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I Need Romance writer, director reteam for cable youth romance


Min-ho, Park So-dam

Another cable station is throwing its hat into the drama ring, and I’m a bit surprised to hear that it’s OnStyle, since that’s a channel that, as its name suggests, focuses on style, beauty, fashion, and the like. The drama is titled Because It’s the First Time and will be OnStyle’s very first original drama series.

Because It’s the First Time has just finished casting a bunch of young actors to play out the contemporary youth romance depicting twenty-year-olds who are clumsy in life and love—because everything is a first time at that age. They’ll come together for different reasons, fall in love, and make their way in the world in a story “told with honesty and realism.”

If they’re going to be entering the crowded drama market, at least OnStyle is doing it with proper producing talent: The series will be written by Jung Hyun-jung of Discovery of Romance and all three I Need Romance seasons, and directed by Lee Jung-hyo of Witch’s Romance, I Need Romance, and, incongruously enough, Heartless City. (Despite the tonal differences in PD Lee’s shows, I suppose they do all share a certain stylish flair.) Both the writer and director are experienced in the rom-com realm, and they’re the main reason I’m sitting up in interest for this show.

Idol-actor Min-ho (Medical Top Team) has been cast to play the lead character of Tae-oh, whose rooftop apartment becomes something of a hub for the gang of friends. Tae-oh is described as a free-spirited, cool twenty-year-old, and he’ll be romantically paired with Park So-dam (of movies Veteran, Sado, The Silenced), who’s a positive, bright, modern Candy type.


Lee Yi-kyung, Jo Hye-jung

Their romance won’t go unchallenged, though, with Kim Min-jae (Persevere, Gu Hae-ra and one of the 1N2D idol cameos on The Producers) coming in as the third wheel of the main love triangle. His character has a lot of things he wants to do with his life, but pushes those aside because of his difficult family background, intending to do them later when he can get to them properly. He gets close to Park So-dam’s character at the part-time job they work together, and he’ll likely cause Min-ho some angst.

Lee Yi-kyung (The Superman Age, Maids) always picks oddball/funny/interesting roles, so I’m glad to see him continuing that streak as the guy who dreams of being a musical actor and refuses to give up until he succeeds… despite the fact that he can’t sing. Pwahaha. Furthermore, he acts like he’s always dating around, but actually has never had a girlfriend and has yet to experience his first kiss.

But he’ll get a loveline when he meets Jo Hye-jung (daughter to veteran actor Jo Jae-hyun, recently of variety show Take Care of Dad), who’s described as awkward in love but possessing an honest, bright personality. Her relationship with her father is a painful topic for her, but her friends provide her with comfort. She’s (supposedly) chubby but doesn’t suffer body image issues because her friends insist she’s pretty just as she is, and boasts a confident fashion sense. And last but not least, model-turned-actress Jung Yoo-jin (Heard It Through the Grapevine) plays a pretty, popular It Girl type.

I do wish we had more story information to go on, but I suppose a drama that’s about youthful modern romance is likely to be more character-driven and less about plot twists. I do hope the cast can keep up; I’m all for giving rookies a shot, but that can also be a risky proposition when most of them are still rather green.

Because It’s the First Time plans to begin filming in early August and will premiere in mid-September.


Kim Min-jae, Jung Yoo-jin

Via TV Report

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The drama can be good only if the writing is good. Will keep an eye on it. And I had no idea at all that the PD of I need romance and Heartless city was the same guy. Funny the dramas are soooo different lol

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Jung Yoo-jin, yay! I was hoping to see more of her.

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Same!

I actually couldn't place her at first since she looks so different in that pic compared to in HITTG. She was quite good in that drama, esp considering her character could have easily turn out to be just another bratty rich girl type; of course most of that credit goes to the wonderful writing but still, she did pretty well for a debut drama :)

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I like the premise :)

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I have never heard of Olive TV either, but they are airing the cute new mini drama (on Mon-Thurs.) with YunHo and Kim Ga Eun... Is that new for this channel too?!

