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My Sassy Girl swaps out lead actress, courts Oh Yeon-seo to star

Wait, they’re changing My Sassy Girl’s sassy girl? Then what the heck was the point of that massive open audition with 1,800 hopefuls, plus reality survival show with top ten finalists, all in an effort to pick a fresh face? Well I guess it all seems moot now, because the finalist who was cast in the lead role — newbie actress Kim Joo-hyun — has stepped down to take on a secondary role in the drama, and an offer is now out to Oh Yeon-seo (Come Back, Ajusshi) to headline in her place.

The new SBS drama stars Joo-won (Yong-pal) in a sageuk remake of the classic rom-com movie My Sassy Girl, which will take the basic premise — rude, sassy girl meets nice, put-upon boy — and transplants the story to the Joseon era. I don’t even think of it as My Sassy Girl, to be honest, because Joo-won’s character is described as a cold city man, which is the total opposite of the beta male hero in the original.

It’s unclear why Kim Joo-hyun stepped down from the role voluntarily when she competed against so many to get the coveted lead character, but there’s some speculation about the pressure of a leading role on an inexperienced actress; on the flip side, there’s also speculation about SBS pressuring the production to re-cast with a bigger star. The latter seems much likelier to me, though if that’s true, I have no idea why producers bothered going through with the open auditions if they weren’t going to stick to their guns. I could’ve told you on day one that the network would want a star. When has a network ever NOT wanted a star?

That said, I don’t actually mind the casting change at all, since I like Oh Yeon-seo and know she’s got the comedic chops to be outrageously gross and sassy. She was hilarious as a gangster trapped in a woman’s body in Come Back, Ajusshi, and seems like a perfect fit to be the next sassy girl. She’s been offered the role of a bright, quirky princess who’s a nuisance to the royal family. Meanwhile, Kim Joo-hyun will take the role of the princess’s rival in love, the only daughter to the most powerful minister in the king’s court. She’ll have a one-sided crush on the hero.

The heroine is described as beautiful and innocent on the outside, but she’s actually a constant troublemaker who hops the palace walls as she pleases, gets drunk, and stays out all night. She hates empty formalities and vanity, and isn’t afraid to use the swear words she hears in the marketplace to argue her case. The princess happily enjoys eating things like chicken feet and live octopus, and loves her brother dearly. She sounds refreshing, just like a Joseon sassy girl ought to.

My Sassy Girl will be 100% pre-produced and plans to air simultaneously in Korea, China, and Japan sometime next year. It begins shooting in September.

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Although I think she's pretty damn perfect for the role, the whole switching out thing makes all the hooha from before kinda pointless.

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^ this. So much this.

All the this. +1000 this.

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ikr? suddenly I just miss the thumbs-up button ?

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Agree.

Feel bad for all who joined the audition.

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will I always thought it was done more for promotion of the drama than anything else and the change comes as no surprise to me.
As the a\newbie actress is still getting a supporting role, she should still be happy, after all she getting a break and without the pressure of being the lead.

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I really really like Oh Yeon-seo and she amaze me on her acting skills on Come Back Mister and I don't mind if she will play the Joseon-era My Sassy Girl, but it makes me sad that it seems like it kinda put her in the bad light coz she's getting the offer after suddenly Kim Joo-hyun dropped off the role.

OT: Jealousy Incarnate teaser is so damn funny, I'm so excited. Jo Jung Seok ~swoon~

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yeah same i feel that oh yeon seo is prefect for the role but i feel bad for kim joo hyun, i really hope they atleast utilise her well considering she's going to be the typical second lead with a one-sided crush

and yes! i can't wait for drama beans to talk about the jealousy incarnate teaser i watched it so many times already!

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"i feel bad for kim joo hyun, i really hope they at least utilise her well considering she’s going to be the typical second lead with a one-sided crush"

Co-starring Kim Joo hyun as Sassy Girl's best friend, Sassy Friend.

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I don't like this. My biggest emphaty for Kim Ju Hyeon. I hope Oh Yeon Seo will turn it down, because I like her, and this process is not beautiful.

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I wish so.

I like Joowon and also Oh Yeon Seo but drama with so many 'drama' in it wont make it. Joowon's nodame was such an example. So many dramas with buzzing marketing but ended up failed...

