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My Sassy Girl’s original leading actress rumored to quit, role still not cast

Wow, this show is a mess behind the scenes. At this point I’m just rubbernecking, but sometimes you can’t look away when there’s a five-car pileup happening right in front of you, you know? The upcoming SBS youth sageuk adaptation of My Sassy Girl is STILL without a titular sassy girl… even though there’s going to be a script reading today, on August 22. They just don’t know (or won’t say) who’s going to be in attendance, because while Oh Yeon-seo (Come Back, Ajusshi) is likely to star, no one’s been officially confirmed for the leading role. On top of that, original leading actress Kim Joo-hyun is rumored to have quit the production altogether, but again producers are remaining tight-lipped about their official stance on her role in the drama, and whether she will or will not be present at the script read.

The drama adaptation of My Sassy Girl signed lead actor Joo-won (Yong-pal) early on, and then launched a massively publicized open audition to find their next sassy girl. Rookie actress Kim Joo-hyun earned the part after many rounds of competition against 1,800 other hopefuls, but then earlier this month, it was announced that Oh Yeon-seo was being courted to headline instead, and that Kim Joo-hyun would be given the second lead role.

One source states that SBS was behind the push to cast a known actress because they felt the risk was too high to go with an unknown, and that they quietly began the search for a bigger star without ever notifying Kim Joo-hyun. She was reportedly shocked to be demoted to the second lead, and in the end she chose to quit the drama entirely. It’s an understandable reaction if you ask me.

Meanwhile Oh Yeon-seo is reportedly confirmed to star, but only in secret, because SBS is under criticism for making that whole open audition process utterly pointless. So she is not due to attend the show’s first script read, despite being cast as the friggin’ title character of the drama, because she’s not officially the lead actress yet. What?

And then to make matters even more confusing, the production and SBS insist that “nothing has been decided” about either Kim Joo-hyun or Oh Yeon-seo, and that casting for the lead character is still up in the air. I… don’t know that it’s better for you to admit that you don’t know who’s going to star in your drama, the one that’s holding a script reading today. But what do I know?

The youth sageuk adaptation will be about a a sassy troublemaker princess who meets a beautiful scholar, and is set to co-star Lee Jung-shin (Cinderella and the Four Knights), Jung Da-bin (Flower in Prison), Jung Woong-in (Monster), Sohn Chang-min (My Daughter Geum Sa-wol), and Lee Shi-un (W—Two Worlds).

Shooting will begin in September (will it though?) and the drama will air in 2017.

Via Sports Chosun, DongA

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I don't get the sudden back-flip on the original casting. When you undergo a competition with the idea of casting an unknown, you've already weighed up the pro's & con's of it before giving it the go ahead.
If I was Kim Joo-hyun and went through all the auditions to finally get the title role, only to be demoted to second lead I'd ditched the production too.
This whole thing has been poorly handled by SBS, I feel bad for all the actors involved and also the writer's too, who could possibly have a great script in their hands but due to the higher ups their show is getting given bad publicity before its even begun.

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I totally agree with you on this. I did a thesis on something like this too. Everything about the drama could make sense but alas the higher powers have the final word. Do you think it will be too late for the production team to change broadcast station?

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I think at this point changing the broadcast station (if SBS even lets the drama go first) will probably cause more harm than good, considering how close they are to their shooting date. SBS would probably choose to axe it first or see if they can shuffle around other dramas they have in the wings before taking that step. I don't think they'd let go of it that easily, if only because it has such an involved history.

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From what I understand, (I could be totally and utterly wrong) I believe the lead changed with the whole THAAD issue with China. Originally, wasn't this drama supposed to be co-produced and aired in China as well? But with the whole THAAD shebang with tensions between China and Korea, the Chinese production side dropped out = less $. I figure the producers felt pressure and decided to cast a more familiar face if this will only be shown in Korea to ensure a good viewer's rate.

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While I would agree with you, on THAAD becoming an issue, this drama was also supposed to simultaneously air in Japan and I believe other parts of Asia. So while losing the Chinese market would affect the drama's budget, they were bound to make that money up if they kept the original plan to simultaneously air across Asia. Japan has a pretty big market as does SEA. That can't be the main reason.

