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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon’s unexpected loveline

The more character info that gets released about this show, the funnier it gets. It looks like the love triangle in JTBC’s upcoming rom-com Strong Woman Do Bong-soon will go three ways, and not two: Park Bo-young (Oh My Ghostess) will have a crush on Ji-soo (Fantastic) and a loveline with Park Hyung-shik (Hwarang)—this much, we knew. But apparently Park Hyung-shik will confuse them all by sending flirty mixed signals to both Park Bo-young AND Ji-soo, making each of them think he’s in love with them. HA.

The newly released stills and character descriptions provide a little more information on our three quirky characters, along with some unexpected twists in their romance. Park Bo-young headlines as Do Bong-soon, of the Dobong neighborhood in the Dobong district, a young woman born with with Herculean strength who tries to use her powers for good. She’s unemployed and nursing a crush on childhood friend Ji-soo, and she’ll get a job as Park Hyung-shik’s bodyguard. Her character introduction calls her “irreplaceable, unrivaled in charm, fatally lovely, immensely strong girl at the highest level [as in a video game].”

Park Hyung-shik plays an oddball chaebol heir and CEO of a gaming company, who appears like a playboy because of his wily charm. His character is the frequent subject of rumors and tabloid articles, and one very persistent rumor is that he’s gay. Because of constant jealous rivalry among the step-siblings in his family, he’s hiding a lot of inner pain underneath his cheeky demeanor. He’s described as a skeptic who doesn’t play by the rules and just lives his life like it’s a game; but when the unusually strong heroine becomes his personal bodyguard, he’ll start to grow as a person.

Ji-soo’s character is an idealistic rookie cop who’s all about justice and the law, described as an energetic tsundere type who’s got boundless energy and only knows how to barrel forward. His character introduction calls him “explosion of handsomeness, eye-catching, fatally beautiful in uniform, energetic tsundere.” The heroine has a one-sided crush on him, and though he already has a willowy girlfriend (boo), he’ll be a dependable friend who protects Bong-soon.

The two boys and Bong-soon get caught up in a serial murder case that breaks in their neighborhood, and end up reluctantly living together for security purposes. Pfffft, I love it already. Once they’re living under the same roof, Park Hyung-shik’s flirting will give Ji-soo the wrong idea, leading to “a bromance we’ve never seen in dramas before.” Oh really. Hmmmm, I’m not sure I believe you, but you know I’ll be tuning in to find out!

Friday-Saturday drama Strong Woman Do Bong-soon premieres February 24.

Via TV Daily, Sports Chosun

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I think I'm already in love with this drama. Can't wait hee!

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See, that's what I thought too about Introverted Boss...........................

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This already sounds so adorable omg forced cohabition plots are my crack please be good I need a crack drama and I love all 3 leads to death already.

It's so adorable how both the guys are soooo tall and PBY is so tiny height differences make me so happy

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I cant decide between the first and second male lead...

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LOL Exactly what I was thinking!!

I don't know about you guys, but I already know what would be my ship already hahahahahahahahahahaha!!

(*sighs* Oh, the times when we had Yeorim & Gohro, or Dong Soo & Yeo Un...I though Hwarang would be THE dream, but not so much)

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I wish Park Bo-young would do a series sageuk. She was really good in "King and I."

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its funny how you mentioned "the king and i" since coincidentally park hyungsik happens to play as a king in his previous drama hwarang

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HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA. XD

Sorry for the caps i can't help it. And just when I'm trying dramas to fill in an empty spot these days. Hope this is as funny as the getup that they've been promoting.
Seeing Hyungsik playing both ways and giving mix signals will be hilarious. Please let it be good. I'm just into one drama these days and I need at least another to fill the spot ><''

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I would have loved if it could have been released next week, I can't wait for what looks as a promising show!

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Nope, I want this NOW!!! This sounds hilarious and I can't wait. All three leads are actors and actresses I love. Come ooooooonnnnn, Feb 24th!!!

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It breaks my heart that two of my soon-to-be-get-out-of-slump dramas are airing at the same time BUT it does give me time to work on my final thesis.

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i'm 200% sure to watch this. stop giving us teasers. juat give me feb 24!

