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Potential drama coupling: Jung Il-woo and UEE

Good news, bad news: Jung Il-woo is in talks to take on his next TV role, but it’s in a weekend family drama. My response is both “Fifty episodes, groan” and “But on the upside, I get to see him for six months…”

The drama is MBC’s Gold Rainbow, which recently offered its leading lady role to UEE, who is still considering. The show is about seven orphans who grow up together and form their own family, with UEE playing eldest sister to the brood.

Speaking of whom, the drama actually went full Dickens and named the poor orphan girl Baek Won, which sorta cracks me up and sorta makes me groan, seeing as how baek won means a hundred won, which is about the value of a dime. (It was also briefly a nickname for IU’s character in You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin, since the admiral Lee Soon-shin is the man on the coin, and Jo Jung-seok would teasingly call her “Hundred Won” — at least until the public put on its petty outrage hat and complained that the show was disrespecting a legendary war hero. Insert eye-roll.)

The role being offered to Jung Il-woo is of a prosecutor named Do Young, although now I kind of want the show to stick with the People As Monetary Values shtick and name him something like Chun Man, or maybe Chun Eok if they’re feeling really ambitious. (Chun man won = ten grand, chun eok won = 10 mil.) ‘Cause where there’s a Candy-esque orphan heroine, a rich dapper hero can’t be far away, no?

I do like the match-up, since Jung Il-woo and UEE seem like they’d make a cute romantic pairing — it would be enough to get me to try the show out, despite not finding the writer’s May Queen credits all that compelling. And while they haven’t worked together before, maybe my brain thinks the combo sounds familiar because Jung Il-woo’s last drama role, Prince Yang-myung in The Moon That Embraces the Sun, was a character initially to be played by Joo-won, who was still juggling his role in the weekend family drama Ojakkyo Brothers, where he romanced UEE. (They were adorable and sweet and definitely a main source of that show’s addictiveness.) I don’t find Jung Il-woo or Joo-won to be the least bit similar in acting style or vibe or image, but they do sort of fit in the same category of young leading men. So it makes sense.

Gold Rainbow will finalize its casting decisions soon and begins script rehearsals early next month, to replace Scandal in November.

Via TV Report

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I like the sound of Jung Il Woo & Uee pairing up in a drama BUT not digging the fact that it is a weekend drama with 50 episodes.

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the problem isn't that it has 50 episodes but that the writer is of May Queen! In 30 episodes she was soooo slow to show any romance between the main couple making people doubt if they would ever be a couple, imagine on a 50+ drama!

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May Queen was 38 episodes of useless misunderstanding and illogical political choices made by all the characters. So much useless scenes and plot after episode 20.

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The premise sounds mediocre and add weekend family drama to it and that makes it definitely boring....

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Same here. I find my own little family dramas endlessly fascinating, but someone else's - not so much.

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Weekend family dramas can be just as good as any weekday 24-episoder - Ojakkyo Brothers and the original High Kick (sitcom, but still) taught me that.

I just hope to god this is more up to the standard of Uee's last weekend drama (OB)and not like its timeslot predecessor (You're The Worst Lee Soon Shin)

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Ugh nooooo don't got to a weekend drama....I don't watch those n I wanna see u on my tv screen!!!

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Writer of May Queen, in a weekend drama.
I'll wait for the video of the JIW parts after the show ends. TQ.

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Arg a 50 ep drama, I like them both but I don't know if I can commit myself to it without getting bored. Hopefully it's so good that 50 eps will fly by in no time >.<

And woah, I didn't know Joo Won was meant to be in TMTETS! I wonder how that would have turned out O.o

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Thankfully he backed out because Gaksital wouldn't be the same without him.

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glad joo won choose gaksital than TMETS, actually Yang myung charracter is more interesting than the king charracter in TMETS but I 'm not really like that drama, the king romance is really uninteresting, kind of boring

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its not that he chose gaksital over the TMETS but that the ojakgyo extension made it impossible for him to do TMETS as initally planned.

and then the gaksital role came along. thats my understanding of it.

