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Kim Jong-kook joins Producer as Cha Tae-hyun’s sunbae

Okay, this is going to be hysterical. Real-life friends Kim Jong-kook and Cha Tae-hyun in a drama together? But who will make them behave? After twenty years in the industry as a singer and variety star, Kim Jong-kook (Running Man) will finally be making his acting debut in Cha Tae-hyun’s new drama Producer, about variety PDs. I can’t imagine that Kim Jong-kook will be any good at acting, but he can just be a thinly-veiled version of himself and the meta jokes will probably be worth the risk in this case.

The new KBS drama from the PD of Gag Concert and the writer of You From Another Star tells the story of variety producers and the stars that they work with. Cha Tae-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin have been cast as veteran PDs in the variety department — she’s ambitious and caustic while he has yet to make a name for himself with a breakout show. Kim Soo-hyun stars as a rookie PD who ditches a future as a prosecutor and enters their department, and IU plays a top star with a perfect image who’s an ice princess backstage.

Kim Jong-kook has signed on to play another variety PD — he’ll be Cha Tae-hyun’s sunbae, which is already fun because the two friends are the same age in real life, and now Cha Tae-hyun will have to defer to him in the drama. There will be so much bossing around and whining; I hope someone catches it for the behind-the-scenes reels.

In case you’ve never seen Kim Jong-kook and Cha Tae-hyun yuk it up on variety shows like Family Outing or Running Man (or heard Cha Tae-hyun talk smack about him on 1 Night 2 Days), here’s a picture of them doing a choreographed dance (with Jang Hyuk!) at their buddy Hong Kyung-min’s wedding. It’s a bromantic explosion.

Producer’s timeslot is still undecided, but it’s aiming for Fridays and Saturdays beginning in late April or early May.

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Oh me god, this is getting better and better.

It's making me really curious now as to how they managed to attract so many big names, because the premise didn't really sound THAT amazing.

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OMG.... SAY WHAT?!

Okay I so don't care if he's any good at acting (and yeah I fear he won't) but those two together?! Oh the meta possibilities xD GIVE ME NOW!

Alos forever sad that we won't get Tae Hyun on another Running Man ep :(

Plus d'awwww at that last picture!

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"Alos forever sad that we won’t get Tae Hyun on another Running Man ep :("

Why??

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Because Tae Hyun is on 1N2D and as long as he is, he's not gonna (be allowed to) guest on the rival program!

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btw, he showed up on kbs program The Return of Superman in ep.67&68 with his kids if anyone is curious. lol.

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I think CTH will not make appearance on RM because it's on SBS. He can be guest on Superman Returns because it's on KBS, same as 1N2D

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I will watch this drama for sure whatever they say.

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This drama just gets better and better and better. I can't wait!

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That's just about the best news ever. We love Kookie!!!

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Okay...I wasn't sold on this drama, because my interest in the premise is somewhere in the negative numbers. But Kim Jong-kook? In a drama? Acting? This I have to see XD

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Lol. Was thinking the same thing. Wasnt interested in this drama but will have to check it out just to see Kim Jong kook acting. ?

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I really fear for KJK acting or lack there of but it would be so awesomely awesome if ever their is a guesting cameo of jang hyuk as a diva star in their variety show... oh the meta of it all would just be the sugar flurry of the icing tol of the whipe creamed quadrouple layered choclate layered cake....

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I hope Jang Hyuk does a cameo!

I am more hopeful that KJK can act a little. I saw him perform with HaHa in Dallas, and he had a great stage presence.

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You saw that?? So jealous D: I'm in Austin but I have no car so I couldn't make it. :(

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yeah That may happen since Shine or go crazy will end before this show start.lol

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Oh this is gonna be gooood. I'm gonna watch it only for the hilarity that is KJK. haha

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Park Ji Eun is seriously incredible. Producer is going to be so damn hilarious, I can already feel it ;D

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This is awesome! I can't wait for this drama!

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YES ! is all I have to say

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At this point I have no idea how this is not going to end up as the best drama of the year. It is impossible to keep the expectations low with such an amazing team! Please don't disappoint ?

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Amazing.

That's all I have to say.

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I'm gonna throw a major fit if they don't somehow get Jang Hyuk to cameo and get the dragon brothers in a single drama!

