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Taecyeon offered political drama Assembly, Ji Jin-hee leaves

KBS’s upcoming political drama Assembly, about a working-class man who gets elected to the National Assembly, has locked down its leads in Jung Jae-young (Fatal Encounter) and Song Yoon-ah (Mama), and is now adding supporting cast members. Ok Taecyeon (Three Meals a Day, Wonderful Season) is currently weighing an offer to join the cast as a police officer hopeful, while Ji Jin-hee (Blood) has sadly bowed out of the production.

The new drama from the writer of Jung Do-jeon tells the underdog success story of a welder who comes to represent the working man in the National Assembly. Jung Jae-young plays a naive new politician with big dreams and no experience, and learns just how difficult it is to effect change in government. Song Yoon-ah plays his smart, experienced aide who will help him learn the ropes.

Jin Jin-hee was considering a role as Jung Jae-young’s main political rival, the majority party leader in the assembly. It’s too bad that he passed on the role, but Ji Jin-hee is currently looking at the new weekend drama I Have a Lover opposite Kim Hyun-joo for SBS, so he’ll be back in a drama either way.

Taecyeon is being courted to play a young man who graduated from a small college in a small town, and has failed to land a salaried job at every major company he’s applied to. He’s got bottom-of-the-barrel credentials, and decides to change course by studying to become a police officer. He’s a dogged, studious type, who spends his days in the library and his nights as a designated driver.

Really, Taec as a guy who spends all day in the library? [What?! Who’s gonna believe that? –javabeans] Okaaay, but you’re really setting yourself up for an uphill battle on this one. If his character ends up in politics (I can see him somehow ending up a part of the underdog team), I don’t know how they’re going to sell it. All I can say is, it’s a good thing Taec is so likable in real life.

Other new cast additions include Kim Seo-hyung (History of the Salaryman) as a member of the assembly, and Misaeng’s Tae In-ho (he was Byun Yo-han’s terrible assistant manager) as Jung Jae-young’s secretary.

Assembly follows Masked Prosecutor and premieres July 15.

Via IS Plus, TV Report

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But but but, we were doing so well...

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hmm, I was wishing for Taecyeon to have a role in a kdrama this year bu this one is a bit ..I don't know not up his alley, I guess. maybe something like a rom com even just a 2nd lead role if the lead role is too much to ask. I'd just like to see his face and he can handle that kind of role. He ain't that bad in acting and what a waste of great abs.

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hope this drama is good regardless of that im definitely watching this for teac and will watch all his scenes. so happy to see him accting

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Taec spending all day in the library??...pwahaha. ok. sure. Lol. Well now I want to see it just for that.

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heh

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i remember reading that he's actually pretty smart and was kind of a nerd in high school here in the states... ofc i'm not really up-to-date on my kpop knowledge so i might be thinking of someone else hahah

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Really? He is everything but a study type guy.I really like to see him participate in action scenes too.

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He IS a study type. He's a student in Korea University, one of the best in S.Korea

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Good for him! The future belongs to those who prepare for it today, as Malcolm X said. I really really hope he majors in something other than theatre; he might be a talented architect or a superb accountant or a great manager after his singing career. Because let's face it, he will never be a decent actor.

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Well, he's attending the graduate school of International studies; studying International Business Administration. Is that good enough?
He may not be an excellent actor but there was no need to assume he was dumb or not credible as a "study type".

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A person's image doesn't necessarily reflect their actual personality/traits. He may be quite studious in real life, but that is not the vibe he gives off in dramas. I hope if he ends up in this drama that it will help him to develop his range more, but as of right now he has yet to exude any kind of book-learnin' scholar vibe. (again, strictly in his acting performances).

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He is not dumb at all. But he has gotten in trouble before for not attending class. In 2012 he was humiliated by a professor and made to stand in front of the class because he had not attended classes and showed up to take a test. In 2013 it was revealed that he had not attended classes for most of the semester. This made people criticize him because he had a spot at a prestigious university, but was not attending classes because of his schedule. A lot of people said he should have allowed another person to take that spot. I really hope that during the last two years he has learned his lesson and taken advantage of the opportunity to educate himself.

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It could be worse, though - he could be the lead. Thank god for small mercies.

He's just not actor material at all, he should stick to variety shows.

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What a downgrade :(. I was so happy that Jung Jae-young is finally going to be in a drama opposite a capable actor like Ji Jin-hee and this is his replacement?

I'm so disappointed.

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I don't think Taecyeon is replacing Ji Jin Hee... they're different roles.

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You are probably right. So far they have solid movie actors as leads and a solid writer. I hope they'll get a really good actor to play the other political party leader. Someone like Han Suk-Kyu or Ryu Seung-ryong.

