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Han Ye-seul in talks to headline JTBC’s Madam Antoine

Casting is underway for cable network JTBC’s clinical-psychology-medical-romantic-comedy (wow that’s a mouthful) Madam Antoine: An offer is currently out to Han Ye-seul (Birth of a Beauty) to star, and she’s in final negotiations, which sounds like it’s pretty much a lock. Despite the genre mashup sounding weird, I guess it’s not unfamiliar territory now, after It’s Okay, It’s Love and Heart to Heart. It’s just… does this have to be an ongoing sub-genre? Because isn’t dating your shrink still considered, yunno, wrong?

Granted, it could be a drama about a bunch of doctors dating each other, so we’ll wait and see on that front. The new series comes from PD Kim Yoon-chul of Could We Marry and Could we Love, and writer Hong Jin-ah of The King 2 Hearts and Mi-rae’s Choice. I’m so split down the middle with her, because I loved one drama and tore my hair out over the other. One guess as to which is which.

Madam Antoine will be a romantic comedy about a clinical psychologist that plans to explore a variety of emotions concerning love. It promises to tell relatable, universal stories about the inner pain that we all carry. Han Ye-seul is up for the leading role, but there are no details yet for the character she’s going to play.

I like Han Ye-seul well enough and I’m glad she’s made a successful comeback to dramaland post-Myung-wol the Spy, but I wonder how believable she’d be as a psychologist (that is, if she’ll even play one in this drama). She’s great in the fluffy, bubbly rom-coms a la Birth of a Beauty, which seem to fit her real-life personality really well, so maybe this drama will veer into more comedic territory than I first imagined. Fingers crossed that they really mean to make it a rom-com.

Madam Antoine will follow D-Day on Fridays and Saturdays beginning late November.

Via TV Report

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I really liked her in BOAB. If they get a great male lead I'll try it.

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After Birth of a Beauty - I don't care if I never see this actress again. How did she ever make it. She cannot act and she is not even pretty.

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Good thing then that no one cares for what you think.

Wow! Such negativity.

You know, there are substantial & subtle ways to get your opinion across. And saying she's not pretty only exposes your inferiority complex.

Please be more careful.

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I hate being a party pooper but I recall lots and lots (and lots!) of hate comments about a few other actresses on this very blog (I've read worst about two or three in particular) not to mention idol-actors, whom almost everyone of us trashes easily given the opportunity. So, let's live and let live and "let him that is without sin cast the first stone"...

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Granted she's not such a great actress, but I don't see how someone can she's not pretty.

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Lol I was going to write this exact thing.
Where are you looking if you can't see the pretty?

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Me too! Have to say, I looked hard to see the beauty. She's not really in the top 100 for me in terms of Kdrama beauties and she acting as a raving beauty in BOAB - a drama which I loved (for the male costar). She's not that great in acting either. These things just must be said, sometimes. No real hate involved, just O-PI-NI-ON.

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She is pretty. Even my dad that doesn't watch Korean drama saw one of her older drama when we were watching said she's pretty.

And this is coming from a man that hardly compliments anyone except his wife (but not in front of hers, of course).

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Dear Mary, I haven't seen her in many roles, so I can't say if she is a good actress or not.

On the other hand, I liked her a lot as the grumpy and princessy straight woman in the midst of all the madness happening around her in "Fantasy Couple" in 2006. She was drop-dead gorgeous then as she was in 2004 in "Nine Tailed Fox", where she shined for me as the best (the only highlight I remember) acting in that misery of a Drama.

So to recapitulate: I consider her a pretty nice actress so far (not my favorite) but really beautiful.

Anyways I would love to put her in a really good role where she can shine as an actress so she can show more range. I don't have any clue if she has the acting muscle to make a difficult role like Ms. Park Bo-Young in "Oh my Ghostess", but I would like her to prove herself she can!.

Anyway, I love Ms. Han Ye-Seul for that riot of a Drama that was "Fantasy Couple" :) .

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I loved Can We Get Married but Can We Love sadly crashed and burned halfway through (although imo it was mostly the writer's fault). I hope Mirae's Choice's writer can redeem herself with this, I want to watch a good romcom. I liked Han Ye Seul in the two dramas with her that I've watched, so I'm fine with this casting.