Back to KJK, I know the acting might not be amazing, but the meta opportunity is endless! Producers just keep getting more and more exciting.

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I'm feeling so hyped with the casting news! All of them! Last time this happened to me was with Heirs, and we all know how that turned out, so I'm a little nervous. I mean, everybody in Heirs could act, and they're all stars with a lot of popularity, but the story totally ruined it. Granted this central cast is overall more experienced and older, so I believe in their script choices. I just hope they don't disappoint! Because I can already imagine this drama in my head.

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exactly...! I was so happy Heirs had the actors of the moment and my bias but the script killed my joy... Heirs' writer wasnt a nugu but her project was awful... it takes some skill to make promising actors look bad and make viewers shudder with the cheesy lines... YFAS's writer gives me hope tho

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heirs actors all mediocre actors. add up with awful script just can show their true weakness. only kim woo bin who is a better actor there. he is making heirs survive..

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I would have to disagree. Park Shin Hye was amazing in You're Beautiful, Flower Boys Next Door, and Pinocchio. Lee Min Ho is kinda like Kim Soo Hyun for me; both are great actors, but their reputation precedes them so people might judge them based on that (i.e. he's just popular for his looks and I doubt he can really act). Also you can't argue that Choi Jin Hyuk and Kang Ha Neul (especially KHN) are awesome in their own right.

So I think the cast was not mediocre, but the script really ruined it all.

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OMG YESSSSS
anyone who's watched running man pretty much knows that kim jong kook is an awkward turtle and can't act /at all/... but oh, the meta references. this is going to be amazing 8'D I don't know if I'm going to like the romance at all, but I'll tune in just for KJK and CTH's banter.

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Yeah, I still remember his awful and cringe worthy acting when they showed some of his old videos in episode 8, if I remember. He freakin' smiled and looked at the camera ... FOR REAL XD.

But yeah', maybe he improved ? He was a little bit awkward for his cameo in Wonderful Radio but who knows ? Plus, he is not really there for his acting skills but more like meta jokes and all which gotta be amazing. I KNOW IT :)

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wowwwww who would've thought?!!!! sounds super fun already!!!! i just hope KJK can act lol! but like many of you said, the metas will be uhmazzzzing.

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You guys know what this means right? Running man cameos (hopefully), and definitely a lot of meta jokes.

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It would be freakin' amazing but I doubt Running Man's members will be allowed to come as "Running Man's members" because KBS promoting an on going variety show from SBS is a little bit ...
But they could do it à la The Greatest Love though when Lee Seung Gi did a cameo and that Cha Seung Won and him had some meta jokes about it whereas MBC/SBS.

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Hope so. But this is KBS so maybe the most possible is the 1N2D guys.

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I read somewhere that Tae-hyun's role will be that of 1N2D Season 5 PD. I have no idea how true that is, but if it is then we're more likely to see 1N2D than Running Man cameos. This is KBS after all.

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Kookieeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
I'm happy.

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It will be fun! I am watching both shows (RM and 1N2D Season 3) so I can't wait for the meta jokes between them lol. I am not expecting a great drama but with GHJ and CTH I am already in!!!

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This is going to be a riot. I can't wait!

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But he's really bad at acting, seriously???

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Aww, Dragon Brothers FTW. Love their friendship and how they support each other. Cha Tae Hyun always make a cameo in JH movie (Windstruck, Rabbit and Lizard) and now KJK with CTH in same drama. Need more friendship and bantering like they do in Family Outing.

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And Lee Kwang Soo will be the Inkygayo's MC this week xddd

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This is gonna be so CUTE

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This is going to be awesome!!! I LOVE KJK but he probably can't act but I think it's hilarious since Cha Tae Hyun guested on Runningman in a really old episode that KJK once acted as a cop in a movie or drama and he was really bad at it and KJK should NEVER act! LOL I hope he's gotten better but I definitely have to watch it now! Before I was like I may check it out cuz I love Gong Hyo-Jin but now it's a MUST watch!

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Ok for him I will take bad acting.

And that photo at the wedding? GOLD.

