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Sohn Ho-joon replaces Jang Geun-seok on Three Meals a Day

As far as backup plans go, this one sounds like a winner: Sohn Ho-joon (Answer Me 1994) has been tapped to replace Jang Geun-seok in the reality-variety program Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village, after Jang recently stepped away because of a tax evasion scandal.

The show will still feature Jang in its earlier episodes since they’ve already shot the footage and can’t edit him out entirely, but Sohn Ho-joon will join Cha Seung-won and Yoo Hae-jin as the maknae workhorse for the latter portion of the broadcast. He already departed on his first trip to the remote island of Manjaedo on January 18, which means he is at this very moment probably struggling to catch a fish, or dig up a clam, or attend to his hyungs’ every need. Does it make me a mean person if I cackle in glee?

For those who saw him on Na PD’s Youths Over Flowers last year, you’ll already know what to expect, because Sohn Ho-joon was hilariously, adorably helpless while traveling through Laos, and if not for the brains of his bestie/caretaker/hero Yoo Yeon-seok, it’s likely he would’ve starved to death, or still be stranded somewhere in Cambodia. He was the epitome of the country bumpkin, never traveling anywhere before, and was completely out of his element in the most endearing way. (Remember his ever-present slack-jawed blank face? Here’s a reminder below.)

So even though he has already put in an appearance in the Three Meals a Day franchise — he was a guest on the farmhouse edition with Lee Seo-jin and Taecyeon — it’ll be interesting to see how well he can handle being put to work as a regular under Na PD’s evil eye. Hey, maybe he’ll figure things out and tap into a hitherto unknown resourcefulness deep within… although really, my mind is imagining both hyungs swooping in to rescue him constantly from peril after peril. When Jang left the show, Sohn Ho-joon was one name I kept seeing being suggested by netizens as the ideal replacement, since he was already known to the Na PD family and could be relied on to bring the comedy element, so it’s nice to see him get such a warm welcome.

In any case, we won’t have to wait too long to see how it all shakes out: Three Meals a Day premieres this Friday, January 23. (Granted, Sohn Ho-joon won’t appear for a few weeks.)

Via Star News

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It sucks that Jang Guen Seok was made to leave under those circumstances, but this is as good a consolation prize as we can hope for. Back to waiting mode. Thx.

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I got interested with this because of Jang Geun Seuk and it's been awhile since the bomb Pretty Man. I think it all started with My Pet, that movie really was a mess. even Marry me Mary was a bit, um, well, I endured watching it coz he was at his prettiest there. Love Rain was just too boring. So maybe this reality show would be something of a change, I think he really would have been great in this then came the tax evasion brouhaha. what the...? arrrgh, is someone really determined to put JGS out? is this some kind of a big grudge, whatever did he do so wrong?
What good would it do really if I watch You're Beautiful again? it's been a long time, we really miss you JGS, hold on there and someday, one day you will get that good project. til then,oppa, fighting! I feel for you.

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Consolation prize?

This is an UPGRADE.

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agree :D

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hahaha.. I love Ho Joon!!!
I know Yoo Yeon Seok was awesome in Youth over flowers...
but HoJoon was super funny! His bewilderment and shock was so fun to watch!!! hehehe

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+1

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Oh dear. Well, they just HAD to reel me back in, didn't they...

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IKR. I was moderately excited for this franchise, but now they officially sealed the deal by bringing in Hojuni the country bumpkin. SHJ was cute in Youth, but his guest appearance in Three Meals was perfect. Who can say a line like "Noona you are the most beautiful person I've seen in my life" with a completely straight face????

I feel bad that JGS had to step out, but gotta admit I'm so friggin thrilled Son is now in.

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Ik I ws determined not to watch but SHJ is so

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Ikr I love Sukkies and he left so I was determined not to watch it ..... Now I love SHJ and his adorable Foolishness hehehehehehehehe its going to be so fun watching them mess with him

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I think he might do surprisingly well in the countryside. Judging by the way he acted in Laos, he is like a middle-aged Korean ajusshi locked in a young body.

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I was thinking this too!

He was clueless in the Flowers show because he was a country kid, so I think he'll do well here. Unless, y'know, his granny did all the catching and picking and cooking for him................. ^___^

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"he is like a middle-aged Korean ajusshi locked in a young body"

This is the best way to sum him up!

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Although just replacing JGS and not being the initial choice for the program, I love how SHJ is beginning to increase his visibility in the screens. I loved how dorky his personality was, how down to earth he was, how appreciative he was to people who have helped him during his struggling years. Hope more opportunities will come along his way.

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Absolutely stoked about the cast hehehehe. Please recap Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village!

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Its too bad that JGS is out from the show as was i was anticipated his appearance on tv. But SHJ is a quirky but adorable person. I remembered Youth Over Flowers went to Laos... he is so helpless and hilarious! ??

Hopefully someone can get this subbed somewhere, or i should wait on local Mnet channel.

