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Kang Haneul, Hyeri up for deserted-island adventure romance Picnic

I had thought this “adventure romantic comedy” drama was dead, but it’s back on the books at MBC, albeit with a new title: Initially called Gaia, the drama now bears the title Picnic and is still courting Kang Haneul (Misaeng) for the lead role, with Hyeri (Entertainer) as his potential co-star.

I’m surprised Kang Haneul is still in contention for the main lead, not that he isn’t worthy of it — it’s that although he’d been offered the role initially when Gaia was first announced, the drama then lost its initial writer, Song Ji-nah of Healer, Legend, and Sandglass, and Kang Haneul also stepped away to work on his other projects. But now Kang is up for the lead again, having wrapped up pre-produced fantasy sageuk drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Goryeo, so maybe it worked to the drama’s advantage that it took all this time to get back into motion.

Picnic is described as a fantasy adventure rom-com that drops (literally) a cast of idols onto an uninhabited island when their flight crash-lands there. They find themselves in a place far from civilization, and thus begins the human adventure rom-com that features “a seemingly impossible love fantasy.” On top of the romance, Picnic will also be a coming-of-age story for its youthful leads, featuring growth and maturation among its cast. Can we also have lots of ridiculous island hijinks, a la Rain in Come Back, Ajusshi?

Why it’s called Picnic, though, I have no idea — the ordeal sounds like it ain’t no picnic, that’s for sure. (Badum-ching.) Kang Haneul’s would-be character is a successful idol with a prickly personality, while Hyeri’s role would be of an ordinary girl who happens to be on the flight. I do prefer Hyeri to the first potential casting that was floated (SNSD’s Yuri), although I admit that I thought twice after Entertainer, which seemed like a big step back after she’d broken through with Answer Me 1988. But at least we know Hyeri has it in her.

The drama, initially hoping for the Monday-Tuesday post-Monster slot in September, is now looking at a 2017 broadcast and will be a Korean-Chinese co-production. It will be directed by Choi Byung-gil of Angry Mom.

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Ughhhh!! Not her again?
I just can't stand her voice..why is she insisting to go on with acting..why???!
Go back to your group plz..they need you?

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I don't think Suzy has improved at all! Hyeri did show some acting potential...but still has a long way to go.
I hope they cast someone talented in acting opposite Kang ha neul

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suzy DID improve, but she is no where near being a good actress yet. at this point, i think suzy is a liiiiiiiiiittle bit (huge emphasis there, seriously) of a better actress than hyeri tho.

idk if hyeri showed potential or if DS was just made for her? maybe she just vibed well w/ r1988's director & cast? idk but there was magic there. only thing was, she became pretty underwhelming near the 2nd half of the drama--girl faded into the background. at this point, i'm convinced she's pretty one-dimensional. girl has to prove herself.

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Honestly, Suzy has yet to produce anything even close to the level of Hyeri's performance in AM1988, if UF is anything to go by. (and I think it's fair to compare those since both dramas involved roles being specially written/tailored to the idols' range, or what the writers thought that range was).

Hyeri was the weakest of a very good cast in 1988, but even that basically led to a decent, fairly adequate job. I can't say the same for Suzy. Hyeri is far from a good actress but honestly, I've seen far worse.

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I think rather than pointing out who's the weakest link,reply was a director's work,from start to finish.It stood out among the lot because the director showed his story through out these characters aka actors.Because of which actors who're comparatively green in the industry was able to show significant amount of development and dedication too.I saw a bts where hyeri was practicing for a crying scene,she was in the mood,and even tried to improvise the act by taking helps from the seniors,it showed how much she was trying.So what I'm trying to say is,when the director is this much dedicated to his job,he tries to motivate the people involved in the job too.Compared to which,I saw scenes in entertainers where either the dialogues in itself were quite poorly written,and the scenes were awkward and pedestrian.I don't gather how those scenes even made it to the final cut.So,not always probably the actors are to blame.On the contrary,suzy is not doing bad in UF,minus the scream of course.But again,I was watching 'a love to kill last night', done by the same writer.And the acting of Rain and shin minah were two times better than both suzy and kwb. They both were quite young at that time,so it's inspiring to see this level of maturity from them.Don't know if being pretty makes it hard for actors to shine out,or whether it automatically makes them vulnerable in the eyes of audience..talking about woo bin yeah. From time to time the actors feel like they're just being themselves not no eul- joon young.But again I don't solely blame them for their scope of work here.But definitely a good mix of actors make all the difference..and I wonder if the newest generation of actors lack there..For better production of the writer, one needs to watch thank you which is quite poignant because the story and execution both made it up to the level,also watch out for jang hyuk and gong hyo jin too.And lol ,sorry for the rant over.

