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Producer’s playful partner-go-round posters

I’m kinda promo-ed out with Producer, even though I really am looking forward to the show. Mostly I just want it to hurry up and air already, so that we find out just what exactly this “real variety drama” looks like. I suspect it looks a lot like a regular drama that just happens to star Cha Tae-hyun, Gong Hyo-jin, Kim Soo-hyun, and IU, and the fun will be in the faux-KBS of the fictional world where they all work.

The show’s main posters have been released, featuring the full title The Producers (which makes me wonder why they transliterated it the way that they did — but I’m not going to assume they thought much about their translation choices when the KBS website for the show spells it “Produca”). We’ve seen the foursome in the group poster before, and this time it has the tagline that a heodang (hapless) rookie producer is on his way to the studio.

The couple posters are more interesting, though they’re really just one concept: swapping partners. It’s another version of the dynamic on the bus teaser, with each pairing getting their own copy with some dating innuendo included. Cha Tae-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin’s reads: “Friends for 20 years. We’re really just friends.”

Gong Hyo-jin and Kim Soo-hyun’s says, “A meeting between a gamecock PD and a heodang PD.” Kim Soo-hyun and IU: “The rookie PD and the career idol’s some with a reason.” And finally, Cha Tae-hyun and IU: “Will you have a drink [kkanaricano, the eel sauce americano-lookalike punishment drink made famous on 1 Night 2 Days] with me?” I guess it’s safe to say we’ve all been warned not to put all our shipping eggs in one basket. Spread the love (and the bets) around on this one!

The Producers premieres May 15.

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"Produca" though, KBS are you for real? rofl

and they be messing with our hearts already :'(

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And because of the last picture.
It'll be a Cha Taehyun, Kim soo hyun and Gong hyo jin love triangle.

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Oh goodness, I love Cha Tae-hyun and Gong loveteam! So beautiful... It's too beautiful, that I can't accept a Gong-Kim team. No freakin way. (But Cha-IU Team looks cute for chingu level) It is CASE CLOSED Cha-Gong Team FOR ME!

So, I know I have NO ROOM for doubts... I know I know the answer, but I want to be certain.

Who's ending with who?
Who is paired with who?

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Cha Tae-hyun & Gong Hyo-jin look so good together!
KSH & IU pale in comparison.

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IKR!!!! yay someone agrees with me! taehyun hyojin looks soo cute.

this couple already giving good chemistry. i'd be bummed if soohyun comes between(though i like him individually!) or iu

This is why soohyun should be with iu. as much as soohyun is good, iu looks so awkward here. hope she recovers lol and gives good chemistry with soohyun.

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I love Cha Tae-hyun so much! But not Gong... BUT AS TEAM, they're the bomb! :-D They have this freaking electrical greatness yiheeeee! That I am fully wishing they DATE real-life behehehe! Cha-Gong, Cha-Gong, Cha-Gong!

I don't know about the others, I am not into Kim Soo-hyun and IU individually. But TOGETHER, I agree that THEY LOOK real good! Here's a part of me wishing that Kim WON'T interfere with my OTP Cha-Gong Team (it should be Cha-Gong and NOT Gong-Cha hahaha). Kim has IU and they should be happy together! ;)

Fighting, Produsa! (Plus Yeo Jin-gu's Orange Marmalade too!) Excited for upcoming dramas!

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Date real life? Haha, too bad Cha Tae Hyun is happily married. Yup! I do hope that this two will be a couple in the show! It has been too long since I last saw CTH in a drama!

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Hihihi I was kiddin I am a die-hard fan of CHA TAEHYUN since My Sassy Girl days. It's been my expression somehow lol sorry for the misunderstanding ive used it for Kim Myung-min (my idooooool), Lee Beom-soo and Ji Sung wahehehe... When I ship them hard with somebody...

