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Premiere Watch: Backstreet Rookie, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels like ages since we’ve had some new dramas to sink our teeth into! This week (or weekend, rather), we’ve got two new dramas, both garnering a lot of attention. Is it the cast? Is it the premise? Will there be some drama magic here? Are we looking at a hit and a flop, or will these two dramas be neck to neck on the ratings charts? I can’t wait to find out. Or to watch both.

 

Backstreet Rookie

Time slot: Friday & Saturday
Broadcaster: SBS
Genre: Rom-com
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Backstreet Rookie, I’m secretly rooting for you, because you’re not even out of the gate yet and you’re already an underdog. While a leading cast of Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung might put this drama on the radar, it’s already got 99 problems — the main ones being the OTP age gap, the raunchy source material, and the fact that this is Ji Chang-wook’s follow-up to the massive, painful flop of last summer (drama not named to protect the innocent). Anyway, what we have with Backstreet Rookie is a webtoon adaptation about a convenience store owner and his feisty new part-timer. While skeptical, there are a few things that I find encouraging. First, that Ji Chang-wook does derpy so well (Bong-soo shout out!) that if we’re bringing that back, we’re good. Second, that the drama looks really cohesive and fun in terms of its color and style. It’s a toss up as to where this show will land, but dramaland needs color, so let’s see!

 

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Time slot: Saturday & Sunday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Romance
Episode count: 16

Reasons to watch: They had me when they cast Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji. Then they had me again when our heroine turned out to be a prickly, super-elegant children’s book author. Then they had me again each time they released a still or a poster… it’s all so pretty! And by “all” I mean them. Kim Soo-hyun plays our earnest yet weary hero, working in a psychiatric ward, who crosses paths with our author. Sparks will fly. So will leaves of paper, if our teasers are any indication. All kidding aside, the excitement for this drama is real, and I’m hoping for a character-driven and chemistry-filled romance. I don’t know what I have to do to get a rich, well-rounded, and delicious story from dramaland these days, but by gosh, I’m gonna try to find out.

 
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Can I just say how much I love that promotional poster of It's Okay to Not Be Okay? It's so pretty!

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They are sooooo pretty!!

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The cinematography of this drama is so awesome. Totally love it. Reminds me a lot of While you were sleeping intro, but this drama is two-step upgrade. Worth a wait for KSH

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I’m also rooting for Backstreet Rookie. I know a lot of people are very skeptical about this drama (for very good reasons). Tbh I am too but I just need this to be good for jcw’s sake. I’m not even asking for anything award winning. Just something fun and enjoyable!

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Yes agreed kitty. I'm also rooting for Kim Yoo Jung, regardless of my skepticism of the role initially. I think she's overall phenomenal and shows much potential.

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It's okay not to be okay has Oh Jung Se!! I might tune in to see his character as KSH's child-like hyung. If show delivers...I see another award for Oh Jung Se 😎. Rise supporting actors! Rise!

Backstreet Rookie teasers are so colourful and bright. I like bright dramas and I like The Fiery Priest PD, I still think he plays a part in making TFP funny other than script and acting. Like @missvictrix I'm secretly rooting for this drama too, it has so many issues before it even air~

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Backstreet Rookie: Please pretty please be good!!! I am in need of a good rom com. It doesn't need to be great, believe me my standards are pretty low right now... (I did just finish the KIng) so I deserve something decent.

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this will surely a great drama. Im claiming Resounding Success for Backstreet Rookie. 20% plus increasing viewership rating from start to end just like the world of the married. Ive seen the teasers and BTS, i just said Wooooooow, im speechless!

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Kim Soo-hyun deserves another smash hit. Let's join the 18% Club, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay! 🙏🏻

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The long wait for It's Okay to Not Be Okay will soon be over!! 😄 This is one of the dramas I've really been looking forward to watching, and like many, every poster, still, and teaser release has gotten me more excited. I sincerely hope this will be a good one.

I wasn't very keen on Backstreet Rookie even if I like both leads. But the mention of cohesion, fun, and color (which I need right now haha) makes me want to check it out.

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Me too. I've waited for It's Okay Not To Be Okay for so long and I'm going for Backstreet Rookie because of the OTP

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When the news for Kim Soo-hyun's new drama comeback came out I was so excited. And when Seo Ye-ji was offered alongside him I was sold. Everything about this drama is a plus for me, the actors, the writer and PD. And then the teasers, posters and other promotional stuff came out and it completely won me over. I'm so so looking forward to this drama I really hope I won't be disappointed.

And then Backstreet Rookie on the other hand... I sat through the entirety of Melty and although JCW was kinda ruined for me I hope this drama can save him. It looks fun and I highly doubt they will include the raunchiness from the source material but my biggest peeve is the romanticising of a high school girl with an older guy as seen in the teaser.

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Actually they meet first time when she is in high school but noting happens then. It is 4 years later they see each other again as she start working in the store. She is now a university student and in her 20. That is the time the romance begin to take place. So no worry about the high school part. :)

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That's good to hear, but I thought based on the teaser that some aspects to their first meeting will still be romanticised, kind of like they did in Doctors

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Oh eww, that's right, they were teacher/high school girl when they first met. I can't believe that I watched and finished that one.

