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KBS revives Friday-Saturday drama slot with The Best Hit, Strongest Deliveryman

After tvN’s success with weekend dramas like The Lonely Shining Goblin and The Good Wife, KBS has decided to step up its game and re-enter the competition for Friday-Saturday ratings. First, KBS will be putting out its drama-variety hybrid show, The Best Hit, which stars Yoon Shi-yoon and Cha Tae-hyun (and marks Cha’s debut as a director) in June. After The Best Hit, the station has scheduled a drama called Strongest Deliveryman.

Notably, this time slot is home to variety programming for KBS, and the last drama that was broadcast in that slot was The Producers in 2015. KBS has played around with airing miniseries on Friday nights a couple of times as well, such as Kim Sae-ron’s High School Love On and Kim Jaejoong’s Spy, but hasn’t stuck to that format. So it’s interesting to see how they’ll fare this time in the Friday-Saturday game, up against the offerings from tvN and JTBC.

The Best Hit is about the difficulties that people in their twenties face in today’s modern society. The three main young people whose lives will be depicted include Yoon Shi-yoon, who will be playing your typical arrogant idol star with paparazzi problems. There’s also Lee Se-young (Laurel Tree Tailors), who plays a failed civil servant exam student with an optimistic streak. And finally, Kim Min-jae (The Lonely Shining Goblin) is described as Lee Se-young’s character’s best friend and once-crush.

Still cuts have been released of some of his scenes, where he’s dodging Cha Tae-hyun (The Producers), who will be his father in drama. In my opinion, Cha Tae-hyun looks way to young to be his father, but maybe it’ll work? Kim Min-jae avoids Cha Tae-hyun because he’s trying to hide that he’s living a double life from his family. Although most people know him to be a model student, his innermost desire is to become a musician, so he secretly became an idol trainee.

Cha Tae-hyun’s character was previously described as an small-time talent agency CEO. So I don’t know why Kim Min-jae would hide it from his father, if Dad could give him a leg up in the entertainment world, but to each his own. Actor Cha has been also serving as a co-director at the request of 1 Night 2 Days PD Yoo Ho-jin, who was initially approached to lead the half-reality, half-drama show.

Meanwhile, Strongest Deliveryman is about a jjajangmyeon (black bean noodle) delivery boy’s rise to success, and Joseon Gunman writer Lee Jung-woo is in the middle of creating the script. Yoon Shi-yoon (Romance Full of Life) was in consideration to star, but it looks like he declined and they’re restarting the casting process.

The Best Hit looks to begin airing in early June, while Strongest Deliveryman is looking at a July premiere.

Via Osen

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1. Is there a reason the big 3 networks choose not to air shows on Friday-Saturday?

2. If I lived in Korea I don't know how I could handle so many great weekend shows (Tunnel, Father is Strange, Man to Man etc)

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I think they do air shows, but it's usually those 50 ep weekend drama catered to families. Oh wait, or is that the Sat/Sun slot?

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i think thats the sat/sun slot

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Maybe because it's the weekend thing, and there's this leisure culture in Korea (I maybe wrong), which means more people will be traveling out of town. It's difficult really to compare the program's performance in the public networks to that of the nitched programming on cable, unless the show will perform poorly than say Tunnel's 5% (that will be a horror for a public broadcast station).

Anyway, I read that this show will air in July, so I don't think it'll go head-to-head with Tunnel, probably Man To Man or its female version.

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I think they already have variety shows on weekends slots.

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I'm not too fond of Yoon Shi-yoon, I don't know something about him just pisses me off. I've heard he's a pretty nice guy and is well-loved but I just can't put my finger on it. Anyway, I really like Lee Se-young and Kim Min-jae so I hope this drama does well for both their sakes. Also, is Lee Se-young planning on working for KBS forever?

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why don't u like yoon shi yoon? i love him so much especially in flower boy next door. enrique geum is my all time favorite kdrama character 😍 maybe u can try one of his dramas? he was really good in mirror of the witch πŸ˜‰

and lee se young had worked in other stations too! like ocn for vampire detective and sbs for goddess of marriage and more πŸ™‚

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Ugh, I hated him in Flower Boy Next Door. His character was so annoying.

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OMG... Did i hear it wrong..... Enrique Geum was the most beautiful character portrayed by Yoon Shi Yoon according to me.... If you don't like him there, you can never like him....

