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Introverted Boss takes a week off to rewrite and regroup

This is an interesting move, but perhaps an ultimately positive one for the show (one hopes): Introverted Boss, tvN’s currently running Monday-Tuesday drama, is taking a week off the air in a direct effort to correct course and address viewer complaints about the show.

The drama was originally slated to air Episodes 5 and 6 this week, but announced last week that it would be skipping this week and resuming next Monday. At the time the production team didn’t offer a specific reason for the wait, but I didn’t think too much of it, particularly as this coincided with the Lunar New Year holiday over the weekend, which saw the pre-emption of a few shows (although Introverted Boss had no direct time conflict).

Today, however, producers explained that they are making extensive rewrites to the scripts for Episodes 5 and 6, saying, “There were quite a lot of revisions made to the initially released script, which essentially became a completely new one. Using that script, we are currently filming Episode 5.” Also: “We are working to make up for the parts that are lacking and improve [the drama]. We’ve decided to accept the audience’s views positively.”

The show premiered to a solid 3.16% rating and high hopes; the station had been looking to Introverted Boss to keep up its streak of hits, in no small part because this is the follow-up drama by Oh Hae-young Again’s director, PD Song Hyun-wook, in a reunion with his Marriage Not Dating writer, Joo Hwa-mi, and also that show’s hero, Yeon Woo-jin. Both of those shows were sleeper hits and drew strong popular and critical praise, and it seemed natural to think Introverted Boss would also score. Instead, ratings have been steadily slipping, down to 3.05% in Episode 2, then 2.14% and 1.97%.

Among the viewer complaints: A story that’s difficult to relate to or get behind, including unrealistic characters and forced plotlines, which have elicited negative reactions. Set at a high-powered PR firm, the story centers around a CEO (Yeon Woo-jin) with severe social anxiety and an inability to engage directly with people, whose evasiveness has inadvertently earned him a reputation as a feared, unreasonable boss. A plucky heroine (Park Hye-soo) comes into the company with a loud mouth and outgoing personality—and also a hidden agenda, blaming that CEO for the suicide of her sister, who used to work as his secretary.

It’s meant to be a cute setup, particularly as the heroine rages against the faceless CEO behind his back, not knowing that he’s the same guy that she’s seen around and finds shy and sweet in person. And I do find myself rooting for Mr. CEO to rise above his debilitating anxiety and assert himself and finally get credit for being the brains of the operation, rather than being badmouthed as a tyrannical boss. But the complaints definitely ring true with me, and despite wanting really hard to like it because of the team involved, aside from the hero, I haven’t really warmed to anybody, least of all the heroine. Any new employee who saunters up to the boss’s office on her first day, ignoring that she’s already late, and snooping through his desk and grabbing his hair angrily was a really sudden and early way to lose me. Then to make this the heroine I was supposed to root for in a romance with the hero? Not bloody likely.

It isn’t at all unusual for a drama to make tweaks to its story and characters on the fly (it’s part and parcel of the live-shoot system), as it gauges its audience’s interest along the way, but I’m a little surprised at the production’s transparency about this move and how much they are apparently willing to change. I give them props for not being defensive or precious, and not just telling the viewers that we just have to wait for things to get better, and that there are totally Big Important Reasons for all the things we dislike about it, and that it’s our fault we don’t see the appeal. To the contrary, they’ve stated, “This decision is because we accept the viewers’ opinions. We have cleared up and done away with many ridiculous setups.”

One source with the production team explains that they were unprepared for the barrage of negative feedback following the first episode’s broadcast: “We didn’t expect this kind of response. Most of the producers worked on Oh Hae-young Again and expectations were high, but internally, we were surprised. After considering many situations, it was decided to revise the script. Because we have a good director and good actors, I look forward to [the show] being able to receive love.”

Granted, there’s not a lot you can do for the fact that I don’t think Park Hye-soo is quite ready to be headlining a drama yet—she was promising in Age of Youth as one of the girls, but hasn’t found a way to give this character any oomph or warmth for me. It’s definitely a fault of writing more than performance, but I do think there are actresses who are capable of being likable despite a bad setup, and she isn’t one of them. Still, if this complete overhaul results in toning down her misplaced and off-putting aggressiveness, I will be very grateful.

Introverted Boss will resume airing next Monday, February 6, with Episode 5.

Via IS Plus, TV Report, Sports Seoul

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The female lead character is too pushy it's annoying, I was hoping for an extroverted girl who can understand the male lead as a socially awkward character, and guide him to be brave and to takes a step out of his shell slowly but steadily, in conclusion an extroverted character with charm and charisma (this is what people like about this trait), not the annoying pushy type, I hope they fix that.

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I was thinking the same too. I was expecting that the heroine was an extrovert who tries to warm up the atmosphere (I do not mean somebody who is the fun of a party in this context) and make people comfortable with others. Yet Ro-woon is really the self-centered type and her revenge plan seems progessively purposeless.
I understand that she was so heart-broken when her sister suddenly died and she feels guilty about the fact that she did not know the struggles she had, HOWEVER I do not see indications that she and her sister had a sisterly bond or even symphatized in some subject despite being opposites.

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Yeah, I've really struggled with Ro Woon as well, she's the main reason I almost dropped the show multiple times. I kept going because I do like the lead male and I do like some of the other characters and actors. I even like the mystery of the sister and douchebag Kang. But Ro Woon is horrible to watch and if she continued on in this fashion, there was no way I could keep watching.

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The heroine's character had already lost sympathy points when she snooped through another person's office (invasion of privacy) - and she lost whatever points were left when she informed the media of the alleged mistreatment of the secretary WITHOUT asking for the secretary's permission to go public.

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I feel the same.

She's waaaay too pushy, aggresive and ill mannered.

I think that the producers/writers mistook the concept: extroverted =/= pushy, annoying, no manners, rude, agressive, etc.

Still, now, there's zero chances for me to watch the show, even if the horrible female lead and the miss-plot changes.

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When I think of an outgoing sweetheart drawing a shy person out of their shell, Enrique from flower boy next door is such a great benchmark. His character was unforgettably sweet thruout the drama and helped the girl so much.

