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New JTBC rom-com lines up Kim Hyun-joo, Joo Sang-wook to star

Cable network JTBC has announced a new drama, slated for Fridays and Saturdays this fall. It’s called Fantastic, and has cast a whole group of actors in one fell swoop: Kim Hyun-joo (I Have a Lover) and Joo Sang-wook (Dazzling Temptation) are in talks to headline, and Park Shi-yeon (Greatest Marriage), Kim Tae-hoon (One More Happy Ending), and resident puppy Ji-soo (Doctors) have signed on as supporting cast.

The new romantic comedy comes from PD Jo Nam-gook of the thrillers Last, Empire of Gold, and The Chaser, which should be an interesting departure. Writer Lee Sung-eun of Hyena, Sad Love Song, and the wacky sitcom Vampire Idol will be penning the script. It’s a bizarre mix, to say the least, but I do love Vampire Idol in all its ridiculousness, so I’m definitely interested in this writer’s next project.

There’s not a whole lot of plot information out about the romantic comedy, but it’ll be a love story between a drama writer with a terminal illness, and a Hallyu star. That doesn’t sound particularly funny, but it’s described as a cheerful-but-weighty romance. I don’t even know who’s playing what, but I’d put my money on Kim Hyun-joo playing the writer and Joo Sang-wook playing the Hallyu star.


Park Shi-yeon, Kim Tae-hoon, Ji-soo

On paper the premise sounds a lot like Uncontrollably Fond, and it seems like there are a lot of showbiz dramas going on right now (though I suppose the medical dramas are winning that race, really). But I expect the tone and execution to be very different, and I’m keen on learning a little more about each of the characters. Surely the writer of Vampire Idol can come up with some good quirks for everyone.

Kim Hyun-joo and Joo Sang-wook seem like a solid leading pair, and I’m always happy when he does comedy. Park Shi-yeon made her comeback to television in Greatest Marriage, which didn’t do so well, but second-lead territory is well-tread ground for her. Kim Tae-hoon seems to be in everything these days, and Ji-soo seems to be following in his footsteps. My only gripe with this is that I keep having to watch every drama he’s in, and right now it seems like he is in ALL OF THE DRAMAS.

Fantastic will air on Fridays and Saturdays following Age of Youth (which comes after Mirror of the Witch), and premieres sometime in September.

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'Kim Tae-hoon seems to be in everything these days, and Ji-soo seems to be following in his footsteps. My only gripe with this is that I keep having to watch every drama he’s in, and right now it seems like he is in ALL OF THE DRAMAS.'

You say this as if it's a bad thing

I NEED MORE. MORE TAEHOON. MAKE THE MAN RISE HARDER THAN HE'S EVER RISEN

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*cheers wildly*

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I totally agree about Kim Tae-hoon, but I thought gf was talking about Ji-soo.

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Make it both of them! ☺️

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Kim Tae Hoon is the man. I love seeing him. Wish he played some happier characters, lol. I want that winning smile of his more often.

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*standing ovation*

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I saw last episode of doctors, and hilariously PSH had the best chemistry with Jisoo. Anyways happy to see Sang-wook return to comedy hope that its a comedy.

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I agree! I love PSH's chemistry with ALL the guys in Doctors. But, surprisingly, I was moved the most with her's and Jisoo's chemistry/relationship. I absolutely loved how their relationship turned out and love their interactions together! It's so sweet! >_<

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Agreeeeeeeeeeeeeee...
I love the chemistry between both of them.
Why is Ji Soo always playing an angst-ridden role?
But then again, that's exactly the reason he's our puppy.

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Yes please! I love love love Kim Hyun Joo and Joo Sang Wook! This will be great. Nothing better than watching a drama with two actors you love as leads.

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+1 Joo Sang Wook seems to outshine his leading ladies (in my opinion) and this time it won't be. Please show me the chemistry like in 'I have lover' please.

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Aye, Kim Hyun Joo is pretty awesome and adaptable. So glad she is going back to jTBC.

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Oh my, what a pleasant news... love both of them. Hope they'll be on board soon.

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Uhhh they had me at Jisoo ? How can I not watch puppy's new drama?

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Park Shi Yeon and Kim Tae Hoon reuniting after 4 years. I hope they have won't have a dysfunctional relationship this time round.

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JI-SOO AND JOO SANG-WOOK IS IN?

I'M ALREADY SOLD.

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It's about time for Ji Soo to get bigger role

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Ooooo, I dig this pairing. I'll be looking forward to hearing more about this project.

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I'm so glad Ji Soo's signed on to yet another drama :) It's so great to see him in so many projects this year and I hope he gets to be a lead of one soon!

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amen. ?

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Yesssss this please. Jisoo as lead. ?

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Nooooo! How am I ever going to see the puppy in lead roles of he keeps get distracted with supporting roles?