And even if for some reason it was, SBS still did Kim Joo-Hyun wrong by casting someone else at the last minute. That was in very poor taste. I would be hurt too. SBS should have done what other dramas do to boost ratings, have a bunch of star studded cameos. Joo-Won already has a big enough name. They didn't need two big names considering this drama is going to air everywhere! (Not including legal streaming revenues from the West. DramaFever or Viki will end up streaming this drama too!).

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The Chinese market is unbelievably immense that, coupled with the

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Chinese production backing out, they lost a whole ton of revenue, leaving the Korean production to make changes in order to make up for the gap the Chinese production left in their wake. Perhaps part of their plan to generate more possible audience was to cast a known name as the titular leading role, bringing in the fans of the established actress. With Kim Joo-hyun, they have no way of knowing how the markets would receive her, and she'll also generate a smaller number of audience than a known, established actress would.

Not saying that SBS was right in implementing an order to cut Kim Joo-hyun from the role she's earned through a buzzed-about audition, though. That was a dick move. Let the girl who worked hard to get the role get it until the end!

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I'm glad she's walking away with dignity instead of being walked all over by some sleazy producer at SBS. They took the lead role she earned from her then threw her a pity second lead? Nah, not gonna cut it.

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Wow i have to say with both brows raised. This drama makes the most news before shooting even start..and so far for all the wrong reasons.

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This isn't right. Poor girl. usually something messy from the beginning will end up with messy production too.

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Good thing it's Kim Joo Hyun who gets (?) the role, if it's Jung In Sun, SBS will be cursed
"Your own [greed] will be the death of you. And you will be torn to shreds."
(MOTW, 2016)

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Now I wish it was really Jung In Sun instead hehe and then they can make a drama about how SBS gets cursed due to their greed, starting with taking away her drama from her ie MOTW SBS version

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And then all SBS dramas had such low ratings they have to cut the eps to cut the losses. But it's no use, since there's Dark Overlord, The Witch itself who cast really strong spells on SBS. The Subway will join forces too, thinking they got too little screentime on SBS dramas. Together they vow to make SBS bankrupt and never ever create a drama, sageuk or not.??

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I am still wondering how they will manage to get Subway PPL's into a sageuk, but as screwed up as this show is getting, I am sure they will find a way.

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OMO, now that I think about it, it should have been her.....She could curse them with eternity of low ratings

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Don't worry everything will be fine, kdramaworld is expert on this.
Open audition will be count as promotion and this is not the first drama where female main lead appear in last minute (ahem, BM).
They will make it work, even 28 hrs shooting per day is possible.

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And look how good BM was despite casting problems, the cuts, and everything.
Nonetheless, My Sassy Girl team, fighting!!!

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But that was because they wanted to give Park So-dam the chance to wrap up her projects, this is just corporate bullying at its best and very unethical practice. And I though Korean drama was a bit over dramatic in the sense of corporate politics behind the screens but no......seeing this, its so true.

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They should just make a drama out of this entire fiasco....

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You mean Drama King? #wwad
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#wwad = What would Anthony do

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i doubt she pulled out on her own accord though. she couldnt have gone through the entire audition process only to quit after getting the role

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They didn't even tell KJH until they found her replacement. She probably accepted second female lead to get something out if her months-hardwork. But if the production is still a mess and I'm a character I didn't audition for, I'm dropping. My opinion anyway

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They should just shelve this whole thing. I know it's not possible because 1. Joo Won has signed and this is supposed to be his last project before enlistment and 2. the amount of money put into publicising and organising the open auditions. Still, the project sounds like it should go into the trash.

When you call it the next Sassy Girl and everyone's thinking that there's only one Sassy Girl there's no way you'll make anything out of this. Plus all these controversies. Sometimes you wonder how the higher-ups become higher-ups when they make such stupid decisions.

That being said, I understand the rationale behind choosing an established actress. Personally, I wouldn't watch if it was Kim Joo-hyun but Oh Yeon-seo is another matter. However, like what @Katherine said, they probably should have considered all the possibilities and consequences before giving the go-ahead for an open audition.

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For the me whole idea of a sageuk Sassy Girl just boggles my mind anyway. What were they thinking?

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And it's not even Sassy Girl.

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I do not understand it either.
You can decide that Oh Yeon Seo could be a better option (I would agree since I looove her) but it is silly to change at this point: if I was a well stablished actress, I would never get involved in this type of mess, a cheap copycat of a successful series and being the reason for another actress to get kicked out...you are calling disaster and hate from viewers. I don't think OYS is so desperate.
Very bad move but maybe we do not know all the story.
Not watching this anyway...