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Aaaah... Enrique!!! I love that precious cutie.

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Yeah, Enrique's character might be a good benchmark

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YES!!!!!!!!! So kind, so sweet. One of my all time fav male leads

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Couldn't agree more. Flower Boy Next Door was an introvert-extrovert story done right. Enrique was cute and supportive without being too pushy or nosy. His cute panda dance still makes me squee whenever I watch it.

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Kkae-geum and his "Ahjumma" shout! I still can't get it over my head how cute and relatable Enrique is.. plus the fact that he's gamer, as a gamer myself I could really relate to him. In fact dramaland needs more Enrique!

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Ke Geum!!! How can I not think of him!! Yes, anyone will love person like him, anyone will actually warm up to him!

As an introvert myself, I would only open up to a person who are willing to listen like Enrique. If someone forcefully drag me out of shell, not only I will resist ... I will never ever ever get close to that person again.

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Wow, that's pretty bold. But since I'm one of those viewers who's really struggling with Ro Woon I can't applaud hard enough. Fingers crossed.

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I'm more flailing than clapping lol I liked the story but like you, I struggled with only her. Everything else, though, how his friend was low key evil and his past and him and the story line so far I'm cool with. And at the end of ep 4 it seemed like her behavior was going to change, so I was willing to forgive. Idk what to expect now

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Same tbh.
What if the writer had a plan, what if it was leading somewhere...

I'm not a fan of such 'fanservice'; drastic last minute changes to the script never really work out imho.
Man, I just hope they didn't change everything (please, not Hwan Ki!)

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Frankly, it's the story that I have a problem with. I literally have no idea what 'Silent Monster' is for.

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I think. Silent Monster is for Hwan Ki's position to be taken away from him whilst his friend pretends that it's for his own good (development) but really just will be taking all the credit. If venture will not go well it will be Hwan Ki's fault but if the venture does then he can take credit for it for coming up with the idea. Since he doesn't really believe Hwan Ki will get out of his shell.

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I too struggled with liking the drama. I really like the introverted boss but I'm so annoyed with the heroine. I would have thought she would be more sensitive considering she grew up with an introvert sister whom she loved so much. In 3 years following the death she could have done some soul searching and thought about how she could have understood her sister better instead of blaming someone else for the depression which eventually killed her. There are glimpses of the character being a nice person (like when she checked first if Hwan Ki was hurt following the fender bender, or when she was thinking of the poor defenseless courier boy) but the actress just can't seem to hold on to that aura for long. She reverts back to being just plain overbearing.

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Definitely a bold move. I'm reminded by the episode in King of Dramas where Lee Go Eun had to rewrite a few episodes so the viewers could find the female lead more likeable. I can just imagine what this crew will face from this point on. Phew! Talk about pressure.
But it's tentatively good news for me because I dropped this drama on the first episode because of Ro Woon. The actress was decent in Age of Youth, but for some reason, I can't relate to her character. I agree that she needed time to develop as an actress before taking a leading role. It's quite unfortunate though. Like how much writing will they need to do to make her likable? I'm not sure... we'll see, I guess.

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Yes, I dropped the drama, too. I think it was after episode two.

Café summed my thoughts exactly that the writer thought extroverted=rude.

If it was obvious that her comeuppance was a brewing, fine enough. But She managed to violate some laws and many social norms in the span of the introductory episodes. She seemed heartless and selfish.

In light of the changes, I may give it a try. I loved our introverted boss, but I constantly wanted to save him from his heroine.

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I had so much high hopes about this one, but the first episode was a totally mess for me.

Now, I cannot give another chance, and I'm just waiting for "Tomorrow with you".

The new dramas of all networks are not working for me at all. Maybe I'll stick with "Chief Kim", but it's just a big maybe.

I'm still waiting for "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" to surprise me too.

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Lol same.i thought it would be like fbnd and yeah tomorrow with you and rebel hong gil dong looks good

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- It’s definitely a fault of writing more than performance -

For me the performance has a part too, I still don't find PHS is any good since Yong Pal era, Age of Youth character of her is kinda awkward girl too so maybe that's why she can get pass but good in one doesn't mean always been good

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The thing is, my favorite dramas last year have non-likeable characters (on paper), which are Seo Hyun Jin (in OHY) and Jo Jung Suk's character (in JI). But I ended up loving the show so much because of their portrayal, so I suppose the actors do play a part in this.

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You are right - actors'perfomance really played a big part. Both Seo Hyun Jin and Jo Jung Suk played a non-likeable characters, but because how they approached the characters made it relatable to us.

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Well, You can't compare Park Hye Soo performances to Seo hyun Jin or Jo Jun Seok who have more senior and consistent performer compare to her ? agree? That's just too harsh. her debut is in 2015 FFS.

beside that Seo Hyun Jin char is far having more depth, which is a rare for a romantic comedy. It's rare a female lead getting have enough depth in a romcom k-drama .

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Nobody hates the girl ! It's just that everyone feels she needs time to become a lead material.. Seo Hyun Jin and Jo Jung Suk, give them a role without much depth, they will still shine.. while I don't rule out their experience, I guess it's just that they are the A-C-T-O-R-S.

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Since I have been lurking around dramabeans for around 4 years, I became quite familiar with girlfriday 's and jb 's language.. I would borrow their take on Pasta.. " I can watch Seo Hyun Jin and Jo Jung Seok weave baskets for 20 hours.. Just the sight of these talented actors makes me happy and feel worthwhile to spend time on dramas.. Same with Park Eun Bin... oh!!! I miss them already!!!

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Actually what I found is most viewers hate the character and as a result they hate the actress herself as well. I don't really hate the role or the actress, i just think the experienced actress will make the character more relatable.

SHJ and JJS are incomparable, not only they are experienced actors but they are real actors. They can put eye candy idols /actors with them, i will definitely choose them. Because they are real actors.

And yes since we are talking about them, lets also pray hard for them to act together in one drama. 2016 was their year, maybe 2017 will bring them together. Let's it be in whatever genre.

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I think this production team has gotten used to working with more established actresses and just expected her to rein it in appropriately and with her less experience she doesn't have the finess and thus the character became unpleasantly shrill and strident.