Goodluck!

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This is noise marketing at its very worse. I definitely see why they went through the audition - it wasn't to get a female lead, it was to get attention and that's just dirty play right there. Now that they already have an unknown face, SBS decides they prefer someone more popular. If the actress voluntarily stepped down (I so doubt that) then that's fine, but if not, dick move SBS. Dick-effin-move.

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I was thinking the same thing - publicity ploy

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I don't get it...then what's the point of the open auditions? Why didn't they offer to the other top 3 finalists instead? (Although I think Oh Yeon Seo is sassy enough to be The Sassy Girl)

Just to clarify, did she drop out or was she dropped out? The conflicting reports are making me confused.

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they are saying that she stepped down bec of pressure of leading a show *snorts*

can the story get anymore ridiculous ?

She worked hard for the auditions, she is a rookie actress who is looking to make a big break, and without shooting anything she decided the pressure is too much???

Really badly done SBS

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Pressure of leading a show = "You don't meet our standards for idol draw power to sell more ads".

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Oh poor girl. After went through the difficult process, it is end up as nothing.

Not complaining about OYS at all, I was not originally wanted to watch this but if OYS is in, I will watch. She is perfect for the role. The only thing matters is, they should not be any audition from the very beginning, They should just cast OYS straight away.

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This comes off really bad on the production team

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WTH. What an awful start to an unnecessary remake. Not cool, SBS, not cool.

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Another SBS fiasco. Still not yet over Beautiful Mind episode cuts.

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Beautiful Mind was on KBS2, though...

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Lol. SBS is just so awful they affect other networks shows, too

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Tell me about it. They all suck.

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".. an unnecessary remake..". This, x 10. Sassy girl sort of worked in a modern office environment. I see it as a total flop when set in a time when women's rights consisted of the choice of what river to wash clothes in.

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And look at what they did to the hero's discription. This mess can't be qualified as a remake in the slightest.

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I love Oh Yeon Eo and she will rock this. That said, what a crappy thing to do!!!! I mean have a giant casting publicity stunt to get interest in your drama going and then force the winner out?! What the hell?! Sleezy. There is no way it was voluntary. Sleezy and liars.

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*Seo (darn phone keyboaed)

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This sounds like a hot mess. I've recently been burnt by stupid decisions from greedy networks (yes KBS I'm looking at you), so I'm biased against networks now. But seriously it sounds like someone high up panicked that maybe they wouldn't have a runaway hit and then arm twisted everyone into changing the lead actress. Sometimes I wish networks would butt out regarding the creative process and allow the PDs and writers to do their jobs in peace.

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I like her in Shine or Go Crazy

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I wish Kim joo-hyun gets big in the future with non-SBS dramas. It's a pity. Highly anticipated her performance as a sassy girl tho. Bul-ja yaaa, fighting :'D

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The only good decision they make is casting Oh Yeon Seo because she's certainly talented and sassy enough - if they decided to cast an idol-actress (and I emphasize on the idol part) instead, imagine the public outrage.

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PR stunt to the max! If this flop it's gonna be a flop of epic proportion. Sorry JW sooo not watching, better luck next time!

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Those were my thoughts exactly! Why bother with the audition process if you are going to end up casting a star instead?! Now you're just gonna get bad publicity. So much for the audition as a marketing stunt now. My feelings have been cheated. I loved Kim Joo Hyun in Modern Farmer and I was so excited to see her get a lead role. Sigh, nasty side of showbiz right there. Well i hope she rocks everyone's socks off in her secondary role and make them regret not giving her the lead role.

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Although I like oh yeon so and would've liked it had they just cast her in the first place but I really feel bad for the girl who "voluntarily" stepped down. She worked so hard to beat so many actresses for this?

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If she really did 'voluntarily' step down, why not choose from the other candidates? Asdfghjkl this is a mess.

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I love OYS but this is just terrible.

SBS must be very confident of getting her. Can you imagine if OYS says no? Better still, they can't get anyone on board. I don't mind seeing OYS, Kim Joo Hyun and Joo Won in different dramas.