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I thought it was going to be a cameo but if hes going to be a sunbae, I know he can do the job!! Have you all seen him nag in RM?! he even nags his own sunbaes!
I like the people in the drama but the writer is the one thats crucial and I really liked YFAS so Im crossing my fingers this would be awesome

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Lee Kwang Soo it will be great as Variety Star in this drama xddd

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maybe that drama will be a flop like Jekyll & Hyde

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I hope not for the sake of Gong Hyo Jin and Cha Tae Hyun. Jekyll & Hyde has a weaker writer and quite inexperienced than this one.

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I hope not. Yes, when KJK confirmed I was a bit pessimistic, but I'm putting my faith in GHJ & KSH. CTH may be biased since he's KBS guy, but not GHJ&KSH. GHJ is mainly in SBS and the last KBS drama from KSH was Dream High. Not to mention GHJ is careful in choosing scripts and KSH surely wants a drama worthy to list below MLFAS. And the episode is only about 12, so they have nothing to lose. If it is great, people will remember it for a long time because they wish it can go longer. If it is bad (let's say a flop like HJM), people will sigh in relief it's "just" 12 episodes and they can move on.

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I love kim jong kook but kookie seriously cannot act.
His banter w cha tae hyun is awesome though so maybe he can just sorta be himself and not act.
Ooo pls cameo from running man and 1n2d! If only they can do cross-variety shows, i wouldnlove love to see runningman team vs 1n2d in a mission. Both teamwork are freaking awesome.

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Omgggg this is awesome!!! I loved seeing KJK and CTH pick on each other when I saw them on Family Outing one time a while ago. Or was it just CTH teasing KJK? LOL Either way, I've got to tune in to this drama for all the meta jokes!!!

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Meta opportunity: kim jong kook imitating Cho PD, cha tae hyun imitate Yoo PD and if they can get Seunggi to do Na PD "deng". That'd be soooo awesome

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I bet there's gonna be tons of cameos in this drama since it deals with the entertainment industry plus this is going to be the "It" drama of 2015.

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AHHHHH CAN THIS LINEUP GET ANYMORE AWESOME!!! so excited for this drama..you had me at gong hyo jin but now I'm practically drooling.. (I know I'm repeating a lot of what's already been said in comments but just had to release the burst of happy energy!!!)

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This is pretty much the best news in forever. As if I didn't already have enough reason to tune into this show, they go and add Commander!!! SO EXCITED!!!

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SO MANY META JOKES, BY THE LANDSLIDE, OH GOD, STOP EVERYTHING

(in b4 Kim Jongmin shows up as a cameo too for more 2 Days And 1 Night meta jokes, or just the 2D1N cast people, sobs)

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Omg. The casts are incredible!
So anticipating this show.. woohoo!

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I have no idea what to expect from this drama. None.

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Jang Hyuk wore that dang hat to his buddy's wedding???!!

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Im getting excited... The Meta!!!
I remember how CTH revealed in Family Outing that KJK cried while being drunk. He kept spreading it to KJK's friends. lol
And I remember how subtly KJK took revenge by revealing that CTH was hurt because he was rejected in a drama coz the female lead dont like him. lol

I read somewhere that this role was made with KJK in mind. So Im optimistic that KJK will do fine.

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Woah.. whatta powerful casts. KSH, CtH, IU, and now Kim Jong,,,, KJK like KSH were two of the most influential actors in ASia nowadays... Cant wait,,,,,,,,

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Just for KJK I will watch Producer hahaha.

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OMG THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RM's Commander is gonna be part of this, too? whoah! as if i needed another reason to watch this series...

bring it on! :D

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Is it too much to ask for a Jang Hyuk cameo, too?

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OMG YASSS.

This. Is. Awesome!

The meta. Real life friends. Behind the scene goodness that needs to be filmed and put online.

And Jang Hyuk NNEDS to be a cameo with all three in one scene together (:

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Best news EVER!!!! I already sold on Gong Hyo-jin's presence and NOW....this news about Kookie join the show totally hooked me in.

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Holy sh*t! Gong Hyo Jin, Cha Tae Hyun, Kim Soo Hyun and now Kim Jong Kook? Is this a dream? It's too good to be true.... Will totally tune in.

Now, I need Lee Jun Ki to be signed on that saeguk vampire drama. And if drama God does exist, Ha Ji Won with Jo In Sung or So Ji Sub in whatever drama they are casted on....

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Lee Jun-ki AND Han Groo. Then one of my biggest wish is fulfilled.

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