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School 2017 in the works for summer broadcast on KBS

The School franchise is one that’s near and dear to my heart, so I’m excited to hear that KBS is bringing back a new installment of the high school drama series right on schedule. Following its revival with School 2013 and its follow-up with a mystery bent, Who Are You–School 2015, KBS has announced that the seventh season of the franchise, School 2017, is being planned for a summer broadcast. Since its inception in 1999, the series is known for its star-launching history as much as its earnest stories set in high school, so the real question is: Who will be the next Lee Jong-seok or Kim Woo-bin?

School began in 1999 and aired four consecutive standalone seasons (each with a new cast and new complete story) until 2002, and in retrospect the franchise is more famous for casting raw young talent who go on to stardom, beginning with Jang Hyuk, and including Bae Doo-na, Kim Rae-won, Ha Ji-won, and Jo In-sung, among others. The series came back in 2013 with the epic teenage bromance between Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin, successfully reviving its status as a star-making vehicle. I wouldn’t say the same of Kim So-hyun in Who Are You–School 2015 — she was already plenty famous before that — but Yook Sung-jae and Nam Joo-hyuk have since been cast in prominent supporting and leading roles.

The new season will be the first miniseries helmed by PD Park Jin-seok, whose credits include the short drama series Battle of the Book, drama specials Unfamiliar Fairytale and Illegal Parking, and assistant director credits on Chuno, Jeon Woo-chi, and Sword and Flower. The script will be penned by a winner of the open screenwriting competition at KBS.

The focus of School 2017 will return to “real stories about school,” like in its early days. School 2013 followed that model, focusing on friendships, growing pains, and the everyday struggles of teachers and students, by weaving in and out of many characters’ side stories. I preferred that to School 2015, which had an addictive mystery story and love triangle at its center, but didn’t really manage to capture the same realistic feel that I loved so much about School 2013. I’m glad to know that the franchise is going back to its roots, and can’t wait to meet the next class of dramaland’s stars.

School 2017 will begin casting auditions soon, and plans to air next summer on KBS.

Via TV Report

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Yesss to less romance and more bromance with them calling each other bastards every 2 minutes.

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I'm actually hoping for more focus on female friendships this time. The boys had their time to shine in 2013, move over for the girls!

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I'm a sucker for female centric dramas. I hope that they'll put more focus on the female frendships as well! Not sure about the previous renditions, but I'm pretty sure a lot of "school stuff" happen between the girls too and they should put it in. My complain about School 2013 is that they obviously intended to have this element but scrapped it to milk everything they could out of the bromance. And honestly, I thought it got super boring because of that.

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More female friendships and a return of the teacher/s arc, yes! :D

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+100

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Yes yes yes to more female centric friendships!

My only small wish if they do that is for them NOT to like the same guy because that's just too cliche.

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Yes! Female friendship is so much of a complicated thing (unlike male friendship). But I really want something like this. Something like Age of Youth kind of friendship :)

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Totally agree to more bromance. I wish every "School" drama would be like School 2013. It was so wonderfully great.

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Oh yay!!! The School franchise (minus 2015, which was pretty good but not the same) is the best of the best when it comes to school dramas, so I'm super excited about this.

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GOT7's Jinyoung should totally audition for this!!!
GO JINYOUNG GO!!!

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^1000x YES! Love the idea. Why didn't I think of this myself?!

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Let him take on both Legend of the Blue Sea and THIS!! I foresee him doing very well in school dramas :)

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Go Jinyoung Go!!!

JYP please let him act again (not dream high...)
My love eundong really makes my hearts stop....

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Jinyoung wasn't from JYPE though.

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Whoops, sorry. I misread the comment. I thought you were referring B1A4 Jinyoung.

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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With Twice Nayeon T_T Please

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Yeah JINYOUNG AND NAYEON <3 PLEASE...PLEASE...PLEASE..PLEASE

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Kim Yoo Jung for the lead please!! :D

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I don't think she will take lead in school series. After MDBC her projects will be very selective

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School also needs less-known young talents

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I hope they challange D.O (Hello Monstar, It's Ok It's Love) and Ha Yeon Soo (Monstar, Potato Star)

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I wouldn't consider him a lesser-known young talent. He already has a movie on his resume.

