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Park Sung-woong up for lead role in Bad Guys spinoff

Bad news, beanies. Looks like the much anticipated Season 2 of OCN’s 2014 hit crime drama Bad Guys will be a spinoff, and not a sequel. Producers have revealed that the original motley crew of detectives and criminals we got to know and love — cautiously, and at a safe distance — will have been disbanded in between the first and second season timelines. The upcoming series, called Bad Guys: Age of Evil, will feature a new hybrid team going up against a “decaying society that has lost its sense of justice.” Well, that’s bleak.

Bad Guys: Age of Evil is set to begin its run in September and intends to be half-produced by the time its first episode airs. That means the show is currently in the middle of pre-production, and will start filming in July. Producers are citing scheduling conflicts as the reason why the original cast won’t be returning for the second season: Park Hae-jin will be busy filming Cheese in the Trap and doing the press rounds for JTBC’s Man to Man this summer, while Ma Dong-seok (Police Unit 38) will also be in movie shoots. However, management for Park Hae-jin, Jo Dong-hyuk (Rude Miss Young-ae 15), and Kang Ye-won (Baek-hee Has Returned) have all said they never received offers to return for the new season. Wait, so they didn’t even TRY?

If there’s a silver lining to be found in all of this, it’s that Park Sung-woong (Man to Man) has been tipped to take a lead role in the spinoff. Initial reports stated that he had taken the role, but his agency has since clarified that he’s positively considering joining the show. Apparently, Park Sung-woong was the first person producers reached out to for the drama’s lineup, and it looks like it’ll be a reunion if he signs on: He also played a detective in tvN’s Hidden Identity, the follow-up project to the producers of Bad Guys.

If he confirms, Park Sung-woong’s character would be the violent crimes detective mentioned in earlier reports. The detective was a boxer in a former life, and was good enough to compete in the 1998 Asian Games. For some reason, he becomes a detective who isn’t interested in justice or ambition, but rather is fixated on money. Well, that’s certainly a departure from Kim Sang-joong’s role in the first season, who was obsessed with the idea of righteous justice, whatever the brutal means required.

Expectations are high for Bad Guy take 2, which is still in the casting phase. The show broke ratings records for OCN during its first run, and with the writer-director duo from Police Unit 38 returning for the second season, I’m sure the cable channel is expecting it to do well. Bad Guy: Age of Evil will follow Tunnel, Duel, and Save Me in the Saturday-Sunday slot later this year. In the meantime, excuse me while I go sulk in a corner that we won’t get this again:

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I'm sulking right along with you tipsymocha. Why?!!!!! This is so not fair. And with the way they ended the first season, I had high hopes that our team will return for the second season. That they didn't even reach out to the actors' agencies speak volume. And although I love Park Sung Woong and I hope the show does well, I have this pit of disappointment because urgh! I needed to see the original crew return. The only thing that would make it better? If they do a reprise at the end of the show with the old Bad Guys and the new Bad Guys running into each other. *sigh*

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Honestly how hard is it to bring back the original cast like can't they decide to start production when all the actors are somewhat free. It pisses me off when a show leaves space for a second season but can't even be bothered to bring the original cast but other then that I'll still look forward to this ^.^

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Turn out they doesn't even ask Park Hae Jin, too. CJ are really petty

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I'm all for this if it also means Kim Sung-oh signs on and then it's revealed their cameo from Police Unit 38 was actually them working undercover (and mebbe doing some bribery business on the side just to, ah, keep up appearances, yeah).

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Can they have the original cast at least guest star? Just seeing them on the screen together might ease my broken heart :((

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Yes! At least let them tie up the ending of season 1 and maybe film short explaining scenes of what happened each character!

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I'm actually not as devastated at this news as I thought I'd be--sequels are incredibly hard to make under normal circumstances, and it does appear the original cast is pretty busy. Plus, I rather like that I can make up my own ending for our original crew--that way, if this take 2 does go south, I can easily pretend it never existed. Thanks for the news, tipsymocha!

