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News bites: January 28, 2017


Lee Bo-young, Lee Sang-yoon, Kwon Yul, Park Se-young

  • Happy news: The leads and supporting leads for cops-and-lawyers drama Whisper are all confirmed. Lee Bo-young (God’s Gift–14 Days) and Lee Sang-yoon (On the Way to the Airport) are reuniting as leads, with the former playing a scrappy detective and the latter a brilliant judge. Kwon Yul (Bring It On Ghost) and Park Se-young (Beautiful Mind) have also confirmed their roles as an attorney and an heiress, respectively. The thriller from writer Park Kyung-soo (Punch, Empire of Gold) and director Lee Myung-woo (Punch, You’re All Surrounded) has also cast Yoon Joo-hee (Flower in Prison) as an ace lawyer at the same law firm as Kwon, and Lee Hyun-jin (he worked with writer Park on Empire of Gold) as a detective and section chief of violent crimes. Whisper will air on Mondays and Tuesdays on SBS beginning in March. [Herald, Osen, TV Daily]

  • Kim Dong-wook, Jang Shin-young

  • Watch out Ha Suk-jin, here comes competition: Kim Dong-wook (Maids) will vie for the attention of Go Ah-sung in the upcoming workplace drama Radiant Office. Kim is an ER doctor who is described as an optimistic and affectionate guy (awww, I’m a sucker for teddy bear second leads). Jang Shin-young (Twinkle Twinkle My Heart) is considering an offer for an unspecified role. Radiant Office will follow Missing 9 on Wednesdays and Thursdays on MBC. [TV Report, Sports Chosun]
  • Laurel Tree Tailors, which has garnered ratings in the mid-30% range, has received a 4-episode extension and will now conclude February 26. The premiere of Father Is Weird has now been pushed back to March 4. [TV Report]
  • Insight Entertainment is in the process of remaking ’90s hit drama Sandglass into a musical. SBS’s hit drama recorded ratings between 50-65%, and the distinctive instrumentals from its OST are instantly recognizable to many Koreans today (and now I can’t get this tune out of my head). The curtain will rise December 5, 2017, and Sandglass the musical will continue through February 11, 2018 at Chungmu Art Center’s Grand Theater. [TV Report]

  • Choi Min-soo, Im Ye-jin, Kim In-kwon
    Sung-joo, Shin Je-min, Jang Ki-yong

  • Japanese manga adaptation The Liar and His Lover has gone on a casting spree and added some notable names. Choi Min-soo (Jackpot) is the father of Han-gyul (Lee Hyun-woo), the genius composer at the heart of the story. Though Choi’s character is also passionate about music, he’ll show it differently from his son, causing them to often butt heads. Im Ye-jin (Yes That’s How It Is) takes on the role of a warm grandmother and only family to the high school student with a beautiful voice (Red Velvet’s Joy), while Kim In-kwon (Come Back Ajusshi) is an influence on Joy as her homeroom teacher. Finally, Han-gyul’s four bandmates have been cast: Sungjoo (of Uniq), the band’s leader and vocalist, is a longtime neighbor of Han-gyul’s; the two are like brothers, and Sungjoo is fiercely loyal to his friend. Shin Je-min (formerly Choi Tae-ho, formerly of Lunafly) is the main guitarist and keyboardist. Shin is said to have a strong physical resemblance to his manga character, and he’ll have to lay on the aegyo thick for his job. Jang Ki-yong (Beautiful Mind) is the group’s rapper and drummer and the most mature of the five. The youthful romance from tvN will take Introverted Boss‘s timeslot when it concludes in March. [Hankook Economy, Hankooki, Osen]

  • Esom, Ahn Jae-hong

  • During an interview last year while she was promoting Like for Likes, Esom expressed a desire to work with Ahn Jae-hong (Answer Me 1988), and she’s getting her wish (or perhaps she was hinting at this upcoming collaboration). The pair have been cast as the leads in an indie movie called A Little Princess, the fourth film from entertainment company Gwanghamun Cinema. She played a small role in the company’s third film, The Queen of Crime, and Ahn put in a cameo appearance (he’s sweetly been in all of the company’s films to date, and starred in their second film, King of Jok-gu), but they had no screentime together. In the modern retelling of the classic story (a preview of which also appeared as a stinger in the closing credits of The Queen of Crime), Esom is a young woman who leaves home to become a nomadic housekeeper, while Ahn is her boyfriend. [Joy News 24]

