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Script reads for new KBS spring dramas Producer and School 2015

I’m really looking forward to KBS’s spring lineup, which will bring us the teen coming-of-age drama Who Are You–School 2015 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the industry insider drama Producer on Fridays and Saturdays. Both shows held their script reads to launch production, with about a month left before premieres roll around. The two dramas are as different as you can get — one is chock full of star power and laughs and the other is brimming with fresh faces and teen angst — but I’m equally excited for both.

Producer is the showbiz drama about variety producers that stars Cha Tae-hyun (Jeon Woo-chi) and Gong Hyo-jin (It’s Okay, It’s Love) as ten-year veteran producers. He’s kind of second-rate while she’s ambitious and prickly, and Kim Soo-hyun (You From Another Star) enters the fold as a rookie PD who works under them.

He leaves a stable future as a prosecutor to join the network because of his first love (a cameo by Jo Yoon-hee), and IU (You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin) rounds out the main cast as a top star with an icy façade. It’s a show that has a lot of hype to live up to — the cast, the You From Another Star shadow that it has to step out of. But it’s nothing that a heaping dose of comedy and romance won’t fix.

Who Are You–School 2015 also has big shoes to fill, since it’s the sixth installment of a successful franchise for KBS that launched dozens of careers in the nineties, then came back in 2013 with a soulful story about angsty teenagers and their very real problems. Kim So-hyun (Girl Who Sees Smells) headlines the series as a pair of twins whose fates get swapped; this season the mystery surrounding her characters will drive the plot.

Nam Joo-hyuk (Surplus Princess) and Yook Sung-jae (Plus Nine Boys) have been cast as the male leads, and since they’re pretty even in acting experience — pretty much one drama each — I’m not sure if one has higher billing. Nam Joo-hyuk plays a star swimmer, while Yook Sung-jae is a bad boy who rules the school.

David Lee (Gu Family Book) plays the smartest kid in school who rivals Kim So-hyun for first place; Lee Cho-hee (Maids) is a model student who hides an ambitious side, and she’s a bit of a pot-stirrer among her friends. Hello Venus’s Yooyoung (Sly and Single Again) is a mean girl who parties and bullies her classmates, and Park Doo-shik (She’s So Lovable) plays her boyfriend. He’s also a punk, and together they’ll be the school’s gangster couple.

Now that we’ve got the cast of up-and-comers lined up, I just hope there’s a gritty teen story to back it up. Adding mystery is all good and well, but let’s not stray too far from what makes this franchise solid.

Who Are You–School 2015 premieres Monday April 27, and Producer is due to air on Fridays and Saturdays in early May.

Via TV Report, E Daily

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Is the main couple for Producers, Gong Hyo-jin and Kim Soo-hyun or Kim Soo-hyun and IU? :-) Pretty excited for this!

On School 2015, I really do hope that they don well. Kim So-hyun is getting prettier each day, and she look kinda good together with Nam Joo-hyuk after seeing them together side-by-side :)

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Hi. I believe it would be Cha Tae-hyun oppa and Gong Hyo-jin and then Kim soo-hyun and IU

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Sure hope so! As a fan of CTH and GHJ, I'd rather see them igniting the screens together with their acting chops and chemistry. And IU and KSH would just look cute together so I hope those two get paired up.

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I have never seen kim jong kook act. Hopeful that this will be good to watch

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On a very shallow note, I hope IU will retain the look and styling that she had during the script reading. She looks so pretty!

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i agree. she looks pretty. i'm really excited to see her with kim so hyun, wonder how their relationships go on.

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Dammit I'm SO excited for both these shows!

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Lol is it just me, or does everybody realize that Kim Jongkook is the only bright color between black, white and grey?
He doesnt look nervous though, I hope he does well.
Cant wait for Producer!
Still hope that Jeon Jihyun will make a surprise cameo.
Maybe as IU sunbae-rival? Lol

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Lol! Sunbae-rival would be hilarious. I can already imagine it. I do hope she does a cameo :-)

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I am so excited for Producer and its all-star casts.
And Kim Jong Kook. Hahahaaaaa...

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I'm confused... anyone knows who are the teachers in School 2015? Or this is a no-teacher school?

I understand that the younger cast is usually more interesting for most of the audience, but the teachers shouldn't be as irrelevant as they seem to be :|

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Yeah! What made me love School 2013 besides the power bromance, is actually the 2 teachers. Loved Daniel Choi & Jang Na-ra so much there and the show would have been so different without them.