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSS! I LOVE MY PUPPY! I will watch anything Jisoo is in! He is definitely the biggest rising star within the last year! So glad he's getting noticed and is getting more and more roles! He is an awesome actor and I love his chemistry with all his costars! I can't wait for this! This news just made me soooooooo happy! ;D

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ohhh. I was so waiting for Kim Hyun-Joo to come back, but not with Joo Sang-wook. He is such a lousy actor who never manages to get any chemistry with his leading actress.

Aside from him, the cast is fabulous.

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He had great chemistry with HYS in Birth of Beauty and even LMJ in Cunning Single Lady. She just totally had zero chemistry with Choi Kang Hee in Dazzling Temptation. JSW is hot oppa but not one of the best actor. Depending on his partner, he can do well.

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JSW has to work a little more on his facial expressions specially if there will be some dramatic scenes.

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I'd switch him with Kim Tae Hoon problem solved.

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Same here. I like JSW for his looks but for his acting, no. His acting always come off as stiff to me.

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Kim Hyun Joo and Lee Sang Wook? And Kim Tae Hoon?ANDDDDDDD....wait for it....JISOO?! Okay, I'm definitely tuning in! I've loved Kim Hyun Joo since Glass Slipper days and Lee Sang Wook is such a dork, it's crazy not to love him! Then we have Kim Tae Hoon, the sexy ahjussi and my puppy Jisoo. I can't possibly ask for more. This cast is amaze balls! :)

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I LOVE THIS CAST LINEUP! :D

But, I have a question beanies...when the actors/actresses are "in talks to headline" does that mean that they have signed on already? Or are they just potential candidates?

*crosses fingers and is hopeful*

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They are still in the middle of negotiations, not final yet.

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Personally I can't stand Ji-soo, and I'm annoyed he's in so many projects because it makes it hard to avoid him. And I love Joo Sang-wook and Kim Tae-hoon! How do I solve this dilemma?

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Can't stand beloved Jisoo? Why?
Poor you :(

The ways to solve your dilemma are either just watch the drama with fast-forwarding Jisoo's scene or go for another drama with no Jisoo.

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I must be the only one that ff Doctors just to see Jisoo.

None of the actors here appealed to me (yet) so I might just do the same.

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I may not ff-ing Doctors just for Jisoo, I do enjoy the drama with all the cast though still can't get into the main love line. But I keep replaying every Jisoo's scenes ?

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First time to hear that someone doesn't like the puppy......hmmmmmm

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He's not the type of young actor I'd root for but I wouldn't avoid him.

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I with you. I definitely don't love him like everyone else does. He's a decent actor, but he hasn't impressed me. I don't get the hype.

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I'm excited about this OTP. I hope her character is spunky and smart, and I hope his has a dorky side. I still crack up when I think of his confession in Sly and Single Again ("I have... plastic flower"). The rest of the cast is great, too. My only reservation is the terminal illness part... maybe it's another misunderstanding and it's a computer terminal that's ill?

Does anyone know how many episodes are planned?

Here's hoping that Fantastic does a better job of living up to its name then Daebak did.

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Not sure about the project, but Kim Hyun-jooooooo!! So excited to see her back.

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Also Park Si-yeon! Too bad they can't nix the dying person/Hallyu star romance no one wants to see again and make it a buddy comedy about the two women.

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I'm excited about Park Shi-yeon's comeback too! :) She's like Honey Lee. They surprise me at how good they've become as actresses.

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Park Shi Yeon really great in Nice Guy. Hope her role is great

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This makes me miss Jung Ha-Yeon. They both have done well and improved a lot when they worked with him in his dramas.

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Here's another cheer for Park Shi-yeon! Ever since Coffee House, I have loved her acting - I hope that she won't be a bitchy ex or rival in this, but get an actual meaty role to sink her teeth into. Ahem, metaphorically speaking, of course. (Unless she's a gumiho. I would totally get behind that.)

I've never actually thought about it before, but you're right, Park Shi-yeon and Honey Lee do have a lot in common (and not just because they both have adorable dimples). They're not afraid to look silly or try new things, and they're grown into excellent actresses I'd love to see in a lot of kdramas to come. :-)

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I loved her in Coffee House, too! That a nice, underrated drama. It's not everyday the male lead ends up with the best friend instead of the naive, bumbling new girl.

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Glad to see I'm not the only one happy about seeing Park Si Yeon back on TV again! Hopefully they don't make her an annoying second lead. She deserves better than that.

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This!

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This. She can play morally complex characters pretty well, but if they turn her into the usual jealous harpy whose entire life revolves around the main couple, they're going to have one pissed off viewer on their hands.

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Right? She's consistently played some complex, strong characters in her last few projects so I'm partly confident she won't be playing a run-of-the-mill, clingy second lead. But let's cross our fingers and prepare an offering for the drama gods, just in case.

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Mee too! But wondering how this will goes, it described as rom com but has terminal illness. In anyway, excited for this.

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jisoo jisooo jisoooo .....

they keep hooking me with jisoo ... but he has such tiny roles in all. .. there are shows I don't watch and then I have to time in just to see him ...

too soon for a lead ? .. but at least do a proper second lead role pls so I can look at him with my hearts content.