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well...that's just brighten my day. love to see SHJ as the maknae in this show. although i still feel bad about the JGS's withdrawal, they did make a good decision on the alternate.
hope the show will do great as the other shows did.

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Yay Ho Junie, yay! So happy that he is being given opportunities to showcase his dorky self on variety program, again. But let's hope he would no longer be really awkward and intimidated by the seniors, like how he did in 3 Meals A Day when he was a guest back then. haha

And also today I saw news about Sung Dong Il, Kim Yoo Jung and him being cast and confirmed for a movie 'Joy'. More yayyy for you Ho Jun bb! Grab them more acting jobs <3

And please invite YYS to guest on the show once, so that I can see both of them being bromantic (and bicker) with each other again :P
(The two of them are unstoppable, even recently :
1) Agyeo tweeting each other http://goo.gl/yvCH2I ; and
2) Straight from airport rushed to see his YeonSeokie http://goo.gl/WD07ng ) kkk

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Well, if this is the choice of TVN, cheer him up!
But JKS was the thing that made this spin-off appealing in the first place. When he "stepped down"(politely said for thrown away), the show become just one avarage reality with all the same faces. The three men already have been in variaty and they will not provide fresh look to their personalities.

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Good choice!

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Wow, they really salvaged a sinking ship fast. Go choice to keep all the scenes already shot with JGS! We at least get to see those and don't have to miss out completely on what we expected. Happily, I don't have to boycott the show and miss Chajuma or Yoo Hae-Jin. Shout out for YHJ who nobody mentions but I loved him in 1N2D and I'm really looking forward to his sweet quiet way of keeping things going.

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Nice choice I like him.

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I think he's a good choice and can be fun...but they've already lost my interest.

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I thought it was just me. I was really excited for JGS and I'm not even a huge fan .. So I'll just pass on this one. Good on SHJ though.

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Sucks that JGS won't be here, but I don't mind seeing Hai Tai in his element in the countryside.

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When I read this my first thought was "He will starve to death." They should send in Yoo Yeon Seok as a guest someday. THEN I would forgive them for cutting JGS.

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I still remember the fraud scandal on Youth Over Flowers lol...!! Now his casting gets me interested.

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I just can't help my self of laughing when I read that he was let go because of tax evasion scandal. It is just absurd how in Korea even the smallest mistake make such big waves.. I don't think he was directly the cause of it, he just been unlucky with having a bad account man... When I compare the Korean scandals with Hollywood or just any other countries the norm of what count as a scandal are huge....

For example I live in Denmark and if some comedian or any other entertainer said he or she smoked weed (This actually happen often) nothing really happens... I know it is a culture thing but it just difficult to process that a society decides to put so much weight on a mistake a known figure have done even such small thing as a tax problem which could had happen to any of us.... We are human and we are bound to make many mistakes along the way...

Sorry kept on ranting... I just wish they could give their Actors,Comedian, Entertainers etc a little space to breath ... I know it is impossible haha The world is not always as we want to be...

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Hi aco,

Yes, I've scratched my head over such reactions to minor scandals in Korea before. I understand there are cultural differences, but this is so extreme it leaves me a bit flummoxed.

I have a related question I've been wanting to ask for some time. I've seen several incidences where celebrities' lives have been put on hold -- or have even been incarcerated -- for gambling. But some of these have been for gambling overseas. What is Korea's law that could effect that? Anyone know? It seems so odd.

You live in Denmark? I think you're the first person I've seen here who has. Another country whose films and TV I adore. (Don't get me started on "Borgen", "Bron/Broen" or anything with Mads Mikkelsen!)

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Gambling is illegal to Koreans. Overseas too. I think there is only one legal casino for Koreans in Korea. Out in the boondocks. Drugs are the same. If they do drugs anyplace in the world where they are legal they are also breaking Korean laws. And a committee will be waiting for them at the airport ready to yank their hair out.

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Wow. That's just hard to comprehend. Thanks for the answer sue.

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Jeeper creepers. I managed to find some articles on this.

Why most S Korean casinos are open to everyone except Korean
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/01/28/13/why-south-koreas-casinos-are-open-everyone-except-koreans

Is gambling permitted under Korean law?
http://www.korealaw.com/sub/information/boardView.asp?brdId=corporate&brdIdx=62

South Koreans Gambling at Any Foreign Casino Face 3 Year Prison Terms
http://www.gamingzion.com/gamblingnews/south-koreans-gambling-at-any-foreign-casino-face-3-year-prison-terms-1993

Now I've lived in some areas with bizarre gambling laws. I'm old enough to remember having to drive to another county to play pinball because the county I lived in considered pinball gambling. (Pinball! Yes pinball.) But this seems particularly Orwellian.

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:) revlow

Glad to hear you are fan of danish tv... hahah nice to read that I am not the only one scratching my head...
Back to watching Healer... :)

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LOL. I've pretty much burned though everything Danish at Netflix, and looking to find other outlets. Always checking to see if there is something new.