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are you serious? Yang Myung was so annoying. All he did was pine over the dead girl.

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I read the interview of Gaksital PD, that he take Joo won from TMETS because he couldn't find any young actor that fit Lee Kang to role beside joo won, eventhought joo won already prepare for his role in TMETS Nn he has to apologize to MBC because of that, so I think Ojakgyo Brother extension is just excuse

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Ditto!

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I normally avoid weekend family dramas like the plague, but I might just watch this only for Jung Il Woo. It's been too long!

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yeah.... tooooooooooooooo long indeed! :))
but with UEE?! :( i just dont like the girl since You're Beautiful days!!!

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Oh boy. Gimme me those 2 and I will sit through 50 episodes. So will all the ahjummas in Korea.

MAN :-) Love it.

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True. What a lot of viewers who are backing away from watching this due to the 50+ EPs need to know is that when a family-style drama has really good acting, writing, directing, then the eps just FLY - by the same as watching a really good 16-20+ Kdrama.
"You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly" was so good it just zoomed by and I didn't want it to end at 56? eps. "Smile, Dong Hae" was another.

On the other hand, "A Thousand Kisses" had me grabbing a rope and looking for a rafter.
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@Onewcondition yep Joo won was offered JIW role in TMTETS but because of Gaksital role/preparation he had to reject TMTETS (Gaksital director said that in an interview if I remember correctly...)

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He did sign on but then later rejected Moon/Sun because Ojakgyo Brothers got extended (due to high ratings). The filming overlapped so he had to drop out.

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i guess the real reason is because of gaksital, Ojakgyo Brother extension is just to make it more polite, I read that they have to make sorry statement to MBC.

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I simply read Jung Il Woo! yay!

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ill watch the drama just to make googly eyes at jung il woo

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Omg, totally love this potential pairing. Please don't be crazy makjang!! Pretty please??

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May Queen writer = most definitely makjang at some point or another... hopefully there is waaaaaay more cuteness/banter than there was in LSS (that drama had so much potential!).

I don't mind makjang elements in family dramas because there are 50 episodes and there is only so much happiness you can have without conflicts/struggles, but fingers crossed its not 40 episodes of makjang & 10 happy ones -_- It better be balanced out or i'm gonna drop out like I did with LSS.

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Sat what? The same writer? I can't watch her dramas. The villains are realy bad and the lead girl was slapped in every episode.

I still haven't forgiven the 2nd lead guy marrying the enemy's daughter and being a douche bag.

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I'll join your prayer circle, I love the idea of them together.

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I missed this man in dramaland ...Yaaah Jung where have you been all this month's !!! :'(
The parairing looks promising but I don't know about the drama as it doesn't hold a unique story..or am I missing something here ?!?

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I like both of them, so I'll give it a try.

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Just out of curiousity are there any native Koreans here who reads the online internal industry gossip / rumor reports sourced from background staff members? Alright, at the beginning I did give them the benefit of doubt but overtime most of them turned out to be pretty damn true, such as the prediction of the Won Bin and Lee Shi Young couple and Lee Seung Gi dated a member of the idol group KARA for quite some time.

Anyway, in the most recent report it speculates that Uee and idol singer Kim Hyun Joong of SS501 has started dating for quite some time after meeting each other on the set of a variety show. Although I adore both Jung Il Woo and Uee respectively, now I can't really see them as a potential couple. Although I can imagine shipping them greatly before reading this piece of rumor. Now I understand another aspect as to why celebrities shouldn't reveal their relationships.

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I can believe it, because on that show, he was pretty attentive to her. (Obligatory AppaOdiga reference next.) Not like Hoo or Junsu with Jia, but in a more subtle way. More like Joon or Minguk.

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Are you referring to Barefoot Friends? They are both on that variety show currently.

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You mean Won Bin and Lee Na-young?

KHJ and UEE? Wow. Watching BF and I was actually shipping her with YSY coz I still want a KHJ/Jung So-min pairing. ;)

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Well I think this is just the case of being able to separate reality and fiction. If UEE and KHJ are dating, it won't make JIW and UEE's potential chemistry and cuteness any less awesome to me.