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I know a lot of people loved Enrique but I found him loud, pushy and extra annoying. I couldn't even get past the fourth episode of FBND.

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I also cannot connect with Enrique (and the other characters) which is why I dropped the drama. I did think he's just a pretty face until I saw Mirror of the Witch, he is brilliant in it. The micro expressions he made are excellent, I thanked the cinematographer for keep zooming in to his beautiful face.

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😱😱😱 but it's understandable, everyone has their own taste and preferences. like i didnt like yoo yeon seok after watching his bad guy performances in movies like architecture 101 and werewolf boy. i watched romantic doctor teacher kim but still dont like him πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Same with me..
But after I watched him in Reply 1994,
I think he's adorable :)

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Agreed!! each have their own preferences!!!! I too like characters more than the actors who are portraying them...

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Enrique Geum was kinda annoying at the beginning of FBND but if you stuck with a show you'll eventually find him appealing.

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You should watch 2 days 1 night. You'll see what a nice guy he is. And the show is the funniest Variety show IMHO.

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He is good in Kim Tak Goo, the character is cheerful and quite likeable but too pitiful and too dumb sometimes

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This is actually one of my most anticipated dramas this year! I love the cast and really hope this drama will match Yoon Shi-yoon's talents. I really want a hit for him so here's to hoping this really is the best one! ;)

I'm intrigued to see them attempting this kind of drama again, especially because they're taking it on with a renewed purpose to make it work this time. Hopefully, that'll help them yield positive results!

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strongest deliveryman is scheduled after the best hit and they tried to cast yoon shi yoon when he's in the best hit too?! 🀷

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Actually KBS announced Strongest Deliveryman several months ago and offered the main lead on YSY. But this project kinda disappearing no continuation and now appear again as the successor of The Best Hit. Probably YSY prefer to work with his former PD on 1N2D YHJ PD and his current member CTH, he declined Strongest Deliveryman. Now this project looking for a new main lead.

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Ah.. Icic. Thanks for the clarification! 😊

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Hope the variety-drama format will work better this time =)

Also, excited to see both Donggu and Taehyun in a drama together!

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Hopefully strongest deliveryman will not go the way of Master: God of noodles which started well enough until it stopped being about the noodles and became more about the power-play, where sadly enough the bad guy didn't choke to death on the ultimate noodle made by the Master. Basically what I'm trying to say is, Strongest Deliveryman sounds awesome! Sounds like I better start stocking up on instant noodles because that's the only way I'll be enjoying watching the drama: eating noodles whilst the strongest deliveryman does his thing.

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I think Stongest Deliveryman is more like human drama, the process achieve success starting from the bottom. Master: God of Noodles is a revenge drama. Revenge is the main reason for reach the top. I think I enjoyed the early episodes of Noodles but suddenly lazy to continue it in the middle. LOL. Probably because of the writing, and I'm not too fond Chun Jung Myung portray of his character. I hope The Best Hit can deliver well as drama variety show (no more Producers please!) and KBS did well too with dramas like Jo Deul Ho and Chef Kim, so Strongest Deliveryman has chance like that too though I'm not sure about the writer. He/She dragged Joseon Gunman in the middle and I'm kinda frustated with female lead.

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They tried to cast YSY back to back? wowzee

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I wad actually looking forward to Shiyoon on Delivery Guy drama. Too bad be declined. I hope Best Hit would be good.

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Yeah I think Strongest Deliveryman fits him more. It reminds me of Kim Takgu

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which timeslot? 10pm against ocn? 11pm is jtbc, tvn is 8pm

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Guys..... Kim Min Jae and Yoon Shi Yoon is already enough to hook me up.... Throwing in Lee Se Young tooo... Wow..... DAEBAK.... Love the girl... She was so good in Laurel Tree Tailors.....πŸ’ž Looking forward to this drama πŸ’žπŸ˜πŸ’•

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Love Yu PD and love lee se young! Hope this is a success and she establishes leading role status.

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Cray-fish PD! So nice to see him and Cha Tae Hyun working together, I'd give the drama a go just because of these two.

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I eagerly waiting for this. Already I liked 'the producers' , now the same genre,l am so excited.

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I'm very excited to see The Best Hit cuz of YSY, CTH, and KMJ!! It's actually good that Siyoonie didn't accept the other role cuz there'd be an overlap or it's back-to-back? Anyway, looking forward to June!!

