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Suzy, Nam Joo-hyuk courted for new MBC drama Come Here and Hug Me

This pairing seems really obvious, but I have to say, it’s pretty perfectly matched in the popularity and talent arenas. Offers are out to Suzy (While You Were Sleeping) and Nam Joo-hyuk (Bride of the Water God 2017) to headline the new drama Come Here and Hug Me, which is currently in negotiations to secure a spot on MBC’s spring schedule.

The new series is about a man and a woman whose fates crisscross following a murder incident that leaves them both emotionally scarred. Nam Joo-hyuk is up for the role of a detective who graduated from police university. He’s described as cheerful and optimistic, and his sense of justice is so exceptional that he stands out sharply, like an awl. Suzy has been offered the role of a woman who dreams of becoming an actress like her mother, and though she endures a horrific incident, she overcomes it and becomes an actress. There were a few early reports that the part had been offered to Seo Ye-ji (Rescue Me), but those were refuted right away.

The plot and character descriptions don’t tell us much about the relationship, but it sounds like a romance melodrama, which has me a little bit worried. I like Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk in romantic comedies, because they do well with light, funny, youthful characters (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju, While You Were Sleeping), but heavier emotional fare can make them stand out in a bad way (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Uncontrollably Fond). So I’ve got my fingers crossed for some cuteness, for their sakes (and ours).

Come Here and Hug Me comes from PD Choi Joon-bae of King’s Daughter Su Baek-hyang, and writer Lee Ah-ram of drama special Land of Rain. It’s currently being considered for MBC’s Wednesday-Thursday slot following Let’s Hold Hands and Watch the Sunset, which puts the premiere sometime in May.

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I know everybody find this pairing ridiculous, but they really match LOL.

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Talent matching, arghhh ...this pair in one spectrum and Jun-ho and Won Jin-ah of Just Between Lovers in the other side of the spectrum.

I know which one I’d choose.

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YES, you have no idea how happy this casting made me. Finally, I could skip a drama AND not feel like I am betraying my favorite cast member

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Count me in

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I don't want to jinx it, but maybe we shouldn't be happy yet. They might cast our favs for second leads, you know such as Kim Jae-wook, Im Joo-hwan etc who are forever in second lead territory and have to be responsible to back up rookie and mediocre actors.

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Oh my and you could be right....

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Please No for Im Joo Hwan. Enough already. He has already suffer for drama which shouldn't be mentioned. If they want to throw it him again under the bus with this cast...

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He's the lead in my ongoing dream sageuk so don't ruin it haha.

This casting still sucks for talented actors who haven't gotten a chance to lead a drama.

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@kiara: there is no longer quality control in this industry. For someone talent like Im Jo Hwan for always stuck playing second lead. Hope good producer will pick him as the lead

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@missjb & @kiara I don't want it either, but if this drama still casting good actors for second leads, hoping it will be the same case like Lee Sang-yeob, Jung Hae-in and Shin Jae-ha in WYWS in which they became more popular after that drama when before that people didn't really cared about them. Please don't let it be like UF - because we all know both talented second leads got nothing after that drama.

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Thank goodness for PDs like Ahn who refuse to yield to the current trend.
I'm super supportive of cable dramas because at least they are trying.

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@kiara I'm glad cables are around and more active these days.. Now with MBN, TV Chosun joining, hope more underrated talents given the chance. Rookie actors these days are lucky, they have better chances to climb up faster than rookie actors back to 2000s until 5-6 years ago.

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If they cast supporting actors that are just as green I’d watch the drama just out of sheer curiosity of how badly/funny it would turn out. Just imagine if Suzy, NJH, Hyeri, and some other green but pretty boy actor were all cast in the same drama, I’d think a good number of people would tune in for the first episode. It’s like how people can’t help but slow down and stare at a car accident

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Or maybe like Great Temptation, where the second leads are also pretty green and rookie actors.