I'm glad they're in major damage control on this, I was about to drop it myself. It just was not working for me.

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Yes, I think you're on the right path there with that thought. The other actresses that they have worked with showed a totally different level of acting when working with them and probably expected her to do the same a la Han Groo (she totally made me fall in love with her after M&D) but I think that it was too early for this girl to take on a lead role. I was surprised when I saw that she had been cast as one. She still needs to graft a bit more before she can shoulder a lead role.
I stopped after ep 2 so I shall see what the re-write brings. Hopefully it works out for everyone in the end as its a show that I will definitely finish for YWJ one day!

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Oh wow, Han Groo as this ... oh it would be the Marriage Not Dating cast again, haha. But yeah, she's have nailed it.

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I also think that this may be the case. They relied on the delivery of the actress while creating this character. For exmple, I tried to picture Jun Ji Hyun as Ra Woon, her acting would make the character look crazy in a good way, funny, maybe eccentric but most probably not this much annoying.

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I think someone more established would have more clout to influence the writer and pd to change or rewrite a scene to make Ro Woon more palatable. But otherwise, I have my doubts about anyone being able to act their way out of it. The writer didn't do a good job of portraying Ro Woon's point of view. Maybe if Hwan Ki was more of an alpha male or a jerk, we could have overlooked her pushy actions. Or may end if we weren't privy to his overly considerate thought processes and actions. But Hwan Ki is super nice guy with a serious disorder who needs someone to help him and lure him out of his shell, not antagonize him. The writer needed to do her job and have the characters mesh well.

However, it seems like the Korean viewers have issues with the entire drama, from plot to characters being unrealistic as a whole. Like how Ro Woon just entrusted a random delivery guy off the street with company goods. Maybe the drama should have went with a shy boss instead of one with a social anxiety disorder. Do a better job introducing side characters. Write Ro Woon as a more respectful character. Do a PR case of the episode to give it some movement. by ep four, while we got to understand RW just a smudge more, nothing has really happened. The first four episodes really could be two episodes at the very most.

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What!! You comparing newcomer with hallyu actress?
I think you are the one that crazy here LOL

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Yeah less experience actress indeed

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At least they care. I was totally looking forward to this drama and ended up disappointed when it aired. I like everyone on the team, and I hope the show can still be saved.

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Me too. I added the series to my watchlist before it even aired. I had emails sent to me informing me of when it did air. I love Yeon Woo-jin and looked so forward to this comedy. And then I couldn't even watch the first episode.

On another note, I remember people (in another thread) talking about how Korean Dramas need to make female leads less demure (is that the word I want?) And to be more forceful personalities. And here we have an aggressive female and she's not liked at all.

Is this a case of "be careful what you wish for" ?

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Same here. I had even penciled a date of the premiere on my calendar, so sure I was that I would love this piece with YWJ :) I liked him but just couldn't stand the girl, she was too rude, too intrusive, just too much of everything!

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I think it's in the definition of forceful in which the controversy lies. She isn't just assertive, she's selfish and breaks laws. Yes, it would be refreshing to have a girl that didn't need to be towed by the wrist by the overbearing male lead, but that doesn't mean she should be so self-centered. She invaded privacy, acted like she owned her work place, and lost someone their job. I would condemn that in any leading man, too. Having a dynamic personality does not necessarily encompass self-centeredness.

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Agreed. The heroine is not assertive, she is an aggressive anti-heroine. She made me want the repressed secretary to be the lead.

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You need to consider how a female lead must have at least one admirable quality to be loved. Like Park Shin-hye is 'Doctors' wasn't the most compassionate, but she was seriously cool. I honestly can't think of one thing Ro-woon is doing right, despite understanding the pain she must feel. She doesn't induce sympathy.

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Wow - I wasn't expecting this, but I'll be grateful if they can make Ro Woon likable. I'm also a viewer who struggled to get through the first few episodes. I only decided to follow through with the show by the end of episode 4, but that was solely bc of Hwan Ki. I was still prepared to bail if Ro Woon kept up the aggressive pushiness. I really am curious how they will save this show though.

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Why am I hoping they change the lead girl...sorry I'm bad.

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I feel the same way!! I haven't seen Age of Youth, so this is my first experience with this girl, and I have to say, I don't like her. Whether that's her acting or the writing, I don't know . But even if they change her character...i just don't think I can get behind her. I would rather they change the lead :3

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Also my first time seeing her; also don't like her.

I don't think they'd do anything as drastic as have her commit suicide too.... maybe lock her up in a funny farm or have her get caught doing something stupid and get arrested (?). Then have the male lead demonstrate how nice he is by being supportive instead of throwing the book at her.

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I had the same reaction, but I do think a better script would have helped me like the character in theory, rather than loathing Rowoon and the actress. Well, loathing might be strong, but it did make me drop the drama.

Your makjang approach might be interesting. Getting caught doing something stupid actually seems pretty realistic since she seems to take matter into her own hands.

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Maybe I'm an outsider, but I like all the episodes so far, I like the chemistry with the cast.

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No, you aren't that much of an outsider. I liked the show too! I am now worried that the parts of the show I liked will be changed, and they wont change the parts I actually had qualms about.

Looking at other's complaints though, I realized I was watching the show and seeing the cast as a set of "characters" and not looking to relate to them. When I read the set-up for the show, I thought it was about them becoming relatable, not starting there.

Here is my prayer to the drama gods: Please let the edits allow others to enjoy the show that I do, without getting rid of my source of enjoyment for the show! (but seriously, Hwan Ki's mental battles about minor decisions are great, don't change them a bit!)

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Yes, I think that played a big part in why I didn't have anything against the female lead. She is flawed, her pushiness is too extreme but I thought part of this show was for her to learn from him just like he was supposed to learn from her...2 extremes that in each others company find middle ground and a more balances attitude towards life.

I'm hoping for the same as you guys... I am really hoping that this show isn't going to change into something the general public enjoys but that has lost it's appeal to me. :/

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I feel the same! I also saw Ro Woon as very flawed, but did not feel this was a problem because I expected her to learn - and in fact, I thought she already showed some promising traits, as she seemed more open to changing her mind about the Evil Boss than I initially feared she would be. She seems to have learned from her mistake with forcing the secretary into an awful position, and also seems poised to learn from the disaster that resulted from her forcing her boss into the limelight against his will.