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I wonder how bad Mirage's Choice is ? Seems like the worst nightmare ever for those who watched it ?

Really like HYS in Fantasy Couple & as an Ahjumma in BOAB. I may watch this, but the male lead is Sung Joon who so-so to me haha okay then

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I'm currently watching Fantasy Couple (aka Couple or Trouble) for the first time. Regarding Mirae's Choice (aka Marry Him If You Dare) I'm probably in the minority here but I don't regret watching it. I have a love–hate relationship for MHIYD. Ha, it's a painful love. I appreciate what the drama was trying to achieve (aigoo 20/20 hindsight...same choice vs. different choice?) but it's hard to ignore the missed opportunities and areas where it failed at in execution.

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I agree. Had Mi-rae's Choice been on a cable channel, meaning more freedom from formulaic writing and ratings (and with a more likeable actor as the leading character, that's just me though), it would have been remembered, if not as a big hit in numbers, at least as a cult classic that lifted K-dramaland out of overused clichés. I keep thinking of that every time this series pops up in a conversation...

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The beginning is pretty good.. That is all I can say if you only watch the beginning.
The ending is disaster!! Wtf-kery at the highest level!

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Na Mi-Rae & Park Se-Joo shipper all the way. MHIYD's ending...I've made peace with it.

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too much make up on her makes scary.

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It's the airbrush.

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I wonder why the love between a doctor and patient considered wrong..

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If the psychiatrist/psychologist ends up breaking up with the patient, it will probably absolutely devastate him/her.
I know a person with mental health issues; if he ended up in a relationship with his doctor who then dumped him...I'm scared to imagine what would happen.
I really really wish Kdramas would stop mixing mental health issues and romance.

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It would be too easy for an unethical doctor to manipulate his/her patients.

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Thanks...but then is it okay to have love between a physician (not a psychiatrist) and his or her patient?

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NO WAY! A co-dependent relationship plus romance is a big "faut-pas". Relationships are by definition "equal partnerships" and a doctor-patient one is not, hence a very, very dysfunctional plus the most unromantic romance I can always think of (but not the most unloving one)...

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Maybe because it's considered unprofessional. If a doctor gets romantically involved with his/her patient, it might cloud her judgement during the treatment during treatment process.

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My eyes rolled so far back in my head from reading "clinical-psychology-medical-romantic-comedy," I had a hard time setting them right. Enough with the hyphenates, dramaland!

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But why?? It's such a hilarious trend...I've never seen anywhere else so many genres combined in only one project. K-dramaland is so "avant-garde" when it comes to descriptions! Hyphenates are the best...

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I'm in !

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She may not be the best actress, but she can act. But i just can picture her in rom-com, not in melo or others. Can we hope she reunite with Eric again? :)

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Agreed, not to mention I think she's one of those actresses that has quite a unique charm and there's always a spark in her eyes, so she's fun to watch. However, this seems to be pretty different from her usual roles so I'm curious to see how it'll be.

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Omo!!! Eric would try to escape if that happen. Everyone knows the reason lol

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I liked her more in rom-coms. I just hope they find her a really good paring in this one.

Fantasy couple aka COUPLE OR TROUBLE is still my favorite of hers!

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If Sung Joon gets this, I hope they have a decent kiss or better yet, more mature romance. Birth of a Beauty infuriated me with the adults acting like dumb teenagers. I thought Han Ye Seul was gorgeous in it, but I couldn't get over the childish attitudes.

Sung Joon needs a good drama role. I enjoyed High Society, but Park Hyungsik stole a lot of scenes. He's capable of a lead. I LOVED him in INR3, so give me some of that back.

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She was really good in Will It Snow for Christmas. i think she suits melo really well, playing the sad vulnerable type. Or playing comical villain like in Fantasy Couple. I actually don't like her in BoaB.

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I liked all her pretty outfits in BOAB lol. And her interactions with the male lead in the drama always cracked me up. Hopefully she'll be good in this new drama!

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