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Yoon Shi Yoon, Kim Min Jae, Asst. Director Cha Tae Hyun and PD Yoo. I'm sold. You don't need to say anything more, show. See you in the recap beanies! πŸ˜‚

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Looking forward to this. Producers was really enjoyable and funny to me so I hope this would be the same.

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I hope it willl really be The Best

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Wow, Saturday is already the busiest with most shows airing (Big 3 weekend dramas, tvn's and jtbc's Fri-Sat shows, and OCN's Sat-Sun show) and they have to add this (KBS' Fri-Sat).

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I'm following all those weekend dramas, and I'm tired trying to fit those in my schedule as it is lol

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I love the name tags in front of Cha Tae Hyun in script reading pics :D One of those two is written "PD Ra Chun Mo", hahaha. As if if he continues his PD work after this, he will choose Ra Chun Mo as his stagename =]]]] Just start watching 2D1N recently, and how I love love love PD Yoo Ho Jin <3

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I just realize the name plates after reading your comment! It's funny if later there are gonna be 2 names in the credit scene, Ra Joonmo in Director section and Cha Taehyun in the Cast section!
And I also wonder if they gonna release the script reading video, because all the lead actors is wearing a mic on their clothes.

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I have (high) hopes for this drama, esp. the young male leads (particularly Yoon Shi-yoon, whom I want to see in more challenging and heftier roles). I'm also excited to see again onscreen Kim Min-jae and Lee Se-young. Great to know that Cha Tae-hyun (!) will be heavily involved here. Yay for his mini-reunion with 1D2N PD Yoo Ho-jin!

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I meant 2D1N. ;-)

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You say Yoon Shi-yoon? I'm in! I haven't watched The Producers so I don't know how this variety-drama format works but I'm looking forward to this, I love the cast!

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Agree with @tineybeanie that CTH doesn't look like he'll fit to become the father Kim Min-jae, although he became a father to Park Bo-young in "Speedy Scandal," because he's a young father. If he was a young father, it's possible that having Ki Min-jae basically ruined with career as an agency CEO. At best, CTH will look better as the father of anyone 10 years old and below lol.

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Definitely will watch this, premise sounds cute plus the cast are so good. Maybe Cha Tae-hyun’s character is against his son working as an idol due to his experience as agency CEO? Can already imagine all the hide & seek hijinks. Is it my bad that because of all the Goblin meme going on, all I can think of that last screenshot is that's a meme waiting to happen? Like, maybe a caption of "BOO!" ><
PD Yoo & Cha Tae-hyun look so adorbs and chummy together, crossing fingers this collaboration will be a success and open new doors for them.

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Is it okay for Kim Minjae having the same haircut with Yoon Shiyoon? I watched the latest episode of 2D1N and YSY have the same black hair with middle part like KMJ.
And YSY is currentl practicing dancing! Their first mission on the latest episode is to record a dance practice video and he send the one that he actually practice for the drama! Lol.
He looks pretty good but still got lot to learn, I wish he can do well for the drama.

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Can't wait for Big Hit! But too bad YSY didn't take the Delivery Man role though.

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"The Best Hit is about the difficulties that people in their twenties face in today’s modern society." + Yoon Shi-yoon! I'm in! Well I'm curious how they're going to portray this "life in their twenties in today's modern society" because it sure looks and feels different compared to when my older siblings were in this age. πŸ˜…

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Why does this feel like the year of yellow-burnout heads? First it was Jung Kyung-ho for Missing Nine, then Nam Goong-min for Chief Kim and now Yoon Shi-yoon for The Best Hit. I know the hair color is not everything but yellow is not really the color thqt defines weird and (former) idol.

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I don't think they will proceed filming with yellow-haired- YSY as YSY already dyed his hair back on 2 Days 1 Night show recently. Apparently his hair style is exactly the same as Kim Minjae in this pic.

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Indeed, and loveeee we got a glimpse he danced well for this drama at 2D1N too!

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Seeing CTH-Yu Hojin's pics already make me have a big smile!

Donggu and KMJ is a great bonus! Hope TBH will be success!

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that's it! im watching this. Cast is perfect :-)

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OMO! I love to see Cha Tae Hyun and Yoon Shi Yoon both in a drama. I'm loving TVN! They love taking risks.

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Oh yes! Just means more drama to watch 😍😍😍

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