I was - and still am - waiting for the heroine to realize his true character, and put her passion to work on his behalf and to help him get better and receive the recognition he deserves... while he helps her grow as a person with his thoughtfulness and deeper understanding of people. They are both incomplete characters, and I think they have a lot to give each other. So to me, they actually seem like a good couple!

Generally, I feel that the show has way more heart, depth and substance in terms of characterization than the premise lead us to expect, and I found this to be a very good thing.

That said, I did dread the next eps a bit because I feel so bad for the poor hero, and don't want him to continue being horribly misunderstood (and sabotaged by his so-called best friend). The show seemed like it might get worse for the hero before it got better, and might not turn around until far later in the show. Maybe this is what bothered other viewers too?

My hope now is that the rewrite will move the heroine's realization of the hero's nature forward and they can become a team - he so needs someone in his corner. :-)

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Ditto, ditto, ditto! To all of you. This is my current favorite show. I love it, find myself thinking about it at odd moments, have watched each episode multiple times. And yeah, if they are using this rewrite to speed up the Heroine's development, I am all for it. Because while I was fine with her character (mainly because her moments of clarity when she realizes she was wrong about something let me see her trajectory, and therefore be willing to stay with her through her arc) I understand where everyone else is coming from in their criticisms. But I really hope they don't change anything else.

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I think if the drama had more characters indicate RW had the flaw of crossing boundaries. It was a good moment when Kyori called her out in ep 2. Since then, it seems like the drama indicates it's HwanKi who really needs fixing.

Ro Woon didn't even explain that she was from a family of shy people until episode 4. If they had done that in episode 1 when a writer would usually do introductions, the viewers could have better understood her. It wasn't until ep 4 that I started understanding her.

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This is my favorite show now, and I liked Ro Woon. I feel very bad that this week was skipped and afraid of demoralization of drama team. I am very much afraid about what will happen with the show now.
Ro Woon has some excuses for her behavior, she liked her sister and came for revenge, doesn't know about hero and what happened and is looking for clues, and has active extrovert personality. I expected and enjoyed perspective of her discovering some truth about main hero , and there were signs that this will happen.
I also enjoyed perspective of punishment for second lead, who was probably guilty part in sister suicide.
About main hero I didn't like him from his second lead role in When a man loves, but in this role I could accept him.

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I'm very much afraid of losing the drama I was loving. It's bad that I'm a bit bitter about the complaints but I can't help it.

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was looking forward to this drama but have been strugling to finish each episode..only been able to watch until episode 2..looking forward to the changes..i guess what really makes tvn such a great chanel is that they take viewers opinion seriously

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I'm glad theyre addressing the audiences issues - because dagnammit I just cannot stand the main lead. But I wonder how much the show is going to give me whiplash if they have chosen to completely change the course of the show. Even though I'm not a massive fan, I've gotten used to the plot and whatnot. Just wondering how they are going to come back from that :/

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I definitely agree with the complaints. I was expecting a sweet, zany comedy and the revenge bit to be something kind of silly like a misunderstanding from high school. Instead there's an extremely aggressive heroine and a dark mystery/revenge revolving around the CEO's douchecanoe friend. Not what was advertised.

Sidenote: Why does everything have to have a deep, dark twist? Give me a cute, meaningful story!

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Yep... they should all learn with King Louie book of sweetness.

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or the straightforward but still heart-fluttering 1% of anything

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Or the closer to reality yet cute Weightlifting fairy Kim Bork Joo.

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Bok*

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I don't like the role of Ro Woon or i just dont like the actress? i am also confused ?

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Try watching age of youth then you know the answer

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The more I watch the drama, the more I can't stand watching the heroine acts towards the introverted boss..She's so annoying that i came to root for the boss to pair up with the secretary instead.
I'm gonna stay tuned for the next episodes, for no other reason than Yeon Woo-Jin.
Hoping for the script revision to make the heroine more likable and relatable...

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Me too! i was hoping the secretary would go from scared to ballsy after realizing that hwang ki has social phobia. And that she doesn't need to be scared but supportive as in her being his choi kang hee to her ji sung

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Good on them for taking the feedback constructively and being so upfront about it. I've been frustrated with this show since episode 1 because it has so much potential but PHS's character just isn't realistic.

I liked her in AoY and I don't even find her annoying like most people have commented - what bothers me most is her irrational behaviour (openly snooping around in the penthouse, being downright rude to the boss) and how she failed to realise 'delivery boy' and CEO are the same person when she's seen 'both' dressed in exactly the same outfit?! And how did someone like her with zero comms experience get hired by a top PR company? There are just wayyy so many plotholes with her involved for me to fully concentrate and enjoy the show.

I really want to love this show so praying to the drama gods they managed to salvage the show - fighting!

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She was hired on purpose by the "friend" and co-CEO, for nefarious reasons.
The show will tell us in time, it's not a plot hole, but I don't see much speculation about his plans on the comments.

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They pointed out in ep 1, or 2 but I think 1, that the CEO (who I took to mean Hwan-ki) had asked to an entertainer. It was during the newbies gathering where she is singing and dancing.

So basically Hwan-ki set up the hire requirements to get Ro Woon working there. The evil CEO thinks it was his own doing but it's not.

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I'll give this drama another chance let say two more episodes. Agree that it might be too early for PHS to have this leading role. I honestly don't see any different on her characters in Yong Pal, Age of Youth and the latest Saimdang. She is herself no matter what characters she played. Just like herself on different mood. Blue in Yong Pal, a bit pink in AoY and red Saimadang? If this drama turn into not good, than I'll give 100% devotion to Namgoong Min in Chief Kim?

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Ehh, this is bad...(and comes across as really desperate)

On one hand, changes definitely needed to be made...on the other hand, I don't advocate bending to the will of the audience so easily. The writer has got to stick up for their original idea at some point. Rewrites rarely help a show that's already failing anyway...