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Whereas I was going to watch if it's Kim Joo Hyun. But now I have to decide if I'm interested in Joo Won's last pre-military project to watch a cast and plot that doesn't excite me.

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I volunteer to be Joo Won's leading lady!! For free!
As for my poor Korean, they can just dub my voice a la C-drama.

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I would've thought that Joo Won had enough star power that an unknown leading lady wouldn't have mattered!?

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He does but the thing is, by the time this drama airs - he will be already away for military enlistment and then the lead actress will be left to handle the ongoing promotions.

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with the failure of the sequel of Sassy Girl, I think they have balls to be calling it sageuk adaptation. just call it a youthful sageuk with Joo won in it, I'll watch it anyway.

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Oh the drama. They should just make this a “reality“ show, it will probably gain higher rating.

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What I'm wondering is if Oh Yeon-seo was told that Kim Joo-hyun voluntarily stepped down and she was rescuing the project; and once it started to rumble KJH didn't demote willingly she's balking at stepping into the mess and basically taking another actress's job. Nobody wants to be the replacement for someone who didn't go willingly (unless they were cleanly fired for cause).

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Makes sense.

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No, they better just cancel all this thing. I want to see OYS in this kind of role, but I don't want her to suffer with this messiness. Poor Joo Won, what had he done to suffer this? The original leading lady is really pitiful too.

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Yes just scrap this whole show already. It smells FLOP all over; especially with them changing many aspects of the original My Sassy Girl (like making the male lead prickly like any other male lead). I don't want Oh Yeon Seo to be embroiled in such a controversy should she take on the lead role. I don't want this to be Joo Won's last drama before he goes off for army either.

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Same I hope OYS doesn't take this.

Geez what's up with SBS?

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I vote to just scrap the whole thing.

Joo won should get a new drama

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I hope Joo Won gets out of there!

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I'm surprised Joo Won has not quit yet. Is the penalty fee so high that he cannot quit? I think he has enough star power to say that I want that leading lady who auditioned. Take it or I'll leave, thats what he should say.

The only thing I can do on my end is to not watch. So that's what I'll do.

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it's his last project before enlistment, if he ditches it he'll be leaving his fans with nothing bc it's probably too late for him to join another project that will be filmed to completion before he enlists

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Justgoogledthis, his birthday is in September so he has more time to film something else before enlisting. JCW for example turned 30 in July and he'll start filming a drama in September.

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According to an earlier DB post, the drama is co-produced by Joo Won's agency.

And I don't think he (or most actors) is at the level to have final say on his leading lady. Casting is usually the producer's decision, which may be influenced by the investors' wishes.

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I also think that it'll be hard for him to get out of this mess since we're talking about SBS. Through his first project in SBS, namely Yong Pal, he was given the Daesang Award. http://www.dramabeans.com/2015/12/2015-sbs-drama-awards/ I'm praying that everything will turn out well for him.

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Can't remember where I read it from (read a few weeks ago) , but apparently Kim Joo Hyun dropped out of this project and would be starring in another project. Not sure if it's true, either way this whole thing has been really messy.

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Man, what a mess and Joo Won is already getting the short end of the stick, being in limbo even before shooting. If they decide to hold an open audition, they'd better stick with their choice. KJH definitely earned it after beating out all her competitors. What's with this wish-washy hush-hush behaviour?! Not only does it make OYS look bad (not that it was her choice to get the casting call), but where does that leave KJH or other aspiring rookie actresses? SBS should not be flexing their muscles after the fact as if they had not known what open auditions mean! I feel bad for all those who signed on already since I really like this actors as well.

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What a mess!! If the original lead really dropped the project, good for her!! Like, why would you go through an audition focusing on unknown actresses to then say theyre too unknown for your liking?? Guess the rumor that those backing the rpoject changed must be true. I just wish JungShin could run far and fast from this project...

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SBS sounds like a diva pitching a fit. Maybe it wants the role. Can a station be cast? Or maybe just the head honcho who's making all these crazy decisions...he can be the sassy girl.

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Bwahahahahaha!!!!

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I really like Kim Joo Hyun in Modern Farmer and i think she has potential to be a good actress
To bad all this mess happened to her

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It's too bad Joo-won is still attached to this mess. Just drop it dude.

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Bad karma all over the place, If joo won is clever enough he should back out, but his agency making all the decisions for him I heard, dropping this drama is not an option besides this enlistment is very near.