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I think Oh Yeon-seo is a pretty good choice for the role. I didn't like any of the finalists. They all look like they lack star quality (or lack audience affinity) so I'm happy that they got Oh Yeon-seo instead.

With regard to the auditioning, I think they've been too open about the process. Instead of making it a reality show/survival like format, they should have just kept it low profile. Like a REAL audition.

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I'm a Kim Joo Hyun fan after Modern Farmer. She has star potential in my book. But I get what you mean.

I'm sad that she has to lose out on this chance to lead.

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I have no idea why they are even associating this with My Sassy Girl if everything from actors to story and even time period is different.

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probably for more publicity

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"air simultaneously in Korea, China, and Japan" For a site with news about dramas you're not very informed about things. Japan avoids airing kdramas in general and paid very little for the huge DOTS, for this drama to air there they will have to sell it for pretty much nothing and I don't know if they're willing to lose money. And China just banned about 99% of korean entertainment, so this drama ain't airing there anytime soon.

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China didn't ban anything.....the show has to submitted to the Chinese authority so that they can review the content.... censor if necessary 6 months prior to air date....DOTS is pre-produced so aired simultaneously in China and Korea.....same goes for Scarlet Heart Rheyo

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In one way or another, China censors just about everything, and lately has been getting worse. The few shows that make it through unscathed are nearly always "pre censored" so nothing offends the Chinese dictatorship. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/12/quit-bugging-me-china-censors-beetle-named-after-president-xi

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Oh really? So that's why China dropped the partnership with SBS and forced them to hire a more famous actress so they could get new local sponsors? And that's also why idol groups are canceling their fan meetings and concerts left and right, because China didn't ban anything, right? Read the news before replyingg next time will you?

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No need to be so rude in correcting other people.

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It's not "banned"; it's being restricted. there's a difference.

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Yeah the difference is that things are getting so bad that pretty much any korean celebrity that isn't EXTREMELY famous will no longer have a chance of gracing the Chinese soil for work purposes. Seriously, do you guys just live with a veil on your eyes are you simply denying to see reality?

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I'm puzzled with the Joo won drama's choices honestly. His old dramas used to be my favourites.
I'm disappointed with yongpal and this sounds like a disaster in a making. He is losing his touch.

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Even though I don't mind the switch cuz I like OYS, this is unfair to KJH. I also read that there were issues with production cuz what was a Korea-China joint venture might be just a Korea show now... There's been political tension these days, which is in turn affecting the entertainment industry in some ways.

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OYS would be perfect for this role!! But I feel REALLY bad for KJH. It must have been a shock to her.
So... what was up with the whole audition thing...? Uhhh.

But what if OYS says no?

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I think after BM cut, everyone paranoid about rating. Keep seeing news about competition from different dramas eg w and UF, even doctors afraid of losing out, keep having different stars coming to do cameos

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I'm so this
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@Gerry

The competition between w and uf is inevitable as both are in the same wed-thu slot and both are heavily marketed, has star writers, young flower boy leads.

Doctors comes out as a sleeper hit success with none of those qualities above. And the cameos have been there from episode 1(gangster boss-lee ki woo) if you have actually watched it. Its more like,a new patient and his/her side story for the following week with the cameos. And the drama is already more than half-way through. So it isn't necessarily to do with the ratings but to continue the plot.

Just my two cents.

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Glad you mentioned about the use of cameos in this drama even from the very first episode! I think some just couldn't accept Doctors popularity to the Korean audience, and find fault.....maybe they should analyze what went wrong with their drama of choice that it has not captured this audience, stop comparing to Doctors, a show that even PSH and her agency thought would flop. I think the audience was intrigued with PSH character from the get go, a totally different role for her! The chemistry between the main leads also was a surprise.....the show has what we call The IT factor.

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Post-DotS syndrome, actually. Every channel is hoping for the next big hit and nobody wants to be completely slaughtered (BF is, in fact, the latest victim and UF is on the verge of being slaughtered).

Recently, in terms of ratings, a drama is either a hit (Doctors) or a flop (BF). Such extremes...

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*Sorry, BF should have been BM (Beautiful Mind).

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I highly doubt she "voluntarily" stepped down from a lead role she worked so hard to get. It's more like she was forced into the very unoriginal second lead role. Anything else is just Korean entertainment news spin. She, being a newbie on the Korean scene is forced to take what she's been dished out. If she complains, she can kiss her career bye-bye.

