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Disaster to hit JTBC with D-Day

I have some good news and some bad news for you, and I’ll let you guys untangle what’s what. Cable station JTBC has announced a new drama that they’ve got in the works, titled (tentatively) D-Day, and it’s a disaster drama set in Seoul. The reports don’t specify what kind of disaster it is other than the natural variety, but it’ll paralyze the city, and the drama will unfold around rescue workers and emergency doctors who jump into action in the aftermath.

There have been some popular disaster movies in the past (Haeundae springs to mind as the most commercially successful of the bunch), but this is apparently the first drama to deal with a natural disaster striking Seoul. With all of the buildings and high-rises in the city, the drama will employ quite a bit of CG work, which I’ll have to cross my fingers is convincing—a blockbuster movie is one thing, but a twice-weekly television series? Let’s just hope they’ll make very good use of their lead time and get the effects up to par.

Casting is reportedly underway, and currently the producers are looking to secure lead actors, particularly those who are characterized by “a weighty presence” to carry the dramatic, tension-filled proceedings. But… producing the show is SM C&C, aka the idol factory that likes to package its K-pop stars into all its projects. I’m going to think positively about their involvement, because maybe every single one of their idols will be busy doing other dramas at the moment, or on tour or something. It could happen, right?

JTBC hasn’t finalized a timeslot yet for D-Day, but there’s talk of putting it as the Friday-Saturday drama to follow Beloved Eun-dong, which follows currently airing series Falling for Innocence. It’s aiming to begin shoots as early as June, for a broadcast later in the summer.

Via Osen

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....I don't know what to make of this.

It sounds good?
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Sounds intresting,maybe it's about earthquake or buldings going down type but still a bit set back about the possible casting...

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Please give a role to Jung So Min *sobs* Hopefully it will get decent ratings so it doesn't get cut down like The End of the World.

But anyway, what I really want to know is when they'll let Miss Korea's writer out of the dungeon.

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I thought that writer is doing Ex-Girlfriend Club or am I wrong?

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No, that's only the PD. The writer hasn't had a comeback yet :(

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Ah, thank you! I thought it is the writer, as well. Then I hope to see a comeback very soon :)

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along with idols, there is also a number of quite well known actors under SM C&C (not under SM enter.), so why not. i bet SM going take part in a project, but as secondary characters and if they going to give to family member it will be a full time actor/actress. so far, sounds interesting. but with KES and her big budget DEoS, 2 dramas about disaster not too much? no? okay...

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I'm sorry *i bet SM idols going to take a part in a project

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That's the thing, SM C&C never gives lead roles to the actual actors when they produce dramas. They only cast from the main SM Ent. I bet they will try to stick an idol here too, hope it's at least DO or Sooyoung since they can act.

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Rim is almost an idol! Maybe they'll put him in this. :D

SM packages him like an idol. It makes me laugh, the things they make him do. It makes me cry too. But that's why I'm a crazy fangirl, I guess.

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Disaster + JTBC and the first thing that comes to my mind is "Maids". Not sure that's the best promotional trick for the station, which already had its own real life disaster not too long ago.

That aside, I think the concept could be interesting. I like how Kdramas are starting to break the mould, with variety-dramas like Producer and now this. Sure they could both end up flopping, but I think it's always fun to experiment with fresh concepts and methods.

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i dont think its going to end up as flop........it sure is a different experiment but ends up with good ratings

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So, the disaster of the natural variety striking Seoul is foul weather that causes all the idols to go hoarse or develop vocal cord polyps, while all the plastic surgeons struggle to maintain their practices since the K-ent industry is beset by woes aplenty.

Why does this story line strike me as so far fetched when I view Kdramas daily?

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SM C&C did a good job with Miss Korea, so it s not a terrible bad news

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Sounds interesting.. Will wait to hear of the casting. Like you, I hope it is not going to be over-populated by idols (if they choose those who cannot act.)

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Interesting. Disaster movies are very hit-or-miss for me, most ending up in the "miss" category. Nevertheless, it's something that isn't done often in dramaland and thus something I welcome with open arms.

SM C&C manages more than just idols, so I have hope. It sounds like they are serious with this drama--I have faith that they won't screw it up with casting a bunch of idols with mediocre acting skills in all of the main roles.

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Before reading SM's role in this, the first name that popped up in my mind was Jung Woo. He can do subtle-intense acting that would be crucial in an unexpected event of this magnitude, if the drama went in a The End of The World route (the other JTBC disaster drama).

But welp, now I'm not so sure.

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Sounds instresting, hope they will cast some good actors in this.

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Maybe I am too sensitive but don't you guys think that the announcement for this drama came out during a bad time? I mean Nepal just suffered a natural disaster, but then maybe it is just me...

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I'm visualizing a bunch of idols being washed away by a gigantic tsunami and crying out like chipmunks! I'm sorry I can't stop laughing!! lol

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The "screaming idols-chipmunks" comment was so unexpected that my coffee came out of my nose! Ladies, put some"warning" sign right before words like these, pretty please...I can't afford the ER and the people near me are NOT familiar with CPR! Thank you very much!

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SM did create a pretty impressive hologram concert of their idols so maybe leaving the CG to a big company is a good thing? Sounds interesting.

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Kim Myung Min.

That is all.

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where did this come from? Anyway agreed! KMM anytime any dramas.

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It means if they want any kind of viewership, KMM would be a sure thing. I will brave a "disaster" drama if he is in it. Especially since he has done a disaster movie.

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Since SM is behind this, its probably not too much to ask for a role for Do Kyungsoo aka D.O
I want to see him in more dramas since I loved his acting in Its Okay Its love and finally settle my mind about whether he really is a good actor or if he just got lucky with a sympathetic character that automatically wants you to simultaneously mother and cuddle. I'm sorry if I don't make sense, it's 5:00 AM in the morning here.
I just want to see D.O get more roles. Okay thank you bye.

