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Secret writer’s new drama Savage Heat up for KBS fall lineup

Secret writer Yoo Bo-ra is back with a new series, which has been in the works since late last year. The new melodrama, called Savage Heat, is looking at a potential broadcast this November after On the Way to the Airport in the Wednesday-Thursday timeslot on KBS. It hasn’t officially been confirmed, but according to an industry insider, there’s a strong possibility that it soon will be.

Savage Heat is about a man who becomes a bad guy to survive and protect his love and a woman who faithfully waits fifteen years for this man. Then there’s also his brother who becomes an elite detective to catch his criminal brother, but also ends up falling in love with the woman. When they all reunite, more agonizing heartbreak and obstacles ensue that seem to make their way to happiness impossible.

I know it’s clichéd, but I have a guilty pleasure for sibling rivalry in love triangles. So I’m looking forward to this drama, but it looks like there’s some pretty stiff competition from SBS. Fantasy romance drama Legend of the Blue Sea with heavyweight stars Jeon Ji-hyun and Lee Min-ho has already been confirmed for the same timeslot, while Savage Heat has yet to finalize its cast. If the Savage Heat production team gets some comparable actresses (maybe someone like Ha Ji-won) to lead, it could become an interesting ratings war.

Via Star News, ET News

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Just looking at that pic of Ji Sung and HJE at the top makes me miss their pairing....I hope im not the only one who does lol.

This sounds cliche but a good cliche...like a guilty pleasure type of drama. The competition seems insane but KBS2 has lucked out with getting a lot of big stars this year so maybe they'll get someone good.

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Plot twist they're able to get Won Bin or Kang Dong Won to return to television ... HAHAHAHA ! (who am I kidding lol)

On a more serious note, yes the drama sounds cliched but considering how much I loved Secret (yes, all the good and bad of it) I'm looking forward to another roller-coaster ride of emotions with this one.
KBS is going to have to brings out something big to counter Legend of the Blue Sea. With the above story, I don't know if it'll be able to though.
As a viewer I'm just going to kick back, relax and enjoy the ensuing mayhem that will unfold lol.

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If this writer's crazy melo style was the thing to FINALLY bring Won Bin out of his hiatus, I would LOVE it, LOL.

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Won Bin in melo drama? Hmmm, I'll watch anything he is in. I even watching him in ad.

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I hope your words will happen. WON BIN should return already! hehe

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Oh how I loved Secret. Let me count the ways:
Bromance MH/KS
Sizzling chemistry JS/HJE
JS walk/stalk = daebak
Best villain DH

Alas that same writer penned Mask that I didnt like.

Secreat beat Hairs (LMN) so not sure this next one can do the same.

But JJH is a force to reckon with. She crarried the entire YWCFTS.

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Lucky for you, Secret had two writers! Choi Ho Chul and Yoo Bo Ra (the writer for this drama). The one who wrote Mask is Choi Ho Chul!

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I like Ha Ji-won, but oddly have never been able to finish any of her dramas. Dropped Empress Ki like a hot potato (too much shrieking and historical inaccuracy), didn't bother with The Time We Were Not in Love, couldn't finish What Happened in Bali (again, too much shrieking), and Secret Garden was generally off-putting, just to name a few.

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you guys just made me realize that I also never completed ha ji won drama, not even once and I didn't knew that,

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Honest question... Knowing this is against LMH/JJH who in their right mind would sign up for this now? Coz let's face it no matter how makjang that show goes (which I hope it won't) it'll be a hit.

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Okay, not to be a debbie downer but the summary sounds like a snooze fest. Unless someone great like Ji Sung, Kim Soo Hyun, Song Joong Ki or So Ji Sub signs on and gets paired with a talented leading lady in her own right, (ahem: Moon Chae Won, Son Ye Jin or Lee Bo Young) I'll definitely pass.

And I'm sure I'm not just speaking for myself, this premise already does not sound as interesting as Legend of the Blue Sea. Atleast Legend of the Blue Sea offers a different set-up; this drama sounds like a remake of a hundred others. It really needs to secure some big name stars to even hope for a ratings battle with the powerful JJH x LMH pairing.