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Well it soulded too good to actually be true and now i'm sad,very sad...And even more seeing how they bluntly lie while all the actors say that they didn't recive offers to return...Part of why the show was sooo good was the cast...Why even call the show Bad Guys,wanting to ride the fame of it's predecesor eh...

I love Park Sung Woong a lot so i'll watch just for him alone yet i'm still sad we aren't getting our favorite rag team back...It would have been so much fun seeing them develop after the timeskip...I think if they really wanted they could have reuinite them,if not all half more than sure...

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I totally agree with your comment about riding the wave of the previous success of Bad Guys. If they don't bring back the original cast and are casting all new actors, then it really can't be considered a second season or a continuation. They should just call it a totally different name since it's basically a whole new drama. They might have the same theme and same concepts, but if the actors are different, it's not the same drama.

I have to admit I just recently watched Bad Guys when I was sick and took a day off work. Had nothing else to watch and remembered everyone raving about BG, so took a chance and watched it - esp. because they had announced a second season. So after watching it and really liking it, it's pretty disappointing to find out the original cast won't be returning, esp. because of the open ending. Really enjoyed watching with the original cast.

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Sadly I was already half-expecting they wouldn't extend the offer to Park Hae-jin because of last year's fiasco with OCN's sister channel, but it seems like they're just going with an all-new cast. I like Park Sung-woong though so I'm cautiously optimistic.

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Oh..wow... i forgot how petty this broadcast company can be sometimes.

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Not even offering the old cast a chance to return to the show is a pretty shitty thing to do in the first place when they ended the first season with an open ending. Also it wasn't even Park Hae-Jin's fault that Cheese had all that drama behind the drama going on. I'm actually happy that he spoke out about it, it's one thing to turn the main lead into a second lead and vice-versa, but to waste an actors time by filming scenes that would never air and to completely change the narration in an editing room is just plain rude and unprofessional.

OCN is doing themselves a disservice by doing a spin-off show and not a continuation of the original series. I'll see who else is cast, but for now I'll add it to my watch-list because of Park Sung-woong.

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I love Sungwoong, so I'm already all in. As mentioned on my Twitter, if Taehoon reprises as Prosecutor Oh (listen I need closure for this man) I will commit seppuku and hurl myself sideways off a cliff because I'm not ready for this reunion

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LOL, so extreme!

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I'm also sulking right along with you. I really want crazy dog and his band of 'lovable' criminals to grace my screen once again. Sigh...

At least we'll get Park Sun-woong.

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What the??!!! No park hae jin and Jo dong hyuk???!!! But these two were the reasons for me to watch bad guys!!

Now, I'm gonna light some black candles and cast some evil voodoo on OCN!!!

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Well now, this is just sad.
It'a like WoonGwamg's taking over K's job. ?

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The 3 "Bad Guys" were the reason I was looking forward to this season 2. I don't care for the two detectives, but I thought the 3 bad guys had to be in the sequel (especially because their stories were still not fully explored). I am disappointed to read this, and this means that this sequel is a pass for me.

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The cast was my entire reason for wanting a second season.

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Awww..i wouldve loved to see them all back together.
I will still keep an eye out for the spinoff and the actors who will be cast for the new season.

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Such sad news. I was really looking forward for the whole or at least the majority of the cast to come back. Bad Guys was one of my 1st noir Kdrama that I watched, and I really enjoyed it. I liked Park Sung Woong in Hidden Identity, and I am planning to watch Man to Man, so depending on how that goes, it will determine if I get over this sad news.

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I... I don't know how to feel about this.

It's like stealing my ice cream for a promise of a nice cake.

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On one hand, I liked the original crew and wanted to see them together again. But on the other hand, Park Sung-woong!!

I really like him. He is so handsome and charismatic. His intelligent and cool character in Hidden Identity was fine, but he is fabulous at funny/quirky roles too like his role in Remember (loved his accent).

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Forgot to add that I also like him in meaty, badass roles too so it'd be great to see him in this OCN drama.

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Oh I love him too in Remember. His character and THAT accent! Omoooo.