Or maybe the new School 2015 focuses on students more, thus teachers are all just unimportant side characters. Nevertheless, I'm gonna keep this on my radar ;)

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Agreed. Jang Na Ra was awesome in school 2013

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I was wondering the same thing. Seasoned actors playing the teachers would round out the cast and give more strength to the drama since the male leads are so green. I'm really hoping the drama gives the most weight to Kim So Hyun's characters and stays away from cheesy drama cliches. If the male leads aren't strong, hopefully they can take a backseat the same way Park Se Young did in 'School 2013". It would be nice to see a female centric "School' this time around since 'School 2013' was male centric.

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School 2013 is female centric. That's the reason why they got Jang Nara. Her character may not be as striking as the two guys', but she's the lead character alright. Do you really think an actress who's been playing female centric roles almost all her acting career will take a backseat to rookies like LJS and KWB? Besides, School 2015 will focus on Kim So-hyun since she's the absolute lead, so there's really no chance of her turning into a Park Se-young since the whole narrative is based on her.

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Oops, sorry, misunderstood the male leads part.

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I just finished watching School 2013, and the teachers were awesome! They really rounded out the commentary on the adolescence, friendships, the school system and society.

Not sure if the 2015 might be more student-focused - the kids of today could be, if anything, even more jaded and cynical and adult than 2 years ago!

Would love a cameo by the 2013 cast, like the Reply 1997/1994 series, or even Degrassi!

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Can't wait for producer. Now there is something I can look forward to aside from 1N2D

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Iu looks so pretty. I'm so excited for this drama

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yay love IU and Kim Soo-Hyun. can't wait!

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Cha Tae Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin is a goldmine of of combo. Looking forward to comedic and dramatic fireworks!

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Absolutely this. It better bring in the laughs and romance. There hasn't been a true romcom in a while (that I wanted to watch anyway).

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I'm so excited for School 2015...and so happy for Nam Joo Hyuk 1st leading role.

He was beyond adorable in Surplus Princess.

I think he makes a cute couple with Kim So Hyun, who is looking beautiful in these pictures.

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Yay, Nam Joo-hyuk, my little Big Dae Bak! He was indeed adorkable and intense in SP - look forward to great stuff from him!

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I wasn't planning on watching School, but Kim So-hyun in her first leading role is really something I wouldn't miss. I hope everyone in the cast holds their own because she's going to be fantastic as always.

As for Producers, it's going to be the drama of the year and I just hope they can live up to the expectations and hype. I'm so excited for this!

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Really looking forward to both of these dramas, especially Producer!! ^^ Amazing cast and I just can't wait!!!

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Kim Jong Kook will be criticized for sure, he's really really bad at acting

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He'll just have to do what he does on Running man, it's not that difficult. He has plenty of experience with variety.

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Even on Running Man, he's known for being a pretty bad actor haha. A lot of variety personalities are good at being various versions of themselves but terrible at acting out actual characters.

I'm just hoping the writers fill us up with enough wonderful meta-jokes between KJK and Cha Tae-Hyun to make up for Jong-kook's awkwardness. On the upside, I don't think anyone will really criticize Jong-kook's acting, since any fans who would look forward to his presence in the drama will already know he's an awkward turtle.

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+1 & two thumbs up.

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I love the cast as a whole for producer, but would prefer if Cha tae hyun and gong hyo jin have more screentime. KSH too overrated for me. Too much is not good. I like to see kim jong kook awkward acting too. Looking forward to the drama. Please be good !

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Kim so hyun looked so pretty with her wavy hair during the script reading.

its going to be a truly new kind of role for IU, I hope she will master it well.

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Some reunion for dream high in Producer. Hoping there will be bromance or sister moments on screen and behind the scene.

Good luck Kim So Hyun! Looking forward to your awesome way potraying your character ;)

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I haven't seen You from another star (Haha, I know!), but I am definitely watching this because of Cha Tae Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin. It's been more than 10 years since I've seen My Sassy Girl and I've seen so many Korean dramas and films, but I will never, ever forget Cha Tae Hyun in it. Kim Soo Hyun who?

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Girl, do you live under a rock? XD Definitely watch it soon!

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I may be the only one on the planet but You From Another Star was just good (nothing phenomenal in my book) but worth a watch if you've got nothing else to do.