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Green and pretty actor.. CN blue jonghyun?

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No. Please no. I would be so disappointed in Dramagods that I would probably drop dramaland and watch only j-dramas for a month or two.
At the end of every year, me and my friend make a bet who would hit big or get first main lead roles. I ALWAYS make bets on those two and for 5 years they always get second lead roles, get good public responses and get cast on ANOTHER second lead role

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I lost hope for kdramaland, my only hope now is for the second leads to also get fair recognition just like Kim Ji-suk and Lee Honey last year despite of being second leads / villains.

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Actually I'm sad because I really wanted to check that writer's new project. Land of Rain is my favourite drama special (and I saw many of them), it was such a touching story about people who are in very different social situations but are the only ones who can understand each other's pain. I'm pretty sure for this new drama the writing will be better than the acting, which is a shame. It's so sad when bad acting ruins good script.

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That's that :-) Me too...

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It was so funny when the comments: whos gonna act?

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I have read all the comments posted so far and only 2 out of 118 were slightly positive. I think this is the first time when I see such a thing amongst the beanies.
But really, now: who is going to act?

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Is Seo Ye-ji still included in the cast? Cause Seo Ye-ji sweetie, you need to be in lead role in a cable drama again.

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MBC has denied about Seo Ye-ji's casting offer so it is safe to say she isn't part of this drama, for now.

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Thank drama gods.

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Who's gonna do the acting tho???

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Second leads.

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Sigh, as always...

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LOL...so true.

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wahahahaha..

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our eyes will be full though-:) let's just think we are watching Music show

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lmao the best comment here.

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When a black hole meets another black hole, what happens?

Google says: "Once they come so close that they cannot escape each other's gravity, they will merge to become one bigger black hole."

If only this drama was a rom-com, I think they could do it right but a melo??? Even with my newfound appreciation of Suzy because of WYWS, this feels like a stretch of that newfound appreciation...

We'll see! Who knows, they could surprise us!

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hahaha...no offense but you are so spot on! though I love NJY in Weightlifting Kim Book Jo and watched almost all of Suzy's drama but what you have said was correct!

If the genre is rom-com they might pull it well..anyhow let's wait and see if they cloud surprise us-:)

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I love NJH in WFKBJ and I rewatch it all the time. I think he got a role that perfectly suits him. But... yeah. I'll stop there. HAHAHA

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NJH in Weightlifting Fairy got a role that perfectly suited him since it was close to his rl personality, Suzy in WYWS got a role that had Park Hye Ryun working overtime to make her likable even despite her acting range, I think those are the conditions under which they are bearable.

This writer is going to have their hands very full from trying to accommodate two leads with acting skills like these.

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There were a few early reports that the part had been offered to Seo Ye-ji (Rescue Me), but those were refuted right away.

Hmm... I feel like she dodged a bullet. I'm sure her back would hurt from all the carrying she'd have to do, if you catch my drift...

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People seem to have beaten me to it, but so many opportunities for cheap shots...

it’s pretty perfectly matched in the popularity and talent arenas

People who are critical of one might think you are seriously insulting the other.

Suzy has been offered the role of a woman who dreams of becoming an actress

Again, critics might say she *is* a woman who dreams of becoming an actress.

Or, with a little selective editing

Suzy has been offered the role of a woman who dreams...

Sounds like her last show.

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I was so disappointed after Bok-Ju to find out that Nam Joo-hyuk's striking performance was somewhat of a fluke. I will, with the rest of you, pray for straight RomCom.

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Nam Joo-hyuk's character sounds fit for him imo, but if this is melo.. Now it might be a different case.

Anyway, Choi Joon-bae was the second PD for King's Daughter, I don't know if he has the ability to bring out the best from these actors or not. King's Daughter had a solid line up of seasoned actors, so there was not many works to do.

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This writer is still green but she wrote "Nara's Rain" (1 eps KBS drama special) which I really love Jung Eun-chae in it. She is fantastic in films , indie films especially.