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@sky - it's interesting you mention A Love To Kill - Rain and Shin Mina were only 23 and 21 respectively, but they had the chemistry and the acting down, despite their relative greenness. And in that case, it was despite the script rather than because of it.

UF, on the other hand, is running on similar tropes but ends up feeling very perfunctory, like there is no depth to any of it. And I don't think the leads are off the hook for this one.

When I say Hyeri was the weakest out of the Answer Me cast, it just speaks to how high the standard was that even with that, she gave a more than adequate performance. And she deserves credit for that - like they say, you can't get blood from a stone and maybe the PD is a miracle worker but even he couldn't have got a decent performance out of nothing.

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I see the word "improved" being trotted out a lot when it comes to Suzy's acting, but in five years she hasn't even come close to 'good'.

As I said, if you watched Answer Me 1988, Hyeri actually put in a better performance than anything Suzy has done so far despite her relative lack of ability being constantly accommodated by writers and PDs. Hyeri's still very dependent on the script and PD, and unlike certain other idols, is not a natural actress. But credit must be given where credit is due, and it takes a certain amount of dedication to even 'play yourself' convincingly.

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Hyeri’s still very dependent on the script and PD, and unlike certain other idols, is not a natural actress. But credit must be given where credit is due, and it takes a certain amount of dedication to even ‘play yourself’ convincingly.
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Could not have said it better. Hyeri did work harder in reply,and it's sad that people are willing to dismiss her performance when she's only 4 dramas in her basket,and I believe there 'are' rooms for development,given a quality role and director.
Also may be sometimes we judge people a little too strongly,because there are times when certain actors give the vibe like some specific roles were made for them,while other roles fall out.I am still skeptical about suzy,because I've only seen her in UF,but maybe there would be roles where she would prove herself,like uee did with marriage contract.Also age and maturity is another thing to consider. In UF,from time to time,when suzy is working out her aegyo effect,it seems like she does not remember she had some some major pain and hardship to deal with in her previous life events, the disconnection with her character is palpable.So to phrase up,I would rather wait to see her growth,but in the meantime,yes,a better actor/actress could bring life to the story,and we have seen that have happened in past.

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Suzy is definitely better than Hyeri and so much prettier- I get distracted by Hyeri's teeth

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'better than Hyeri' how? She acts with her teeth, doesn't seem to know how to close her mouth.

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tbh I still think Hyeri has potential with the right director + writer like in AM 1988, she can do what fitted maybe...
but Suzy (who surprisingly didn't do much good things with pre produce UF ) make me think if hyeri can do this. ..

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I think Reply '88 was an easier role to pull off than UF. In Reply '88, the ensemble cast carried the show, and Hyeri was definitely decent (under the tutelage of a genius director who's known to do wonders) but still slightly green IMHO when compared with all the acting stalwarts in the show.

But Suzy's role in UF, in my mind, is a lot more challenging. The lead character of No Eul is much more emotionally layered and complex than Deok Sun, making Suzy who's anyway an ordinary actor at best, seem even more subpar, if you will.

Having said that, I do feel Suzy's acting is showing improvement, and in a role with a lighter vein, she may be close to if not entirely on par with Hyeri.

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Im not a fan of either one of them. But i do thk Hyeri is dependent on the pd, the script and the person opposite her in Reply she had good rapport with park bo gum and ryu. She didnt manage that with Ji sung in entertainer.
I still havnt watched UF and i cant really comment. Suffice to say im ok with Woo bin but from the teasers Suzy doesnt pull me in. They look like they are acting when together and not so natural. Just my 2 cents

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Hyeri did a better job in AM/Reply 1988 than what Suzy has done in anything yet (even "Architecture 101").

Unlike Lee Yeon-hee and Kim Tae-hee who seem like they really have progressed in acting, neither Hyeri (based on "Entertainer") or Suzy (anything she's done since 101) - have really progressed.

At the same time, w/ a superior script and a talented PD (who know how to get the best out of his/her actors) - these 2 can do pretty good work (as seen in AM/Reply 1988 and 101).

Same goes for YEH, who still hasn't been able to live up to, much less surpass, her performance in "Coffee Prince."

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Not much going for "Entertainer" (except for Chae-Jung-an and Jung Man-sik) - even Ji Sung seemed like he was mailing in his performance a good part of the time.

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her acting is improved..she got wards for her acting..which mean u against those juri..panel..directors..& even her co star said she`s not got in acting...daaa....shes got title for no reason..she cf queen,shes evrything perfect..modest,humble always positive girl..even b4 reply 1988 many ppl said shes not good..after tht what happen..reply 1988 rating was the highest on tvn..try c ur in acting..or u just good at commnting ppl..talking bullshit..i know hyeri since her debut..from a poor but good fmily..think others more than herself..

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Sigh. Count me in with the people who can't relate to her acting. Couldn't hold my interest in 1988 and completely lost me in Entertainer. No discernible chemistry in either show. Granted, people seemed to love her in 1988. But, near as I can tell, she was simply the beneficiary of the show itself being a crack drama.