Yet it sounds as if the story was never fully realized to begin with...did they really expect that just because their previous works were successful, this one would just fall in place as well? Without any effort? Kinda sounds like the "W" writer where she basically said that she just expected to come up with a smart ending because she did it once before (and didn't really succeed...)

Oh well, I wish all the best to the cast and crew, but I expect things will continue to be dicey for them. Won't they have to be in liveshooting for the rest of the show now?

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Park Hye Soo really facing a very strong criticisms because of her role and her performance, i feel bad for her but the truth hurts. She is not a leading material yet, whoever forcing her or is it herself want to do it, i hope they learnt their lesson. Never ever push the actor to become a lead when he/she is not ready.

I think it is half-half, combination of the writing of her character and her performance turn out to be the bad result.

I hope whetever they decided will make the show becomes better. I am not really hating the drama and leading girl's role, and actually I am looking forward to see the complexity of this drama. I will stay to see how this drama goes. For those who want the leading girl to be replaced, i dont think it is a wise idea. Especially the show already started,and this is the lead character we are talking about. Maybe many of us will be grateful if it really happen, but we will never know if the replacement will be better. Rather than replace the lead, maybe it will be better to stop the drama and start anew. Is this situation has ever occurred in the past? i cannot recall if any.

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Like her character in age of youth but she is not ready for leading girl's role, should start as 2nd lead or supporting

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I think I love her character in AOY and Yong Pal because that role itself is likeable. Even her role in AOY actually quite complex but imo she performed well. She can take the lead role, but choose something likeablw first. I like that actors try to branch out but let it be step by step.

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I really liked her in AOY, but IMO that role really fit her. She has kind of a naturally dour? (IDK how to describe it exactly) face and way of speaking that works with a more quiet character. I don't think her acting has been bad in Introverted Boss per say, but I don't buy her as the pushy extrovert who did theatre.

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Totally agree with you. She's not ready yet to take the lead. Her acting is just too much and the character is really annoying. I was watching the drama because im waiting for Gong Seung Yeon but was so dissapointed that her screen time is so short for every episode. I dont hate PHS but she dont fit to the role. I think her body is like for a girl/kid, but in the drama she was actually an office girl, and so is her face. Even when she wore a make up for the opera scenes, the make up is too much and distracting. I think she look like she's trying so hard wit her best, but the character just dont fit her. Im sorrry I'm a little hard buti was just saying my honest opinion. ☺

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I think a lead in a family weekend drama would have worked better since you have a lot of veterans who are good at mentoring and you get to play a likable candy ish character. There are several plot lines to observe and study and because there are so many characters who don't have to interact with you, you can sit back and observe. Primetime dramas are sort of risky since there are higher expectations and unless you have a lot of scenes playing off an older veteran character, there aren't many learning opportunities.

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I'm always confused about how people judge actors' performances. I personally find her performance good.

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I am also not an expert to judge, but it is based on my observations throughout my years of watching kdrama. Personally I do think she is good actress and has the potential. But she may not ready to branch out yet. I think the female lead character in this drama is quite complex too.

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It's good but it doesn't have a commanding presence. She either blends in or is overpowered by others' performance.

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I think she wasn't ready to carry a show as a lead. I place a lot of the blame on the character and writing, but some must lie with the actress. A more seasoned actress would be able to imbue more emotions behind the pushy extroversion. I can picture the Ro Woon the writers probably intended for us to see - a Ro Woon would hid pain in her eyes every time she desperately pushed at Hwan Ki in an attempt to learn more about what happened to her sister. This actress is still one-dimensional in her performance. I'm eager to see her evolve as her career continues.

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Agree. Perhaps writer originally wanted to have both characters learn from each other and meet halfway. However who wants to continue watching a heroine who breaks laws without any remorse after being found out, not realizing her mistake or not being apologetic after realizing she was wrong with her assumptions? I don't think the actress internalized her role enough. And even with good writing or good directing, without her understanding and anticipating her character development for later, she will only be able to show one side of her character because she will only. As many said here, good writing doesn't translate to good execution all the time. It really is up to the actors to breathe life into their characters.

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One sentence there missing..... I meant to say she will only act based on the requirement of the each scene and not the requirement for her character (hope that makes sense).

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I see what you're saying. When she's meant to be pushy, she's only pushy, and you forget she's supposed to be brokenhearted over her sister because she doesn't layer that emotion within that scene. She's only sad when the writing tells her to be sad and forgets about it the rest of the time.

Consider Seo Hyun-Jin's performance in Another Oh Hae-Young. It was always evident that she was hurting (even when the scene didn't require it), and there was a definitive change in her when Hae-Young began to heal. Even when she was kind of crazy at the beginning of the drama, you could tell from her expressions that she was just lashing out from being hurt. I'm not saying Park Hye-Soo won't one day be capable of the same thing, but she's too inexperienced right now. Writing this, I'm beginning to think that the blame lies with those who cast her.

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Well i don't know the backstory but in Queen of Reversals Park Shi Ho went from second lead to main lead, didn't he. Why not vice versa? i just hope that the changes they'll make will help the story become more enjoyable.

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Wow, am surprised much by this. Guess as one of the few who is okay with Ro-woon & Park Hye-su, I didn't realize there's that much negativity to actually force the hands of the producer. I suppose it is better this way than have the show cut later on, but still, it makes me sad that what we'll watch won't be the "original" show...

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Yes, maybe because they cannot afford to see the rating keeps decreasing especially to become under 2%. After all, rating still matters. I want to see the original plot but if they up to something better then I will support.

But honestly wherever i go, 90% of the critics is on the female lead character and the actress' acting.

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Kudos to the team for taking on the feedback in good faith and working on it. I liked the overall story, so hopefully they can make the dynamics a lot more believable.

Several people have mentioned in previous threads that they were shipping the CEO with his timid secretary instead, and I feel like the possibility and chemistry is there. Right from the radish dish he tried to cook. d=

But while a part of me feel interested for the story to go that way, I'm hesitant to support something like that completely because it would major suck to be cast as lead then chucked aside so publicly. I guess the polite/generous thing to do in this case is to re-write Ro-woon more favourably?

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Do I hear the call going out for a well-timed Truck of Doom?