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Hmm... i dun think he'll have a problem as a studious guy..i mean..i heard he's active in the chess club..a member of the national honor society back in the US. he studied business admin at dankook uni and now studying international relations. so, he's kinda perfect for the role..

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A variety show really do wonder with celebrity's public image. Never thought that'll have this soft spot for taecyeon, however after watching him in 3 meals a day, I just can't but adore him so much like a puppy or kitten.

I think after this, no matter how bad his acting is, I'll just see it with those rose colour tinted glasses of adoration. Lol.

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Nooooooo, come back, Ji Jin Hee! :(

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Ji Jin-hee and Kim Hyun-joo together sounds good though.

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Taecyeon currently is a graduate student at this moment attending Korea University. Remember in Season 1 where he bring his notes to read but sleep instead.

At least I can see him wearing suit again. KBS must like him since he appeared in Wonderful Days last year. Anyway this is such a good opportunity for him to act with a great actor just like his last drama.

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?can you feel my heart beat ...?

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"Its beating for you you you!!!!"

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Spending all day in the library? Maybe in gym or recording studio but certainly not in the library XD

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He's brawn & brains... Taecyeon was educated at Gel In High School in Seoul and studied Business Administration at Dankook University. He is currently attending Korea University Graduate School of International Studies. He is fluent in English, Korean, and Japanese. there...

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I loved taecyeon's acting in wonderful days. He was the only reason I watched the whole drama.

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I was so looking forward to Assembly. Now I can pass probably. This guy is the worst ever actor. He totally ruined wonderful Days drama. He should never be cast in anything.

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Taecyeon is not a bad actor he was great in all the dramas he has acted in i think that it was just a bad plot for that drama wonderful days or it was just because it was a weekend drama.

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Jung Jae-young from Fatal Encounter? Ji Jin-hee from Blood? Since they both have such a short and meagre careers. Really? And Taecyeon in a political thriller? GB is trolling us for sure.

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I can actually see him spending time in library...
This is a very wrong idea that the nerdy/studious/smart type people do not care about their appearance...

The way movies portrays a top college student or a smart guy with ragged cloth, being silly with no idea of the world, I find it hilarious.

people who excel at studies tend to excel at everything else including appearance ? Sorry but that's real life.

To me he always looked a bit studious type naturally specially if you see him in the Real 2PM videos wearing glasses :)

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I loved your comment and I hate to ruin it for you. But no, nerds do look like Mark Zuckerberg and don't have six-packs (usually because they spent their days studying seated on a chair and have no time to go to gym, six-packs need endless hours of exercising) and glasses are not a sign of sophistication, it's simply a sign of myopia (for which there is laser treatment) or some other inoperable eye condition.

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I hate to ruin it for you, but he is a nerd. Aside from having seriously bad myopia, Taecyeon was in honors society and chess club at his school back in America, and he's now a graduate student at Korea University after completing his bachelor's while being an idol.

I wouldn't call myself a big fan of his acting and singing, but I do admire him for being so hardworking.

(Also, nerds can still go to the gym if they have good time management.)

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Reaallyyy? Brain-looks combo? Since I don't know a single "nerd" with outstanding academic achievements and idol looks, I would very much like to be the usual transferred student to those universities. All I can see is Caucasians,Africans and Asians who are geniuses (of course!) but at the same time are either too tall or too short, too fat or too thin(way too thin!). They're MENSA members but not idol-group members whatsoever. Where have the stunning looking geniuses been bred? And if they're not athletes since childhood (and gazillions hours of training behind those gorgeous bodies), how on earth do they make time for the gym? Really,which gym?

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They're not MENSA members but I know plenty of guys that are in successful careers that require intelligence (all post graduate degrees in the medical and law field) that are attractive enough to rival some Asian idols/actors and have amazing bodies because just about every guy in socal is into fitness. I also know guys whom visually looked "nerdy" and "scrawny" but after college, they started bulking up and MAN, do I regret turning some of them down. Think of Taec and TOP prior to their trainee life. They weren't this attractive then. Weight, hair, nice clothes (and BB cream lol) can make a world of difference. And just because someone's attractive doesn't mean they aren't capable of talking to you about what the theory of relativity is or they don't play video games for hours on end screeching like a lunatic behind closed doors. Don't judge a book by it's cover. Nerd by definition isn't someone unattractive but descriptive as to one's personality who is overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired. If you haven't met one yet that meets both, you haven't met enough people.

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As someone who is part of the Columbia class of 2019 facebook page (even though I chose a different school)...I'm going to go with nerds can have idol looks? Especially with the makeup that idols use?

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May be you didn't get a chance to see enough of those with high academic achievements ? That will solve the mystery. I am not trying to offend you or anything but I do talk from experience.
I graduated from a top program in one of the top universities in the world and I am drawing examples from my classmates many of whom had excellent time management skills and went to the Gym regularly(they are very smart mind you).
Not saying there weren't any that weren't the typical nerd type from your stereotypes, however a fair share was really like someone mentioned a brain-look combo.