I already feel all the bricks headed in my direction *runs*

Cha Tae Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin is what really gets me going, how have they not had a drama together yet!? Masters of their craft....Kim Soo Hyun is decent and pairs well with IU who isn't so bad herself.

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Don't worry your not alone. I'm totally going to watch this for and because of Mister Cha and Miss Gong.

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Don't worry, you're not the only one :D

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KSH was wearing the same cap he wore during YFAS script reading i guess, IU is pretty .... I am putting very low expectation for this drama, if the drama fail to deliver then I wouldn't feel so disappointed :D

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Visually,Kim So Hyun and Nam Noo Hyun looks really good together:) I hope the script is good for KSH 's sake.

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My reasons for watching PRODUCER:
1. Cha Tae-hyun (forever and ever)
2. Kim Jong-kook (is he still in? He's not in the stills??)
3. IU
4. Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Jong-kook and IU!!! ♥♥♥

I hope the loveline for Gong will be with Cha (oh my heart!)
And Kim Soo-hyun with IU. Yes. Please.
If that is so, this is a dream couple for me.

Omg, just thinking about Cha Tae-hyun ♥ Gong Hyo-jin...
I think I can't wait another day?? I love Cha so much!

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KJK is still in it. He's the only one wearing bright colored clothes in the above picture. Red cap + shirt. ^^

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I am definitely watching Producer for Cha Taehyun. I just love him! Everyone else is just an added bonus for the show :P

But I had read and seen an article about how some were shocked about the less than expected amount of screen time given towards Kim Soohyun. So I guess it seems like they are giving, so far, the main 4 an equal amount, which I definitely hope stays. I would hate to have these big names on the project who are there for the first couple of episodes but then get pushed to the side.

Either way I'll definitely be watching the drama and hoping for the best!

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Cha Tae-hyun already looking like his character. I'm so excited for Producer! I haven't seen IU in anything coz I don't feel her, if that even makes sense. I've been avoiding her but I guess I'll give her a try. Awww I was just thinking how nice it would be if Ji Soo will be in School 2015. I'll just watch him in Angry Mom then..

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Best cast I have seen since Moon Embraces the Sun. The star power behind this drama is unreal. I am predicting a minimum of 12% viewer rating for Episode 1.

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IU is so pretty. Squee.

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I have waited so long for Kim Soo Hyun's next drama and it's finally coming!!! Can't wait!!!!

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If Producer's plot ended up to be crappy. I will still watch this.GHJ and KSH!

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So so excited for producer. Cha taehyun and gong hyojin!!!! <3

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Excited for both! Definitely my must-watch for Spring!

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I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO PRODUCER !!!
Kim Soo Hyun
Gong Hyo Jin
Cha Tae Hyun
IU
SNSD TTS CAMEO
DAEBAKKKK
Mayyy. It's still a long way.. Time~~~ Ppaliiii.
First of all, the actors here just had SMALL TALENT fee for Producer.
I bet it really is a good drama.
Next, Kim soo hyun picks the best drama. Moon Embraces, My Love, Dream High. Best movie, Secretly Greatly.. So producer is a drama that won't disappoint! Really really looking forward to it and maybe this will be the best drama of 2015.

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OH YEAH I ALMOST FORGOT TTS CAMEO.
SONE FOREVERL

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I wanna watch both of them!!! I've been a fan of School 2013, and I hope 2015 doesn't disappoint me~

Anything with Cha Taehyun in it is great, looking forward!

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I definitely gonna watch School 2015 for Kim So Hyun. Well I will give a try for Produces since I'm IU fans and I like Cha Tae Hyun as an actor. I dont know but I'm not feeling for Kim Soo Hyun (I never watch You Came from Another Star lol). I like him in Moon Embrace the Sun, but that it. Never fond of him but hopeful this is will be

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Don't know about School 2015. It has So Hyun, but I was NOT impressed by School 2013.

Definitely watching Producer though! :)

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Can I also say that the dudes look way older than Soo Hyun? hahaha I mean, they probably don't have that many years of difference, but she has such a baby face. I can see how that might jeopardize my shippings if I end up giving School a try.

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Can't wait this two drama. I really love the casts, especially in School 2015. I hope they deliver another great drama.

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I'm real excited for this drama because of the amazing cast, but also real nervous the possibility of this going bad as well... So many start off well, and go a bit meh near the end.

But it's definitely lovely to see Gong Hyo Jin onscreen again~

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