I think celebrities should be allowed to date who they want, and reveal it to the public if they want to. It's their lives, and it doesn't spoil my enjoyment of their dramas/films :').

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I still prefer if Uee is paired with KHJ in any drama because their chemistry in BFF are awesome. But still if its Uee the I for sure 100% will support this drama.

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.....maybe it's just me, but I can't for the life of me see how being romantically involved with an actor in real life = being unable to portray romantic chemistry with another actor. It's called acting, after all.

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Amen to that!

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It's Lee Na Young who is dating Won Bin, not Lee Shi Young.

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Ugh, May queen. I now have no doubts there will be a birth secret and other craziness in this drama. Poor Uee.

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Well if they're all orphans, I'm sure birth secrets will abound.

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To be honest, she already starred in OB, which may not have been an ultimate Makjang Extraordinaire, but had its share of craziness and sobbing and painful silly separations and birth secrets and murder and stuff. So I think she might be pretty cool with melodramatic shenanigans.

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I love this pairing and have been waiting for Il Woo to come back. I'm on board this one.

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I have been dying for a new Jung Il Woo drama -- but this? THIS?! A weekend family drama. Yuck! Isn't he beyond that?! I'm so bummed.

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Finally some news about JIW! I miss him on my screen. But ugh, I only heard horrible things about May Queen. Him and UEE sound adorable together, though.

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The only show I watch with 40+ episodes was Dae Jang Geum and I have to say it took a lot of effort just to finish it! I guess Jung Il-woo is worth the effect though....ummm...

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Just imagining those two together already seems like a good idea. But yeah... 50 episodes. :(

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50 eps = 25 weeks of Jung Il Woo?
I'll sit nicely, glued in front of small screen throughout the his and lows, just for him.. ♥◡♥

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YAY. Great news! I has serious JIW withdrawal symptoms so even though it's a 50 ep fam-drama, it's a winner if JIW is on board. I can see them making a cute pairing. :)

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*I have a serious

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For crying out loud - even the correction is wrong. Damn you, sleep deprived brain. OTL

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JIW and UEE, cuteness overload ... 50 episodes drama? whew! 6 months of eye candy.

I wish it's a romcom though, something like Wish Upon A Star, a story with a sad premise but turned to be hilarious and super cute. In WUAS, there were 6 orphans, with the lead as the oldest and a super cute baby as the youngest. I hope on this drama, the youngest is also a baby.

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Is he a prosecutor that doesn't do anything related to his job and only concerns himself with the female lead's situation? And will they always meet in another one and only restaurant/cafe in Seoul? ;)

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It's jung il woo...this'll be my first commitment to a weekend drama....BECAUSE it's my gleeful sweetie

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yey! i love them both. so excited for this one!

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I swear everyday I hoped for news from him it's been so long and to hear it might be 6 months of him on my screen yessss I'm so in and I was already considering because of uee I loved her in o.b. so she can for sure do a long drama and pull it off.

But I think I read somewhere that the first like 10 or 15 episodes were kids eps. Is that still true, if they sign on jung il woo I really hope not haha

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The Scheduler is back with his gorgeous smile and eye glint! I've warmed up to UEE in Barefoot Friends (although it took a while). I like the pair-up.

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Jung Il-woo! ...... Yay! ..... Weren't we asking about him in OT like 2 weeks ago or something like that?

He's been missed, that's for sure.

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i lamented his absence several weeks in a row and asked him to come back to our screens :)

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Although I love Jung Il-woo and Uee, and the sound of them together in a drama, I don't think I could sit through another fifty episode drama so soon after YTBLSS.

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what a great news, cant wait to see Il Woo in a drama again... :-)

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i love jung il woo enough to check out anything he will be in, even a 50 episode long drama but i cant visualise him and Uee. uee was good in ojakgyo though so maybe it WILL work. il woo has been away soooo long. miss him so hope he will take up something good. jung il woo, fighting!

