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School 2015 in the works at KBS

Sigh, I miss the days of School 2013. It was such earnest, unbridled, furious man-love — er, boy-love — with little else to get in the way. The good news is that we’re about to get another installment of the high school drama franchise that began in the ’90s and launched dozens of careers. The series made a comeback in 2013 with Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin leading the new class, and now KBS is planning for School 2015 to launch, well sometime this year, if you hadn’t guessed from the title.

Reps at KBS say that the new season is in development, though it has yet to secure a timeslot. This time PD Baek Sang-hoon of Secret and Drama Specials Junior High Student Miss A and When I Was Prettiest (featuring a young Lee Jong-seok) will be at the helm. School was a slice-of-life drama series that began in 1999 and ran for four seasons until 2002, then came back eleven years later in 2013 with its fifth season.

School 2013 is technically a fifth season but more of a relaunch, and the show was praised for succeeding all these years later while sticking to its original vision: fresh-faced young actors, social issues of the day, and a realistic take on high school students that was focused on friendships and teachers, and not just romance.

The franchise boasts star-studded alumni the likes of Jang Hyuk, Ha Ji-won, Jo In-sung, Bae Doona, and many others, and always has a knack for catching rising stars on the cusp of breaking out. I’m looking forward to the upcoming casting announcements as much as anything, though admittedly it’s going to take a hell of a lot to top the Lee Jong-seok ♥ Kim Woo-bin bromance sandwich. Maybe they flunked a few grades and never graduated? I know it’s bad, but not implausible. Fiiiine, I won’t wish flunking high school on them. Maybe they can at least get Daniel Choi and Jang Nara to play teachers again — I’d settle for that.

School 2015 is still waiting for a spot on the 2015 drama calendar.

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I'm with you on that, girlfriday! I would love to have Daniel Choi and Jang Nara back on the show. :)

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and maybe some romance between them then?

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Or maybe even cameos from Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin would do. Too hopeful, am I?

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Well, the AM1994 crew did cameos for 1997, maybe the 2013 crew will do cameos here?
Fingers crossed!!

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I think you mean the other way around for the AM crews :)

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Oh yeah...hehe...

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I think the cameo is about the best you can hope for, either from the students or the teachers, or at lest the main one like jang nara and daniel choi. you may get some of the secondary teachers coming back if offered though as a continuation link from the last season. Jang Nara a black card option though as she is her own boss and dosent have to answer to a company/manger, so you can never say for sure what she going to do and of course if she is not busy in china making a drama there at the time.

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You can hope, since the "School" series (like the "High Kick" trilogy + "Potato Star") featured cameos from the previous editions (minus the 1999 drama). I think even "School 2013" had a cameo or two from the original 4.

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This is just bringing on a very strong wave of School 2013 nostalgia for me (two years ago! how time flies....)

I'm really thrilled that our boys both went on to such massive success right after, and now I wonder who 2015's cast will be. I feel like the School producers up to this point have actually done a good job of casting based on talent and not just the dreaded "visual" or idol status. And I would really like to see a platform like this used for good i.e. promote young talent who don't necessarily have a day job as singers.

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Very insightful and correct comment

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I read this article and cheered out loud in the middle of class lol.

Anyway YESSS! That's so exciting! Even besides Jong Suk and Woo Bin's epic bromance, I loved everything about School 2013. I can't wait for another one!!! I can't find the original ones anywhere though. Does anyone know if there somewhere online I can watch those too?

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Daniel Choi and Jang Nara again pleeeeease.

Maybe this time they'll focus more on a sisterhood instead of a bromance? I'd really enjoy that.

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+1 Another vote for sisterhood instead of bromance. If they did that, I might actually watch it.

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I'll second that! I'm a girl but I didn't really like the bromance that much...

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+1 for womance
+1 for return of Jang Nara and Daniel Choi.

Gawd, their ending was so frustrating I had to rewatch Babyfaced Beauty just to get my cute couple fix.