I just wish she'd hone her acting chops by getting a little real-life experience under her belt and doing second lead roles in quality shows for a while. It's not that I wish anything bad on her; just don't want to see her in a lead role until she's earned it with her acting resume.

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lets try c ur voice then...owhh..i forgot..doesnt need to hear ur voice..already ur word describes hw hateful u r..her voice r energy to some person..mind ur words..lots of children in my places & adults(old ppl) likes her voice..it gives them positive energy..while u...sucks..i love hyeri the way she is..

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"Picnic is described as a fantasy adventure rom-com that drops (literally) a cast of idols onto an uninhabited island when their flight crash-lands there."

Made me think of Lost US series.

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They should just make this a reality series. Hyeri wouldn't have to act; she could just interact. Win/win.

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Haha oops, that probably sounded really random but I indented to reply to another comment. I guess it kind of works.

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It does. Lol

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It's either gonna be like Lost or it's gonna be like Modern Farmer.

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You just got me to reverse opinions. If it was like Modern Farmer I totally would like the casting of Hyeri. She does 'dorktastic' really well.

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Love this pair! Really want hyeri to do good this time around,hope she can reclaim her glory post reply.
On the name picnic,though javabeans gave the initial idea,but may be this is exactly how it's going to be,a mad picnic with all the extravaganza.Oddly I can hear F4's almost paradise in the background for no specific reason :S.

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Yay! That's great news. He is totally a leading man!

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WHY? WHYYYYY?

please save us all some heartache/migraines/STRESSS and just throw this potential kdrama deep into the dark depths of the universe. i never want to hear about this again--sounds like a mess, omg.

KHN, please save yourself and run far, far, faaaar away -__-

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Or... you can just skip the show to prevent heartaches, migraines, and stress!

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Okay, I'm down for this!

I agree with javabeans, although Hyeri was disappointing in Entertainer, I think she's still got it in her depending on the right role. This seems like a nice pairing and I really want to see Kang Haneul in a lead role!

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I bet that deserted island has a Subway branch hidden in the jungle.

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Hehehehehe!

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And department store too for quick makeover and/or shopping.

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No, you anti-subway fans.

They packed a basket of subways which survived the crash. And feeds them for weeks and weeks showing the superior quality of subway food that does not rot. When the hero is going mad with delusions because of low sugar, the heroine lovingly offers him, her last subway hence sealing ever lasting love

pfft ... and hence the name "picnic"

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Ahaha. That's probably why the drama is even back. Subway agreed to sponsor the whole drama...just as long as the plot and title are adjusted accordingly to revolve completely around it.

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I will bet money the plane food is catered by Subway lol.

And of course it comes with them to the deserted island, where they can have Lord of the Flies-type fights over who gets the six-inchers and who gets the footlongs with extra cheese! And who gets to store the bacon etc etc. All with perfectly preserved Subway wrappers, of course.

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If it doesn't rot, I'm less likely to buy Subway.

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LOL.

"food that does not rot"

Reminds me of that old urban legend about Twinkies...so chemically infused that they had a freshness half-life of around 10,000 years.

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There's a real video of McDonald's burger being put outside to rot for 1 week along with a normal burger.

after 1 week the normal burger rotted like normal food but the McDonald's burger wasn't rotting more than slightly. Scary to think what's even in that food, that it won't rot.

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That video/study has been debunked. :)

http://www.snopes.com/six-year-old-happy-meal-doesnt-rot/

I'm not a fan of their burgers myself, but the science behind the debunking fascinated me. :D

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Wow that is a relief.

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It will be on one of the things they will be able to salvage from the plane wreck. What is drama without makeovers, right?

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I'm pretty sure that for deserted islands, Subway delivers via sub.

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*groan*

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*giggling*

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They keep themselves warm by draping subway wrappers all over themselves at night. They wear the remaining wrappers like how Tarzan wore his loincloth during the day. All their clothes got ripped off during the crash landing, see.

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They have to survive till the end of the show. Hence, subway the good shaman(if theres any, its subway) to the rescue of Kpop idols and Candy.

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And a korean makeup store ! Idols can't live without eyeliner okay?.

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Oh I bet the duty free trolley will also arrive on the island undamaged so they can prettify themselves every day and everyone will look like they're vacationing at a 5* beach resort rather than being stranded on a deserted island.

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Nah. They can just use a charred bit of wood left over from the campfire.

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Don't forget the waterproof phone and nivea sunscreen, I thought I saw more of those product in drama lately.
It can literally help them.

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Hmm I wonder what kind of state of the art household appliances they could include...washing machines and fridges are out of the race for the island, has to be something solar-powered....

