a while (unlike JJH he didn't go on to be an A-list actor).

It's still a dumb move though – different direct, different actress that won't be able to match JJH. I guess he must need money?

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Omg I was so sad at this news but you guys are hilarious so now Im actually wondering how theyre gonna pull it off.

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I had a nagging suspicion they would do this :-C

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Wow - i say tVn - leave "Let's Eat" alone. Go do some other drama.

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Now I don't want Yoon Doo Joon to come back neither. Just start with a fresh cast and give it a new title.

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Urgh mental breakdown.

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This casting decision is best characterized as a dish that should be sent back to the kitchen.

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Well, there goes any interest I had in watching season 2. Seriously, WTF?

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NOPE NOPE NOPE

Shut it down, TvN.

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make you wonder if they even asked any of the first seasons cast back? Or is it a matter of, you want Yoon Doo-joon then you got to take Seo Hyun-jin as will?
Frankly I would rather change the guy if that mean we could at lest get all the rest of the cast.

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tvN are on crack, I swear. That's the only explanation. They really need to change their minds and have him play a different character, or just cast another dude. Otherwise it just makes a mockery of S1. I'm not even a fan of this show but this is just dumb. :/

I really like Seo Hyun Jin though, gdi. I made it through The Three Musketeers just for her. She deserves better than this.

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Ok.

So what's going on? Yes, it's true. I JUST commented on the Editor's Picks post that I couldn't wait to see more of Seo Hyun-jin. But this is not what I meant.

This is not what I meant.

This is the worse possible thing they can do. Either get a complete new cast...or I'm out. And this drama? WILL NOT EXIST. No matter how much I love Gu Dae-young.

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I am so peeved off. Why bother having a sequel then?

Geez.

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Guys, this really feels like tvn's cruel trick on me. Seriously, I got the news that TTM was cut and was so bummed about not getting to see more of the Crown Princess. BUT then I got the news about Let's Eat and Doo Joon coming back so that started to make up for everything. All the while, I'm hoping for Seo Hyun-jin to get another leading role...and then this happens. It's like they took two things I REALLY REALLY wanted, mashed them together to create something that I REALLY REALLY don't want.

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Well said!!

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Dang! I thought of the cancer thing too! So hope not. I shipped Lawyer Kim.... perhaps I was right. Hey, maybe she ran off with Lawyer Kim.

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could be,,, could be,,,, I shipped Layer Kim as well. I like the idea that YDJ is a food guru and makes people around him find happiness in love via eating great foods.

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I soo agree with everything you said! Tvn WTF are you doing?! This is wrong, just plain wrong. I was looking forward to watching season 2 BUT I am not going to root for the new girl. I liked Yoon Doo-joon but what about Lee Soo-kyung? She was awesome. Not everyone can make you root for the character like she can even if the chracter is not the nicest girl in the neighborhood. I dont believe she is that busy that she cant film season 2. No Lee Soo-kyung means no Barassi as well? Noooo, now I dont know what can me make to watch season 2.

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Nope. TVN, do not do it. No original cast, no let's eat 2.
Should just have new show with new cast but similar theme. Duh! How hard is that? 0_o huh.

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Nooooooooooooo,they just ruined our first season and the romance
he was going with her to meet his parents...just as well get new people than to destroy our first season

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No just no !

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obviously they have no idea of how important it is to maintain the main couple in a sequel. it pisses me off so badly whenever they replace the original heroine with a younger one (japanese dramas: hero, galileo), as if to "upgrade," despite keeping the male character

i'm not watching this

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My interest just went down the drain. I want Doo Joon AND Lee Soo Kyung!

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this so AAARRRGGGHH. I was already worried season 2 may not be as good. and with this??!!! I repeat AARRGGGGHHH

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Wut?!!! No Soo-kyung or Barassi? Then it ain't "Let's Eat" anymore!

Can they make it works as a "Sliding Doors" type alternate timeline thing, where this is the story that might have happened if he hadn't met Soo-kyung? At least, leave us the fond memories of S1!

Thanks for the heads up, jb & gf - still keeping my fingers crossed that they rethink the casting.

After all, the game's not over until they start filming (and sometimes not even then)!

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I wouldn't mind watching the prequel so I can understand how Doojoon's character became the fun and crzy guy he was!

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If tvN wanted to do a sequel of something they should have done Thr Three Musketeers!!! Or leave this alone.

I love Seo Hyun Jin but I don't want her to replace a beloved character. Can't they just cast her in a new drama with Lee Jin Wook? I clearly have bad withdrawals.

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Oh NOOOO...TVN should have made The Three Musketeers Season 2 instead if they were gonna have Seo Hyun Jin in another TVN production.
I adore Let's Eat, but it wouldn't be the same without Lee Soo Kyung and the other members of the original cast.

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I am just so happy to see Seo Hyun Jin in another drama (though yes it would be so great if she is cast with Lee Jin Wook again...sobssobs).

I have not watch Lets Eat but with Seo Hyun Jin in, i look forward to watching it.

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It's not the same without the original female lead. It's like cheating !!! Now I'm depressed too.

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