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I actually liked that they didn't go there. I'd hate it if the series retroactively ruined my love for them by driving home the message that a man and a woman can never be just friends and co-workers (the exact opposite of the message of Season 1)

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Same here, I actually liked the fact that School 2013 never really focused on the romance. It's nice to have a drama that shows life revolves around more than just that whether we're talking about teenagers or male/female co-workers. I hope they stick to their concept of addressing sociatal problems and more pressing issues in the school environment

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What a great idea!! Yes to this!

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Is it just me or does the Secret production team seem to be everywhere these days?

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yeah now I'm wondering about this.....School 2013 was helmed by the writer and PD of the original School, but I wonder how it will be with a different team :/

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Yeah, it's weird. Lee Eung Bok directed School 2013 and then directed Secret (and will be directing Kim Eun Sook's drama at the end of the year). And the other PD of Secret is now directing School 2015. It's a strange chain of events lol.

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I freaked out when I read the title. I'm so excited for this. I enjoyed School 2013 so much.

I'm most excited for the new actors they'll cast for the lead roles. It sure did launch the career of Lee Jong-Suk and Woo Bin. I doubt the new cast can top that bromance, but I'm always open for a new bromance to watch weekly. :P

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well, there is a whole generation of 90s-born actors who are ripe to get a breakout role soon. (and that includes a few now late-teen child actors - Yeo Jin-gu maybe? Or Park Gun-tae?)

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Yeo Jin Gu and Yoo Seung Ho's bromance can easily top LJS-KWB's

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Don't see YSH playing a student. He's getting lead roles left and right, not really a up and coming star anymore.

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just giving an example, since there are so many talent young actors who have more skill than LJS and KWB.

But i agree with you that YSH isnt a coming star anymore after his MS

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Oh, I know, right? There is never enough bromance out there to suit me, and since I doubt LJS and KWB will ever give it to me again, I'll just hope that the new guys are half as good.

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So Ji Sub, as the gym teacher....

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Now that is a brilliant idea.

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yes...please!

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OMG.
That would be about the best thing ever.

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oh so excited
wow i liked the drama special middle school student a. but it maybe because i like kwak dong yeon
speaking of, how about they cast kwak dong yeon?
boy is cute, can act, and he's just about to turn 18

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Yes! Now that you've mentioned him, Kwak Dong-yeon is perfect for this drama! Didn't he win an award for KBS Drama Awards last year? Please, KBS, make this happen. I'll try not to get my hopes up though :c

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He's a bit of a KWAK though, don't you think?

...Oh dear.

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yes Kwak Dong Yeon, boy can act off his socks and will still be amazing

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Gwak Dong-yeon already did a school-related drama sometime 2013 which is "Adolescent Medley", which starred the daughter-of-a-bitch-in-"Trot Lovers", Gwak Jeong-wook (former child actor who was also in "School 2013), & cameos from CNBlue Jonghyun & Infinite Sungyeol (who was co-lead in "High School Love On")

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Now this I'm really looking forward to. I loved School 2013's slice-of-life feel, it was a heart-warming youth drama. And even though it was emotional and moving and dealt with some tough issues, it never managed to be melodramatic with its story-telling.

The characters were pretty great too, it was hard not to care about them. I liked Nam-soon and Heung-soo's relationship, but also the interactions b/t Nam-soon and Ha-kyung. The rest of the gang had my heart too, even Jung-ho at the end. It was so great to see Kwak Jung-wook go from a bully in 'School 2013' to the-one-being-bullied in 'Adolescence Medley.' It was a cute drama, I recommend it, only 4 episodes lol

Anyway, it would be great to see Choi Daniel and Jang Nara reunite in this drama. And bromance is nice but I'm hoping for good female characters and friendships. I hope we hear good casting news soon!

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I'm reading this article and the Dramabeans header is Lee Jong Seok and Kim Woo Bin taking the ramyun photo. So much love.