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Truck of Doom has a full schedule but it could probably be persuaded to do a cameo.

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So they want to re write the plot? that's just crazy. it means they will re-film the scene that has already filmed?

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Weird to change story/ character half way - not sure I will watch cos too many better dramas

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It's actually more common than you think. With the live shoot system, it's easy to update the script and change things around since they aren't far ahead in terms of filming (sometimes they finish the episode on the day it's supposed to air).

Other dramas have taken more extreme measures by entirely replacing writers. Usually the change in story is more noticeable and jarring due to the change in writing styles.

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I feel for the cast and crew. As if the life shoot system isn't brutal enough, now they're gonna re-do episodes. I don't quite see how they didn't realize the lead female character wasn't sympathetic at all. I know this can work but not when the male character is written as painfully introverted. I also think people expected a splashy rom/com with not such a dark undertone. Usually not a fan to catering to the audience...but, well, I kind of get it this time.

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Thank God!!!

Il dropped this show at episode 2. The heroine is so annoying, more specifically : her behaviour. So so off putting

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I initially thought that since they were behind the production of "Oh Hae Young" & "Marriage Contract" that they would offer the female lead to someone who looked more mature & had more acting experience. Not that Park Hye Soo is bad, but I was looking for sizzling chemistry between leads. Boy, if only Park Eun Bin or Ryu Hwa Young could play her role :(

At least they are trying (Thank goodness), I cringed so much with that motorbike scene they had, which was easily avoidable.

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Hi Catz,

Marriage Not Dating is a different show from Marriage Contract which may cause some confusion?

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Oh Thanks! It's Marriage Not Dating.

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I love MND and OHY...and I'm watching this for Yeon Woo-jin. But while watching this, i imagine other actresses in the lead female role espec those who have more experiences and should have lead role by now.

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Wow, that's a bold move. I like the show despite its glaring issues, so I'm hopeful and a little unnerved by this news. I'm watching for Hwan-ki. Let's see what happens!

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I actually really like this show. :( It's the only one I am watching together with SLD. I hope they are only going to get better and not rewriting what I like about the show.
Is kind of depressing when you like a show that the majority seems to find boring or just bad.
I also don't really have anything against the female lead...I can see what people have against her but I didn't really have much of a problem if her pushiness...
I don't know, I am just hoping for the best, hopefully they won't cut the number of episodes at least.

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I agree.
This is not Misaeng, an office drama, at least for Ro-Woon is a revenge story, she couldn't ( and shouldn't) care less for office etiquette.
Her sister went to a company and jumped from the top of the building, no warning, no suicide note. No investigation.

And she is totally wright, something fishy is going on in the company.
I'll do much more than look through someone's cabinet, that's for sure.

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Haha! Thank you for that wording!

Honestly feel like this drama is a he/she flip point of view story. Just with a little less time in her pov for the humor. I wish the audience would remember that she hasn't seen as much as we have and definitely hasn't heard his thoughts. When I think of her favts, he does seem like a pyshcopath.

It's an eye-opening and blunt way of showing what we think may only bring half true or a complete lie because we don't know anything besides our thoughts.

I hope the story doesn't lose that edge.

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They put Ro Woon in waaay too many scenes up front. She's the lead sure but that doesn't mean she has to be in nearly all the scenes. I think that's part of what is making the show so difficult to watch for some.

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I have to admit that I'm kind of torn about this.

On the one hand, as an unsatisfied viewer myself, I feel really pleased and vindicated to see that they've maturely acknowledged all the criticisms about the show (though I honestly don't understand how they didn't notice these frankly glaring problems during the initial script writing/reading process).

On the other hand, even if they rewrite the rest of the drama to be jaw-droppingly awesome, I feel like not knowing how the original script would've gone is always going to bug me. Like, I'm gonna keep wondering, is this part a rewrite? Is that part in the original? Etc. It feels kind of like playing with the show's canon.

Honestly, I feel like it would've been better if they'd just quietly rewritten the script without announcing it and just left us viewers none the wiser to the difference. Knowing that there will be changes is just gonna make me wonder what those changes are, and question what's from the original script and what isn't. And it feels like that's going to bug me while watching the rest of the drama, whether the eps are rewritten well or not.

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On one hand I'm sorry I don't get new episodes this week because I was sure they'd fix the heroine, but on the other hand I'm glad they are making some serious changes if that wasn't the case in the original script (only they know for sure but it certainly looks that way, so YAY for changes).

I hope the cast get the chance to shine, especially our main hero. If they tone down Ro-woon's behavior, make her more sympathetic and respectful of personal boundaries, then audiences may forgive her initial behavior. If they bolster supporting roles and give us a great ensamble helping the boss, then I'd be a really happy viewer. Even if they make the heroine cheer on a romance of her boss with some other character, I'd be all for it.

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I stopped watching at episode 2 but I'm curious on how they well transition to the new changes. Clearly one of the biggest issue here is Ro-woon's attitude and a sudden change will just be as off putting.

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Oh, did the producers of Oh Hae-young Again not realize this drama had issues? It surprised them?

Well, that's not a surprise to me. Since Oh Hae-young Again was also pretty trash in the writing department. Difference is you don't have Eric and Seo Hyun-jin carrying that mediocrity to greater heights.

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the writers introvert boss is not Park Hae Young though.

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It was more a comment that the producers are the same and don't exactly have the eye for what would be received well or not by the audience based purely on the writing of it. There's no Eric or Seo Hyun-jin to obscure the mediocrity this time.

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Yeo Woo-jin still saves the day, though. He can capture Silent Monster in adorable way. You can't posibly not love him.

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Another Miss Oh was pretty mediocre in storyline. But the execution of every scenes made them watchable especially chemistry among all the casts. Not to mention Eric-Seo Hyun jin out of this world chemistry

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When people were complaining about the character in the first two episodes, I thought it was to early to judge. I was hopeful that surely, as the drama progressed, she would learn to be more respectful and mindful of people's boundaries. That they were going to be both influenced (positively) by each other's personalities.

