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Lee Soo-hyuk, Lee Chung-ah complete Lucky Romance’s love square

Confirmations are in for the second leads of MBC’s new romantic comedy Lucky Romance, which will reportedly diverge a little from its webtoon source material to create more of a traditional drama love square. I take that to mean that Lee Soo-hyuk (Neighborhood Hero) and Lee Chung-ah (Vampire Detective) will get bigger roles, which I’m okay with mostly because the two actors have been confirmed for the series, and I like them both. Just as long as you’re not doing some crazy rewrite where Ryu Joon-yeol and Hwang Jung-eum aren’t the main focus of the drama! This is a sensitive issue in dramaland these days!

Lucky Romance stars Hwang Jung-eum as a luck-obsessed heroine who’s told by a fortuneteller that the only way to avoid a terrible fate is to have a one-night stand with a man born in the year of the tiger. In the webtoon, the hero is a penny-pinching workaholic salaryman who’s also the heroine’s landlord, and though they can’t stand each other, she’s determined to bed him to change her luck.

Ryu Joon-yeol’s character will be adjusted for the drama, from a regular salaryman to the CEO of a gaming company. Bah, I dislike that change, since the idea of a normal guy being the hero was appealing to me. I suppose being wealthy or successful doesn’t mean you can’t be Scroogey, so hopefully that characteristic will stick. And in the drama, he’ll be an engineer obsessed with formulas and science, which I’m sure is their way of making him the exact opposite of Hwang Jung-eum’s superstitious character.

Lee Soo-hyuk will play Hwang Jung-eum’s first love — he was her neighbor when they were children, and as they reunite as adults, he’ll become a rival for the hero. He’s a tennis player who carries some deep-seated scars, but is bright and cheery, and is described as the opposite of Ryu Joon-yeol’s character.

Lee Chung-ah plays Lee Soo-hyuk’s sports agent, and she’s described as a chic, confident career woman. She’s also Ryu Joon-yeol’s first love, OF COURSE. Sigh. If they were going to beef up the supporting characters for the drama, I wish they’d come up with something fresher than a pair of first loves. But really, I’m going to be watching for the hilarious premise and the chemistry, so you can throw in all the first loves you want, by the truckload! (I’m kidding, please don’t do that, Show.)

Lucky Romance follows Goodbye Mr. Black on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting in May.

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Ahh, must be a big 3 thing. I assure ya'll people will watch a show without a first love in the mix. It's OK!

I love both these people and hope they get to be lots of fun, they are working together again I hope they have a cute friendship. I hope the whole drama is fun! Though I also don't like the change from regular schmegular Joe to CEO. No one needs that much escapism, lol.

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I think I am going to enjoy this square. RJY, LJS and LJA are definite faves. As long as the second leads don't give me 'Rooftop Prince' flashbacks, all is well. It'd be nice to see a love square like 'Protect the Boss' again.

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I rerun Protect the Boss just to watch the four leads in romance and having childish fight. Hee...

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Yes!! I wish they would make them a 4 quirky characters with lots of flaws, that makes it so much more fun, like how PTB was such a great hit

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"This is a sensitive issue in dramaland this day!"

TOTALLY ROFTL, HAHAHAHAA

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Me too! Man, I LMAO so hard when read that line. And I know EXACTLY what show is been refered to as I'm still in recovery. Still,that was CLASSIC!

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Nooooo! Speak not the name,some people will come for you. I just learned that were not supposed to talk about it. Delicate sensibilities y'all.

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Somehow, the first loves and CEO changes make my interest level drop 3 notches..

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Me too! I am a little tired of CEO's and Chaebol's.

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Me three! The original description for RJY's character sounded so much more interesting. Now it's kinda meh.

Though I'd still watch for RJY.

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Maybe he'll be the CEO of a female, struggling company. He's the Anthony of video games.

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But! Think about the possibilities for hilarity with having a penny-pinching rich guy! I think that makes it more fun. I thought his character had some money to him anyway, since I remember reading that the webtoon character is the landlord of the apartment that Hwang Jung-eum's character's living in. Anyways, I think it'll be fun.

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This is true. Well in any case we'll see what they do with it.

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lol a penny pinching rich guy sounds interesting. I really hope the drama would turn out better than it sounds.

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Lol, first love irony.
Contrary to all of you, I like the changes from the original tho. It's simpler, not complicated.
RJY will be playing as an engineer ( im an engineer too, so im excited to the exponent of 346315. Lol)
I trust you writernim. Pls be good

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Yawn and yawn at those character set-ups. Sounds like it's gonna be a traditional (read: dated) rom-com with some added quirk which is there just to create the illusion of something fresh when in fact it's the same old in slightly different clothes. Personally I have had enough of that, although there is clearly still an audience for these types of stories.

