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News bites: February 20, 2016


Ahn Gil-kang, Kim Ga-eun, Yoon Ji-hye

  • Jackpot, the Joseon-era gambling drama starring Jang Geun-seok, has added a few new cast members ahead of its premiere next month. Ahn Gil-kang (Cheese in the Trap) will play the son of a military legend. He’ll teach Jang’s character martial arts and act as his right-hand man, and eventually go head-to-head with opposition leader (Jeon Gwang-ryul).
  • Meanwhile, Kim Ga-eun (Awl) will play a sought-after gisaeng in a complicated loveline with Jang Geun-seok. She grew up poor and with a singular goal of becoming rich. She succeeds in becoming a top gisaeng, but her life will take a turn after meeting our protagonist.
  • And, last but not least, Yoon Ji-hye (High Society) is cast as a determined and frugal woman with guts and courage. She’ll run a gambling den; presumably where Jang learns his trade. Jackpot airs on SBS on Mondays and Tuesdays after the conclusion of Six Flying Dragons. [Xports News, Sports Chosun, DongA]

  • Eom Ji-won, Oh Dal-soo, Jin Kyung

  • This film continues to add to its all-star cast: Eom Ji-won (The Phone) joins Master as a reckless and daring investigator on the same team as Kang Dong-won. They’ll work together to bring down the complex crime organization run by Lee Byung-heon called One Network. Jin Kyung (Oh My Venus) will play the PR director at One Network while movie vet Oh Dal-soo has been added as an elite lawyer and former prosecutor. It’ll be a reunion of sorts for Jin and Oh — they both filmed Assassination and Veteran last year. Cameras on the second action film from Jo Eui-seok (Cold Eyes) begin rolling shortly. [Star News, DongA]
  • Gu Hara turned down the titular role in KBS’s Babysitter, but Kim Min-joon (Hidden Identity) has joined, and he’ll play the head of the household, a man cheating on his wife with the sitter. The four-episode mystery thriller begins March 14. [DongA]
  • VIXX’s N (Sassy Go Go) will have a chance to build up his acting chops as the lead in a web drama called Tomorrow Boy. His character lost his parents as a small child and began taking care of his grandmother and siblings from an early age. Despite the challenging upbringing, he’s cheerful and unwavering as he earns a living while juggling his studies. Tomorrow Boy airs in March on Naver TVCast. [Ten Asia]

  • Kim Min-joon, N

  • My Little Baby, the drama starring Oh Ji-ho (Maids) and Lee Soo-kyung (Let’s Eat) has a confirmed airdate and schedule. Oh’s a rough-around-the-edges detective suddenly saddled with a baby, while Lee’s his first love, a single mom herself. The show will air for 16 episodes on Saturday nights on MBC and start March 5. [Joy News 24]
  • It isn’t confirmed yet, but the press is speculating that tvN will reward the cast and crew of Signal with a vacation to Phuket (as they did with the cast/crew of Answer Me 1988 and have scheduled for the Cheese in the Trap bunch). With viewership ratings on pace to break double-digits and filming scheduled to wrap this month, rumors are the Signal entourage will be sent on their own Thailand trip in March. [Sports Chosun]
  • Han Joo-wan (Hwajeong, Joseon Gunman) and Lee Shi-won (Please Mom, Who Are You—School 2015) are the leads in Devil’s Diary, a four-episode web drama. Han will play a devil trying to earn recognition from the Devil King/Prince of Darkness/Satan — sort of like a military officer earning stripes, or an angel earning wings, although I guess in this case he’s striving for horns? He gets tasked with a final mission and if he succeeds, he’ll become leader of all the devils — but last assignments are never easy, and instead of frightening the coolly self-sufficient Lee, he’ll find himself falling for her instead. The rom-com premieres on February 24 on Naver TVCast. [SBS funE]


Han Joo-wan, Lee Shi-won

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Hah, after Na PD kidnapped Answer Me 1988 boys from Phuket to Africa, I keep thinking that he might do the same to CITT and Signal casts.

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CITT was pre-produced. Its cast had already moved on to their other assignments.

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Right but when they group up to take their reward vacations *stalker music plays* he will strike!

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I watched the 1st ep of Youth over Flowers-Namibia, and saw how Na PD kidnapped the 3 Reply 88 boys from Phuket. That was real snick and fun.

I was surprised however, to find that the cast stayed at a modest hotel, instead of one of the nicer ones inside the Laguna, after all the show must have brought in buckets in advertising for its production company and tvN.

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perhaps the nicer ones didn't have enough room to house the entire cast/staff that went on the trip? it looked like a pretty sizable (korean) crowd when the PD was speaking on the microphone...

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I hope Na pd would kidnap the cast of signal and cheese in the trap.. hahaha

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I have no idea who Han Joo-wan or Lee Shi-won is, mainly because I don't really follow dramas that much, but Devil's Diary seems incredibly intriguing.

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tvN loves Phuket haha

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I was wondering if tvN has some sort of deal with the city of Phuket. Seriously.

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I'm so down for Devil's Diary because that synopsis sounds totally awesome and hilarious to boot. Why can't regular dramas be this creative?!

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I was thinking the same! That'd be cool for a 16 episode drama or a 12 episode cable show.

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but it is like every other manga...

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Yes... Those that aren't made into dramas. I'm not asking for a creative manga, I want a creative drama.

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My impression: Ewwww. How can they make this repulsive premise 'cute'? That creepy movie Rosemary's Baby comes to mind.

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Master looks good. I loved Cold Eyes, so will look out for that.

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the male detective with a baby sounds interesting

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That baby drama with OJH sounds fun. Plus its only 16 episodes which is a good thing.

I'm still debating on watching Jackpot or not. The cast seems very good but the plot is very Ehh to me.

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Im all in for Devils Diary... it sounds interesting but the bad thing is that itd be a web drama! Hopefully theyll turn it into a full length drama :))

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I wish Daebak was Joseon Tazza without the political underpinnings. That would be fun. More commoners runnin' around having epic sword fights, less factionalism, that's all I want from Korean historical dramas. I still might check it out but the setup sounds like it's leaning toward serious when I want an action comedy.

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Devil’s Diary looks really interesting. I hope this will get subbed

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Is Devil's Diary based on Kurenai Ouji? It sounds awfully similar

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