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I don't get why SBS is suddenly worried about having an unknown as the lead actress when that was the whole point of the audition they held. If they were worried about that why did they do it in the first place? I understand productions wanting big names attached, but decide that BEFORE you hold a hugely promoted open audition AND find an actress from said auditions. I love Joo Won but how SBS is handling things makes me not want to watch the drama.

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I'm telling you! Like you kept on looking for sink wash only and when you finaly get it,you're suddenly shocked that it ONLY washes sinks and not carpets too? Hian!! Or does someone else have a better anoly?

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The audition was held by the production company, not SBS.

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My mistake. But either way, the production company made no secret of doing an audition, so SBS could have stopped it before it started. But they let the whole audition go through and let the production company cast KJH before they finally stepped up and said they actually don't want to use an unknown actress.

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Yeah... NO thanks.

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Shows to replace this fiasco:

Let's Fight Casting Director

W - Two Actresses

Uncontrollably F****d

Second to Last Actress

Age of Incompetence

Cinderella and the Four Replacements

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ROTF!! OMG,I'm dying. Kai,you wicked!!

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Don't forget the old favourites:

Secret casting

You from another audition

I won't hear your voice

Remember -- actresses' war

Sign me, unsign me

Ratings over everything

Actresses in the trap

Who are you? Acting school 2016

Angry actress

And soon to come:

Cast me 2017

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gahhh, just call it Sassy Guy already. People will only watch it for Joo Won anyway.

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(This might be a double post it looks like my first one was lost though!)

Let's not forget:

Sign or Go Crazy

Please Come Back Original Actress

When A Director Casts

Lead Actress's Dignity

Five Casting Directors

She Was Pretty Reasonably Mad

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It got caught in moderation queue. ^___^ If it happens again, please wait for one of the admins to fish the comment out.

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It's late and u can't figure out Five Casting Directors.

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Ah that one was a spoof of Five Children -> Five Casting Directors, since the whole thing is a mess like a bunch of people don't know what they're doing.

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This thread is killing me!!
My favourites are:
W - Two Actresses
Uncontrollably F***d
Remember: Actresses' War
I Woun't Hear your Voice
Who Are You: Actress Audition 2016
Sign Me,Unsign Me
Another Miss Sassy/OH Miss Actress Again
Sign Or Go Crazy
You Who Came From Another Audition

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Alternatively, Joo Won in the Trap. LOL.

Some more dramas:

Six Flying Rumors
Ex Leads Club

Emergency Replacement

Imaginary Casting

D-Day (and yet there's no lead actress)

The Greatest Flop

Decision Turner

Second Time Casting a Lead

Wanted: Another Sassy Girl

I Remember You Auditioned Before

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Joo Won in the Trap! Poor baby...

My two cents on other possible dramas:
Endless Casting
The Innocent Woman (Or still The Innocent Man as Joo Won is the lead actor)
Unstoppable Casting
Goodbye, Casting Director
The Time We're Not Informed that Casting Would Go on
Casting Fiasco: The Beginning
The Casting Scandal (that's too obvious though.. )
What's with this Drama?
Fated to Leave You

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You guise are killing me xD

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oh god, What's With This Drama is KILLING me.

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Oh, and also:

Pride of the Century

Jackpot (or not...)

Goodbye Ms. Sassy

49 Days (until filming)

Puck! (*but replace P with another letter)

And the upcoming Tomorrow Without You

This thread is stuck in my head!!!

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OMO ROFL!!

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OH New Actress Again!

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I LOVE YOU GUYS

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Surplus Actress ?

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Then there's the one than doesn't need any change to the title:

"Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident"

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Don't forget about these memorable ones:

Secret Actress

Missing Actress

Birth of a Secret Casting

Actress Hunter

It's Okay, That's a New Actress

You're All Fired

Actress, Not Really

Casting, Again

She Was the One

Beyond the Casting

And finally, this needs no change:

Liar Game

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+10000

I would put Liar Casting (lol)

Leaving Solo

Oh My Actress / Oh My Casting

After the Audition Ends

Here Comes Another Actress

Sassy Incarnate

Actress to Actress

Casting Without Leading

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Sassy Go Go

I would just leave this one lol.

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I don't know why Leaving Solo is cracking me up so much. Its what we all hope for. Who do you think will be the one leaving anyway?