But if by episode 4, there are no signs of development or depth then I can understand viewers complaints. I mean, there's a way to make her obnoxious and absolutely assy without seeming so flat and dislikeable. Such characters are tricky to portray and need charming and charismatic actors to play them e.g, Kim Woo Bin in the heirs, the aforementioned Jo Jun Suk was in a different level of assery in Jealousy Incarnate , Jang Hyuk, So Ji Sub in the first few episodes of Master's Sun was arrogant but likable and was grounded by his logical reasoning( to a fault) and his practicality. What about the absolutely wonderful Lee Yo Won in Ms. Temper and Nam Jung Gi? The situations weren't so absurd to the point of beggaring belief and one could imaging himself acting like she did in various instances. Plus we were privy to her views and principles so we understood where she was coming from and how she operated. Ms. Temper is also a drama of two extremes coming together, her with her headstrong, stubborn, inflexible principles and he with his timid, pushover, and insecure one but it was done with beautiful balance that we could sympathize with the the perspectives of both characters. Roles like this usually require experienced actors.

Though there's still hope for her character, see Park So Dam in Beautiful Mind. I won't give up just yet.

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Oh i am so agree with Lee Yo Won being so wonderful in Ms Temper and NJG. This drama really draw the perfect example how to show the differences of the male and female lead character. I remembered before the drama started, some complaints about what so funny when the female lead bullying tje male lead, some sort of that because we thought it will just be a romco.. But see how it went. The writing is plausible, but the actors also did the wonderful job. I can see similarity between these two drama.

In Ms Temper - we originally thought heroine will bully the hero with nonsense things. But after two episodes and especially after the heroine came to their company, we started to view her differently. Throughout the end of drama, we saw how both male and female cor

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Accidentally posted before i finished.

I just hope the changes won't just make this drama just a fluffy romcom to make it loveble for audiences. I was ready to see some dark aspects and complexity of characters so lets hope it will be better after the rewrite.

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Ah, you made me wanna rewatch Ms Temper again. The misunderstood heroine who seems like a big annoying hysteric boss at first glance, turns out to be a capable logical woman who cares a lot with her subordinate. Still one of my favourite career women in K-drama.

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Ok Da Jung is bae!!!

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Ok Da Jung really put one of the highest standard of the female lead character in kdrama, honestly. Still my favourite heroine.

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In Ms.Temper, you realize early on, she was misunderstood and that the patriarchy and its expectations of women is what led her to adopting a strongwilled and sometimes angry stance. The writing in that drama is really good and even confronted sexual harassment in the workplace and depicted it as something horrifying for the victim. It's grounded in reality and relatable to women while being aspirational. And you could tell that the writer really had something to say and she had thought about it for some time.

So what is the writer for Introverted Boss trying to say?

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I mean, there’s a way to make her obnoxious and absolutely assy without seeming so flat and dislikeable. Such characters are tricky to portray and need charming and charismatic actors

Yes. Even a supporting character can make me drop a show by being too obnoxious. FWIW, I dropped Saimdang partway thru ep 1 because of the professor.

Heirs & Master's Sun are good examples of obnoxious done right. (Gasp - I said something good about Heirs).

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(Gasp- I said something good about Heirs)

Heh, its not impossible! So many lovely actors, so much eye candy but I REFUSE to watch, refuse!!

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Very wise move n i applaud the transparency. Although some dramas dont pull in big numbers but they hsve lukewarm to favorable feedback. Introverted boss had overwhelming negative responses since it premiered.. so much that i havnt started watchin. I hope they make the chracters more likable.. you need that something to care for them n root for their romance.

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I tried to watch it and gave up halfway. It was awful. Let's see what they can do.

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I wonder if the Marriage Not Dating connection (both writer and PD) is part of the cause of the problem.

In MND the female lead was sometimes aggressive and over-the-top -- remember her smashing something -- but they pulled it off there and they probably thought they could do it again. Whoops.

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Yeah, she did. She almost smashed Gong Gi Tae's friends head with a beer bottle but he was an ass. And Gong Gi Tae was beat with a fried fish for badmouthing her parents. Again, he earned it. But she has way better range compared to Park Hye Soo which is why you could look past those flaws and connect.

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This will be interesting. i like the performance of the actors. the girl is over the top. I do not see how they can have a love connection when the girls sister died.

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I watched the first ep and was struggling to finish it. I didnt watch anymore after that. I thought to myself that the female lead's trait is so repulsive, and him liking her as The One is beyond my comprehension. I can imagine different ending though. The boss realizing fact vs fantasy regarding the former opera actress he had been admiring for years, and decided that he would be better off without her. What happen to her then? Jail, ofcourse. With such trait, I wonder how she's not behind bars. Come on. Assault, breaking and entering, going through ppl's stuff, speeding perhaps...

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Yeah, man. I totally agree with you. I mean, the first episode where she tried to stop Hwan Ki's car is already cringey enough. Who does that? Who knocked on the window and throw themselves on someone's car over that? And how can a new employee be allowed to trespass and assault their boss on her first day?

If I were Hwan Ki, I would be deeply traumatized by her behavior. She tried to strip Hwan Ki and cornered him at any given chances.

I'm starting to think that the only way to fix her behavior is to give her an amnesia storyline.

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Haha amnesia again. We have one in Defendant n Missing 9 already. Lol.

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(just repeating what I said above)

Sounds like a case for ToD!

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Did all of us conveniently forgot that HE rear-ended her on a red light and didn't stepped out of his car to see if she were ok?.
What is this, judging him on his intentions and her on her (justified) actions?.

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I know right!? The rude person in the scene was Hwan Ki even though we understand why he cant get out.

And my misgivings about the show and the female lead(actually all characters other than Hwan Ki are downright unlikeable) is same as everyone and I applaud this move.

But to completely jump on board to hating the female lead is uncalled for. Lets all critic as much as we want to without hate. I dont understand how it becomes a trend to hate on a female character easily every time rather than male. :(

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!! I'm glad that they decided to hear our complaints and rewrite the story. But honestly, I don't think that the story itself is bad. After all, they managed to engage us with the previews and summaries.