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Then don't watch, don't push yourself too hard to make hate comment hahahahhahaha

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Can't we have two couple love story instead?
Dramaland , why must have to be love triangle, love square?
In the webtoon, there is no love triangle though sighs.
The character being a normal salary man is much more charming to me.

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...really?

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Little disappointed in the changes they are making. But hopefully the main characters stay pretty true to their origins.

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I am curious to see how Lee Soo hyuk will play a cheerful role XD
He just has this dark and brooding aura to him. The perfect Gwi ;)

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I was kind of wondering about this also.

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Watch Neighborhood hero..he's a good boy there. His character is not really cheerful, but he's somewhat innocent.

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Can we PLEASE not perpetually bring up Cheese as though what they did with that property - which TvN owned - was some crime against humanity? This is getting ridiculous. The time to move on happened when the drama ended. People continuing to obsess over it is - quite frankly - a little weird. No need to feed the trolls.

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Not only CITT -but I recall "High Society" focusing on developing 2nds' story more while leaving bare bones to the 'leads'. Also "Mirae's Choice" pandered to public fawning & Yonghwa's fanbase rather than coherent plot development. I'm sure there's more, but just these off the top of my head -

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Agree completely. Sadly it isn't unusual at all, and usually ruins the storytelling.

My comment was more aimed at feeding trolls. A recent overpopulation made Comment sections virtually unreadable. I mean, who wants to spend their time wading through such muck to find the occasional gem? Even the gems, stripped of their context, are a bit less sparkly. ;-)

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And 1988 too! Geeze, there really have been a lot of recent dramas with this problem. People really don't like it when you don't give them the romantic payoff they were expecting, it's like the drama broke an unspoken promise with its audience.
That's why some people get a little hung up on them.

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OMG, r88 ruined my life, geezzzzzz

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Ugh this so hard. I've been reading the webtoon since like 2011 so yeah, I'm a huge fan but the extent of the backlash is like ?????? pls chill. Like it was disapointing but seriously not deserving of so much venom.

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Well, LSH just delivered a perfect job in a cheerful and goofy role, in Neighborhood hero. It was a pleasant surprise !

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I LOVED him in that role! His performance there was such a pleasant surprise.

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Some say he's outshone the lead actor, Park shi hoo !!

After skipped LSH in NH ( because i can't stand to watch PSH on it ), i will definitely watch him in this new MBC drama..

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I don't think I've seen any kdrama rom coms recently where the male lead wasn't rich/privileged in some way - last one I think was Ex-Girlfriend Club, where it actually seemed fresh and "original" for me that he was just a normal dude and not a CEO or chaebol. *sigh*

The changes sound like a bad idea, but hopefully the general acting/execution will be good enough that it'll be a fun watch. I love RJY, and if Hwang Jung-eum can tone it down and the PD can keep her in check we should be fine. I tried to look up the writer but I couldn't find anything. I presume they're a newbie?

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In Reply series, the male lead isn't rich. Also, the current drama, Ms. Temper and Nam Jung Ki.

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Taek was rich :O

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The male lead isn't Taek.

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Wohooooo, reply of the day, hahahahahha
Can't stop laughing, so on point ?????

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Big 3 need one of these (or all):
Chaebol
Genius
First Love

That is maybe why DOTS is so popular, because the main leads are not one of those.

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lmao... TRUE!!!!

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It's disgustingly early in the morning and I'm terrible for this but I took a glance at the pictures and thought that Lee SooHyuk looks like Squidward while Lee ChungAh looks like a horse.

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I get what yoy mean. Thanks for the laugh!

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That's what I thought! Haha

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At least the first loves won't be endgame, and with LCA as LSH's sports agent, that could be set up as a secondary OTP. I'm excited for it because I need a good romcom.

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When CiTT the drama was announced, I was curious about the hype so I started reading the webtoon. But NEVER AGAIN! Good to know from the getgo that this drama will diverge from the webtoon, so we can just avoid either the drama or the webtoon lol I know javabeans liked the webtoon and I believe it's good too, but I'm gonna wait for the drama to finish before reading lest I send myself into rage again...(piano oppa really leaves a big heartbreak!)

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LMAOooooo....

- CEO
- "male rationalism" (as if girls can't be scientific.... Dana Scully, I'll forever love you)
- double first loves LOL
- moar tsundere/cold/reserved hero and a "cheerful" second lead to play foil to said hero

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A hardworking, dependable salaryman who's overly conscientious about his spending habits sounds perfectly hot to me. You know, that straightedge and uptight follow who is about to be seduced by the saucy heroine, and can't help but get his "starched" collars rumpled by her... Followed by sexy hijinks. The original setup was perfectly fun.