Nah, scrap that, they'll still manage to throw every product in pre-crash and after the rescue (unless they're going the Blue Lagoon route which I doubt), I mean look at DotS. ;-)
Idol will crave a sub after its rescue and needs new clothes, makeup etc. Haven't driven a car for god knows how long the autopilot function could make a reappearance. Geez, endless opportunities. :-P

Btw guys, better copyright your PPL ideas already, KoD showed us how bothersome it can be for the writer to include PPLs. ;-)

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I'm putting my money on sun block, bug sprays, flashlights, power bank :P

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Can't they just rig up a bamboo bike to generate electricity like the professor did on Gilligan's Island? What's a drama without a geeeeeenius?

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Oh my gosh, if they did a remake of Gilligan's Island, I'd be ALL OVER THAT. Best show ever.

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lol

I bet all their smart watches will work too on this deserted island.

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By the time the last episode is aired, they'll be churning out their own subs, made from the random wild turkey or forest chicken that wanders into their camp.

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Maybe it will be like the movie Love Wrecked. They'll only think they are marooned but in fact there's a 5 stars beach resort just on the other side of the jungle. PPLs haven

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LOL that would explain why no one is looking for the missing idols. They probably thought they're just having a picnic.

Though I fully trust in the fansite noonas to be there in 15 minutes with their bazooka-size cameras.

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I'm not sure if the fact that this is a Korean-Chinese production a cause for worry... Why does this feel like it will be one big messy drama?! ><

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uggghhhh not Hyeri. First she ruined Ji Sung for me, and now she's going to ruin Kang Haneul? NO.

Seriously, no. She was so so SO horrible in Entertainer. Like a plank of wood but with less personality and a more annoying voice. It made me hate Ji Sung for liking the non-entity of her character, and I was a bit more forgiving of Min-hyuk but it was still painful watching them. Please, save us from this.

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The fac t that she was barely on screen almost each episode, don't get how she ruined the drama for you.Instead for me the fact that she got paired against the much matured jin sung ruined teh drama for me.She had much more chemistry with min hyuk. People could may be hush down the tone of criticism.

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That tells you how bad she was! Like YY says below, she just stands around looking confused, with her mouth half open all the time. She really does! My brain wanted to go into auto-shutdown anytime she appeared onscreen just so I didn't have to watch her, which greatly hurt my ability to enjoy the show. So yes, she ruined the drama for me. I'm not criticising vainly, she was genuinely horrible, and I wish more than anyone that she wasn't. Instead, I am left with 16 lost hours of life that I will NEVER. GET. BACK. (as you can see, I couldn't finish it...)

To be fair, the writer and director are also hugely at fault for forcing that intolerable romance when the chemistry was appalling.

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I never finished it at the first place.She should not have taken this drama seriously.I don't even see the appeal for the story either.These days the script writers are doing their jobs halfheartedly that's for sure.

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I really think she should work on her enunciation, watch it raw and I always put subs after, it distracted me from seeing her total expression (see once then saw the subs) since she always in important scene for the lead romance.
that enunciation wil help and it come with practice, she still got time

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Yeah, she was barely in that drama. She didn't ruin anything. The writer and everything else did the job of ruining it on its on. Though I will agree she never worked with Ji Sung. He looked like her father. She had great chemistry with KMH.

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I fast forward her scenes in entertainer, luckily they cut her scenes, I watch for ji sung

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Wow, Hyeri totally got shown up by a 5 year old in her last show. I can't believe she is getting another job. I sure hope there are no crying scenes. Maybe they need someone to stand around looking confused with their mouth half open.

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If the idols would keep splashing and scrubbing and washing themselves in the streams, then Hyeri wouldn't need to act, she could just stand there the whole drama with that same confused face and that same half-open mouth? Maybe that's why it's called Picnic (for Hyeri)?

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Aren't there like a handful of well-recieved idols turned actors? I'd watch this if the cast was full of them.

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#SaveKangHaneul2016

First, we have to deal with him being second lead in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, that would ultimately break our hearts into pieces. Now we'll have Kang Haneul with Hyeri who regressed so much in Entertainer, it's so hard to watch her again onscreen. And Writer Song Jina has gone for whatever reason. For KHN's sake, please don't take this drama, I'm sure there will be better chance for him to be the leading man and get the girl.

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you know, I could really dig an IU/Kang Haneul pairing as first leads. He does smouldering intensity really well, and I can see her matching him beautifully.

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Oh I like that pairing.

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I was already shipping them from the trailer alone T_T

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I REALLY hope they are going to find some GREAT writer because this plot is just so...bad? Full of cliches? Sounds boring?
At least Healer's writer could save it...

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Ehh Hyeri. I really don't like her and I adore KH. Maybe if she promises to get rid of the stupid clueless look that she constantly wore in Entetainer, there may be a chance or redemption.