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You might want to bribe that guy from Tomorrow With You to take you along next time he decided to hop to the future

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Nah, let's threaten him that if he doesn't cooperate, WE will be driving the truck of doom that he so fears...
Muahahahaha!!!!!!

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Hahahahahah!

Love the evil laughter!

Yup, that'll make him cooperate all right ;)

This show seems awesome!

Ji Sooooooo, yeah!

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yesss. so excite! And all the teaser pictures are so pretty oml

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This show has been giving us alot of teasers recently and I can't help but to look forward to the actual show this month!

These 3 living under one roof.. it's gonna be so cute and my heart may not be able to take it.

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This show is already turning out to be everything I love and more.

Forced cohabitation? Check.
Quirky characters? Check.
Park Bo Young? Check.
Park Hyung Sik? Check.
Ji Soo? Check.

Hyung-sik's characters sounds like such a hoot! Boy, am I ready for some adorable romance AND bromance.

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Agreed! I was excited before, but now I'm impatient for February 24th to get here already. I don't normally watch dramas while they air (I prefer marathons so I can get through any emotional turmoil in one viewing), but I definitely can't wait that long for this one!

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It's like every update on this show makes me want to watch it more and more

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I'm so excited for this, I really hope it doesn't disappoint!

Also, Park Hyung-shik is very pretty. :)

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Aaah I thought Jisoo was the main guy. Ah well maybe next time!

PS I'm always distracted by Hyungshik's ears

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I WANT THIS NOW. Where's a table-flipping emoji when I need one? (Sorry, not that tech-y)?

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I got ya. :)

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

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LOL

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HA! I love that.

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LOLOLOL so funny

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@Omomo THANK YOU!!!! I love it!

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Haha. Poor table.

┬─┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ)

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February 24th needs to get here NOW! I've been binge watching old favorites to try and get out of this kdrama slump, but this drama has me giddy with anticipation!

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Sidenote: Does anyone know who's playing Ji Soo's "willowy" girlfriend?

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Seol In-A (1996). She's a newbie.

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A rookie, I mean.

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Thanks! This is the first I'm hearing about her character. I'm curious if she'll be a typical second lead.

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"who's playing Ji Soo's 'willowy girlfriend"

PRIORITIES MAN! That's the part that caught my eye( after the more than AMAZING cohabitation, that is).

I was wondering where that 'grrrrrrrr' sound was coming from, it took me a moment to realize that the growling was coming from me when I read about Ji Soo's 'willowy' girlfriend.

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Everyone complains that Jisoo never gets the girl in his dramas but finally a drama gives him a girlfriend and the immediate reaction from everyone is booo and grrr. Make up your mind people haha Either he gets the girl or he doesn't. I'd rather he starts the drama with a great girl instead of the the drama trope of a random romance thrown in at the end as a consolation prize. I just hope she's a genuinely nice girl and not a jealous harpy. I could see her being a little uncomfortable with them all living together if Bo youngs character is super obvious with her crush. But honestly I'd be happy with the fem-romance(?) haha between the girls. It would allow her to get over her one sided romance as well as getting a close friend.

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I'm definitely more interested in her character type than I am in the fact that Ji Soo gets the girl. I just want a nice, confident second lead with a possibility of a fem-romance (I'm stealing your term - I have no idea what to call it). As far as Ji Soo, apart from his hilarious cameo in WLFKBJ, I've never seen a drama of his. So I'm looking forward to finding out why fans love him so much, but I'm not concerned with him ending up with the girl. I save those sentiments for PHS!

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But......*breaks into melodramatic piano ballad*

That should be meeeeeeeee!!!!

On a serious note, I hate to be pessimistic but the 'willowy' in her description is not giving me any hope for proper character development, probably would be that romcom Girlfriend/Boyfriend used to show us how the lead is so much better than the one she's/he's with.

But, I just remembered who the Director was also directed Ms.Temper and I think I'll love everyone even the villains or at least, have a hooty time cursing them! Win!

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Hana, I think you just coined the word we've been looking for to describe female friendships!

Fem-romance is great, but how about femance (fem-mance) so it rolls off the tongue easier?

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WTH?

Now I NEED to watch this, hahahahhha.

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When will Jisoo's finally get the girl?
Can't wait for this to finally start!

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LOL. May be he will get the boy this time.

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Even though I love the OTP already, I'd be in high heaven if that happens!