It's such a dickhead move for a network to make such open promises they can't keep. Now they look bad. It would have been less embarrassing for them to have taken care of this behind the scenes.

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Voluntary in the "step down or go home" sense.

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Weiiiiird! But I didn't want the newbie to be sassy girl, so I'm a little relieved. I like this casting, but I'm still hoping for PARK BO-YOUNG! Haha.

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Park Bo Young 4 saeguk? nahh..she is better with modern drama. Saeguk doesn't suit her. I think Lee Sung kyung would do this role a justice. She sassy, and her height, personality almost similar like jun ji hyun, the previous sassy girl-

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LOL what.

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WTH? They certainly take viewers for idiots,don't they?. Even though, the remake is already unnecessary(I am actually one of the few who didn't like the original lol. Didn't like jun ji hyun's acting nor the movie except for the ending). I was following the drama news because they caused so much hype with all the auditions and joo won not only taking part in the selection process,but also said to involve himself in direction(?) too. Sigh.. I like oh yeon seo. Though she tends to over-react,but i can definitely see her suiting this role. But i don't know..all this has already left a bad after-taste.

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The original started out good, but quickly devolved into the usual mid-series pablum. It was OK, but nothing good enough to justify a remake - especially a stupid remake set in a time when women had less status than cows.

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I second that.

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Shame.....Shame......Shame...Shame.......Shame......Shame..............................(add the background music from Game of Thrones and chant along if you feel the same.....Also......for information for the curious souls out there.... it is directed towards the producers and the casting team not the actors involved.....but one way or the other now this whole damn drama feels like a travesty)

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Love the GoT reference!

You're absolutely right though...

SHAME ... SHAME ... SHAME .... SHAME ... SHAME!

Circa wouldn't stand for this BS!

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WTF...stupid autocorrect. I meant CERCEI***

Kim Joo Hyun should demand trial by combat! ;)
May the best leading girl win! lol

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Oh man, poor Kim Joo Hyun...

It's so stupid that they're marketing this as My Sassy Girl when it sounds nothing like it. They should have either stuck to a straight adaptation with original elements or a brand new thing touted as "the next My Sassy Girl", you know? sigh

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I can pretty much predict how this will go. The first couple of episodes will be something like Doctors, then it will rapidly fall down into the usual sageuk tropes and formula, and she will fall in love with some guy wearing a funny hat. I can see this getting ratings even worse than Mirror of the Witch.

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LMAO wth? thats so embarrassing! whats the point of making such a big deal about having an open audition and casting an unknown when they just ended up doing this??? so stupid lol

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Totaly on point about the Jeon Ji Hyun vibes ever since I first saw her in CITT. But I wouldn't want her to take it so that she doesn't get stuck with that comparism. I want her to be an established name as an actress. Loved her as Baek In Ha even as she went BATSH!T, I couldn't stop staring. It was truly like witnessing a trainwreck. @Harem

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I like OYS v.much from her last drama with rain. She acts very very well. But if the finding of new face to act the new sassy girl was just for attention and rating expection, then it's cruel and certainly unfair. :P

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It has been mentioned that the Chinese backers of this former Korean-Chinese collab pulled out. I guess to attract sponsors SBS made the decision to go with a sure way to get it through a more well-known lead actress.

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This is the same story that 2005's Delightful Girl Chun-hyang was based on, correct?

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Nope. They mean Sassy Girl the movie with Cha Tae-hyun and Jeon Ji-hyun (which just sounds similar to Chun-hyang but is totally unrelated).

*sigh* Now I miss Chun-hyang and Mong-ryong. When will I get their drama reunion, Drama Gods?

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They have such a special place in my heart. The things I would do to see them together again! Or, ya know, at all.

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hey, now that you mentioned it, from the characters, summary (with second female lead there) I guess that it's more suitable to call this drama remake of Delightful Chun-hyang (Sassy Girl Chun-hyang) than CTH's My Sassy Girl.
remember saeguk version in every eps ending of DGCH? they can just make full drama of it.

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Maybe Kim Joo Hyun didn't want to eat chicken feet and live octopus? I might take a secondary role instead if I got to avoid eating live octopus- it kinda scares me.