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I am both happy and sad about this news. I loved the original cast, but a spinoff, if done well has the potential to be just as good.

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Give a different name, why use "Bad Gus" and not the same cast???

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Literally the only thing that can do this news justice:?????????
(And a rewatch of the first season)

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Ah! Bummer!! One of the reasons the original drama was such a hit was because of its cast. It really sucks that they couldn't bring back any of the original cast members. Not even in cameos or as guest stars in a few episodes?! What a downer!! Why bother naming it after the original drama if they're going to replace everyone?

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Aw man. I really liked the original Bad Guys gang (Ma Dong-seok! Park Hae-jin! Jo Dong-hyuk! Omg, ~so charismatic~) but I also really like Park Sung-woong (also ~so charismatic~), so... ??‍♀️

I'll just finish watching the first season and look forward to the spinoff. I look forward to find out who will round out the cast for the spinoff.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I'll be joining in on the sulking

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Watching Park Hye Jin in Man to Man, I kinda want Park Bo Gum in this project. I want to see him playing bad guy like that. He played bad in Hello Monster before but this is a different kind of bad guy. Its cool if he changes the images after every project. I know he might be too big for cable but if he can take any project similar to that. .

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i liked the original, but im okay with the spinoff too. didnt expect much from the possible reunion/sequel coz we all know they are busy people ?

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Oh, no! I was waiting for news about the sequel and I get this?! I so badly wanted to see our bad guys working together again! No innocent psychopath? Gangster ahjussi? Sad hit-man? What about our Detective? No?

Sulked!

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It's not surprising that they couldn't get all four guys to return (didn't like Kang Ye Won in that role tbh), but I was hoping we'd at least get to see one or two of them :( Well, at least Park Sung Woong is a promising "replacement".

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Oh, WHY ??!!

Jo Dong-hyuk was so badass. I can do without the others, but at least him. *pouts*

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Everytime I read news about kdrama that promised next season and then being cancelled, or I do get 2nd season but with different cast, it makes me jealous with fans of Cdrama or Jdorama. Those dramas easily get 2nd, 3rd and even movie version with original cast. Why does it seem so difficult with kdrama? How many times we were promised 2nd season but only got empty air. ?

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Awwwwww .. I've been waiting for Bad Guys season 2! :(

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Not disappointed, I hoped it'll be a spinoff. (Except i wanted them to have three badass ladies portraying a black widow, harley queen and mad nerd scientist gal with a police officer to try to guide them)

I really think it would be boring to have the main cast all over again. A short cameo would suffice.

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Why do they even bother to call it Bad Guys 2 and get all our hopes up?!?!?!

Just call it something else!!! :(:(:(

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BOOOOOOOOOO!! Man i was so looking forward to this and my heart just sank when i read the headline. I knew the chances were slim that they would get the old cast back but the fact that they didnt even try just seems petty and extra rude!

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Oh man, I looooved the cast of Bad Guys. I'm all for a spinoff, but...couldn't they do a proper sequel, maybe postponing it until all the original cast member were available, and also the spinoff?

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Don't call it Bad Guys Season 2 then. I mean if the story is different and the whole cast is new and we have all new characters then this drama isn't Bad Guys at all. Just give it another title. Do not ride the fame of the first one and call it a Bad Guys season 2 when it is not.

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I think because of there's still one more case at the ending at season 1 that unresolved yet, so I'm looking foward it.. so sad that season 2 not involves any characters from season 1.. And because we already have those strong formerly characters, whether you like it or not, this season 2 will be compared with season 1. Well i hope they wisely choose the actors/actress, since the formerly bad guys really made very deep memories and gave a huge imprint on our heart.

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I think because of there's still one more case at the ending at original bad guys that unresolved yet, so I'm looking foward it.. so sad that season 2 not involves any characters from season 1.. And because we already have those strong formerly characters, whether you like it or not, this season 2 will be compared with the original bad guys. Well, i just hope they wisely choose the actors/actress, since the formerly bad guys' actors had made very deep memories and gave a huge imprint on our heart.

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