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Wouldn’t be an On Air event without a hyped-up cameo

SBS’s current ratings hit On Air is winding down, and although its initial three-episode extension was then curtailed to merely one, it will end its run likely on a high note next week. And in typical On Air fashion, they’re doing it with yet more high-profile cameos.

Hines Ward — NFL football player and Super Bowl MVP — was on location with Ricky Kim (or Ricky Lee Neely) in Seoul’s Apgujung neighborhood on May 7 shooting the drama’s final episode. In the show, Ward plays Aiden’s (Ricky Kim) longtime buddy, meeting again after both have achieved success.

(Seriously, who is this Ricky Kim dude and why does he get so much press? According to his bio, he was in the universally panned movie D-War, had a small part in a short drama Miracle, and a Best Theater episode. Not saying the guy’s untalented (yet), but he gets a disproportionate amount of attention for his thin resumé: Let’s just say being good-looking and half-white has been the ticket for many a budding model-turned-actor.)

On Air ends with its 21st episode on May 15; Lee Junki’s action sageuk Iljimae takes over afterward.

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Agreed !

I follow the hype watching this series, another reason is I have nothing to watch and here it is. I had fun at first, but until this moment, I get tired, the plot is complicated, they can't stop arguing and shouting, the pairings are maddeningly unclear, the chemistry is not there... Eye-candy though.

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I disagree with Pully. I don't think it's complicated at all and I like that the pairings are unclear. I don't think dramas should be limited to cut and dry simplicity.

I agree though about the unneccessary amount of hype that underqualified half-white half-Koreans get. Ricky Kim is not a good actor, in English or Korean.

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Call me crazy but this Ricky almost looks like a carbon copy of D.Henney/D.Oh. I thought that was Daniel Henney before i read your comments. Huh, I'm sure he's getting more attention b/c he is more "conventionally" good-looking then Hines (who is darn cute in a teddy-bear kind of way in my book and vastly more successful to boot). Ricky has the pretty boy look that Korean girls seems to favor >_> but it is all very well nonetheless. Unlike Ricky, Hines is already pretty established outside of acting and doesn't need to make a living on camera so if anything, Ricky needs the little extra attention :) We don't want the kid to be playing movies like D-Wars for the rest of his life now do we :P

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this is going to make me sound ignorant but does korea even know about hines ward or how big of an athlete he is? i guess it just seems kind of random to have him as a cameo since i don't hear anything about korean koreans being into american football...or are they? i can understand when michelle wie guest appears on shows since golf is huge in korea but american football?

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my reaction was along the lines of what sf said.
dear korea,
i know you're obsessed with fashion clones and fake clones (oh snap. take that Hwang Woo-suk) but do you really need celebrity clones too?

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Bebo, you compare Hines Ward to Michelle Wie. Do you know how much disrespect you have done the man. Michelle Wie has done nothing in her career whereas Hines Ward has been in the Pro Bowl many times. Hines Ward is one of the best wide receiver of this era. The dude is a SuperBowl MVP. I know not many people know enough about American Football and just how good Hines Ward really is, but please don't compare him to Michelle Wie. Even if Korean don't know who Hines Ward is. This is still a big deal to get him to do a cameo. He just had a meeting with the Korean prsident for crying out loud. It is truly crazy for a drama to get Hines Ward to do a cameo.

P.S. You must have guess it. I am a sport fan.

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Awww....don't be so hard on Michelle. I think she's accomplished a lot for such a young kid ^^ She's not up there with Ward but she's got plenty o' time to make a bigger mark in golf.

bwahaha...I feel like Koreans particuarly don't know much about football cuz Koreans (and Asians) in general suck at sports that require too much physical strength aka football so obviously, not too many folks play the sport (or cover it in the news) in Korea. On the flipside, I hate how America always skimps on archery and speedskating coverage during the Olympics.

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I have to disagree with Pully too, I mean I like the style and writing of this series. I don't want everything to be simple and predictable.Where's the fun ,right???

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Hines Ward is famous for being an American Football MVP (The only Korean American ever) and because of his extensive work in Korea concerning mixed-raced kids and equality. A mixture of those is why he's famous. The cameo is deserved and it makes sense that Ricky gets a scene with him because they're both mixed race, know what I mean?
And sf, I wouldn't generalize and say that Koreans aren't good at sports that require physical strength.
Have you seen the wrestling team? Do you know that Korean B-boys are some of the best in the world?. That's all physical strength. It's just a different kind.