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olive mostly does cooking shows, right? i looked it up &it seems like that drama is actually by SBS Plus.. it aired on Naver TV cast (online) first, and is currently on SBS Plus.. but sometimes other cable channels will show reruns of current shows

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iirc the Yunho drama is on SBS Plus. Olive is airing another mini drama with Son Dam-bi tho, Yoo-mi's room.

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Yes- sorry my mistake - it's from watching too many dramas at the same time (yes, Yumi's Room is the one I meant)

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Here's what I got about it being on OnStyle too!
-On May 6th, a broadcasting insider reported, “Son Dam Bi has been chosen as the lead female role for 30-minute weekly sitcom ‘Yumi’s Room’ for cable channel Olive TV. The sitcom will be aired on both Olive TV and OnStyle.”

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the title of the drama makes me giggle.. so meta

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Flaming charisma Minho :)
Jo Hye-jung !!! She is soooooooo adorable in TCOD.
I like the team behind the drama so I might check it out.

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Jo Hye-Jung is chubby...? .................

I do love Lee Yi-kyung though!

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Figures that the same writer, Jung Hyun-jung, did "Discovery of Romance" and all three "I Need Romance" - as it had a similar tone and dialogue style (esp. with INR2012 - which also starred Jung Yumi).

Overall, a pretty talented writer who eschews the makjang and cheap/stupid tricks, and is particularly adept at writing comedy for the 2nd leads.

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Eeeeek, Min-ho is one of the weakest idol actors for me, so his casting is a deal breaker. But i hope it does well because i like the other cast. Just not enough to watch it.

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It actually sounds quite sweet and light hearted on paper. But the quality will surely depend on writing and execution. I'm all for giving young actors a chance but it would have been better if they had a proven strong actor/actress to anchor one of the lead roles. Like KSH did in Dream High or

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Whoops cut myself off.

Or KSH did in School 2015. Min-ho is a terrible actor so here's hoping everyone else does a bang up job!

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I'm in it for the production team. I hope it's good.

Also, I'm more excited for the casting of Kim Min-jae, to be honest. Still sad that he got cut from SMTM4.

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Writer-PD sounds great and the premise is cute, but how did Min-ho get lead and Lee Yi-kyung second? Sigh. I loved Discovery of Romance but even this writer can't make me sit through another 16 hours of Min-ho's "acting". TTBY was enough, and I watched that with no seriousness at all.

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Oh Minho, I have a real soft spot for him....but not as an actor.

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I read somewhere on fansites that the episodes are only going to be 20 mins long? But who knows, either way, sounds like a cute story. I don't mind the actors at all and WR and INR were both sweet so I'm in. And hopefully it'll get subbed too:)

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I am such a sucker for these kinds of stories. So yeah, tho I'm not sure if I like Min-ho, I'll give this one a try :)

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YASSSS KIM MIN JAE!!! Finally i can see him again! Already rooting him after his appearance in SMTM4!!
And he and minho will be rivals for loveline?! How's about do rap battle with dibidibis rap god minho to win the girl's heart!! It must be funny kekekekeke

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YASSS KIM MIN JAE!! Finally i can see him after his appearance in SMTM4!!! and he will have rivarly relationship with minho for love line?! How's about rap battle with rap god dibidibis minho! It would be funny kekeeke

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Not a fan of this writer. She always makes me hate the female lead character to death. I quit INR (all of them) after some episodes and only completed Discovery of Romance because the actings of all the actors were excellent, especially Eric and Kim Seul Gi (love both of them). Don't have any idea about the PD though. Anyway good luck for the team production against so many dramas.

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Honestly, I'm excited for the premise of the drama. I'm a fan of Shinee, but Minho's acting was pretty weak in To The Beautiful You. I'm hoping to see some improvement!

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