  • Sound of the Heart

  • As a result of the success of variety drama Sound of the Heart late last year, KBS has greenlighted a plan to produce a second season, which will air before the end of 2017. In addition, the station is tapping the Sound of the Heart team to produce another variety/sitcom drama, although they’re unsure yet if the new show will be based on an existing webtoon (as Sound of the Heart was) or if it will be experimental (somewhat like The Producers). Filming will begin on the new project in April with the show expected to air sometime between July and September. [Ten Asia]
  • I’d love a top ten drama girlfriends contender to debut early on in the Year of the Rooster, and this might be the answer: Kim Hyun-sook (Rude Miss Young-ae series) is positively considering an offer to play Choi Kang-hee‘s bestie in KBS’s Mystery Queen. A shopowner, she doesn’t give two hoots what her friend’s disapproving in-laws think, and she’ll help Choi find work. The upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama is currently finalizing its cast and preparing to air in March. [TV Report]

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Park kyung so+lee bo young =yay

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Sound of the Heart is too funny sometimes. There are times you can easily see the humour is manufactured to make audience laugh. Which i call cheap attempt to create comedy.

Overall, we need many more sitcoms than daily soap operas

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Can you call something an adaptation when it so far removed from the original source material? As a fan of the Japanese manga I don't see anything resembling the manga in how they casted for the drama. At most, it should be "loosely based on..." I hope they at least keep the mushroom hair but looking at the actress who is playing her I suspect not.

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i dont think kdrama will do that. for me kdrama always kinda neat and polished. like, very stylish?? like uniform one tone clothes in missing 9.. hehehe..
best adaptation hand down, jdrama. jdrama manga adaptation, usually follow the manga, style and all.. thats why sometimes, new jdrama viewers think jdrama is weird. but for me thats the main attraction of j
drama..

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This. Im seeing the bandmate lineup and their character description is not complete at all. There should be four of them (exclude Lee Hyun Woo's character) and one of them particularly the other guitarist is suppose to be the rival of Hyun Woo. It was less and less of The Liar and His Lover, i was a fan of the manga and the movie adaptation i love the angst and how the female lead have to stay strong in the middle of so called 'adults'' while keeping her innocence and naivety throughout the harsh reality she faced.

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You mean long hair Joy? She chopped her hair off for a few weeks already prior to the filming despite Red Velvet comeback. (to some of the group fan dismay)

She has been sporting the mushroom hair around similar to the manga.

In another note, i never saw Lee Hyun Woo played a broody character yet. I tend to not watch his drama because he picks bad project. The only one i watch is him playing a 'boyish' character so im pretty keen on checking this out to see how it fairs out.

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The rest of the cast is looking ok but i dont think i can recover my interest after the announcement of the female lead

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Now I'm getting more impatient for Whisper!! Great casts so far as well as production teams. Fighting!!

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Im so watching Whisper because it is Lee Bo Young comeback drama. She has been greatly miss.

Plus, it is the japanese drama 'Mother' remake right? (unsure). The writer also wrote some pretty good drama like Empire of Gold and LSY!!!

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Definitely looking forward to Whisper.

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Good to see Choi Min-soo back in a drama.

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Omo, LSY and PBY back together again another drama. I did not like their story much in their last drama together ' Seo young My daughter'

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I love Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Yoon.

Not familiar with Park Se Young but she looks very pretty! (I've liked actresses for less lol.)

Will be excited to see this.

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park se young acts just so so. she's not improved much since love rain until beautiful mind i guess, especially in geum sa wol. but it's ok as long as she's not given any crucial roles

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Park Se Young act is improved especially in My daughter geum sawol. She dared to try a variety role and even the villain role

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Enjoy Glorious Day cos of Park Se young's chemistry with lee sang woo. She is daring to try villain roles in beautiful mind and MDGSW- acting so good she got hated. Watching whisper cos I want to see what she will do with the spoiled character role.

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Will definitely watch Whisper- love the cast

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Oooh such a good cast they got there for whisper

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i think kim dong wook is in the same or even better level than hasukjin. maybe it's just my opinion but kim dong wook as 2nd lead just err..
anyway I can't wait for that drama

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Seo Do-woo is back Oh how I wish there will be another drama like On The Way To The Airport...

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Finally..Lee Bo Young!! I was watching Defendant n suddenly the lead gal as the public defender apppeared n I was reminded of LBY's so awesome public defender role in I Hear Your Voice. Wished that she has a cameo role as a public defender (Hye Sun) in this show.

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Does anyone know where you can watch Sound of the Heart in the U.S.? Please and thank you!

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