I'm of Danish descent on one side of the family. I've never been there, would like to go some day. But that's not the reason why I love Danish TV and films. There are just so many great productions coming out of Denmark now. I'm also enjoying learning about another aspect of Scandinavian cinema; I grew up with a good amount of knowledge of classic Swedish movies.

And yes...scratch, scratch, scratch.

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They have the same law in Monaco. Puzzling but kind of understanding.

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Oh my lord! :: Picking jaw off the floor :: Monaco! Now that's bizarre. Like prohibiting residents of Las Vegas from putting a nickle in the slot machine.

http://nowheremag.com/2013/06/strange-laws-monaco/

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Not to say I'm pro-gambling. Far from it. Seen too many lives ruined from it. But if you're going to have gambling, these Byzantine laws don't make a lot of sense.

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I guess in a way it is like directing your anger towards society to known individuals.

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I understand that it might seem a bit of extreme for the foreigners. It only becomes understandable if you understand Korean culture and society. I am a Korean Canadian myself, so I do understand them because of I understand Korean culture as I was brought up in Korea during my childhood. However, there are times I cannot understand them due to my Canadian side. So I know where you are coming from. I think it may be because the poor are always oppressed by the rich. I think they are tired of watching rich and powerful people buy their way out of the law and not taking responsibilities for their actions. I think that is why they almost always reacting in a very sensitive manner when celebs commits tax evasion attempt, etc. They probably think if they do not react that way, the people in the question will get away from their responsibilities. But it is true that they are harsh to the celebrities. Like I don't understand when the people become mad with things like like love scandal, but this I kinda understand. :P

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You make a good point about understanding that the poor are always oppressed by the rich, and people wanting to make sure the rich aren't immune from the law. The wealthy seeming to be treated with a different standard, one in which they can skirt responsibility, is prevalent in the US and it is disgusting.

It's the law itself that seems most odd to me, the aspect of the law being applied to what you do in another country, even if it's legal there.

I don't get it, but there it is. Cultural differences. One of the things that makes watching media from other countries -- or living in them -- so fascinating.

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Well, that and the insane aspect of celebrity culture there. It's nuts here, but South Korea seems to take it to another level. Like as you say with "love scandals".

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Anyone knows where I can watch the episode of three meals where Son Ho Jun replaced Taec for an episode with english subs?

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I think it isn't subbed, as Taec fans did the subbing of those eps he was in. Haven't found the missing ep(s?), too.

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That said, I really hope someone will sub this show.

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Want excited at all, tbh, about jang geun seok, but now I'm SUPER 'CITED!!!!

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*jumping up and down* YES big big YES. I was going to watch the show no matter (not really a fan on JGS so for me the draw to this program for me was CSW and YHJ ajusshi) but now I'm just really happy about this news.

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Oh darn! I was going to skip this as a protest against the producers and their cowardice. But I did love him so much in YOF! It's still an unfortunate situation but the show must go on. I just hope it works out for everyone in the end. Specially JGS who I felt got the shorter end of the deal.

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Haha! This is going to be a hoot. Maybe he will drive the hyungs crazy with his helplessness. The best replacement ever. So does it mean Dramabeans will recap the show? :)

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Dilemma I feel like a betrayer given how angry I was at the whole JGS 'scandal' but I'm rooting for this guy to make it to the big leagues. TVN though you picked the best alternative you still suck.I'll see how the recaps are before deciding whether or not to watch the show.

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Dangit. I was ready to boycott the show and then they had to lure me back in, ugh. Way to save the show, tvN, Na PD and co.

Will you be recapping the show, JB and GF?

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Oh this is nice! SHJ is so likeable, I totally fell for him after YOF.
Now what are the chances for his buddy YYS to make an appearance??

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I'd love to see what JGS brings into variety but SHJ is a great choice as well!

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Now, if someone actually bothered to sub this.. I'd be so pleased.

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where can i watch this show with eng subs? nobody is uploading this show like the first one with taecyon and seojin oppa :((

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Just when I said I'd skip this one...

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What about the overlap with "Law of the jungle - Palau"??? The SBS premiere is on 30/01/2015 - 10 p.m. This actor cannot participate in two varieties in the same time slot.

SBS or TVN?

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Well, according to the comments of the korean article, SBS have already stated a while ago that cable and public channel are two different things. When Jang dong min starred in TvN the Genius, SBS abruptly changed their airing time of their variety show (don't remember the name) that also has Jang dong min as their cast as the same time as the Genius. So according to what SBS has said in the past, it is not a problem. I don't see why not SHJ can't appear in both variety shows. I mean he is only a guest in law of jungle and an official member in 3 meals.

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Most Koreans seem to 'hate' jks compared to other celebrities. But why? I wonder if they find him too imperfect among perfect people.

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alright ..let me say this ..DAMN this show cuz it ended up with our JKS oppa ok ???? and they dare to say that it was not the time for him to be on TV ..I MEAN who the hell they think they r ?? .......TAXES ..BIG DEAL HA ???

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**WITHOUT JKS, i mean -_-

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Does anyone know where I can watch the show with English sub's? T_T At this point I'm pretty much desperate....

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