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Teenage relationships and romance for upcoming Drama Specials

KBS’s anthology drama series Drama Special has announced two new installments, and have both cast rising pretty boy actors as their respective leads. So let’s take a look at Rainy Nara and Adolescence Medley.

Yoo Min-kyu has snagged his first leading TV role with his Drama Special installment titled Rainy Nara. He’s had a few supporting roles in the past two years, most recently in To the Beautiful You but perhaps much more fondly recalled as Casanova bassist Ha-jin in Shut Up: Flower Boy Band.

In the episode, Yoo Min-kyu plays a high schooler who loses his father, and both consoles and is consoled by a high school teacher named Nara who lost her husband on the same day. The Drama Special purports to be a delicate and sensitive portrayal of human emotion, which I can see working with the format and premise. (Drama Specials are particularly good at delving into the little moments of truth in real-life situations and emotional beats.)

The second project is a bit longer at four episodes (most Drama Specials are one-offs, though sometimes they can be as long as eight episodes, as with White Christmas) and is called Adolescence Medley. It stars Kwak Dong-yeon, a 16-year-old actor who first gained some exposure with the popular weekend series You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly, with Lee Se-young (I Miss You) as his co-star.

Kwak Dong-yeon plays a teenager who’s a perpetual transfer student all through middle and high school, thanks to his father’s frequent work reassignments. The series is based off a popular webtoon of the same name, and the webtoon writer will be writing the show as well. It’ll be directed by PD Kim Sung-yoon of Dream High and Big, and while any mention of the latter tends to spur knee-jerk reactions, I remind myself that Big was beautiful to look at and was flawed mostly in the writing department.

Kwak Dong-yeon’s character is in the same class as Lee Se-young (though the actress is actually five years older) and in the teaser scene pictured below he whispers, “It’s a secret” as he gives her a forehead kiss. Pretty smooth moves for a teenaged transfer kid. Looks like this one will be a sweet, sentimental look at adolescent romance, which could make for a refreshing watch. This one will be 100% pre-produced—which, at 4 episodes long, is less of a concern than with full-length drama series. But not a bad thing in any case.

Adolescence Medley begins its run on July 10. Rainy Nara will air after it in August.

Via TV Report, Asiae

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I'm crossing my fingers that Lee Se Young will get to headline weekday dramas in a couple of years. She's a good actress and is quite the beauty.

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who was she in missing you?

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who was she in i miss you?

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Yoochun's baby sister (the grown-up version), lol

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oh. wow i don't recall her at all. or maybe i didn't watch far enough. thanks!

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She was very young and adorable in Jewel In The Palace. I think she was Dae Jang' childhood friend.

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I've tried a few drama specials recently and am converted after watching Sirius. If I have time, will definitely watch these 2 as well =)

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I love high school romances but there aren't many around so I am looking forward to this, hopefully it'll get subbed.

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it's the 10th in korea right? anyone know when this drama will be aired on KBS World? definitely going to watch it : D

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Hmmm....maybe next month; it's a tentative and wild yet ACCURATE guess...because I have no inkling on when "My Friend Is Still Alive" will air.

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I read at other websites that Sohee of Wonder Girls also will be in this drama special. Looking forward for this. Coz I don't like/watch the docu that they put on Friday at KBSW.

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Goody. Favourite genre (high school set stories!), actors I don't mind seeing more of (Yoo Min-kyu) or that I'm happy to discover (Kwak Dong-yeon), and pre-produced – I'll definitely be checking them out.

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I'm more interested in the 4 ep drama then the shorter one. Simply because I'm craving sweet romance over melo right now. Hopefully someone will sub them.

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They'll eventually be available via KBS World, so no worries about subbing.

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aww I am so glad to see any of the Flower boy "band members". I wanna see a sequel too.
shorts tend to not be available here for some reason though

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OMFG!!!!!! I wont be able to catch any dramas at all, the only one that is visible inEstonia, Dramacrazy, is shutting down!!! Wut, out of the blue?????
http://www.dramacrazy.net/

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Exactly... Is this like a joke or what???? Its too sudden... Dramacrazy is my lifeline... Are they doing this for real???? I can't even vent out anywhere..... :(

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i know cried my heart out, other sites are just plain annoying, like the subs never make sense -__-

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thank god it is in kbs. it has youtube channel and uploads some of their shows in full length there. i hope it uploads this series of drama too. since drama special usually goes unnoticed... like case number 113. i tried hard to search it but there's none.

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@theotherkey
she is han jung woo's sister.

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The drama specials look refreshing!!

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I thought Kwak Dong Yeon was pretty good in You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly-- just thinking about his character in that makes me chuckle. Both specials sound like they're worth checking out.

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KBSWorld is generally 4 weeks behind KBS, and they just started uploading "Drama Special" to youtube

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Ooh I like teen school dramas XD

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yoo minkyu is very good looking. obvious, yes, but just thought i'd say it. glad to be seeing him on the small screen as a lead.

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More Hajin in my life! Woohoo!

And Kwak Dongyeon was so cute and endearing as Janggoon in You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly, so I expect big things from him.

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I read somewhere Gwak Jeong-wook (Oh Jeong-ho in "School 2013", and Jeong Ma-ro in SUFBB) will be in "Adolescent Medley".

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Saw the preview for the Adolecence Medley and looks so funny,hope that it will translate someone

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where can i watch this?

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KBS Youtube channel!! Looks like they will start subbing this~ the first episode of it is out already.

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I just finished Adolescence Medley. I enjoyed it a lot. It is on the KBS YouTube channel with English subs. It is a very nice teenage, growing up type story.

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I watched it about 2 month ago. I thought DB doesn't mention this drama, but I found this post on google. Hahahaha.
Adolescence Medley has a simple story but it's so good on delivering. The romance, comedy and friendship is just simply perfect for me. I laughed and smiled so much.
I can't forget Jong-woo's line echo 'Lets date - narang sagi-ja'. Even now I still remember how Jong-woo react when Ah-young said yes. That's so awkwardly surpsrise. Honestly I don't now Kwak Dong-yeon before but watching this drama makes me adore him. Everytime Kwak Dong-yeon express his nerves on that drama, he's both funny and adorable.
It's a drama about a coward boy who doesn't want to be seen as a coward. So funny.

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I was hoping for the next project of these two adorable teen couple. Ms. A-young is so adorable, the way she smile, she act, everything on her is seems to be perfect. Movie/s for these two please. !!

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Guys, can I please beg for a list of drama series, movies, or anything about these two. Im a big FAN !! ^_^ THANKS GUYS

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