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I don't know about this one. I love Kang Ha Neul, but my love is not strong enough to stomach another drama with Hyeri. If the drama takes place in the island 90% of the time, it means that she will be talking constantly. Her voice, well, is not my favorite. However, there are some positives:

- No love triangle
- No evil mother-in-laws
- No trucks of doom
- No geniuses
- No chaebols
- No products placement (unless they save products from the wreckage, like Wilson in Castaway)

One potential positive is Kang Ha Neul shirtless, hunting for his meal. Taking showers in a waterfall. Mmmm. If this happens I will watch, ready to fast forward at the first thing that annoys me.

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Love triangle: I'm sure they'll find a way to make love triangle/square/pentagon
Evil MIL: Evil mother-in-law will go berserk is she knows her son is in a deserted island with nobody (and fall in love too!!)
Trucks of doom: actually they don't need truck of doom, but there's plane of doom that brings them to that island
Genius: what kdrama without geniuses?
Chaebol: top idol is kinda rich, right? And who knows if he's chaebol son who happens to be an idol like Siwon?
PPL: mary's comment above will give the producers an idea to shove PPL in a remote island

*just for fun chingu*

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- what makes you think that evil MIL was not on the plane? She was travelling with her precious idol son to ward of greedy, grasping poor girls with a wardrobe off milan runway

- instead of trucks we have trees of doom

- of course we have chaebols .. There is the idol and the ever suffering second lead who has tons of money but no one loves him *sniff*

- You underestimate the power of ppl's. We have sunscreens, anti perspirants, clothes that do not wrinkle, food tins, toothpastes, snack pouches etc etc ...

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- "Tree of doom" LMAO they fall down reaaaaaaaaaal slow and make a lot of noise. The heroine is struck dumb and just stares as a giant coconut tree slowly threatens to crush her. The hero sees it and has enough time to run down the hill and push her away, but not enough time to jump away himself.

- If the suffering second lead has tons of money but nothing to buy on the island, does his defeat seem more acceptable? Or is it more pathetic?

- Think of all the camping gear PPL they can use!

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It'd be funny if subway delivers there

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"The hero sees it and has enough time to run down the hill and push her away, but not enough time to jump away himself" - THIS! Hahahaha!

And the tree of doom? You guys are hilarious! Thank you! XD

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Hero actually has enough time to jump away but he's gobsmacked by the beauty and size of the coconuts. ;-)

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Since we are having falling trees and flying coconuts, why not bananas too ? :D
Instead of being hit by the head by a flying coconut, the hero slips on a banana peel and falls down, knocking himself unconscious xD while the heroine screams NOOOOO

I see amnesia working it's magic by this lol

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Coconuts of doom.

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There's no getting away from a musical genius with this plot.

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A plane containts tons of things that will spread like rain if the baggage storage broke 1st.
Then it will landed perfectly in the designated area that benefit the cast, perhaps with broken box but still usable goods which are free for their entire island picnic.
You also can count the inevitable from any harm mother in law, 2nd lead, supporting cast and maybe the mystery "someone kill the pilot" story but it all probably happen in other island sincr the picnic island is reserved for the lead bonding moment.
*I actually feel bad if anyone get harm since the cast are all survived

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Nooooo, why?! And we've all been cheering back then when both Song Ji-nah and Kang Ha-neul declined....booohhhh.
Drama, you can have Hyeri but please spare uri maknae stone. I want him as the lead of a quality show with co-stars who can act and not some messy idol drama whose sole purpose is to promote SM idols.

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how many genres is this ?

adventure
rom com
fantasy
coming of age

what else?

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I still think this sounds like the premise to a really bad web drama. It may surprise me, but I still don't want KHN attached...

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I'm just saying, instead of Hyeri why don't Minah? hmm. Hyeri and YuRi is just similar in acting. Hyeri should just focus on singing and do variety shows. Acting not for her. How I wish more idols have a courage like Sunny SNSD to turn down the acting offer. I don't mind with supporting role but a lead role is a no no.

Sigh. How I wish to see Eunji back in small screen.

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Minah did great in Beautiful Gong-shim - I was expecting it to go the way of most SBS weekend dramas and sink without a trace, but it got a surprising lot of love. My hunch that she would have made a better lead for AM1988 than Hyeri, is now proved correct!

I adore Eunji, but any hope of seeing her in a drama in 2016 is rapidly slipping away. I hope she does one in 2017, and that it's successful - of the three Answer Me leading ladies, she's the most watchable.

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Apink comeback is Sept-Oct so maybe near year end (some adaptation/project without a cast is planned for Dec btw)? i want to believe Eunji wouldn't break her one drama a year trend *hopeful, wishful thinking*

sorry for these OT comments ^^,

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I had the same thought when I watched Minah in Gong Shim! How much better would Deuk Soon have been if it was Minah instead?