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I'd love to see Yoo-jung in this, she's absolutely adorable.

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i'd love to see jung da bin in this!

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Can't wait!!! I hope it's another great and realistic drama like school 2013 ?

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I would love to see Kwak Dong-yeon here as the lead!

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Why did you say this perfect thing??? Now I'm gonna wish for it so much and cry when it doesn't happen. T________T

But it's gotta happen, right? He must be in a lot of PDs eyes right now because of Moonlight.

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Now I really want this!

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I would love to see Kwak Dong Yeon in this. He needs an epic bromance to rival School 2013. I'm trying to think of an up and comer who could give us a deliciously angst-y bromance. There's this one kid out there... think his name is Ji Soo. Maybe they could cast him and pair them up.

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I like this idea too!! Although he may be too cool for school now being Gat Byung-yeon

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Omg yes. Now I will be sad if this doesn't happen.

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Okay I so need that to happen. He was so good as a student in The Flatterer and his bromance/frenemiship with Jaejin was hilarious and cute. Gah, now I'm gonna be disappointed no matter who they cast if it's not KDY lol.

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OMG YAS.

Now I'm gonna be terribly disappointed if he isn't in this.

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Omg yes!
I'm watching School 2013 now and if there is bromance like that and KDY is in it, I will be SO HAPPY!

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+1000
Crossing my finger and hoping

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Yessss! I have really admired his acting over the years and I love how he's getting more recognition now. I would love to watch him in School 2017, though if he does he'll probably play a transfer student again haha!

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Ah so many names. I want to keep doling out new names but I fear for my heart when it wouldn't happen. ill just wait for the casting news and then celebrate! :P

School 2013 was really one of the best shows I have seen. Hoping for 2017 to be along the same lines instead of showing anticlimactic mysteries and frustrated lovelines.

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I actually forgot School 2015 existed lol, completely wiped it out of my memories. Thank goodness they're going back to their original model.

If only AOY's writer took part in this project :(

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I need fresh blood...err..I mean new and young actor. *I'm not a vampire*

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As much as people hate on school 2015, can't deny that it catapulted sungjae's career. Kim so hyun was already popular before the drama, but it established her as a leading actress. NJK got a lot of fans after the drama too.

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I'm excited for this!!! Can't wait!!!!

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This calls for ji soo and the other boy from page turner!!! Oooh but i would also love to see sunbae from age of youth!! And yoon sung from moonlight!! So many choices cant we have them all ╭(╯ε╰)╮

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As much as I love Jisoo, I've yet to feel that he's a GREAT actor. He's a good one, and unless the character in School 2017 is fresh, different from what he's done before, he should stay away from the drama.

In his latest drama, Scarlet Heart, Jisoo doesn't shine as much as Joohyuk does.

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Yay!! Loved School 2013 and I really do hope 2017 would take after that show instead of 2015. Looking forward to the casting news!!

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I hope the bromance doesn't overwhelm every other storyline like last time. I was super disappointed at how the girls' stories vanished in favor of the boys' arcs.

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Do you think there can be awesome, tight friendships between guys and girls without romance necessarily being a factor?

Anyway, hope to see at least a few fresh faces and a good story unfold!

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school 2013 has done that..purely friendship between manxman, femalexfemale and manxfemale, between the teacher and also between the students..

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"The focus of School 2017 will return to “real stories about school,” like in its early days. School 2013 followed that model, focusing on friendships, growing pains, and the everyday struggles of teachers and students, by weaving in and out of many characters’ side stories. I preferred that to School 2015, which had an addictive mystery story and love triangle at its center, but didn’t really manage to capture the same realistic feel that I loved so much about School 2013."

And truth has never been spoken better. I love 2015 but 2013 was more raw and earthy and stay true to its School title. If they managed to bring 2017 with similar vibes as 2013, I'm more than happy.

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Can they cast Park Bo Gum in this, pretty please? i mean, in one interview he said that he really want to cast in high school movie or drama before he's going too old for that.