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Shall we start to guess the SM idol lineup? Definitely some EXO guy in it.

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bwuhahaha. best comment of the day. :D

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I'd like to see Chanyoel maybe ?? but not as a lead ofcourse

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Sehun or Xiumin!
I love Sehun but people always question his purpose in the group. His turn to shine!
Though as a fan I hope he will be 1 of the supporting character.
Or Xiumin, I for 1 have no idea his purpose in the group other than to trend EXO!

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And some TVXQ guy ? And maybe Siwon or Minho. Krystal ? OK, I'll stop.

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This comment really crack me up bwahahaha

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Oh my that's a no no XD I've been watching EXO next door, they all are hilariously bad, Chanyeol why are you in a leeed role :P, D.O. is not bad there but I won't peg him as a very good actor either definitely better than the rest.
Oh and I saw all their music video projects from 90:2014 I think Xiumin can act and maybe Sehun, even Chen. But the rest please keep them away from actual drama screens XD

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What if it's a zombie apocalypse disaster drama?
I wouldn't mind seeing some SM idols as zombies xD
There's probably a fanfic about this out there somewhere hahahaha.

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If zombie is the main storyline I would watch it right away! Even if it means sitting through crappy acting and with idols/actresses that only wants to look "pretty" in it! I would watch the crap out of this drama!

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That's the beauty of it, zombie idols wouldn't NEED to act XD

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LOL...Just being themselves! So easy and natural!!! I'm with you on this, amica!!

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It'll be nasty ??

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LOL

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Talking about keeping people in the dungeon, why is Jung So Min in the dungeon? Oh my God, give your talented young actresses some roles. I haven't heard from her since Alive and Twenty.

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Well, for real life disasters there's the inevitable benefit concert(s). So maybe they could work in a bevy of idols using that as a sub-plot?

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OKAY... the title for this post should be written in a less alarming way! I was having a moment of panic thinking this was some how referring to a REAL LIFE disaster!

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Another one bites the dust...So far almost every drama coming out this year, and possibly the next looks and sounds completely BS! And most likely will end up being a total failure! Next...

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I like everything about this except for the possibility of half-baked in acting idols/models/other manner of looks-and-popularity-first rookies starring.

Until I see the creators and cast, I won't be convinced.

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See Zombie Apocalypse post...

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Already discussed on Twitter. Another good option would be to cast horrible actors and actresses just for the satisfaction of killing their characters off. Zombie idols and bad actors as victims. It could be cathartic in a sadistic way.

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Bahahaha

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A natural disaster drama series? Has this been done before? There are plenty of disaster movies out there, but I don't know anything about that theme being made into a serial. I even don't know if Hollywood ever made one!
I wonder If they're going to go for a bang early with the disaster in the first episode and then leave the rest of the drama dealing with the aftermath or show us the building up to the disaster first in several episodes.
I'm guessing if it's of natural variety then earthquakes or extreme weather (snowstorm, typhoon, floods)? I think I'm more interested to know the story and not the cast, although I'll look forward to casting news also :-)

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Isn't a drama with idols always a natural disaster drama? Maybe that's why the nature of the disaster is yet unspecified?

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:-D

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Please please no idols!

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" I’m going to think positively about their involvement, because maybe every single one of their idols will be busy doing other dramas at the moment, or on tour or something. It could happen, right?"

It's a pretty unfair statement for someone like Sooyoung who is actually a good actress.
Y'know, I always find it funny how SM basically does nothing for her acting career (they don't promote her dramas nor help her with roles/auditions) but people always have to be so negative with her because she is from SM. It's really sad but at least, she is proving herself with her acting skills.

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None of the SNSD girls since their comeback is in June/July. Anyway, Sooyoung is not the only actress in SM: what about Go Ara, Jong Soo-min or even Yoona who improved a lot recently. So there is more!

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Let's get Song Jae-rim! What do you think Mary?

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YESSSSSSS! That would be amazing!

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Yaaaaaaas. He's from SM C&C :D

I have a love-hate relationship with that agency. T_____T

But who can say no to Oppar in grimy, slashed post-apocalyptic clothing???

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Ooh that sounds interesting. It reminded me of Angel Eyes (but there were firefighters). Yesss Song Jae Rim pretty please?

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 was an anime series of 11 episodes that had a similar premise - an earthquake hit Tokyo, and we follow young kids that were separated from their parents. Although it was animated, it shows that a type of this show could definitely be done as a episodic human drama.

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Enter: Google's Person Finder.

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The drama sounds nice, nothing new but disasters are always a good start for some action! The thing is that kind of heavy premise need heavy actors at least for the leads! Some idols can act but most can’t!! So as long those idols are relegated to the second leads’ zone, I think i can survive.
Ha Ji-won would have been awesome in that lool. For male lead: Jo Jung-suk could be great. Or maybe Jo In-sung…

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Do they have much budget? Because if the effect is disappointing then it'll really be a flop.
I normally trust jtbc so I'm not worried about the plot so far.

For some reason I think we should believe in SM C&C this time. They've got plenty of good actresses like Kim Haneul, Jung Somin, and Yoon Sohee. Han Chaeyoung is there too and while she's not my favorite, I think she can pull through.
For the actors, they got Kim Suro, Jang Donggun, and Song Jaerim.

In conclusion, I'm anticipating and having my fingers crossed.

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I just have to say, after going around forums for the last few weeks, and after watching videos on youtube... dramabeans' commenters and readers are the nicest. there aren't any trolls or haters with anger issues. I don't know if it's the approval system for comments or because there's no plus/minus system that gives rise to attention seeking trolls or what, but it's nice and peaceful. thumbs up!

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:D

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