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I never watched Minah before Gong Shim, honestly was reluctant at first. But she was good. Her chemistry with two leading men also great.

I hope Eunji will comeback next year, as early as possible.

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You tell me about Eunji -_- but she keeps talking about acting so i'll be hopeful and wait for her comeback, preferably this year. I need her in another rom-com ><

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Prayer circle for a Ji-soo reunion someday, please!

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*Join hands* like pleaseee

*replay that scene from ep8 SGG for the nth time*

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*reunion as main romantic leads, please!

I feel like we need to specify that now, to avoid being threatened with a spectre like the thankfully averted casting reunion of Yoon Doojoon and Kim Seul-gi ...... as siblings.

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Definitely joining the circle.
And definitely replying the end part of ep 8.

I'm fine even with short drama like Page Turner or Puberty Medley as long as they are the leads, as long as no best friend loves my crush thing. Damn, can I even ask for a kissing scene? That would be too much, right?
Ok. Just them together as the leads. Enough. No more greed.

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I swear SGG is the first time I have actually wanted to clone the girl so the two boys could have one each of her. She had equally amazing chemistry with them both, even though on a story level, I rooted for Yeol/Yeon-doo harder.

And that ep 8 ending..... Ji-soo gives really swoonworthy hugs. There needs to be a repeat of that if they ever do reunite!

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yea I'm not even greedy, a special drama with good writing and plot is better than a draggy drama.

yeaaa, I mean i rooted for Y/Y couple since day 1 but then HJ and YD, i mean Jisoo and Eunji started having more interaction and i was like WHATJUSTHAPPENED like you can't do it to me drama!! for once let me ship peacefully!!lol NGL I felt so bad like at ep8-9 when i realized that i'm looking forwards more to HJ/YD scenes. like i knew there's gonna be heartbreak but screw it. lol but yup just blame it all Eunjisoo chemistry, they just fit, the emotions were so point, i can totally see them in a angsty melo drama anyday and it's gonna be the best thing ever.. ah

There's that upcoming adaptation Mermaid prince that have yet a cast and i'm crossing fingers for Eunji to consider it. It's gonna be so different to her previous role which is great and a challenge for her. even though it's rom-com genre.

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Eunji!!!!! THE idol actress as far as I'm concerned. Have really missed her.

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How do main writers pull out from a project? So they aren't the ones who come up with the story idea?
So is it:
1) Someone else comes up with the idea and writers who can work with the idea joins the project
2) Writers come up with the story idea themselves
etc
Could someone clarify?

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I'm curious as well

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It seems that Hyeri only does well in dramas set in 1988. If they're not going to set this in 1988, then I say hell no! Don't make me cry for my precious KHN.

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Javabeans, the drama never lost Song Jina, she was never the writer in the first place. The production company clarified ages ago that she was only the supervisor and the drama was to be written by Kim Bandi (Angry Mom) from start to end.

The drama wasn't rejected by stations either, there was another article months ago that they were purposely pushing the production to next year so they can do pre-production (since there will be overseas shooting).

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And Yuri is still attached to the drama, she was offered the second lead from the start, not the main lead.

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Is it just me, or does 'successful idol with prickly personality' describe almost all idols in kdramaland ever? I mean yeah, the formula is only there all the time because it works but stilllllllllllllll...

I mean, don't fix it if it ain't broke, but all the same I can't help but also kind of long for the day when we get some idol character who acts like a cold bad boy in front of the press (his manager insists it's good for his rep and drawing in fangirls), but is secretly just some shy, pun-loving dork who snorts when he laughs too hard.

Come on, drama land. I know you want it as much as I do...

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The only time I've actually liked the 'successful idol with a prickly personality' was when said idol was female. Specifically, Cindy from Producers.

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Chun Song-yi wasn't exactly an idol... but she comes close to that description. :)

Also Dokko Jin?

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Also how about Siwon's character in KoD? :-)

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That dork! Hahahahaha

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I don't why but the storyline kind of reminded me of Lost(American TV series) except it's the romantic version:-P

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Why don't they just cast Rain and make this into a sequel for Come Back Ahjussi or something?

On a serious note, I'm not too keen on Hyeri though. Why can't we get someone like Eunji if they really wanted an idol? Or an idol who can act and has a popular fanbase in China?

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I ❤ Hyeri so much in reply 1988. She has special energy in her acting and also so logely. Duk Son has become my favorite Kdrama heroine. :))
I'm so happy that she is back in dramaland again. Actually, I still haven't watched entertainer. But judging by her acting in reply 1988, count me in any drama with hyeri.

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Forgetting about the casts, I think the plot itself is not strong. Seems like it's going to be full of cliché anyway, with the successful prickly guy and the ordinary girl. I think this would fit more as a webdrama.

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Pretty much this.

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Took the words right out of my mouth. I really hope they don't make it a 20 episode drama.