Also, this will broadcast through KBS which is PBG is already their one of favourite actors.

*praying hard to drama God*

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School francais should stick with under the radar actors.. reply actors already get their time of fame.. I want more lesser known actor.

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If not the lead then i think they shld totally have Bogum to cameo or something. as the ex best friend with whom the lead has a tragic past with that changes his life from then on (broken bromance). Somewhere along those lines. Yup making up my own story here. Hahaha XD

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Park Bo-gum would totally love this. He wanted to wear school uniform for drama before it is too late.

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My take on casting :
Main lead actress : chae so bin
Main lead actor : kwak dong yeon or ji soo
Second lead : kim min suk
Second lead actress : seo shin ae ( long time no see shin ae unni)

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Chae soo bin and ji soo?
Isnt it like
"sassy gogo: the second lead story"
The story of a broken boy who fall for his bestfriend's girl and a girl who trapped in deadly korean educational system and perfectionist mother. Together they find the meaning of true friendship in between cheerleading routine.

XDDDD I'm still under impression that sassy gogo was more "school" than school 2013.

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My bad. School 2015. The one with kim sohyun, sungjae, and joohyuk.

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I vote for Seohyun, Seolhyun, Baekhyun, APinks's Son NaEun, BtoB's Minhyuk, Gu Hye Sun, Krystal Jung, Hyeri, Goo Hara, and Kim Hyun Joong!!! These people together would make a great cast.... don't you guys agree? ?

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That sarcasm though...:-P

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Oh gosh I hope that never happens ? Or maybe it would turn out to be the best drama ever, simply because it'd be so involuntarily comic?

And now I'm imagining what it would be like if stonefaced KHJ was the male lead to energetic huh-faced Hyeri's female lead. Golden...

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Err....that would be a recipe for ratings disaster! But seriously though I might check it out for lols. Who knows it might end up being not too bad? But definitely not great though.

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I want Shin jae-ha from page turner and Kang Chan-hee from Signal. I think it's time for them to shine.

Kwak Dong-yeon is also a great candidate. Though, just like everyone said, after Moonlight his image become a lot more mature for high school character.

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I also want Kang Chanhee...that boy knows how to act and is better than other idols out there. I want him to have a big break and rise to stardom. He deserves a spotlight.

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Oooh yes! He was heartbreakingly and heartwarmingly good in that drama.

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I hope chani Oppa... Kang Chan Hee (sf9) will be the cast in the drama.. He has great tallent for acting, because he was do it since child.. He can be a big idol and Oppa handsome too

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I love when an underdog gets the spotlight they deserve and Shin Jae-Ha would do amazingly well as a very heartbroken angst character. He needs to shine, goddamit!!

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SO SO SO glad to hear it'll go back to the 2013 type feel. 2015 was nowhere near as good as 2013.

Also, the photo HURT my feelings because as I was scrolling, I thought it was an article about Woobin and Jongsuk reuniting in a drama and I got so excited.

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Lee Jong-suk and Kim Woo-bin have exploding chemistry in their bromance. So unforgettable.

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Haha I thought I was the only one thinking that. I want them back in a drama together or something. The bromance never die

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lmao i wouldnt want to be the lead actress if there's ever another woobin and jongsuk drama- she'd get brutally tossed aside from the first ep xD

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Yes, for female friendship! Maybe a high school version of age of youth?

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A screenwriting competition? Are they sure they don't want to stick to known good writers? I'm just reminded of the mess that happened with the open competition/audition of My Sassy Girl remake. I sure hope whoever wins will bring in another wonderful story to the franchise.

As for possible leads, I do like the idea of Kim Hyung because he is awesome. If PBG isn't already big, he could do it. He missed out going to school in R88. For female lead, I don't mind seeing any of the girls in AoY again.

Can't wait to hear more news about this.

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Not all screenwriting competition dramas are bad, though :)

Angry Mom was pretty good, and that came from one of these competitions, and I think one of the writers of Secret was the winner of a writing competition, too (Secret wasn't really my taste, but it was a popular drama nonetheless)

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Can we have PARK BO GUM as a high-school kiddo?

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He's already a big star..