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Jung Il Woo <3 <3 <3 My wait is finally over but I'm disappointed. A 50 episode daily drama might not allow for that Jung Il Woo intensity that I love until maybe the last quarter and though as you correctly point out it would mean getting a weekly fix for a very long time, it doesn't guarantee anything worthwhile or worthy of his ability nor amount of time on screen. Still I've eaten my words more often than not in the past and if he's finally signed to something, then I'll place my trust in his choice.

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Disappointed that it's UEE. JIW getting a leading lady of similar age will be refreshing though.

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I enjoy that nearly every comment is either "I missed him but... a family drama? WHY DRAMA GODS WHY" or "I WILL WATCH HIM IN ANYTHING. BRING IT ON."

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Finally I get to see il woo again *bigbigYAY*
I'm not fully happy about this weekend family drama stuff but I think I can handle it :P
And again YAAAAAAY :D

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chun eok is not $ 10 mil, it is $ 100 mil

eok = 100,000,000 (won)

so, chun eok is = 1000 X 100,000,000

which is = 100,000,000,000 (won)

approximate conversion {divided by 1000 (won) } : 100,000,000,000 / 1000

= $ 100,000,000

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I managed to keep up with LSS somehow, I'll give this a go. Not UEE's biggest fan though, I just can't seem to love her like everyone else does.

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Wait, people seriously said that was disrespecting a national hero? Wow. It doesn't surprise me, because Korean pride, but wow.

Nooooo not a family drama! Whatever, I'll still check it out. I know these guys do it to drum up cred with the ahjumma crowd, but honestly- I think you're already there, dude.

Still, I agree that UEE and Jung Il-woo would make a cute pairing. Here's hoping it's good, rather than Soon-shin crazy.

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Wow Jung Il-woo, I'd love to see him back on drama but it's 50 ep! hmm I don't know if i could manage with HJW Empress Ki 50+ ep coming. Anyway, I'll stay tune, alot of good upcoming dramas and current showing

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FBRS writer should write another drama.

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I used to be afraid to commit myself to dramas if they last 30+ episodes. Someone explained why long dramas are a good thing, if, that is they are good:

Would you rather watch 3 mediocre or bad/silly dramas in a row, or one long one?

That is how I started and stayed with Giant, Life is Beautiful, OB, etc. But, I also tried and dropped a number of them as well, which I cannot name since I don't recall the titles.

I love JIW and UEE separately. If the rest of the cast is bad, I can FF - like I did with Twinkle Twinkle...

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It could be good but with May Queen's writer, it might go crazy too...... I think the pairing is a win though!

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Jung Il Woo, what does he remind me of? those medieval entertainers at carnivals, who can joke around and then do something so melancholy and yet ... with a spike of self-irony. Or....maybe Figaro from the opera. so I agree, Jung Il Woo´s style is TOTALLY different from Joo Won. It is like.... the latter is really serious about each of his roles, well, he treats them so seriously. while the first... he is, yes, a harlequin and a mountain hermit put together. sad and happy.

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Very very nicely put.

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Pass.. it is all due the writer who does May Queen.

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Ummm. Can we have both Joo-won and Jung Il woo romancing UEE? I know, again....lol

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Second that! So in love with UEE n Joowon pairing XD

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Thank God, JIW is back!
after I hear your voice, I have nothing to watch with curiosity and excitement. I just hope that the screenplay is good enough for him to act brilliantly

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i´m happy that il woo will be back in a drama, with a new proyect but i don´t want too watch him with uee, uee is pretty and acts well, but sometimes watch her proyects makes me tired, so i end up getting bored, and other think is that is a weekend drama, what means that there will be more couples, etc. i dont know right now but i dont think i will be able to watch it, and other important thing, uee is paired with a police-prosecutor-hero... AGAIN??? i want her too change her roles and i dont know, be a bad girl or something like that.

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I've been desperate for some Jung Il Woo. It's been over a year.

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never watch a 50 episode K-drama ever and not likey to change now. Uee...zero, never made a good impression never a bad one, so as I never going to see this drama, so no lost and good luck to both leads.

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