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Daniel Henney’s Three Rivers role due to Samsoon

We kdrama fans know that it was 2005’s mega-hit drama My Name Is Kim Samsoon (aka My Lovely Samsoon) that catapulted American model-actor Daniel Henney to stardom in Korea, but it’s also apparently the reason for his U.S. television debut four years later.

Henney has landed a leading role playing “David Lee,” a Korean-American doctor, on the new CBS medical drama Three Rivers, which premieres this fall. The producers of the show searched widely for Asian actors in their casting process, and ended up watching Samsoon. They felt that the gentleness he displayed as Jung Ryeo-won’s doctor was similar to what they were looking for in the Lee character, and auditioned him. The producers reportedly agreed to cast him immediately after his audition “without argument.”

Three Rivers is set at a hospital in Pittsburgh and centers around organ transplant doctors (Henney’s character is a “playboy organ transplant specialist”) and premieres October 4 at 9pm on CBS.

Here’s the extended promo:

(I’m sorry, I am utterly unexcited about this show — it seems trite and boring — and probably won’t watch it, but good luck to Daniel Henney. He doesn’t seem half bad from his brief moments in the promo, which is an improvement from some of his wooden, awkward acting in the past.)

Via Hankook Ilbo

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Shouldn't that read "a sensitive, playboy organ transplant specialist". Seems like a contradiction....but not mincing anything here. Fantastic opportunity for him!

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I really liked his character in My Name is Kim Samsoon and I'm happy that he got casted in this medical drama.

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from the preview, doesn't look like he's much of a "playboy" type, but whatever I guess I'd have to watch the show to see. However I don't really see myself watching it.

I sorta wish people were a little more creative in their shows these days. There've been quite a few medical shows (ER, House, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and my personal favorite Scrubs). This show doesn't seem like it's bringing anything new to the table besides the fact that they mainly deal with organ transplants. It'll still probably be full of the regular medical show fare: saving the lives of every sob stroy patient, ethical dilemmas, fighting bureaucracy, doctors sleeping around w/ each other/patients/nurses/etc. and so on and so forth.

Let's see how the reviews treat this show. But yea, good luck to Daniel, I like him even though he's not the best actor.

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This reminds me so much of kdrama 'New Heart' which I finished recently so probably wont be tuning in to watch the american version of the same show.

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Seems kinda funny to me why the directors where looking for asian actors as the lead for the show but ended up casting Henney who looks 100% Eropean but atleast he's half Korean, which i dont think anyone could figure out if they dont know him. Kinda glad that asians are more involved in Hollywood now.

There are too many doctor shows these days. I doubt it would make a success. He's an eye candy but he has not craft his acting yet. Good luck to him.

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Whew! Trite dialog... I've never been a huge fan of medical shows in the first place. Maybe MASH...

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Nope, this is not for me either. DH is very pretty but that's not enough to get me to watch. It seems a little one-note (ALL organ donation stories, ALL the time?) and the dialogue isn't very...fresh is the word I'm looking for, maybe? I was probably the only person who didn't like Moonlight either, so...there's not much there that appeals to me. And the hilarious thing? The way their scrubs are so form fitting (hello, Grey's Anatomy)! Does anyone who actually wears scrubs for a living want them to be skin-tight? I wonder.

I really like DH's hair long though. :-) Plus, I'm really glad that MNIKSS gave him this opportunity. That's pretty cool.

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hmm....maybe it's time to sign up for organ donors.
i like the song at the end though...anyone knows it?

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I'm looking forward to it. Okay, not completely. It seems a bit stale, but I'll at least watch the first two episodes (if I remember that they're on).

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He was cast "without argument"...hm...that just doesn't sound quite as good as "unanimously"...and is more akin to "our top choices weren't available, so no one objected when we were left with DH." lol.

Why do the networks/Hollywood always bombard the viewers with multiple versions of same shows/movies at the same time? You can't even turn on the TV right now without being inundated with trailers for the new fall line-up of medical shows. At least, Trauma looks like it's trying to get an edge on viewership with the action stunts. Oh, brother...

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He's mine ..Sarah...Henney......what ever you play...saranghae..lol

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I love Daniel and can't wait to be his wifey! (lol) but I won't watch the show! It looks too boring! I'm pretty sure it's gonna get canceled! But at least Daniel still has Korea and me! (lol the me part)

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Well, either he's improved a bunch or they only showed his decent moments. :P I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, though, since I find him very pretty to watch, and I do like him.. And I do like his longer hair~ :3

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hmm the promo's look like its going to be filled with lots of drama and sob stories....i guess we're all suckers for those once in a while...i might check it out if there's nothing else on, but I'm surprised at how many medical related dramas are coming out this fall.....along with Three Rivers, there also Mercy (about nurses) and Trauma (about the lives of paramedics) - it's going to be interesting who wins in the race of medical dramas....of course House it's going to top them all.....

okay minus my little lecture on upcoming fall shows...I think it's great for Henney to get noticed, as much as his acting can be a little "wooden" at time, I see this as another opportunity for him to improve....no actor is born perfect, with more work to add to his repertoire, I'd say we'll see him keep improving and hopefully be an actor with a lot of caliber and versatility....he's a nice guy, i wish him the best =)

As for the show, let's hope more people sign up for organ donation through this....a single person can save the lives of many....

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just saw the promo on tv half an hour ago. I congratulate Daniel Henney on his role, but I'm not going to watch it. I agree that there are too many medical shows out there.

Theedie , i also love scrubs! it's formula is the perfect balance between comedy and drama. sad that it's over now.

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@8, mzpakipat

That's Coldplay, the song is called "Fix You".