I love Cha Tae-hyun so much. He is like a chemistry generator ;) GONG-KIM looks real bland for me. But loyalist fans will love that team I think.

@mm1020 U ARE PURE GENIUS TaeJin sounds so hot!

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But somehow, I seem to get the feeling that it will be CTH-IU and GHJ-KSH :(

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TaeJin sounds better than GongCha err ChaGong. ㅋㅋㅋ. I'm stil rooting for them! King and Queen of RomCom!!!

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I want Cha Tae Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin as a couple. They look great together. Are they going to get pair up together in the drama? Thanks.

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This should be interesting to watch!

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UGH. I know I should concentrate on the drama, but I'm going to be SO INTO and much too invested the shipping business with this one, since my interest is not only general, but instead consolidated by something that I've wanted since Dream High. (Also because the KSH/IU rendition of 'Can't I Love You?' was so perfect that I didn't even realize there was an 'original' version till about two days ago.)

I thought these posters were just one poster, though. KBS is REALLY making use of limited resources, haha, I love that they didn't even bother to actually shoot separate couple posters. (And they managed to get Avril's 'What The Hell' stuck in my head all over again. Wth KBS, is it 2011?!)

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Also, someone made a 50 Shades of Grey-esque video trailer for Producer re: KSH and IU, which I cannot now unsee, and need to be a thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRVsFGbA0e8

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I wonder if they're going to make it like Community, The Office, Parks and Rec, etc... A TV show where everything is scripted but it's made to look like its a reality show? Especially when the characters have those mini interviews and commentaries.

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I was suspecting the same thing, but then with the posters and stills and all, I'm not quite sure now. Guess we'll just have to patiently wait for May 15..

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I hope they do it too. It was one of the reasons that made Discovery of Romance so fresh and out of the ordinary, esp. in the kdrama scene. I wish they go full on parks and rec-esque in this drama, with the characters giving side interviews, breaking the 4th wall, and directly addressing the camera in the scenes. That would be amazing.

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you mean a mocumentary? I LOVE those!

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I'd be so excited if it's at least partly a mockumentary! It's one of my fave genres too...especially Reiner's movies.

the hilariously un-self-aware rockers in Spinal Tap
the uncomfortable awkwardness of Waiting for Guffman
the sheer craziness of Best in Show

If anyone could pull off a good kdrama mockumentary, it'd be this writer. The genre would be a close cousin to the genius mashup of genres, meta, parodies and tropes that was YFAS.

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Mockumentary! I always wondered what these type of shows were called. I love those types of shows too! I really hope they do something similar.

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The new individual teasers are out in the official website

http://www.kbs.co.kr/drama/produca/teaser.html

And also in never ( couldn't find youtube links yet)

KBS2 TV 'Producer' Teaser - Cha Tae Hyun http://tvcast.naver.com/v/377567

KBS2 TV 'Producer' Teaser - Gong Hyo Jin http://tvcast.naver.com/v/377574

KBS2 TV 'Producer' Teaser - Kim Soo Hyun http://tvcast.naver.com/v/377582

KBS2 TV 'Producer' Teaser - IU http://tvcast.naver.com/v/377588

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I do love IU but she just always off so awkward sometimes. I'm interested to see if she can pull this off.

I already have my shipper eggs in one basket though. Sigh.

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Guess I will wait till this drama is over, then marathon it. I hate not knowing who to ship.

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I have this exact same problem...it just feels so disappointing to ship a couple and have it not be end-game. It ultimately means the drama makes a sad impression on me :\

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Agh, I kinda don't like the partner swapping thing. I hope it's not going to be a mystery thing where we're going to have to guess who's ending up with whom. That always makes me frustrated. To me, it should be Gong Hyo Jin with Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun with IU.

I mean I don't mind if the all characters interact with each other (with occasional jealousy), but I hope the drama has clear endgame pairings in mind, otherwise it's going to turn into a shipping war like Reply94.