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Yes, please. With Yoo-jung as his partner.

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Kim! Sae! Ron! Shin! Jae! Ha! Kwak! Dong! Yeon!

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i wish we'll have something like reply/answer me series drama at school that tell the story more about teenagers like how the kids handle the first kiss, how they face moving from being kids into grown up or being big kids that still doesnt realise its time to stop playing around. i mean, not anyone have big issue. why not picking up an ordinary high school student story?

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correction: i mean first crush. that time when you actually a slow kid that doesnt really know what its like to have a crush. all you know is even making the other part angry and pissed at you is nice ^^

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School 2015 was a solid drama in its own right, it just didn't belong with the rest of the series. I'm so glad they're going back to the 2013 format.

Definitely think that the girls (and their friendships) should take center-stage this time. I'm not denying that Kim Woobin and Lee Jongsuk were awesome and didn't deserve their big break, but I'll forever be bitter that the girls, the lovelines, and their friendships were shunted aside for Jungho's storyline. It just wasn't fair to Park Seyoung and Ryu Hyoyoung and honestly, I kinda blame the role downgrades to how the actresses careers kinda stalled. Park Seyoung got stuck with daily dramas and Ryu Hyoyoung with supporting roles... I think they would've gotten to primetime leading lady status immediately if School 2013 let them shine. So I hope School 2017 would be a lot kinder to their ladies!

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I haven't watched Park Se Young in anything else, but she is honestly quite bad in School 2013.

The only male-female chemistry in S13 is Jang Na Ra and Lee Jong Suk, but I am quite glad that they don't go down to teacher/student route.

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That's your opinion, and I'm entitled to a different one. I was intrigued by what could happen to Namsoon-Hakyung. Park Seyoung's Song Hakyung was meant to be a complicated character, but they chopped up her role to end up with a part that's insubstantial and superficial, do you not see how that could affect her performance?

It's rash to claim "no chemistry" when the boys and the girls of School 2013 hardly interacted.

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I also like Namsoon-Hakyung romance. They have great chemistry, too bad they cut their scenes to focus on bromance

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Can we have college 2017 instead,enough of high school theme kdrama..... I'm a fan of age of youth and I think its high time we have college theme dramas like cheese in the trap and 20 again. I have seen so many high school theme kdrama eg sassy go go,all school,boys over flower,page turner,puberty medley,reply 1997,playful kiss,the heirs,high school love on etc..... I really want less high school kdrama and more college theme kdrama for 2017.

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But the entire series revolve around high school students. I agree that there's a lack of college-themed shows, but it would make no sense making the next installment of a series where all six previous shows have been about high school take place at college. If there had only been a couple of shows in the series so far, it might be different, but this has been a well-loved series since the late 90s and changing the set-up would be off-putting now.

I can't recall a single high school drama from this year (well except from drama special Page Turner), nor any planned high school drama other than this one for this year or the next, so there'll probably be plenty of other dramas for you to choose from :)

They could make a completely different show/series based on college though, wouldn't mind that!

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Chae so bin needs a lead role now.
She has that already.
Yooo goooo school 2017 casting.
Cast her lead role.

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D.O and got7's jinhyoung needs this really!
they're idol and some of you may say ahhhh again idols! but you know what?these 2 are really good at acting!
i also love to see hong bin!he portrayed his character really well in moorim school!

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I like DO and Grandpa Fox's acting, but I wish School2017 can be used to highlight new talents. Idols get exposure through their albums too but actors can only get recognition through acting projects. We need to discover a new crop of actors (and actresses) otherwise there will be a void since the 87-88ers will be due for military service soon.

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Lee Seul Gi anyone?????

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Sorry. *Kim instead of Lee

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I definitely thought about this! Pair up with Yoon Do Joon of course - but the School series normally cast newbies so I doubt this could happen.

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Seo Kang Joon would be a good fit for this drama imho. ♥
He said in one of his interviews that he wants to star in a school drama.

And like the majority I prefer a series like School 2013 over the story of school2015.

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Forget to add. How about Moon Chae Won as a teacher?!
Maybe this version could focus more on the teacher's relationships with the students instead just on the students' school life alone.