I do feel sorry for her though. I hope she gets a better break in the future. (and a big bonus check for this debacle)

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Theyre full of bull... if she stepped down then why they didnt call the 2nd place or 3rd place? I dont really like the original story but I liked they were giving new people a chance and the sageuk could bring something cool to the story but it looks like a publicity stunt gone wrong since now theyve seen how savage the rating battles are and want a star asap. And its even more clear it was a stunt because before the auditions, CBA was in its final eps. So they could have totally offered her the role without problems.

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Poor Joo-won :( It never goes smoothly on the female lead part.

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Well I like Oh Yeon Seo and Joo Won, so . . .

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Well, I like Oh Yeonseo but I feel bad for Kim Joohyun, not because she's not leading the drama anymore but because Kim Joohyun is actually a great and charming rookie actress. When she became the finalist of the grand audition, some people were speculating that she had a sponsor to be able to get the role, which was ridiculous. And now girl had to step down because some weird reasons that don't add up.

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the positive side of this: whoever person behind this drama, he's genius! especially in drama promotion. let's review his 'formula':

1. call the drama as remake of popular drama no matter how far the story/plot with the original as long as there's tiny similar premise => attract original's fans, even when the drama turn bad some will stick to drama to bash it, but they still watch (read: rating).

2. cast actor with large fanbase so no matter how bad the drama is they will defend it, preferably someone who already has experience in bad remakes (sorry JW, but you can't erase level7 and NC from your list) => fanwar between actor fan and original drama fan will create buzz, more will watch (read: rating).

3. create another buzz before filming; in this case open casting for female lead => genius! most drama viewers are female, so give them some hope, even if they fail they still can say "I'm this close to become part of this drama", for reminiscing this they will watch the drama (read: rating).

4. another buzz: drama behind drama! re-cast female lead to well known actress but let the open casting winner stay => some will watch for this well known actress and some will watch to support the open cast winner since poor her, after all she's done, but surely this secure viewer (read: rating).

I'm anticipating what he (she?) will do next. another buzz? other drama should learn from this drama production! if this turn out to have good or decent story, with this kind of promotion, on paper the rating will be bombastic!

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You are a genius. I think these buzzes are all strategic.

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This whole business is so crazyyyyy. What they take the viewers for? I am not against OSY but KJH competed her best to be accepted as lead and now!!!!

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That's messed up... I actually prefer the newbie over Oh Yeon Seo! Stupid move.

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as much I love Oh Yeon-soo, I don't like the idea of wasting all those efforts to an open audition....ended up like this

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Oh please they probably had this planned form the start. I mean really who the hell thought they would do a real audition process in Korea? It's hard enough doing this in the US.

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Feel bad for Kim joo-hyun, but she wisely took the supporting part rather than quitting.

The production company probably was all ready to go ahead w/ KJH as the lead actress, but SBS (and probably the investors as well) pressured to get a "name" actress.

Have never seen OYS in anything but variety (like her in variety), but have good things about her acting.

A lot of actresses of her generation seem to have started off as idols - but for short-lived groups (so the idol-turned-actress stigma never really stuck with them).

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Oh yeon seo is damn perfect for the role and the description is really funny. I love crazy princess. She will make an awesome couple with JooWon tooZ

It's much better if they casted oh yeon seo from the start. I don't want her accepting this role made her get unreasonable hates.

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am i the only think that this is just another publicity because theyre gonna put a not so famous actress as a lead? so they throw this news so everyone will feel sorry for KJH. then they will say "After a consideration, we think we will stay with KJH as the leading lady" then everyone will happy and everyone who already root for her will follow the drama.

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This definitely sounds more like a publicity stunt than an actual "voluntary" stepping down. Casting a known actress would definitely generate more viewers and fanfare but that's just an unethical, dick move. I feel bad for Kim Joo Hyun and the other candidates who actually believed they had a chance. She'll still get to be in the drama but her character sounds like a typical boring second lead, ughh. But then again, who knows what actually happened behind the scenes..

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I freakn looooove OYS. I would watch anything she's in, the role seems well suited for her, but the behind the scene drama is a bit much.

Shame.

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