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OPPA(ssss)!!! Hehe would love to have the bromance back since those roles were what made me fall in love with them -hearts eyes-

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I'm watching the school 2013 at the moment, admittedly for KWB as I'm not yet a fan of LJS..It isn't flawless or I can't say I haven't skipped countless BS scenes but it's not bad so far.

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My fantasy would be if they set it in an all girls school this time with Kim Sae-ron, Seo Shin-ae, Kim So-hyun, and Kim Yoo-jung leading the cast. To continue my fantasy they also bring Moon Chae-won, Im Joo-eun, Im Soo-jung, Jeon Do-hyun, and Kim Sun-ah in as teachers.

Back in the real world I'd be happy if they could get Daniel Choi and Jang Nara to be the teachers again.

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Do you mean Jeon Do-yeon? Getting her back on TV is going to require as much effort as getting Lee Young-ae to star in Dae Janggeum 2.

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I did. And like I said fantasy not reality.

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An all girl cast would be great especially with all those megateen stars you mentioned. I want to see Yoon Eun Hye play a teacher and Kim Sun Ah play the principal.

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An all girl cast *.* We can only dream of that.

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Omgah YESSSSSS. Please please PLEASE don't screw up casting! I get that the series launches fresh faces, but please be smart, Production!

YES!

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Wonderful news, can't wait! Now someone give me Ho Gu's love episode 6 recap fast, that was one epic episode with a major twist! Pretty please!

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School 2013 for me was awesome. I love it because it introduced me to the marvel that was KWB and LJS. How I miss them! I've been longing for another pairing from that dynamic duo.... perhaps a Cameo? One can only wish <>

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Lee Kwang Soo As Funny School Director will be the best thing hahahahah

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Awwww yes ;____; Y'all have to stop suggesting stuff, I swear. it's only going to make me that much sadder when it doesn't happen :c

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Ahh now this has to become a reality!

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I rewatched School 2013 just recently and fell head over heels for the bromance again. I'd like them to bring back Daniel Choi and Jang Nara and develop a proper loveline between them this time.

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I really don't want a love line between them.

It was refreshing to see two people of the opposite sex respect each other as colleagues and friends without having to turn that into romantic interest. Bringing them in for a second turn (no matter that it's unlikely they will agree to do this) and making it a loveline will just undermine the greatness of the writing for their School 2013 relatonship.

Every other drama has love lines, why can't we allow this one to remain great without any?

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yes yes Choi Daniel was so great in School 2013 and I would love for him to return. the kind of "smart acting" is so good, nothing in excess but great timing and convincing delivery.

as to the young actors... they really need to be young. if they have to cast idols, Chan Yeol (Roommate) would be such a cute addition

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I am really wary of casting any idols based off variety shows.

In the past, it's led to people suggesting that lead roles in major dramas (we're talking Hong sisters etc. level) should go to block of wood Kim Hyun Joong because he is "4D" (a concept that seems to have zero relation to acting talent).

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yeah well, not a fan of idols myself usually but some could fit the concept better

cant think of anyone at the moment...

it would be a real challenge if we had people with disabilities and the hardships of everyday life they need to face - not so much bullying but how little modern society thinks of their needs, transport and such.

and perhaps other such kind of kids. maybe hyperactive, uncontrollable ones who are not necessarily bad students or thugs, but just cannot concentrate. or kids who have dyslexia but are pushed to keep the same pace as others. or social phobias. the lack of creative subjects at school and childrens inner need for self expression.. artistic kids who are invisible to career oriented school system....

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Does Chanyeol even act? The only one proper enough for acting is DO (I'm having my eyebrows raised for Suho).

Please no actor-dols.

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It would cool if they added some foreign students. Like an Indian or someone of African descent or Arab.

And yes please!! Cameos!

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Now that's a good idea! Let's see how government-sponsored KBS tackles the issue of racism (since, forgive me for the following words, Koreans are as racist as Americans, if not more, especially if you're dark-colored, mixed, or anything physically different; and also, the president is the daughter of the advocate of the "Koreans are pure" ideology)

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This sounds fun!