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Nah, I disagree, this writer is REALLY great and a lot better than descendents/Heirs writer who always gets high raitings so I hope they would choose some rookie or "average" actor who will shine/show there skills in this role(like HJE and JS). Korea has tons of good actors so someone needs to give them a chance and it's not like audience would be against (aka Reply 1988)

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So it is going to be LMH against this writer again interesting. Last time secret won against Heirs maybe that is why KBS chose this time slot. However this time JJH is in the equation I wonder who is going to win. Round 2 fight!! XD

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On the battle between Secret and Heirs: I thought Heirs was a terrible drama, so it would make sense that Secret would pull in more viewers (albeit very makjang, it was fun to watch). Indeed if they can't secure an amazing cast, Legend will definitely win. Even then, the ratings might only even out because we know the writer of You Who Came From Another Star knows what she's doing.

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but for us who stream online, it doesn't matter who the 'winner' is because we can watch BOTH!
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Ohh this is the other writer, not the one who wrote Mask right? Looking forward to it, I liked Secret but Mask disappointed me.

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I agree. I wonder if the Mask creative team tried to elongate the series. There were a lot of needless eps in the middle.

With a charismatic cast, makjang can be great angsty comfort food. I don't know exactly what makes an actor's portrayal get under your skin, probably honesty and the ability to bear your soul. With a hohum cast, it's just too much bother to watch silly unrealistic conflict to the next silly unrealistic conflict to the next.

Baker King, the cliche-i-est EVER, was addicting, too. But YSY, Joo Won - awesome.
Great bad guy actors that you scream at and want to stab helps.

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Hi jomo! The Towel's my pick for Mr Savage Heater. He's like so savage and so hot I can't even. The lead actress - anyone but his co-star in When A Man Loves. The girl was like a block of ice. Her face was so STILL. I couldn't connect with her at all. Her coldness, coupled with his mad tilting, made me give up on the show halfway.

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Yes, another problem with Mask is that they tried to be too many things at the same time: parody, romcom, makjang...

I agree. A makjang with a focused storyline and good acting can be very entertaining.

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I watch Secret several times. While i left several drama unfinished (such as Oh My Venus, i almost missed the last episodes).. SO hope the writer will make something as interesting as Secret.

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The sequel to Signal you never wanted, in which Hae-young, Soo-hyun, and Jae-han get sucked into a wormhole and live out their melo-counterparts. Jae-han and Hae-young are now brothers, Hae-young caves and falls in love with Soo-hyun, probably from the stress of his brother no longer being innocent and/or dead, plus having to capture the man he once called friend. Worse yet, Jae-han's gone to the dark side (10 bucks says he's a jerk too) and Soo-hyun is less bad-ass (probably), but STILL has to wait 15 years for a holla back. Idk how he did it but I BLAME KIM BUM-JOO THE MENACE!

And in other news, the title sounds like one of those cheap, pseudo-porn historical fictions I NEVER secretly read in high school...

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That Secret screenshot of Hwang Jung Eum and Ji Sung looks so good. I really need to check out this drama just for them.... *__*

Savage Heat sounds complicated and angsty and dramatic. I guess Secret was probably like that too... I tried not to read many spoilers about it. Interested to see who KBS can get for this drama though. Gonna be tough fosho.

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KBS is going to have a hard time finding someone who'd want to go up against LMH and JJH.....fighting to them!

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I'll watch Savage Heat depending on who they cast. I want awesome people.

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I hate it when brothers or even good friends fight for the same girl...

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Cast Ha Ji Won & Hyun Bin again!!!! Then, it will definitely be an interesting rating war!

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Bae soo bin perfect for the role n he work with the writer before or joo jin mo, lee jin wook is ok too......
Hoping one of them

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I think Yoo Bo-ra did a great job with her KBS Special "Yeonu's Summer". Would love for BSB to be cast in "Savage Heat".However, he is acting in two stage plays back to back ("Kill Me Now" is currently running and "The Capone Trilogy" will run from early July to mid-September).

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Bring back song joongki and song hyekyo for this..
Epic rating war.

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If they MAYBE going to cast Ha ji won, so they souldn't cast Lee jin wook, bcz that pairing doesn't work at all. and how terrible his acting in good bye mr.black, i guess he sould stick with tv cable, instead on Big3...

If kim soo hyun is free maybe, but he's busy with his upcoming movie, and his too young too, Judge for the description I think the leading male is around 30'something, It will be epic if they Cast Wonbin, maybe Ji cangwook? maybe Yoo ah in, Maybe Joo sang wook? Jin goo maybe? It's Fit Jowon too but he is busy with sassy girl(?)
Looking forward for the casting.