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LiarLiar & Illdielaughing...you guys misunderstood my post. i wasn't trying to compare hines and michelle or say that he didn't deserve a cameo...quite the opposite, actually. i'm a HUGE football fan so i know a thing or two about this man....especially since i had him on my fantasy football team a few seasons ago! it doesn't seem so random to me now that i know he's been active in korea as a philanthropist. but i still question whether korea even knows or understands that they have such an awesome athlete in their presence since i don't know if they follow american football.

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@Illdielaughing
Oi, you're right if you refer to lifelong achievements outside of sports . I was talking more about the line, " Michelle Wie has done nothing in her career whereas Hines Ward has been in the Pro Bowl many time." Because I feel career wise, Wie has done pretty cool stuff for being just 18 that's all. it'd be definitely interesting to see how the writers for On Air will use 2 mixed Koreans. Hopefully, there will be lots of interesting social commentary (though I doubt it).

I still kind of stand by the idea that football is not sport that Asians excel in though >_> Honestly, wrestling and b-boying have more of a precision/technique emphasis. And if you look at the sports Asians 'generally' excel (I use this term loosely) in/tend to enjoy recreationally - it is in sports with an emphasis on precision - table tennis, archery, golf, tae kwon do, judo, baseball, soccer....

Football has more of a "slambam" brute force aspect to it then most sports - but this is not to say that football doesn't have its own modicum of precision and technique ^^;;.... Perhaps the term "physical strength" was too much of a vague term. But whatever 'type' of physical strength football requires, I don't think Asians have an overwhelming amount of it; its not really worse or better thing >_> Huh, but I won't say more since I worry I'll be err into making (more) enormous generalizations. But that's just my thought on Asians and sports.

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@bebo: I didn't mean to say that you were wrong at all. American football is really only popular in America lol. I was just saying that because he got MVP and went back to Korea to do his philanthropic activities people know him.

@sf: I think I sounded really defensive but I didn't mean to lol. But I still mostly disagree.

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maybe i shouldn't talk bc i've never had to say anything in front of a tv camera before.. but it's almost like a political conviction for me that this ricky kim guy shouldn't be acting.. i mean every time he opens his mouth to say his lines it sounds so terribly awkward.. his timing is just never on... i get uncomfortable shifting in my seat & start thinking about how bad actors could actually be an affront to society.. it's almost like an artistic injustice.. so On Air isn't hamlet or a midsummer night's dream.. it's still a drama & it would be nice to maintain some semblance of quality for viewers.. i thought daniel henney was awful in samsooni & seducing mr. perfect.. but now he's starting to look debonair in comparison.. :(

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"Let’s just say being good-looking and half-white has been the ticket for many a budding model-turned-actor."

Ha-hah! You totally had me rolling with that one dramabeans. It's sooooo funny because it's soooooo true!!

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ARGH.. just looking at him in the pics conjures up images of his scenes in On Air.. the halting speech.. the exaggerated demeanor.. which makes me feel like reaching through the tube (this is the evil hyde in me) & giving him a good hard b*#&% slap upside the head.. what.. am i mean? someone has to knock some sense into this dude.. as if there weren't droves of ppl w/o those generic looks & more acting talent in their little fingers just waiting to be discovered in korea.. this guy's a genuine piece of new york cheesecake if i ever saw one..

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Ricky Kim has a really sallow skin tone.Looks awful. People think he's cute?

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On Air is worth the hype. I haven't liked a Kdrama this much in a long time.

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Well, Ricky Kim is unattractive to me. Highly so. Daniel Henney has soo much more on him, not to mention I think Dan looks 100% Asian, if not 75%.

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Lol what is it, 5 years later and I bet you guys like Ricky now. It just shows you shouldn't hate on people so fast. I hope you guys learned your lessons and are not judging a book by its covers.

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Uhhhmm..... No. He's still a terrible actor

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If your talking about Ricky Kim, then you have to watch Dream Team Season 2. Although he did come off a bit conceited in the show, he was still the dream team ace, who managed the most wins, and most hall of fame moments. I think this show was what made him so popular.

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