The main problem lies in the female lead. I'm not sure if it's because:
1. she used to play socially awkward and/or quiet characters, so she doesn't have much experience in playing a quirky, active character
2. the writing itself is bad. Maybe the dialogue and scenes are not realistic and the actress is just following it

But then, I think that changing the writing by now is too late. It's like this. The first and second episode is like a free trial. There's no obligations to watch it but hey, if it sounds interesting, why not. After watching the second episode, people began to expect something. If the third episode is a let-down, they'll check out the fourth episode, in case that something good happen then. But if there's no improvement? Most people will drop it. At least, that's how things goes in my group of friends.

I genuinely feel bad for the casts though. They still work hard despite the low ratings and bad reviews, they definitely deserve a better drama.

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Already?!
It's probably for the better, if they manage to pull it off and maintain a cohesive story-line and feel.
Maybe the OHYA PDs and the Marriage writer(s) aren't a good fit?

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Maybe it's because I wasn't a fan of OHYA, but I feel like the style of the show is too similar at times and then there are several supporting characters that were in OHYA. For me, that was part of the problem.

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I know, it kept reminding me of OHYA, not only in the choice of side characters (main leads' parents being the unforgettable OHYA parents, the younger brother and the older sister from OHYA as quirky employees), but also in the feel of certain scenes (the intro of ep 3 or 4 when the lead brokenheartedly walks along a bridge, accompanied by melancholy music and a shower of petals) and down to the locations used (that wall from the first ep).

It kept pulling me out of the story and made me rewatch OHYA XD.

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They could have just written an outgoing candy heroine which the hero becomes fascinated with without making her obnoxious. The office setup is so out of touch with reality. I don't care how outspoken you are, the boss still demands some form of respect. They also don't need to be so outrageous. Just walking on eggshells around him is funny enough.

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Not only I dislike the lead gal I also dislike the lead guy's subordinates n they are trying to be funny but I find it stupid n silly instead of funny.

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Well ... A good move for the production team but a little too late for me. Many new shows premiering n my plate are almost full n I've dropped this show at episode 2. I don't have a lot of time to catch up on it n be hopeful for it to improve unless the other shows on my plates start to go downhill. Haha. We have new shows premiering this week too (wow we are spoilt for choice) n I'm looking forward to Tomorrow With You instead.

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I'm holdin up bcoz of HwanKi n resistin to fast fwd any scene of the heroine bcoz i just don get her. I don get her sadness n anger so i can't get behind her revenge n just when i tink dat she understand dat she had indirectly ruin the secretary life by leakin the news to media, her actin makes me feel like maybe i misunderstood dat scene bcoz i don feel dat was acted out. I start to doubt myself for a lot of her scenes bcoz the story tellin me she understand her action hurt others but i don tink she understand. She can't get me to root for her revenge hence i find her annoying. Sorry, even her drunk scene is not believable to me so i guess i'm more agreed to the main problm is on the actress. I hope the changes they're makin will switch the story to emphasize more on Hwanki breakin out of his shell rather than the heroine revenge else i guess i have to utilize the ff button.

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Spelling, plz. If u rite like dis, ur commt wll git delet’d. also, lee minoz will nevur luv u back. u duns want dat, do u?

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:'D. Priceless.
Yes, good grammar, spelling and punctuation are important for a good/fruitful discussion, but who can beat the importance of Lee Min Ho's love?

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It'd better be good. If not, not only they waste time and money repairing something that couldn't be mend, they'd also sacrifice the actors and staffs hard work in vain. I pray for my love of Yeon Woo Jin that this step could bring better result.

Honestly, I'm not annoyed by the actress so much. The character and how her act, stupid unplanned revenge, and so on that bugs me the most.

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IMO, the actress has done a fine job with the script and direction she has been given. I lay EVERYTHING I dislike about this show at the WRITER'S and DIRECTOR'S feet!!

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I have said it before and will say it once more, poorly written characters need seasoned actresses or else Another Miss Oh wouldn't work. Pretty and Average Oh Hae Young were both massively flawed characters and tgey worked because of the actors playing them. Same goes for Joo Jang Mi and Gong Gi Tae, bith were flawed beings that grew in our hearts. Roo Won is the same but here the actress is not bringing anything extra to the table. So I applaud them changing the writing, this show could benefit greatly from that.

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Is Han Chae Ah available for these reshoots? For me this is her best performance to date, I am really curious to see what kind of relationship she had with both male leads and what drove her to suicide. I wouldn't mind spending a lot more time in flashbacks for once if we can flesh out her character and her sad journey. How great would it be if Hwan Ki grew and learned to stand up to his "friend" to protect both his sister and Ro Woon? That's where I thought things were going after the heartfelt apology to the secretary in the hospital, that scene was so beautiful. I just cannot see a romance between our male and female lead AT ALL, but this is a drama so we all know where this is going... Also I agree that he has much better chemistry and connection with the secretary, she seems to care and understand him a bit...

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So I almost dropped this drama about 20 mins into episode 4 when the lead girl called the shy boss a cockroach...how despicable is that comparison in a supposed to be romantic tv show? Also, she was just awful towards him...rude and disrespectful to what he did manage to have the guts to say to her like when she was trying to coerce him into playing ball with that client. She was also horrible and unsympathetic to her coworkers by complaining about having to clean up the mess from the party she wanted to throw and when she loudly announced the secretary lady's embarrassing health issues. To make matters worse in the flashbacks with her sister, it clearly showed she had no understanding for her sister's personality nor sympathy for her sister or her parents in general.

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Aigoo. Have she changed from a protagonist to an antagonist instead?

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Of course they couldn't just write an outgoing, sociable and energetic heroine, they just had to make her obnoxious, rowdy and rude. Korean drama writers just love the opposites attract concept, but more often than not, they absolutely need to have the traits dialed up to eleven to the point the characters feel more like caricatures than real people. Similarly, the hero can't just simply be an introvert, better load onto him some severe social anxiety for full dramatic effect. The drama turned out to be exactly what I expected after reading the premise. Some restraint and nuance could have really gone a long way.

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I think they need to make Ro-Woon a bit more appealing too, but I sorta expected her to be flawed. If they fix her to be just a nice girl, they'll also kill off her character growth. It's no fun if the hero is the only one who changes.

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i just hope they make the main girl more likeable, understandable and relatable lol

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