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Is there a writer attached?

I mean, I loved School 2013 and I'm super excited for a School 2015... But since they're changing up the production team, I feel like I have to hold back my excitement a bit.

Hope to see some fresh faces too ^^

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Nam joo hyuk would be perfect! Even hong jong hyun and seo kang joon wud b great! I wud love all of dem to be in dat drama! <3

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Hong Jong-hyun already did a school-related drama back when he was still starting and fresh from the runway, "Jungle Fish 2" (alongside Shin So-yul & Lee Joon).

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Loooved LJS-KWB bromance in School 2013 and Daniel + Nara as teachers were awesome. Looking forward to more news re: the cast for this instalment. =)

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Oh, YES! I hope School 2015 will have the same kind of 'heart' that was in School 2013. (I can't believe that time has flown by so quickly.)

I loved all the bromances, acting, characters, etc. However, the scene that has never left me was when Jang Na punished them by hitting their outstretched palms. Normally, the teacher would whack the palm of their hands with a ruler. But, Jang Nari didn't do that.

Instead she whacked each palm with her own hand. So, while each student's hand was whacked once by her. Her hand suffered the most because her hand was whacked multiple times.

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Oh this is great news! I really enjoyed School 2013, so hopefully the 2015 can live up to expectations.

Very keen to see who they end up casting. Bromance between LJS and KWB was 1 of the best for me

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I would want Yoo Seung Ho to be the school counselor or nurse and Ji Chang Wook for gym teacher. My Favorite on-screen bromance since Warrior.

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I see some up-and coming young stars who can be the leads...
1. Kim Sae Ron/Kim So Hyun/Kim Yoo Jung
2. Yeon Jun Suk
3. Noh Young Hak
4. Park Ji Bin
5. Kwak Dong Yeon
6. Yeo Jin Gu (will he available coz he has another drama with KBS?)

For teachers:
Daniel Choi, Jang Nara, teachers from School 1, 2, 3 are welcomed, like Ha Ji Won, Lee Yo Won, Jo In Sung, etc

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Yay! I only JUST started watching School 2013 on Monday! Up to the episode where KWB's character is going to be transferred to the school, so I can't wait to see how his arrival will change things. : )

Is it me, or is this just weirdly crazy awesome timing???

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Secret PD is getting busy on choosing his drama lineups, eh?

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Awwww so many great things to love about School 2013. :)

&#9829Bromance of Go Nam Soon & Park Heung Soo
&#9829Lee Jong-Seok & Kim Woo-Bin
&#9829Daniel Choi & Jang Nara
&#9829Students of Seungri High School, friendships, life as a teenager, real-life high-school issues, social issues, teaching dilemmas, teacher-student relations, lack of romance, etc.

Eager to see Daniel Choi and Jang Nara team up again on another project since I'm a fan of both Baby-faced Beauty & School 2013.

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Awwww so many great things to love about School 2013. :)

♥Bromance of Go Nam Soon & Park Heung Soo
♥Lee Jong-Seok & Kim Woo-Bin
♥Daniel Choi & Jang Nara
♥Students of Seungri High School, friendships, life as a teenager, real-life high-school issues, social issues, teaching dilemmas, teacher-student relations, lack of romance, etc.

Eager to see Daniel Choi and Jang Nara team up again on another project since I'm a fan of both Baby-faced Beauty & School 2013.

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aww school 2013 has such a special place in my heart ;_; i actually recently went back and rewatched it and fell in love with the bromance all over again lmfao.

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Omg can they cast Lee Hyunwoo pretty please? He hasn't been in dramas since To The Beautiful You. I miss him on my tv screen. Haha. He's only been doing movies lately. & he still looks like a high school kid eventhough he's 22 . It would be perfect!

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The picture is so cute! Will definitely be following news of this series. Miss the duo!

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Kim Seul Gi.

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School 2013 is my favourite drama and I can't think any replacement of any characters .... Hope School 2015 will not let me down

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