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omo omo phs, i think i just got a heart attack

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I swear my heart beats a little faster every time I see a new picture of him. ?

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2015 Park Seo Joon
2016 Park Bo Gum
2017 Park Hyung Shik

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Whoa, I see the pattern of Pretty Parks now. Thanks!

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Korea's breathtaking National Park System.

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Oh, wow! This made me laugh so hard! :-)

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I'm a latecomer to the Park Bo Gum party, but you definitely hit the nail on the head!

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Wow. Jaw dropped. I can't wait. Park Hyung Sik has successfully seduced anyone with XY chromosome out there and now I am eager to see how he imposed his charm on the YY chromosome carrier. I am starting to ship him with Ji Soo already. Bring it on, drama.

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BAHAHHAHAHHA. This comment is a winner.

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...there's no such thing as YY chromosome.
Females are XX
Males are XY

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I must have been too preoccupied with Hyungsik's charm to actually notice that! Thanks Um for pointing that out.

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Ok. My biology teacher is gonna kill me. Thanks for the correction

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Im supposed to be on a drama shut down mode (just minimal lurking) coz study but OHMYGOD I CANNOT WAIT. This drama is going to be a hoot. <3

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SO EXCITED!

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Park Hyung-shik will confuse them all by sending flirty mixed signals to both Park Bo-young AND Ji-soo, making each of them think he’s in love with them.

Previously, I was like this, "...ok, i'm in.". But after now I'm like this, "I'M IN!".

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"after now" <- that was the result of changing my mind mid-sentence

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Love it! This happens to me, too.

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IKR? I read that sentence and actually yelled, "OH, F**KING AWESOME!"

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Marking the date on my calendar.. stare and hope that day come soon

Not sure why but I never find the plot old or running Low of ideas and I always love such "forced cohabitation".. where ppl of extreme difference and those u would never expect to put them together.. maybe it makes them more real and their spending of time together makes the character more life-ly

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So this drama starts on the very day my exams will be starting. Excuse me for a moment:

FKjyuj$vjHdCg$ggd$ckBJjrh$$$!!!!!!!!!

Logical Self: But you're a marathon watcher, you don't watch airing dramas. We tried that for the first time with CITT and we're still going to the hospital to collect drips.

Me: I thought the Logic Association was on a strike ( or were suspended ha!). All my undone projects these past few months( make that since last year) are testament. Don't try to start Aproko business on my head!

Urgh, as if I needed more reasons to hate school!!

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Hmmm...having mixed feelings about this new information. I hope the show is not trying to be too ambitious to be original and bring us "something we've never seen before "... like they are setting themselves up to possibly fail... while I like freshness, sometimes it's just overdone and makes the whole story/drama just too much. Some simplicity is good too.
Having said that, with such a good cast (I'm looking at you Park Hyunsik!) I am hoping they will be able to pull it off. But also, Hyunsik has been so successful at every character he's taken on...please let this not be the one to break his perfect score! I am so happy and looking forward to this show...but also a bit worried. But no matter what, I'll stand by you show!

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If it's any consolation, JTBC dramas (the network that will air the show) are usually not over the top and pretty well thought out, staying away from most kdrama clichés or at least approach it from a different POV. I think some beanies can attest to the quality of their shows, you can check out some of my personal favorites from last year such as Age of Youth and My Wife is Having an Affair this Week to get a feel of the shows that they produce.

I'm pretty excited myself, I love Park Bo Young and looking forward to the Park Hyun shik/Ji-soo bromance already but have to tamper my expectations for a bit so I don't get overhyped!

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I'm going to die, I've been rarely so hyped for a drama.

PBY, PHS, Jisoo <3

I was already giggling and curling my toes just reading this article.

I think the people in my team are aware that I'm not working right this moment, LOL. Way to look serious in front of newbies.

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O.M.G. This is the drama I am most waiting for. HURRY and come! Gender reversal rolls? PBY, PHS AND Ji Soo? Possible gay hijinks? It's almost like my dreams created this drama. This isn't a dream right?

On another note, I don't think I could contain my joy if they actually did a romcom kdrama about a gay couple. The likelihood of that happening is probably a very long ways off but a girl can hope.

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Yes! If you're going to do the sexuality hijinks, then for real queer it up a little already.