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I always welcome rookie writers to write full length drama, especially the ones who wrote drama specials. Although it might be harder to write 16h drama, compared to 1h drama. I haven't watch Nara's Rain but will be watching it later. Seriously there are so many drama specials to watch, I ended up put on hold my of them LOL.

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I do have a soft spot for the drama special writers. It's like actors who started off in small roles and having to work their way up.

There are few talented new writers who hit it off with their first drama like "Forest of Secrets" "End of the World" "Joseon X-files" "Conspiracy in the Court"etc.
Sadly some of them are not popular enough to be hired back because it's always going t be better ratings over quality.

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Nara's Rain is my all-time favorite Drama Special,at least for the time being.

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“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
"Nara's Rain" is truly special! Food for my soul.
So much profound feelings for such a short drama. So touching and beautiful!

I fell in love with Jung Eun-chae and Yoo Min-kyu. I wish they were the leads here because they can convey feelings with very little to no dialogue.

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Sadly Yoo Min Kyu couldn't have a breakthrough yet...and why is that so?
So many imcompetent idols getting all the attention though.

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Definitely watching this drama tonight ❤ I loved Yoo Min-kyu in Live Up To Your Name, wish to see more of him around. He is a good actor.

@kiara I wish many PDs,writers of drama specials will go to cables. They don't have many freedom and have to comply to certain demand to cast popular idols who don't deserve their good drama if they stay in public broadcasters.

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So true and that's why I'm not even amused with this casting.

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The next hallyu pairing. Who needs acting skills when you have fangirls?

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😅😅😅😅😅

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PPUUAAAHHHAAAAAAA.... LMAO 😵😵💀💀

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I would also have them in comedy better. For Melo you need to really show feelings, FEELINGS...
But anyway, they are young actors, they also need to train themselves in different kind of roles. Let's give them a chance.

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Who's most the worst then... SUZY OR NAM JOO HYUK??

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NJH's role sounds like him though? He's practically playing another puppy.
No idea about Suzy. But I think the melo part comes from her character. She sure was pretty to look at in Uncontrollably Fond but not so good in delivering the feels.

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Wow, all the pretty though! I do prefer seeing them both in rom-coms as well because there their green is not that obvious. Suzy has gotten better at facial expressions needed for heavy roles, but as much as I love Joo-hyuk, I can freely admit he's still got a long way to go before I can take him seriously in melo. Especially when he's portraying a character older than his actual age. Idk why, but I can't take him seriously in those roles. (like in bride of haebak)

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they're are so perfectly matched that if this were a rom-com i would totally root for this pairing and the show but melo not so much

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I think we should be happy with this kind of pairing because another good actor or actress would not be suffered and worked extra hard to cover his/her co-star's bad acting.
I'm not saying SSK is a good actress, but she is at least better than suzy.
NJH + Suzy = bad acting explosion.
So, we can peacefully pass on this one.

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Nam Joo Hyuk is a crap actor. I can only think he has a sponsor because it makes no sense why he keeps getting lead roles. It's not like he's had a hit drama or anything.

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He's technically young Song Seunghun minus the drama hits. Sponsor is a bit of stretch...but he has YG on his back, so not surprising the amount of drama offers he receives.

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All the comments got me LoLing after a stressful Skype meeting :))))))))). Thank you guys! :)

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At least i'm really glad this who cant act get lead together. So the drama cant drag my fav pairing with them. And i skip with peacefully

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I like NJH enough but a melo? uhhm.. Okay, here's to hoping that they surprise us.

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Not sure...think it also depends on the chemistry they can come up with. In my opinion that was lacking in WYWS and BOTWG.
Any they are not the best actors either...mmmhhhh

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Suzy will always go down in history for me as the only woman who doesn't have chemistry with LJS - a man I thought had chemistry with literally everything including passing motorists and inanimate objects.