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Sassy Go Go FTW!

But if the story is told in Joo Won's perspective, then it's going to be Leading Solo. XD

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This whole thread is hilarious!!!:D

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Just wanna add some appropriate drama titles too:
Man of No Honor
Let's Quit and the sequel Let's Quit 2
Heartless Casting
Answer Me, Leading Actress
Nine: Nine Times The Mess
Missing Actress
Full Mess

And of course one for Kim Joo Hyun to SBS:
Lie To Me

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Just had to join the fun...

I'm Sorry, I Couldn't Cast You
What Happened in Auditions
Temptation of An Actress
Moonlight Drawn by Replacements
Scarlet Actresses: SBS
The Casting Director's Sun
Descendants of the Flops

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... Ditching You
Casting King
My Sassy Mess
Hide, Casting Director and Me

The one that needs no change: K2

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X'D Loving it all!!!

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I pity all actors in this drama. It seems better to leave.

P.s this has nothing to do with the drama, but I think after all this talk of Subway, DB, is now promoting Subway?!?! That is epically awesome! ???
I guess, Subway is slowly taking over the K-drama world!!

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MESS.

I wonder why they're even making this, it doesn't sound a thing like the OG My Sassy Girl, and now this casting mess.

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At this point, something like "Porn Badgers from Space Implementing Plan 9" sounds like a better choice.

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Another one. Bahahahaha!

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LOL...

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Lol xD

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Usually these situations end with either Jin Se-Yun or Shin Se-Kyung taking the leading role XD.

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Oh buurrn! But...I woun't rule that out yet.
PS: I thought Shin Se Kyung had graduated from that level?

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Yes, she graduated already. The girl has been working hard lately. :D

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Jin Seyeon is busy with Flower prison. Wiki said Flower will end in mid October so I think so she cant do it.
Unless of course, her character will die soon then she can join this mess.
Or, they can just introduce her character a few episodes late, that should do. Gives all the focus and rating to Joo Won before all the mess happens~

(I'm not sure why I'm seriously thinking about this possibility tho)

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Jin Se Yeon is doing Flower In Prison
Girl doing well in a saeguk

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Sigh... So much drama for a drama... Ironic no? I'm sad to hear that Joo Won is caught up in this fiasco. He is one of my favorite actors. I didn't care so much about the last drama he was in so I so looking forward to a really good project before he enlisted. *Crossing my fingers* Plus the actress that was chosen and got demoted must be so heart broken. :( You work so hard for that moment to get a huge break and then people from up above just take it from you for no real good reason. I hope that karma kicks SBS in the butt and that Kim Joo-hyun will get her time in the spot light to show us those acting skills! There must be a reason she won out from thousands of other leading lady hopefuls!!! Fighting!

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This is a reality show item. They can use it like After The Show Ends, but this one probably goes with Before The Mess Gettin Mass. Poor Joo Won

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Well, at least we know Kim Joo-hyun has enough sass to quit. Darn... did they just lost The sassy girl..?

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IF Oh Yeon Seo or another more known actress takes the lead role, then I'm blacklisting her along with Seo Kang Joon. It'll take a really long long time for me to be able to look at their faces without being disgusted. Even though it may not be their own fault, in the end they still chose to accept the power play.

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I wonder if Oh Yeonseo REALLY thinks Kim Joohyun would get past 1800 competitions just to give up the leading role to her.

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Am the only one think Oh Yeon Seo fits this roles, like SBS? i'm not sure about Kim Joo Hyun, maybe when the audition start, they think someone is stars (inculed Oh Yeon Seo) will win the contest.
I stills don't just the audition, they even don't care about netizen, just drop some pictures.
Poor Kim Joo Hyun, please star with supporting roles.
LOL, the audition of My Sassy Girl so hot, the audition of Entourage? not so much .

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Yeah, I think she's a perfect fit too. :( Too bad there's this whole casting mess around it.

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I'm hoping for JW to get out from this potential mess. Why do he have to suffer all of this. This is supposed to be his last project before the military. Even, other actors like LMH and JCW could choose the decent projects, Why he can't?

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JW will definitely can save this drama, he is a rating magnet. His superb acting alone is enough to bring the rating lmao! Just look at yongpal, despite heavily despised in and outside korea, it was a rating winner.

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Maybe they could just cast a sock puppet?

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ROTF!!

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Not her... I´ve seen her in two historical dramas and she was annoying in both.

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