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Ugh. Why is Kang Haneul even considering this?

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I'd watch it if Nam Ji-Hyun is his leading lady. It would be their adult role reunion.

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They were really cute together in Angel Eyes. ❤

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I dropped that drama after they were done with the teen portion. I didn't feel it from the 2 leads.

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well, MBC already snapped her up for another drama but I would be into it if she was the lead here.

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Yea :(.

I just noticed that they were almost the same age and age gap in Angel Eyes with Kim Yoo-jung and Park Bo-gum in the upcoming Moonlight Clouds.

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Maybe not him, but his agency. But I just hope he turn down this.

The plot sounds good for web drama or maybe special drama ?

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No, no more Hyeri for me.........her acting is sleep inducing, I mean very good for an insomniac but bad when she is sharing screen space with somebody who is talented and you like, please say no Kang Haneul, you'll get better projects with better partners.

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Flight 29 Down, anyone?

I think it was mentioned in an earlier post but still want to bring it up.

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I immediately thought of Flight 29 Down too! I thought I was the only one who avidly watched that show as a child.

Adventure Rom-Com/Coming of age? Wonder if this will turn out to be a superhero origin story...Oliver Queen anyone?

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I wouldn't say I was an avid viewer but between Corbin Bleu, Johnny Pacar and the ever gorgeous Hallee Hirsh, I checked in regularly enough to keep up with the gossip lol

You upped the ante with the GA reference. Are you my soulmate? ?

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ohhh my Kang Haneul ;_; romcom! yasss<3333
*saw hyeri's name*
oh no i beg of you please no T__T

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If they must cast an idol opposite him I prefer him with Eunji. I loved Hyeri in AM88 but not so much in Entertainer. I hope KHN drops this drama and joins some other drama opposite Kim Ji Won. They were cute in The Heirs.
Like some beanies above I want Eunji back in dramaland too. Would be thrilled if she reunited with Ji Soo, Kim Bum or Seo In Guk!

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Eunji does seem to have excellent chemistry with all!

Why doesn't she do more dramas ? Is she not popular domestically ? Anyone who is better aware of Kdrama industry as such ?

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I don't even like saying this because I don't want to believe it: I think if Eunji was considered universally pretty by Koreans (UGH Korean beauty standards) she would have a lot more roles and opportunities :(

Which is awful, because she has such a naturalness on screen and so much potential.

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You are joking, right? She is not considered pretty in Korea?

what? bah? urghhh? hun? wha?

*check myself in the mirror and fall into depression*

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The beauty standard is the only reason people like Suzy get lead roles even though they freaking suck at acting. How many bad and flopping dramas do we have to go through before they realise acting talent can't be substituted by pretty looks?

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its the same everywhere.

we cheer and celebrate every nano "improvement" in pretty actors acting

while the so called non-pretty, not needing any improvement actors sit jobless.

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Exactly. The kind of performance Jung Eunji or Kim.Go Eun would get dragged and exiled from the industry for, when it comes from Suzy or Jin Se Yeon etc it gets claimed as evidence of acting talent and them 'deserving' lead roles.

Being 'pretty' gets some insane benefits in any country but korea is way more extreme. Even the great Hollywood beauties had to show some kind of acting talent to keep getting good roles and good projects, here having nothing other than a pretty face and some media play can make you a top star it seems. You don't see a Hollywood version of Suzy keeping on getting lead roles with top actors and writers after 5 years of bad acting....

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honestly i can't speak about suzy because i have not seen any of other works, so i do not know if her current performance is improvement or same or deterioration

but i am shocked that Eunji is not considered pretty and is hence offered less roles. She is so warm and relatable onscreen. she just feels natural in her roles.

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It's not about improvement or deterioration, it's just her acting is still so bad even now. Even the 'improved' acting isn't fit for lead roles, her UF acting isn't even as good as Jung Eunji's worst performance.

I also don't understand why Eunji doesn't get more offers for acting when she is so talented but this beauty standard really is stupid.

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This has been getting me so confused, the Korean beauty standard. Eunji is sometimes gorgeous, sometimes charming, sometimes cute, sometimes shining. In which she appears so charming in my eyes, people still consider her not pretty. My friends told me that yes, based on K-beauty she's considered not pretty.

Even when I have been so long following K-dramaworld, I still cannot understand why beauty has to be the first raport for actress.

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I feel like I must be the only person in the world who is super excited about this plot, lmao, it just sounds really fun to me to have a bunch of idols dropped in the middle of an island like a fish out of water. Although Gaia was so much the better name.

I adore Hyeri (and I've thankfully never seen Entertainer), but I admit I'd rather someone else for this, because I can already imagine her in this role and I'm guessing she'll only be serviceable. Is Moon Ga Young of lead age yet? I want to see her in something. And I'm a fan of Kim Bo Ra as well. I really need them to start getting roles like these beyond the golden trifecta of Sohyun, Yoojung and Saeron.