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Amen!

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I swear, in WYWS there were instances where Lee Jong suk tried to smile sincerely at her with a look full of love and it came out as awkward. It was kind of funny. LJS, the man I thought could pull a love with a wood mannequin.

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If they pitched a premise of Lee Jong Suk and his great love for a potted plant, I think he'd manage to pull it off. And yet...

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So.much.shade. in the comments section! 😂😂😂

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I cannot deny I am loving it.

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Me too. I love this aspect of the beanies community: there is never deliberate hating and shaming, just this-is-what-it-is-and-it-is-a-perfect-disaster. It's just a well-meaning assertion rooted in extensive kdrama viewing experience, that this cast is a train in a collision course and we better grab popcorn soon. But with respect.

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I literally snorted when I first read about this pairing on Soompi and waited forever to have a chance to laugh with fellow beanies when the news got posted here. Nam Joo-hyuk is a terrible actor (this in spite of enjoying his character a lot in Scarlet Heart, the only thing other than Cheese In The Trap I've enjoyed him in, although it's more his character I liked than his acting) and Suzy is not that far behind in terms of being a bad actress (in spite of enjoying her sometimes as Hong-joo, she was hilarious okay?) But, this is a pairing that makes a lot of sense if I've ever seen one.

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That's why I am here! I haven't even read the article, I came just for the comments. 'Cause I knew they would be fun! :-P

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For their sake and ours, i hope they reject the roles.

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I think it's okay, so better projects will get better actors. This pairing is actually perfect.

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Yeah, it keeps better projects safe from them in 2018, I can't be mad about that lol.

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Come here and hug me, Nam Joo-hyuk.

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I didn't have to read the comments to know there would be complaints about their acting but at least on the flip side there's no age gap to complain about.
Suzy and Joohyuk both have strong and and weak points so if the script and the directing is done well it could be a good drama. I'm just going to cross my fingers for this one.

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Such a perfect pairing..😍 but not for a Melo 😂

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this is unfortunately one of those situations where 'matching in talent' isn't really a good thing...

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So much pretty but that's it....these people are gorgeous looking......the drama will probably be gorgeous to look at but I will happily pass. Thank God Seo Ye Ji isn't in it.

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Neitherk the leads or the synopsis are interesting.

how many times a tragic past for a man and woman and a present meeting make them fall in love i am so sick of this overused tropes, why do they always have scars can't they be normal people who haven't met in the past!...sigh.
I am sure they both met the killer in the past, since he's a detective he will try to uncover the murder case and she will help and they will become a target for the killer.

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Now if they are going to cast hot and beautiful actress to be the killer or probably the mastermind of the murder, it would be interesting. Of course the bonus part if that actress is talented one.

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Come Here, Foot and Hug Me, Acting.

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to be quite honest. The only leading man I can think of which really show decent-to-good acting I can think of is Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Jee Hoon, and surprisingly Kim Woo Bin. The rest I don't know...

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I think that Jung Kyung Ho and Lee Min Ki are both quite good actors but I agree that most other lead men are good in certain types of dramas that play to their strengths but lack the range and versatility to be all around good actors. That's true for many lead women, too.

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I mean... A male lead who give a good performances opposite suzy.

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Oops, sorry. The only drama with Suzy that I watched was While You Were Sleeping and I could not finish it, in part, because of her acting. So I didn't know who played the leading men in her other dramas.

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No... Sorry, That's My mistake... My sentence is not completed yet.

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I second on Kim Woo Bin! I watched "Uncontrollably Fond" and his acting was really good, he portrayed the emotions of a dying man pretty well. Suzy on the other hand... Not that believable.