(Please I am not bragging or anything, just trying to explain to you where I am coming from/defend my stance)

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omo omo i loved this thread....i like how some of u defended taec. actually i really just rediscovered him and is reading all the articles of him in DB. and i am like wow where was this guy till now....why didnt i saw him??

maybe letz fight ghost will change his destiny. i'm also looking forwad to see more of 2pm oppas together

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I'm not a fan of kpop or any idol but Taecyeon has something special that i feel my heart is melting whenever I see him on TV.

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It's a side role, so I won't grudge him this.

And he can do the earnest, humble type really well. (No, this is not whitewashing, look at Cinderella's Sister. This manbeast is a giant puppy.)

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Some news that will teach you how much of a nerd and studious-type Taec is despite his sweet-dumb-straight personality:

http://www.soompi.com/2013/02/26/taecyeon-is-accepted-into-prestigious-korea-university-as-grad-student/

http://www.soompi.com/2012/10/24/2pms-taecyeon-receives-perfect-score-on-toeic-exam/

http://www.soompi.com/2013/03/17/2pms-taecyeon-is-one-hot-nerd/

It is true that he doesn't go to class that often because he allways has a hectic schedule and he can't go. When he lived in Boston he even joined the Chess Club, Jazz Band, JV Soccer Team and National Honor Society... he was a nerd xD

On top of that he is a hardworking man with all his personal and groupal schedules full all the year working as MC, CF, being cast on variety shows, films, dramas... he is even producing his own songs too!

And he had to endure a lot of years (5 YEARS) of continuous hate on top of all that. Even giving up is green card in order to go to the ARMY later didn't do anything. God bless "3 meals a Day" and Na PD because people are finally seeing his true self and they are loving it.

But yeah, I guess he doesn't seem the studious type...

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His acting overrated. -_- Sorry fans.

Honestly, I'd rather see Choi Seung Hyun (TOP) act more!

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It's not overrated if it's acknowledged that he sucks, right...?

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some fans seem to think being admitted to a prestigious university automatically = being able to act as a studious, nerdy type despite having no apparent acting ability.

By that logic, I should be a freaking Oscar winner.

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lol The fact that he continues getting roles is what is overrated. ;) Being the fact that he isn't that good of an actor can be changed over time. I just don't have the patience or care enough about him to wait though.

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Haha. Fans proved he is studious to say he can act. I have watched he acting in numerous roles and he is one of the worst ever.

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ahhhh I really hope Ji Jin Hee take this but now....

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Am I the only excited about Jae Youngsshi? His acting is amazing so I'm excited for his first drama! He's always had a serious action-packed role but is such a prankster and loveable easygoing personality.

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You are not alone. I am ecstatic that Jung Jae-young is finally going to be in a drama after staring in almost 40 movies.

This is drama land, most people are not familiar with him just like when Jo Seung‑woo made his drama debut. I felt like I was the only one that was so excited about it lol.

Drama land is in for a treat :). Jae-young is amazing on screen, whether he is acting, doing interviews etc. He is quick witted, charismatic and hilarious.

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Yes,you're right! It's sacrilegious for all the rest of us NOT to talk about JJY's very first drama and instead to keep on debating about Taec's academic achivements. I feel a bit (or more than that) ashamed.
I don't know how KBS has lured him into a TV project, while the ratings-flop "demonl" is still on the loose; nevertheless, I keep my fingers crossed that this project gets a proper scenario and a reasonable - at the very least - plot to accompany its outstanding cast. JJY's career and acting level surely deserve the best.

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Puppy is smart ... I would like to seem him in this type of drama ..... but these kind of dramas are soooooo boring ?

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Ji Jin-hee and Kim Hyun-joo are latecomers in the KDrama reunion game, hahaha. Anyone remember "Ms. Kim's Million Dollar Quest"?

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Well beanies, some of you are being mean to this poor guy,yes he's not a great actor but he isn't that bad,he was ok in wonderful days,not good, not bad , just there.He'll improve with time,Sung joon is not good either in some of his works but I don't see people being mean about it.And who says one can't be intelligent and have a six pack at the same time,while trying to be an actor, good for him working hard to excel even if he doesn't get it right.
It's better than some bum who sits all day watching dramas and workout videos willing herself to a six-pack,Omo,I'm describing myself.
Taec Fighting !!

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Wow. Its not even aired, yet so much hatred here in the comment section.
can we wait until its air, then judge?

Its almost like we bomb one country under prejudice that they hide a nuclear bomb.

Jeez.

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how many episodes is this drama

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contrary to popular belief..yes..Taec is a total nerd in real life.

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Wow you havent even seen the drama and you guys are so mean to taecyeon. Lets see the drama and then judge..

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