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So hyunshik is not going to be playing a bisexual character? Just a guy who flirts with guys?

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I'm not sure. It would be awesome if he is bisexual but I really doubt he will be. I am guessing his sexuality will be strictly for laughs. I am hoping I will be proven wrong though!

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It would be great if Park Hyung-shik's character turns out to be bisexual and intentionally plays up his queer side to ruffle everyone/his family's feathers. But I bet he's actually going to be straight as an arrow with the show playing up some gay-baiting hijinks for the lulz. ? Despite this one drawback, I do like Park Bo-young and the story's cohabitation set-up.

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Amen. The gay-as-punchline thing is so old and tired and mean. I'll be happy when we start some seeing real queer characters in Kdramas. Personal Taste is really one of the only dramas I've seen that handled issues of sexual orientation with any kind of sensitivity. There were still some pretty cheap lulz, but there was also some genuine ambiguity and even a gay minor character who survives to the end, isn't shamed, and is even presented as having a romantic life, even if there are some big miscommunications. Heck, they even send him off into the dating world at the end. Are there any others out there folks have seen? I mean, I think there was some subtext with the deserter storyline in Romantic Dr. Kim, but that's the only thing I can think of...

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There's a gay couple in the family drama Life is Beautiful. It's a fairly decent story, but it's not anything brilliant. It focuses on coming out and being accepted by family.

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I am only a couple episodes in but there is a gay character in Reply 1997 that for the episodes I've seen is handling his character well. They touch on his fears of being found out and his secret crush on one of his friends. I don't know how his character is handled through the rest of the show but hopefully it's well handled.

One thing I am disappointed about in kdramas is how they either wont touch on anything queer, or they turn it into a joke.

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There's also a gay couple in The Lover.

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Hoya also played a gay character in AM97 which was very thoughtfully portrayed and written.

AND he gets a guy in the end (that we don't see, though) :p....

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Good to know--- even though I have watched a zillion dramas, there are always so many more out there...

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On first glance the idea sounds hilarious, but I agree! :(

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I do agree that it would be interesting if they really made so PHS was bi and there would be more high stakes in the OTP shipping game. In the taiwanese drama with ariel lin and bolin chen there was a gay character that was frustrating at first but ended up happily at the end. Also this bromance playing for lulz is evident even in talk/variety show Knowing Brothers between my bae Heechul and Buzz's Min Kyung Hoon.(they are the best thing about it though)

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100% agreed. Korea's slowly but surely getting better about homophobia but they're still a long ways off, especially compared to some other East Asian countries like Taiwan (which seems to be on its way to legalizing same-sex marriage). Many Japanese dramas also are not afraid to at least talk about homosexuality in a serious, non-joking way.

The only drama I can recall that I have seen that dealt with a gay character with sensitivity and took it seriously is Hoya's character from Answer Me 1997.

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I was going to mention Reply 1997's thoughtful, sensitive, and beautiful treatment of a homosexual character, but you beate to it. I loved Hoya's portrayal, and it's still one of my favorite things about the series.

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You know what I really loved about Hoya's character in 97 was that apart from the unrequited love for his straight, best friend (which does happen to some of us in real life), he wasn't a tragic gay character AND we saw him moving on with his life and finding love as a gay man. There's so many things to love about Reply 1997, it's very dear to me.

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I haven't watched any of the Reply... series. I'll have to check it out!

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This is so funny lol. Can't wait to watch it.
Who knows? Maybe this will be the runaway hit of 2017.

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So i am supposed to be working helping out at another clinic in my zone to prepare for federal level supervision and accreditation. I am checking their patient files and making sure nothing is out of order or mispelled or not codified correctly but i had to take a break to read db and then i ended up squealing in glee and my fellow doctors just stared at me like wtf go back to work... So i just escaped to another room to continue squealing jejeje. I'll just work overtime (its not like i have anywhere else to be since i am already working for peanuts as a "pasante" and am supposed to be available 24/7.) also i still have to work on my thesis which has zero work done on it. priorities man. Jajaja. Anyways i am totally psyched about the intense bromance this premise can lead to. I am actually even more interested now than before!

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Wow both these male leads are beeautiful!
I'm really looking forward to this drama already.
And the whole everyone thinking he's gay for sending mixed signals sounds hilarious to me!