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hahahahahaha

but this may work the best for both of them, like LSK and NJH

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Aw, I actually like Nam Joo-hyuk but I want to see him in roles he'll be good at and with co-stars that would help him grow not just match his current level :(

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Omg if this casting goes through the drama is going to be unintentionally funny. Suzy and NJH can be endearing when playing romantic comedy leads but playing leads in a melodrama 😧

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Is it just me or does this sound like a cheap knock-off of Just Between Lovers?? (is this the new style?) Nam Joo Hyuk can act, as long as he plays a role close to his personality. I personally LOVED him in WLFKBJ but not so much in Bride of Haebak (or was that just the script and lack of chemistry?). As for Suzy, I couldn't even bare to watch WYWS even though I was told she improved. I'd definitely be onboard for a fluffy romantic comedy though. Bring on the puppy stares

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Suzy don't do THAT to yourself! You've just go off from the blacklist with WWYS

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I hope they take it, so at least we don't get other, likely better drama projects blighted by them in 2018. I guess MBC is a glutton for punishment, eh?

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"I like Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk in romantic comedies, because they do well with light, funny, youthful characters...but heavier emotional fare can make them stand out in a bad way." YUP.

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Both are limited actors (despite Suzy's improvement in WYWS, and NJH's decent performance in WLFKBJ). My problem with this casting is that both need stronger actors opposite them to turn in a decent performance. Suzy was decent in WYWS but she was opposite LJS who carried that drama. As for NJH, he too is in Suzy's category acting-wise. So them together has a high chance of turning out super awkward in the acting department.

However the premise sounds intriguing, and I hope we get more info. about the characters. If both are cast, I will lower my expectations but still give this a chance.

On a side note: I tried to visit this site earlier and it was unavailable, so I'm curious was there a problem with the site?

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You said it. In WYWS Lee Jong Suk had to do so much carrying that I swear his face looked a bit like a cart in the last episodes. There were some points where I forgot the character of Suzy existed at all...

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whoever thought about casting them is a genius lol, frankly i hope they accept the offer.

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ikr! somehow even though they're an unusual couple, I very much would like to see them in a drama together. They are both incredibly popular, beautiful, same age and really improving in their acting

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I'm sort of glad they're on the same level, so we don't have to think or hear about how one actor is going to drag the other one down. And the "bad acting" responsibility can be shared between the two of them instead of having one be targeted. I like these two outside of dramas and I really wish they could find their acting spirit one day and do well.

Casting aside, I'm not feeling the description of the plot at all!

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Goodness!😱 This is a train wreck waiting to happen...and I don't think I can watch 🙈

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I'll watch the wrecking. The drama? Nah. I'll watch C-drama instead.

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i will give it a shot cause i like them both well enough. you know what they say about practice makes perfect! more experience is good.

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In the case of acting I don't think so. If one doesn't have the talent, that person can be only a passable actor however hard he/she practices.

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It's been over 8yrs for one of them and she is still practicing in lead roles.

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I liked Nam Joo-hyuk in Bok-joo but not much else. These two and "emotionally scarred" characters don't leave me very hopeful.

Well, if anything, this drama will certainly have a lot of pretty if they accept.

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Suzy really loves melodramas, although she so bad in them.

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Suzy and Nam Joo Hyuk make a pretty couple, plus they're the same age.

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A melo? Emotionally scarred? Unless both of them can beat Junho JinAh acting in JBL, until then I will consider it. Too much tears spilled this year 😂

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I bet this year "emotional scarred" and "healing" are the most mentioned words in describing dramas.

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They can't be beaten :-)

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Nooooooooo I loved nam Joo hyuk in WLFKBJ and I’m not a fan of Suzy. Oh noooo why can’t he do assert romcom with a decent actress? Ugh I miss his adorable on my screen

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So which drama would win for casting of the year between this drama and that JTBC's legal drama with L and Go Ara?

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Good question :-) Let's toss the dice.

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who would vote for this? only the fan groups and that mostly would become about pretty.. which this drama wins hands down.. mostly because of suzy .. guys r both good. (i can't believe i am saying this..i used to find go hara prettiest after hye kyo.. but black made me unsee that)

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