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Oh I do like the plot. And I'd love to see Kang Ha-neul in this (if only to finally have him lead something). But I'm also nervous about Hyeri's casting. I won't skip it if she signs on, but I'm still hoping they can find another idol actress to do it.

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No... Just please, no.

This drama needs to either lose Kang Ha Neul or it needs to lose Hyeri. I know it sounds cliche, but he's too good for her. She needs to take a break from acting and go for more acting classes or something. And if anyone wants to argue that she wasn't in Ji Sung's league either and she starred in a drama with him, I would say that is precisely the point I'm making. Her inadequacies were glaringly obvious in that drama.

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Yeah why is she getting lead roles like this right away..... she was good in Reply but not otherwise.

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First of all plot is weak, overused, painful to watch. I`m not sure who wants to watch jerk idol bullying pitiful plain jane on deserted island till they fall in love. Is that adventuraous part of this drama? Second Hyeri as lead again? Wasn`t Entertainer proof enough that she can`t act. And i`m sorry Hyeri fans and lovers yes i have seen Reply1988 and she was bad in it too. 1st half was bearable but in 2nd we head dead fish expression (minus kiss) most of the time. Tho kiss looked horrid as well with her face looking like shes eating Subway sandwich with closed eyes. And nope she never improved since 2012, was the same in Seonam high school investigators, Hyde Jakyll and me, Tasty Life. I just dont get it why would KHN accept this after Scarlet Heart, Retrial, Dongju, Twenty, Like for Likes. Even if its first lead role he deserves much better. At this point Yuri and Chanyeol are in better postion as cameo appearance. I hope he will decline this offer.

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Well, I like her, but Entertainer was just bad to start with and her pairing with Ji Sung did not work (she was good with the other guy). I think these two will be cute together. Though I wish her agency would let her rest and learn more being shoving her into lead roles all the time. But Kang Ha Neul who has never had a lead role is not too good for this... he's also not some outstanding talent either. She was mismatched with someone like Ji Sung, but not this guy.

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Confused expression and half mouth open all the time Lmao! I don't like hyeri acting :( her acting is so forced, she looks like act, not natulral

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Can Hyeri mime her way through this drama role?

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Okay... I have to ask. What's with all the hate regarding Hyeri's delivery? Did I miss something? I found her very likeable in everything I've seen her in. Also, she is very pretty which is always a plus. Maybe it's because I'm from the U.S. and know absolutely no Korean? Please clue in the clueless haha...

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Kang Haneul is too good for this drama. I hope he doesn't take it. The story sounds lame.

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Will be honest. Not looking forward to this as much because I have not been impressed with Hyeri so far.

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I'm so disappointed with Kang Ha Neul and Lee Jun Ki, they
accept all offers with out thinking. They bring their level down more and more.
I will stay away their dramas.

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Honestly, I like Girl's Day but I think Hyeri needs to stop taking the lead roles and take a couple of smaller characters in well-written, well-casted dramas. She was really good for a rookie in Reply, but since then I think the pressure of continuing her streak ruined her acting. There's Minah, who worked her way up from tons of little roles in dramas and then did great with Gong Shim. I don't know, can't we get Eunji or IU next to Kang Haneul? At least let him finally be put in a good drama for once if he's going to be the lead.

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Oh snap, the director for angry mom? Dis gon be gud.

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Why is anyone making a show with this kind of stupid story? Hyeri is not a good actress and the whole thing already sounds bad.

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At least,if KHN will take this role,i hope he will still keep his scarlet heart gorgeous hair,he looks different and hot. But i still pray he will get different co-star...

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I guess talent doesn't count anymore when it comes to casting these idols. I understand that they want to get experience in other fields, but sometimes you have to admit that acting is not your thing, like cooking is not mine. I have a lot of things to say, but I feel disappointed when I see idols who posses mediocre acting skills being cast in good projects along side talented actors. Hyeri's face is expressionless when she acts and she cries like a kid in the supermarket because his mom didn't bought him the toy.

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Augh Hyeri, not hating but, I don't really like her personally...Because of her I haven't watched Answer Me 1988. I hope another actress fills this role instead of her, and I really love KHN.

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Is it that expensive to buy MBC? And makes everyone's dream come true?

Kang Ha-neul signed, checked.
Hyeri left, checked.
Song Ji-nah writer returned, checked.
And using my power, I'll bring Jung Eun-ji in, checked.

Ha-neul and Eun-ji once had their hands locking to each other for announcing one award. And I can assure you, they look completely fine--if perfect sounds too subjective for some of you.

Wait, why it sounds more like my dream instead of everyone's?

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I love KNH, and he definitely deserves his own drama, but I hope he stays far away from this one.

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