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I think I'm the only one who's really chill whoever gets paired with whoever. The partner swapping is really fine with me tbh maybe because I've always wondered if Gong Hyo-jin being a chemistry generator would also work with Kim Soo-hyun. I've actually wondered about them being paired and poof comes this drama! Sooo excited! May 15 come soon pleaseeee

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I love Noona romance, but for this drama I root for CTH-GHJ and KSH-IU..

But seriously though, can't KBS hire a better poster designer? I'm sure everyone with basic photoshop skills also can make the posters above.

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IKR? I love their posters for sageuks but when it's a contemporary drama, the posters are always underwhelming.

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Yep, underwhelming is the better word to describe it.. All four leads are lovely, the drama seems good, but the posters.. Sigh
I just hope like other dramas with underwhelming posters (IHYV, Pinocchio, etc) Producers can live up to the expectations

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The posters are really boring. It's like KBS couldn't even spare time to shoot separate couple poses for CTH-GHJ and KSH-IU so they cropped out the posters of the foursome instead. I'm predicting a major shipping war ahead although to me, any and all ships are welcomed. They look like they all have chemistry so whatever works in the story, I'm game.

Now, can't they just air this already? The promos are making me more excited and they keep postponing the premiere. Hop to it KBS!

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I think they are meant that way. I find it creative though, instead of taking a couple photo. It hint some interfering between the couple.

I like the poster. Is not super great but is plain and decent, well better than pinochio. Simple is pretty.

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I think that might be overanalyzing it. The production probably really just didn't have the time because if they really wanted to hint interference, they can easily shoot new photos that indicate that. This is literally just cropping the bigger posters into smaller ones and sticking in a logo.

I do agree with you that it's decent - much more so than Pinocchio, totally! - but they're also not inspiring. Even so, it doesn't matter. YFAS's posters were just as bad - worse even. But we all know how it turned out.

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They should have a poster and tagline for Cha Tae-hyun and Kim Soo-hyun. I would ship that pairing.

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hahaha I thought that too.

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LOL that Taehyun-Soohyun couple will be the bestest haha <3

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i really hope this show lives up to all this hype. i'm waiting with bated breath for the first episode.

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GHJ looks like an ahjumma next to KSH. If they end up as on screen couple, I will be banging my head.

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I really hope the premise of the show real soon.

I find the world of variety programs just as uninteresting as kpop and this is such a great cast to be wasted just on that.

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*I really hope they reveal more of the premise of the show real soon.

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I think I'm in the minority when I say this show doesn't really look interesting. It also doesn't help that I find both Gong Hyo-jin and Kim Soo-hyun uninspired actors which are 2 of the 4 main actors.

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While I adore both GHJ and KSH, I feel like the praise for them re: teasers and posters and how much they embody their characters and what not, is severely disproportionate. Mostly because I find it very, very easy to imagine them in the roles they're playing since (going by the descriptions), they've played these roles before. I'd be extremely happy if their acting made the character nuances completely different from the ones they've played before, but I'm also equally sure that they could just rehash old characters and still be considered acting greats by a majority.

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Yeah, I think being a great entertainer and great actor are two different things.

From what I've seen GHJ is certainly a great entertainer. But because her characters all seem so similar, I'd have a hard time saying she's a great actor.

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This is my thought exactly. All her characters feel the same to me and I have a hard time picking out a single character she played that was memorable to me.

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I agree, GHJ always has excellent chemistry with all her co-stars, and she's very fun, but her acting tics seem to transfer from character to character. Which is why, I can, without any difficulty, see her It's Okay It's Love character as the producer here. And, for instance, I don't really know if GHJ would ever elevate a bad script for me.

And I personally like there's a difference there with, say, Jung Yumi who has also done several similar roles (her DoR and INR characters were definitely very close), but despite some signature expressions, I really remember all her characters individually.