But gaming company ceo? ..... Lolololol.... Let me guess, douchebag who chills on a hammock all day? also, why a gaming company? Of all the things he could ceo for..

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You think...maybe it is from PPL? I don't know, but it would be an easier tie in ....

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I was thinking that too. They probably couldn't resist the PPL money.

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I dont think the male lead would "chill on hammock all day" kind of guy, since he really loves money and I don't think he would laze around just because he's rich already. but well we'll see. I'm also not a big fan of the plot change especially the love square thing, but still giving it a try for Ryu Jun Yeol.

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Yayyyy I like these two.

Not liking the CEO change, but I'm hoping the story will still be funny and good.

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Sometimes I wonder if all these plots aren't computer-generated. Mix and match jobs and personality traits, add a chaebol, a Candy, a first love, a meddlesome rival, shake well, serve. There goes my only source of interest in this drama. If they remove everything that was original and give me the ol' chaebol and love square, I am out. I hate the stress of love squares to begin with.

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Ahahaha, yea, computer generated indeed, like a template. And they change the little details according to trends, at least this one is gaming CEO instead of lawyer...

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Gaming CEO was already in the database since Cunning Single Lady and Blade Man...

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Yep,was going to mention Blade Man. That show was a suprise for me,to say the least.

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Didn't Lee Chung Ah and Lee Soo Hyuk appeared together in a short scene in High School King of Savvy? It was during the main leads wedding day! So looking forward to see their chemistry in here <3

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YES, they looked adorable together no matter how short their scene was. I'm honestly more exited to watch their development...

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Such a beautiful main cast we have here...now please let the drama deliver on the script part and will have a gem!!!I have this hint that if this project is good Ryu Joon-yeol will gain many more roles in the near future on the main three and not only(as main lead please)

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I like the casting but I have to ask: Why the first love thingie?? why the switch to him being a CEO? It sounded more interesting when he was a regular worker who kept his expenses to the minimum to fulfill his dream... yeah, they could still say he climbed to his CEO spot with hard work and bleh but its not the same feeling. Hope those two overused drama cliches dont mess the flow of the story.

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i guess writers can't get out of their sistem if they can't check in their script this clishe stuff...it would have been indeed way more cool if he was a normal dude climbing thanks to his own hard work and also aspiring rather than the overused CEO and also more understanding as character personality,the whole Korea is like a CEO land spiced with Candy as side dish and as desert first loves and trucks of doom's that deliver amnesia or cancer(or bonus both)or worse mother in law's from hell

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yup the big 3 thing. they love cliches and i'll never understand why.

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Well, HJE is one of my faves, and I also like LSH. But I'm not too thrilled about them adding the stereotypical love square or making the male lead a CEO. I'll see what everyone else thinks before I decide whether or not to watch.

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Does anybody remember how in High School King of Savvy Lee Chung Ah did a cameo and hopped into Lee Soo Hyuk's car? I remember squealing back then that if they could do a drama together it'd be so cute, and now voila we have one.

I'm not worried one bit about the acting department here, but the changes have made the story seem more generic. Still I'm pretty excited to see them all act together on screen.

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Why they change the plot, can we have a normal people story. Ceo and firat love is such a turn off. But im still gonna watch this show for Ryu Joon Yeol

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Ahhh, I wish they stuck with the manhwa, even though I have never read it --- the premise you described is very appealing...but now it is starting to become a typical K-drama. I will still watch for mahhhh lovely leads but we'll have to sit tight and wait for it...

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i guess, kdrama PD/Script writer would stop making a story about chaebol/rich guy and poor woman after the successful of DoTS which is without the big 3. lols. but yeah, since dots only gained 30%, perhaps, the 70% of viewers love this kind of story even it didnt work with some current airing dramas... who knows.

ps : DEAR HJE EONNI, I HOPE YOU'RE GETTING CALM THIS TIME. DONT TOO MUCH SCREAM EONNI, PLEASE. thank you. hope she reads this :D

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she will never read it even if she has the time of day.(Whisper..she doesn't understand English ).

Anyways...I don't care if she screams..as long as she brings smile into my dull and boring world. Since She was Pretty,my days have become lifeless...I'm so ready to laugh again.

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I really hope Lee Soo Hyuk and Lee Chung Ah will be a couple at the end because they're my dream couple since I watch them in King of High School :")

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Looks like the show is going to be a typical rom-com, with the Chaebol male lead, poor female lead, love-hate relationship, and a pair of first loves. Should I still be excited about this show now? Well i guess i have to. Since it has Hwang Jung Eum (and Ryu Joon Yeol). I believe Hwang Jung Eum will put an interesting color into this same old plot.

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