Tbh I'm not watching any dramas right now, which is unusual to me since it's been a long time since I havent atleast had one drama a week to watch.

But I am 100% going to watch this drama!

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There is a lot going on and it'd be the biggest shame if this show disappointed in any way :( still excited though.

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This show has already won me over. Can't wait!

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But it's not like they'll actually end up together so what's the point even? It's just gimmicky / using it as a gimmick to draw fangirls

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I'm always a sucker for bromance, but then it upsets me too, because I know they'll flirt with the idea of someone being involved with he same sex, but it'll never actually happen. If they really want to show us a bromance we've never seen, they'd go the whole haul and make Hyung Shik's character bisexual. It would be interesting to see him juggling a crush on two different people.

They won't do that though. They'll just use the gay angle for the funnies. I'll try and wait patiently until I can see an actual gay/lesbian couple in a drama (there's a few but they're mostly unsatisfying). Shall I give it ten years?

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Oh, drama, now you need to be really really good. Because with all these excellent posters and teasers, I just can't keep my expectation low anymore. Can't wait for Feb 24.

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LOL Hyungshik was born to do these roles (even royal ones), since he's a RL chaebol.

Interested in the new development of the plot tho. Wouldn't be surprised if Ji Soo develops the classic sexuality question...then that might mean both male leads will be bi (in Jisoo's case, bi-curious).

Jisoo though is a RL-softie, just look at his friends list: Nam Joo-hyuk, Suho, Kim Hee-chan, Ryu Jun-yeol, Lee Won-geun...

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What? He's a chaebol?? He's like actually out of a Korean drama- handsome, talented, and apparently filthy rich...

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He is pretty rich, bit he is not a chaebol. Chaebol is someone whose family own a large business conglomerate. There were rumors that his father was the CEO of BMW Korea, but Hyung Shik clarified he's only the member of the board.

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His dad is one of the board of directors of a huge conglomerate, does that make him a chaebol or not??

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This drama is going to do what "Introverted Boss" promised - and failed to deliver - to me!!

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I'm liking every bit of info released about this drama so far. I really hope it lives up to my expectations.

Excited to see the 3 leads living together! Oh the hijinks~

I hope the murder mystery part is compelling though. The show will need to be able to balance the funny and serious parts well.

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gay chicken is so hilarious guys -right next to all the hi-jinks that ensue as result of mental illness, like say multiple personality disorder.

and of course the supposed bi* character is the "promiscuous" one

*not like for real though don't worry

not feeling optimistic about this one :(

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I KNEW there was something special about Park Hyung-shik's character! Hahaha, this sounds like it's gonna be a hoot and a fun time. Yay! I'm loving the oddball chaebol heir CEO already. Bring it on!

I'm diggin' the characters' setup--especially the guaranteed bromance to knock out the other bromances ever in K-drama history, haha. I hope it's gonna be as ridiculously hilarious as I'm imagining. Also dig that Ji-soo's character has a girlfriend because I rather the trio be the three musketeers than fighting over one girl--or boy, haha. Anyways, I'm all for the three becoming the best of friends.

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i want those calendar photos as my desktop background for the remainder of this month LOL

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What's energetic tsundere?

Park Hyung-shik looks pretty good in the first still.

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Drats. Can't sit still now. Really so very very excited. 2 more weeks. I'm sure I can hold out until then .. I think .. um .. I hope so .. oh man ..

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Shut up and give me my show already!!! *canhardlywait* *I'msohypeIalmostdie*

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"Park Hyung-shik will confuse them all by sending flirty mixed signals to both Park Bo-young AND Ji-soo, making each of them think he’s in love with them. HA."

I don't think this is a great plot development at all?

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Once you say 'bromance', every fangirl will be scrambling near their PCs while saying, "I have to see that." Or is it just me. Because, now I'm totally in. Hwarang is lacking on that bromance they promised so I need another one to fill the need.

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This drama is all sorts of hilarity!! The gay thing is definitely unexpected and I suspect PHS is gonna enjoy teasing Jisoo. Living together will lead to many hijinks. LOL The characters are even more connected because Jisoo's gf also seems so to be the love interest of PBY's younger twin brother based on the character chart.

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Willowy girlfriend out (a la Running Man),
More bromance, please...

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