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I didn't agree lee jin wook is good in time we were in love, her chemistry is great too the bad thing is the story isn't amazing n in goodbye mr black he was good too, my only complain is the revenge part not dark n cruel enought for me but still good

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While the synopsis didnt seem interesting but seeing the leads of Secret.. For someone who is not a fan of melodramas i got suck into Secret. It was that good. But good for 1 time viewing only cause my heart couldnt take another round of angst. This drama will depends on what leads get casted. Then we shall decide whether it is a plan to watch or skip it.

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What about MBC? They have Shopping King Luie and they cast BTOB Yook Sung Jae.
KBS & MBC can't win SBS with their drama (like that).
Just choose some family drama or even makjang drama, they will have some chance

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Park Ji-eun is the probably next star writer after Kim Eun-sook, although the main difference between them is that Park Ji-eun's writing skills is much stronger and smarter compared to Kim Eun-sook. It would be very difficult for MBC and KBS to face her drama with LMH and JJH attached to it.

KBS and MBC could try to throw a cheap cost drama and wait until LMH and JJH drama to end...or else they need to have a drama with very very strong script and good direction

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If she's the writter, I'm in!

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I liked Secret but I don't think I would've sat through all of it if it wasn't for Ji Sung and Jung Eum's stunning chemistry. The story was really good, and I liked how they switched around the Othello theme to make it falling for the one you hate. But it was admittedly a very hard show to watch. That ending was my consolation prize for sitting through all the negativity. Likewise Innocent Man, but I didn't get the ending I wanted. So these two writers make me very wary to follow.

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If Song Hye Ko and Ji Chang Wook participate in this drama, I think it will be very interesting. Anyway, who will be the director of Savage Heat ?

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I like the SHK and JCW pairing, that sounds interesting. JCW needs to be back in kdramaland, i miss seeing him on my screen, and this man can act.

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Easy casting, the banner says it all, cast Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum, do I even need to justify why I suggest them, I think not. If not then, Soo Ae and Hyun Bin, anybody else like the pairing??

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Yes. Interesting to see a Soo ae-Hyun bin pairing. My 2 favourite actors. Should look good.

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What about Rain and Soo Ae?

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Melodrama??? Okay i recomended Goo Hye Sun for this, she did good Job in Angel Eyes. i'm not fan of her, but her crying scene was amazing in that drama.

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I agree. I thought she did well in Angel Eyes and I wanted to see more of her in another melodrama. Goo HyeSun just needs to choose the right character and a good script. There is potential in her to show us what she has got , given the right role.

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I hate love triangles but some times an exception has to be made. For this writer, I can make that exception!

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Kim Ji-won would be amazing, she is an incredible actress, and I hope to see a lot of her. But she would be too young, I suppose, having to wait 15 years for the hero? They would have to pick a more mature actress. Lee Yoo-ri? LOL. Forever typecast as the queen of melos. I did love her turn as the evil lead in Jang Bo-ri is here, though. She's a great actress.

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Just bring back hwang jung eum and ji sung back, plus jo sang wook to complete the cast then I call it perfection . Sold ^^

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I am looking forward to this.

I would like to see Kim Nam Gil return and do this since its up his alley in terms of melodramas type.

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I don't know why she gets all these parts I find her plastic sergery to look so unnatural and to me it's such a turn off, it grosses me out that she is the love interest for the sweetie from reply.

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How about the pairing of

1. SJK / HJW
2. SJK / MCW
3. SJK / SHK
4. WON BIN / MCW
5. WON BIN / SHK

juz my dream pairing..hehe

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it would be great if they cast So Ji Sub, Yoo Seung Ho, and Park Shin Hye.

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Sounds quite harlequin-y

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Ha Ji-won would be a perfect cast here but the problem is where can you find a leading man that can stuck up against LMH. How I wish that the drama gods would bring Yoon Eun-Hye back to Korea. I believe that she can match with JJH popularity-wise and skills-wise. Hope to see a great ratings battle TT.TT

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so ji sub and yoo seung hoo are best choice for brothers characters...ha ji won..shin min ah..song hye kyo are perfect for lead femal role..

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im agree with so ji sub and yoo seung hoo...

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so ji sub and shin min ah again...its my wish...

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so ji sub and yoo seung hoo or kang dong won and jo won please...

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i want see hwang jung eum and ji sung or so ji sub and
shin min ah again. i miss them.

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ji chang wook and park ming yong please

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i agree with so ji sub and yoo seung hoo.big so ji sub and littel so ji sub together. this is graet.

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yes.so ji sub please.i miss him.

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