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hope this isnt like a Grey's Anatomy series....

but then I wasnt really into Grey's Anatomy or ER (too much drama and love complications among staff.... duh....very sensationalized, really, when in reality, it's just busy, crazy work day, small talks and jokes now and then, sleep then back to that hectic day...no time even for quickies in the supply closet....unless it's a low-census season....^-^ )

But ill take a peek coz am quite curious how DH would par up with the american actors....the previews of him look good....!

@16 langdon813
ey! thanks! like the song too!

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agreed jb, i'm not excited for this either. it just...doesn't seem interesting at all, but i really do hope this is daniel henney's big break into hollywood ^^ good luck~~

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I think Daniel is very good-looking, but I don't think I'll be watching the show. I only got through 1:50 of the preview and I had to stop. Too boring for me. But the best of luck to you Daniel!

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I've never liked the medical genre.....and it doesn't look like that's changing anytime soon.

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I'm excited. Because I love me some Henney. And I liked that show Moonlight which has that guy in it. But notice, I don't remember his name. He's not THAT memorable. But who knows? this show could be good.

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i just wanna hear what the producers thought of samsoon! i wonder if they watched the whole thing? :D:D:D with subs? LOL.

i'd rather see daniel henney in grey's anatomy so i don't have to start watching another show, LOL. i love grey's, it hits the right spot for me, more or less.

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Honestly? Yuck, so much cheese. I can no longer take this kind of overly dramatic american series.

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Never liked Henney (Watched Seducing Mr. Perfect and he was 5 percent better than Dennis Oh in East of Eden...) defenitely will stay away from it. Don't even find him attractive, at least for me.

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I think it looks good. The focus is different than other medical dramas.
Funny how Henney looks European in Korean dramas,
but in here he looks Asian. LOL.

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"Seems kinda funny to me why the directors where looking for asian actors as the lead for the show but ended up casting Henney who looks 100% Eropean but atleast he’s half Korean..."

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Henney isn't really any more "European-looking" than full-blooded Koreans like Kim Sung soo, Oh Ji ho, Yoo Gun, etc.

I just hope Henney's acting has gotten less "wooden" - previously, his stuff has been unwatchable.

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i think i wil love this show like i loved ER...coz based from the trailer its about the real world... i like shows that will live you with good lessons in life..shows that will make you think about your life (after watching it)... i don't like watching medical shows or any shows for that matter that doesn't leave you anything to think about...like mistery virus or how a stupid guy became a doctor or a nurse... so i think im gonna watch this show...actually im already looking forward to watch it so i hope i can watch from here in canada.

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I just hope it does well...

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...the other lead doctor is Alex O'Loughlin and he's Australian, but does a mean American accent. :)

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meh. never a big henney fan-- i always think he's a little neukki and his acting chops are nothing to write home about. but i agree, best of luck to him in hollywood!

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I like ER, MASH, and Scrubs. I will probably watch this show..but I like the OTHER vampire on Moonlight better...Jason Dohring....what ever happened to him????

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hmm, i thought he was dull in Samsoon, but if he just has to spend most of three rivers kissing, or in intimate scenes, then maybe he'll be fine :s

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CBS is looking for a hit medical series of their own, hence Three Rivers.

The promo posted here is based on the original pilot that was shot in Pittsburgh this spring. The network has since built a beautiful high tech hospital set in Hollywood at Paramount, and completely reworked the first episode. The producers have listened to the critics and are shaping the show to be more appealing.

There will be a screening of the new show at the Paley Center on September 11th, and cast members will also be present to answer questions from the audience.

To me Three Rivers is a refreshing change from all the other medical shows and it has a great cast, to which Alfre Woodard was recently added. And of course, Alex O'Loughlin is a wonderful actor. I can't say that I'm familiar with Daniel Henney, but he's easy on the eyes and is sure to gain some more fans!

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seems like a bit of a 2pm 'doctors' (for anyone in the UK- you'll know what I mean) cheese fest but for channel 4.

oh well, it's still good for asian actors to get out there and be on tv no matter how 'european-looking' or whatever!

*my two cents/pennies

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a copy of grey's anatomy???
hmmm~~~~
not really into this.....
though Daniel is HOT~~~~

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I thought the donar's family should not be revealed to the person who needs a transplant? isn't that normal procedure??

but ill look out for this show =), there aren't many interesting shows nowadays, ill check this

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i'm watching for Alex O'Loughlin, i LOVED Moonlight.. was so unhappy when it got cancelled. cried buckets when the DA was killed.. didn't care for the lead lady tho.. the Henney factor is just a plus for the eye candy-ness. i'll be watching CBS Sunday.. at least the first ep..

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I'll watch 'cause I love medical shows. Even though Daniel Henney's acting has been hard to watch at times, he truly seems much improved on this show. He truly makes me want to watch out of curiosity. Go him!

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gotta admit that i'm a sucker for grey's anatomy (though the sleeping around is a little too much) but i'm not sure how this is going to add a different slant to medical dramas. plus, i agree that the dialogue doesn't feel quite right...it's like they didn't want to seem overly dramatic but still come across as so and the major theme about second chances is really...repetitive. but who can tell from a preview, right? i'll watch it if the reviews are good.

in any case, i'm happy for daniel henney and hope it goes well.

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I'm gonna have to watch this drama, and that's only because it has Kate Moennig in it. I LOVE Kate, I really do. :)

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I hope Henney's acting is better. I never watched all of My father because I was embarrassed for him because of his acting. I'm probably going to check it out, just for him, but man, there are way to many cop and hospital dramas in the...world.

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I love the show and think Henney's character is very well portrayed. Give the show a chance before you blow if off. we should support shows with Korean actors and plus it's filmed in my hometown....LOL

I hope it finds it's niche... Don't be so quick to judge... Hospital dramas are always going to be around because they are exciting places to be around with lots of potential story lines. Let's give it some time....

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