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I am watching School 2013 now and this makes me SO HAPPY! ❤️ I hope the Feels will be as good as 2013.

I didn't know this School series started way back in 1999! Can anyone advise- Which ones other than 2013 are worth watching?

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- Kwak dong yeon
- D.O
- Moon Geun Yeong (she is just debuted and young, she need a chance)
- Chae Soo Bin

I need more reference...

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Is there more than one Moon Geun-young? Because she definitely didn't just debut and is almost 30 years old

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Moon ga young right? She is not new tho,first saw her in heartstring and that's was 2011.

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Oh man, a big yes to Park Bo Gum, Jinyoung, Kwak Dong Yeon, Ji Soo, D.O!! Would love to see them together :)

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I Nominate Kang Chan Hee, Moon Ga young, Kim sae ron For this!!!!! Moon ga young is so pretty now and she's so cuteeee!!! And Kang Chan hee(signal) he's a Child actors staring so many drama back then Can you hear my heart, Queen classroom,signal,hwajung,nice guy as Maru child etc etc, but he just 17 years old now and starting he's career as an Idol !!! It's Actor turned Idol turned Actor for sureeee He's soooo goooddddd !!!

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I agree!! Let's root for them...

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Guys: Kwak Dong-yeon, Lee Tae-sun, Yeo Ui-joo, Jin-young (Got7), Yeon Joon-seok, Gong Myung...
Girls: Park Hye-soo, Yoon So-hee, Seo Shin-ae, Kang Min-ah, Kim Hyang-gi, Yoon Ye-joo...

The acting options are endless. In terms of story, I am rooting for some good female relationships.

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I don't really like school franchise since i'm too old for high school romance. But if Park Bo Gum participate on this i'll be glad to watch. Hhehehe

I love sassy go go by the way.......despitr me being too old for school romance :))

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i really hope Jaebum will be in it. but its so far from the possibility. but again, who knows ;D

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i like school 2013 more than 2015 it got some realistic touch w/c are refreashing and fun to watch and the bromance was so cute i must say it was pretty satisfying than the romance on 2015(it was disappointing)i wish this one also be like 2013.

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You really got me there for a moment... I thought at first they were bringing back School 2013 to do more storyline with the same actors. I was about to cry tears of joy. Alas, I know that's not feasible but the heart wants what the heart wants! The bromance of 2013 was just so good. I would totally be up for a post-School 2013 look at these kids' lives. Would the bromance still be going strong? XD

Will wait to see who is cast for School 2017.

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I want Chani Oppa??Kang Chan Hee (sf9). He has great tallent in acting world, he do it since child. He can the next Korean idol, and Oppa handsome too.. He was manny play in drama with famous actor and actris..

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Kim Yoo Jung, JR (got7), chanwoo (iKON)

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I really hope they will cast Kim Yoo Jung in school 2017 even though I think it will be hard as she has been casted in love in the moonlight.
Actually KYJ is really good, both she and KSY, so since KSY is already in School 2013 I don't think there is another actress at their age with there talent........

KBS fighting

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I want to see Nam Ji Hyun the actress to be the female lead. I think she'd be great.

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Female lead - Lee Hye Ri / Kim Saeron
Male Lead - Jisoo / Kang Chan Hee

Idk the chemistry between Hyeri and Jisoo, but I think that will be great since I watched Entertainer and Sassy Go Go..

2nd possible lead actor/actress Saeron and ChanHee.. I missed their combination in I Can Hear Your Voice (2011).. how time flies......

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*Can You Hear My Heart, actually??

Too many dramas in my head...

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Kim Yoo Jung please! She's one of the best and I still want her more in school drama.

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ikon chanwoo and june will be perfect for this series

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omg im so excited for this but i have a suggestions. please choose or let taehyung and jongsuk to be part of it i really really wanted them to be part of it HAHAHA and please focus on male friendships hahaha please. i think it's going to be cool like school 2013 it's more about bromance. uhmm well it's just a suggestion but im still hoping for it. please notice this comment thankyou ￶￶❣

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PLEASE cast kim taehyung and lee jong suk please please ￶☹

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