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I'm anticipating this drama and like you, I just want it to start airing already! XD I don't mind the pairings whichever way they go. Just want this to be good!! ^^

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Maybe there is no love line? Just lotsa cute work relationship between each other ?

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guess I'm the only one who still ships kim soo hyun and gong hyo jin together *shrugs

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Well there are lots of people that ship them in soompi and onehallyu forums. Some comments them in allkpop, Facebook fan page, Twitter etc. but most of all Knetz ship KSH-GHJ. If you read Naver, Nate, Daum comments and even in KBS or Pruduver communities most Knetz like KSH-GHJ. Though there are different reason why they like them, they definitely have the most support among pairing. And we all know they always take Korean public opinions in drama outcomes.

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The Korean public definitely rules the roost when it comes to having a say on the outcome. I'm personally shipping GHJ and KSH so I'm happy to hear most Knetz ship them too. Its likely they'll be end game unless they pass off IU as the lead over GHJ. That is so unlikely.

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With all the glossy lipstick they he's wearing in the photos, I'm not sure who I'm supposed to ship him with. ?

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doesnt matter to me, any way it goes, ill love the couples!

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My interest has kinda fallen off this show, but I saw on instagram a photo of GHJ filming, and there was a scene like the Variety shows with all the setups and stage etc. It seemed really interesting, I hope there's heaps of meta in the drama so it'll be even more fun.

Is it just me or does the posters kinda give off a little bit of IOIL feel...or maybe I'm just suffering from its withdrawals all over again.

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This is the first time I've heard "kkanaricano" - what a perfect term for the evil drink :D Really looking forward to Cha Tae-hyun, Gong Hyo-jin, and all the 1N2D meta!

PS I've long wondered whether the new 1N2D or "The Return of Superman" (now with Uhm Tae-woong!) could possibly be featured on Variety Roulette? *puppydog eyes*

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Really really really excited for KSH's return to being dorky and naive. He's such a good actor, I've never seen /Kim Soo Hyun/ in a drama but rather always associate him with the most recent character he played. Do Min Joon was fresh in my mind before I ran through the second half of Dream High. Now I need more Sam Dong in my life so thank god for this.

Shipping him with Gong Hyo Jin -- they are so adorable together. My favourite beta male-alpha female pairing if it pushes through. Make it happen Park Ji Eun!

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I want Cha Tae Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin together!

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TRUEEEEEEEEE never agreed more with anything before.

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i think i only one who like GHJ-KSH pairing,, hehe their chemstry just wow...

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What's wrong with IU's smile...it doesn't look natural. Considering all the CFs and photo shoots she does, she can smile than that

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I LOVE YOU...
CHA
TAE
HYUN!!! <3

I don't like Gong Hyo-jin, but YOU TWO are sooooo beautiful together! Date each other someday hihihi! :-D Love u oppa!

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Definitely love cha tae hyun since my sassy girl and lately 2 days 1 night! love to see him in drama again. Hope the plot will be interesting.

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Idk if this pic is official or not but this is from KBSWorld's website.

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDpptmzWEAI-mQQ.jpg

I like this one than the couple swapping posters. (:

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Producers is on it's 5th episode, and I'm still confuse with the lovelines. But I'm guessing and hoping that it will be Gong-Kim <3 I'll ship them real hard, besides age is not an issue and they look good together. Whatever happens to the lovelines and how it will end... no mattwr what I'll be happy and grateful that this kdrama is too good to watch. Fighting!! :)

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Producers is on it's 5th episode, and I'm still confuse with the lovelines. But I'm guessing and hoping that it will be Gong-Kim <3 I'll ship them real hard, besides age is not an issue and they look good together. Whatever happens to the lovelines and how it will end... no matter what I'll be happy and grateful that this kdrama is too good to watch. Fighting!! :)

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oh my god it cant be gong-kim if it ends like this i will hate this drama.iu is sooo perfect with ksh but drama goes like
it will be gong-kim:((((((

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