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Yoo Ji-tae and Woo Do-hwan talk business for KBS’s Mad Dog

This teaser is solid proof that if I like the actors enough, I could watch them just talk at each other all day. We have our first look at KBS’s upcoming crime drama Mad Dog, which promises a refreshing, fictional counter-attack on the frustrating realities of modern Korea. Yoo Ji-tae (The Good Wife), Ryu Hwa-young (Father Is Strange), and Woo Do-hwan (Rescue Me) star as members of the titular Mad Dog team, formed to bring criminals committing insurance fraud to justice.

Yoo Ji-tae will play Choi Kang-woo, who is the team leader of Mad Dog, so named for his own stubbornness and persistence when it comes to pursuing his targets. He’s an experienced investigator with regards to insurance fraud, and has a 99% arrest rate, probably due to his eye for detail, spot-on instincts, and deceptively nice smile that hides the ability to see through to people’s true motives. He’ll be joined by Woo Do-hwan’s Kim Min-joon character, whose character description is curiously missing the professor title and string of degrees that earlier reports mentioned. Instead, he’s described as an intelligent (ex-?) con artist, who can wear any facial expression and become any person if necessary.

This first teaser begins with investigator Choi Kang-woo, making his way to what looks like a pawn shop, where con artist Kim Min-joon sits behind a counter fortified with metal bars. Eschewing any pleasantries, Kang-woo gets straight to business, and rolls a toy car Min-joon’s way. The street-smart con lays out the facts of a case: “Four people, including the driver. Family all assumed dead. The driver is the sole survivor.” We see brief glimpses of a car crash, and a man cackling ominously in his car as he reads an insurance policy. The insurance payout is listed as 700 million won.

Kang-woo, this time with a toy airplane in hand, counters with a case of his own: “A suicidal pilot crashes his plane as it lands in Jeju. Majority of passengers and crew expected dead.” Min-joon looks up alarmed at the scale of the veteran detective’s case—the copy reads that the insurance payout is a whopping 3.4 billion won—and asks, “Are you sure you can handle this?” Kang-woo gives a small wink in lieu of an answer and walks out of the room, ending the teaser.

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting tonally from Mad Dog, but I thought this teaser was a tad dramatic, considering this is a drama about insurance fraud. Which also raises some questions about whether these cases the two characters were talking about were real incidents that criminals caused or are taking advantage of, or if these con artists are somehow faking accidents and then cashing in on the policies. ‘Cause that distinction would make a whole lot of difference in the scale of these scam artists’ depravity.

As an aside, I am so happy to see Woo Do-hwan sign on to a follow-up project even before his current show has ended. I am absolutely loving him in Rescue Me—so much so it hurts to know he’s not the main lead—and I’m glad I don’t have to wait too long to see him on my computer screen again. It’s all the more exciting to know he’ll be acting alongside Yoo Ji-tae, whom I trust to put in an amazing performance, whatever he’s in. Is it strange to feel like this show will have almost too much charisma for one screen?

Mad Dog will premiere on October 11 and take over Manhole’s Wednesday-Thursday slot.

Via Xports News

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!!!! I completely forgot this drama was a thing. It's like a blessing just fell in my lap 🙏🙏🙏

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Our wishes will be fulfilled.

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From your keyboard to New Sovereign's ears!

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I believe it!

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We believe it!

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OMG we begin to sound like a creepy cult now

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I don't care what this is about. I'll check it out just for Yoo Jitae and Ryu Hwayoung. (Probably also for Woo Dohwan once I can finally watch Rescue Me)

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OMG AND FOR THE WRITER OF AWL!!!

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It's by the writer of Awl?!?! Okay, as if I needed another reason to watch it!

I wish I was strong enough to watch Rescue Me so I can appreciate Woo Do-hwan NOW. Hopefully soon!

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This is gonna hurt in a good way then...

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Gotta watch for the charisma!

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I. Am. All. About. This.

!!!!!!!!!

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❤❤❤

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So Gong Myung is out? Noooooo....... I guess he chose the Choi Si Won drama Revolutionary Love? I thought he would be doing both. :(

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It just occurred to me that maybe Dong-chul has discovered his talent for assuming different characters through his experience in Guseonwon that he's now an intelligent con-artist. 😂😂😂

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Bwahahahaha! Oh my, they say experience is the best teacher right? Hahaha

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I'm excited to see what type of characters he will portray in the new drama.

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Hopefully all types! He can definitely pull off many different styles and personalities, it seems.

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Halelujah, Manhole is ending, the show's suffering ends.. At this point it was like a horse with broken leg.

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and if i knew it would take slapping and beating the heroine to set the world right, i would have happily slapped her a 100 times

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I may have to turn down the charisma setting on my iPad for this one!

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Mine is broken just watching the teaser.

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Exciteddd !!! Thank God for KBS World !

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Yoo ji tae makes any production a lot better

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Ahhh. I can hardly wait!

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OH YES, this show will DEFINITELY have a lot of charismatic actors gracing our screens. Do-hwan sounds perfect for this role and I can't wait to see him so soon after Rescue Me! Also excited to see Ryu Hwa-young in a potentially badass role as a member of the Mad Dog team.

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I have been here for this since Yoo Ji Tae signed on and was definetky going to watch when newest bae Woo Do Hwan (i agree with the Save me assessment) signed in as well. My only complaint is that there are not enough women the cast (only 2 to be exact) but if I could tolerate that in Circle (and far too many dramas) I’ll do the same here. October is too far away ;_;

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