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I already love everything about this! I hope the leads confirm!!

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I hope all confirm. Kim Hyun Joo will do fantastic work. Jo Sang Wook will do well in rom com. His character in Birth of Beauty and Cunning Single Lady were among his best roles. Depending on his partner, he will have a great chemistry.

Park Shi-Yeon and Kim Tae Hoon are both fantastic as well.
And Ji Soo... the Beanies puppy.

Its OK to be a supporting cast first Ji Soo ya, take time to learn your skill. Acting with seniors will definitely help you and give your precious experiences. ;) Hopefully he will get a role like Lee Won Geun in The Good Wife soon.

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Park Shi Yeon is such a beautiful sweet lady. Her sexy figure is to die for no matter she already had kids. She's also a decent actress. She and Lee Honey seems the hottest korean actress. Too bad her dramas rarely do well.

I think she needs to be paired with someone who can bring female leads shine such as Gong Yoo or Eric Mun.

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I hated her guts (& mono facial expression) in My girl, warmed up to her in Story of A Man, but she totally stole my heart in Coffe House, she was absolutely fantastic & had an electric chemistry with Kang Ji Hwan, I thought since then she'd a be huge but unfortunately she didn't reach her full potential,
But for me, she proved herself as an actress

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She did so very, very well with Kang Ji Hwan in Coffee House and even Song Joong Ki in Nice Guy, she really should be getting better, more challenging roles. I love her!

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I doubt very much PSY will ever be in the same drama with Eric as they're exes.

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Park Shi Yeon and Eric Mun won't be never happen whether in drama land. They were lovers.

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I'm a bit iffy about the premise but hopefully all the named leads sign on because I like all five of them. I'll definitely check this one out when it airs.

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Kim Tae Hoon is a amazing actor, his acting so good in many genres.
Why Kim Hyun Joo turn down Wanted because it? I never watch drama of director or writer. Are they good?

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All of us need more Ji-soo in our lives. But please don't let his character go through tragedy pleaseeeeeeee. *cries in korean*

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Kim Hyun Joo and Joo Sang Wook. I love this couples.

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Ji Soo!! I love him so much. I need him in everything ever. Except I'd have to sit through a lot of crap dramas if I got that wish. I mean, he's the main reason I'm going to watch Moon Lovers: Scarlet O'Hara: 90210 when I don't actually enjoy sageuks.

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I miss Joo Sang Wook's face and this cast looks fantastic all around but JTBC's choice of writers lately is so meh, I wish I could be more excited.

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Jisoo, Kim Tae Hoon, Joo Sang Wook, Park Shi Yeon?! Give it to me now.

After OMHE, I'm so in love with KTH and I'm glad he has a lot of projects coming up. Even though Greatest Marriage wasn't great (pun intended) I look forward to PSY. JSW is a minor pull for me.

But then of course, there's Jisoo. And excluding any drama genres I don't watch, like intense supernatural, I have to watch everything he is in, even if I'm late.

Yay, to uri resident puppy being on screen all year long!

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Glad to see Joo Sang-wook in something lighter again (I liked him a lot in Birth of A Beauty), although I'd love to see the whole lead-with-terminal-illness thing disappear for awhile from KDramas.

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kim hyun joo is the best actress and beautiful and fantastic inthe [ I HAVE A LOVER ] .I'm very happy she come back .KIM HYUN JOO Fantastic for this drama .She is super talented .

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Kinda wanna see more from Jisoo than the brooding teen or the brooding teen that is actually a puppy...teen, so I hope he gets something different to do here.

Love, love Kim Tae Hoon. A lot. Look forward to him. I've warmed up to Park Shi Yeon and would like to see her again as well.

Kim Hyun Joo is cool, though I didn't so much like her last drama...she was great. And Joo Sang Wook can be so fun!

This seems like a cool project. And I want Joo Sang Wook to be the writer, lol. I actually think it makes more sense but we'll see.

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Jisoo Jisoo Jisoo!!!!! *goes giddy & adds to my to-watch list* I'm watch ALL OF THOSE DRAMAS too, GF!!

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Did you just say Joo sang wook??! Hes my ultimate bias next to Kim ji hoon! I wanna be in but those dramas with dying people always rub me the wrong way... I might reconsider it to watch my newest favs Kim tae hoon and Jisoo in action...!

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Always wanted to see Joo Sang-wook in a romcom (only seen him on variety) based on his rep for having that goofy charm and based on the PD and cast, this one might warrant finally seeing JSW.

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I really don't care which lead actor is in this drama, as long as Kim hyun joo is in it I'm sold!!! She is such an amazing ,brilliant and very talented actress. The rest of the cast are just lucky to be acting with her , dang im jealous!! . She is also very beautiful and humble! She did a brilliant job in I have a lover with ji Jin hee and was also great in what's going to happen to my family. I wish her all the best and i hope to see her in this drama . And if truly hope if this drama does work out for her to be one successful drama and win multiple awards. Fighting khj!!!

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Joo Sang Wook oppa. I'm looking forward this drama.

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