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I'm really excited for the both dramas, I like the 4 actors! For the PDs, Park Shin-Woo did Jealousy Incarnate that I loved, Encounter that was pretty and Hyde Jekyll, Me that was terrible...
For Lee Myung-Woo, Fiery Priest had great review and it looks that he's interested in his dramas to adresse society's issues.

I think Backstreet Rookie has more to offer than only the comedic side.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay looks like a healing drama mixing humor. I like this concept! I can relate with Seo Ye-ji's character praising KSH's good looks.

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This is the most anticipated drama and buzzworthy drama of 2020! Cant wait to see Backstreet Rookie breaking rating records. This drama will get 18 to 22 percent viewership rating, just like the Fiery Priest. Another resounding success for SBS!
This will also trend on twitter and naver. Ji Chang Wook, Kim Yoo Jung, PD, Perfect support Cast= Power team!!!!
Cant wait to watch tonight.

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I dont agree with the Backstreet Rookie being an underdog since this drama is lead by the most popular actors in Korea. And The PD is the one the best. so it will fight next to next and even prevail in viewership rating over Its okay its okay its okay.

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JCWs last drama left everyone angry so there's that

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Yeah, it got 6.5 and 4.8 sooooooooo....

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Not even 6.5%; it was only 6.3%.

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Which means the average was 5.5%, higher than I expected, actually.

It's Okay looks promising. SK audience seems partial to Kim Soo Hyun and he being the top choice for casting, gets first dibs at scripts so it can't be too bad.

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well it's just the premiere episode. wait for the increasing rating of this drama. . Yj fans from my country expects that its rating will double on Episode 2 or it will rise to 10% on episode 2.
and not to mention that BackstreetRookie is now trending on twitter and Naver.

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Wow talk about competition. It's Okay To Not Be Okay has been on my radar since time immemorial and I am waiting for it with baited breath. All the promos have been so pretty that my interest is super high. While the leads are my main draw I hope the drama also shows how precarious the situation is for a person to care for another without a strong support system. I am all for a healing drama right now and I am praying that this show will deliver. I really hope Backstreet Rookie works out for JCW's sake. I didn't even watch his last drama and I am hoping that this works out for him. Also I missed the thing about the raunchy source material. Anyone know what that was?

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Well @manichan all I can tell you is that BR has been on my radar for awhile but it wasn’t until the last week or so that I really started to focus on as @missvictrix mentions the “problems” connected to BR.
I have never read a webtoon in my life so of course I have never heard of the source material webtoon “Convenience Store SaetByul”. So I googled it. I clicked on a site thinking it would bring me to an English version and it wound up being a porn site. Not good.
I don’t like writing this general but after googling the jist of what I picked up was that some folks (when this project was announced) did not think (because I of its raunchy nature) that this webtoon should be dramatized.
We have the age gap issue but from I see the actors are cast appropriate to the characters in the webtoon.
Naturally I am a big fan of JCW. I have not seen any of KYJ’s work. Perhaps the Producer/Director are taking “R” rated material and rewriting it to “PG 13”. That would be my guess.
I probably won’t be watching because I think SBS’s BACKSTREET ROOKIE will unfortunately not be available on Kocowa, of which I am a subscriber, only on the streaming site iQIYI which I do not subscribe to.

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@marcusnyc20 I signed up for a free non VIP membership. The highest resolution available to me is 720p and it's not the best. But it's free and legal.

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Thanks for the tip @ndlessjoie.

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Kocowa couldn't explain to me why they won't be streaming Backstreet Rookie. Very annoying as it is SBS...

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I am excited for it's ok not to be ok. We live in a society of appearances. You have social media, you post your best pictures in social media. You go to work or to whatever it is your daily routine and people ask you how are you, and you answer fine, because it's the norm even though maybe you are not ok, which doesn't mean you are dying right at the spot, but you know what I mean...
You know you have issues, mostly emotional (invisible) but you can't share them because:
1. You don't want to burden others.
2. You have been told you can't.
3. You have been taught to be ashamed if you do it
Long etc
So, again, you try to give to the world your best appearance in every aspect of your life, because that means you re successful, or at least you are optimistic, easy going and a nice company.
Nobody wants to be close to a person who is sad, depressed or lacking self esteem... I understand because I also feel more attracted to optimistic apparently happy people, but... And here they is a big BUT... I also believe it's O.K. not to be O.K. (for as long as it last, in order for you or me, to achieve recovery)
What I think or would like to expect in my eternal naive idealism is that people would be essentially original and genuine in their interactions. If you feel love act like it, if you feel pain or regret, feel free to act accordingly. Even though it is not nice to be in pain, if you let it be and don't repress yourself, you will find the solution sooner, and if not, at least you can find consolation.
My humble and very general opinion... this topic of mental health has a ton controversial approaches and sadly I know vulnerability is not always a solution either 😖

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Very well put. I hope your father is doing well now javinne.
I'll also like to add that mostly in dramas or movies, just to make the story more interesting, writers tend to add incredible misery for the characters to show that they aren't okay (for instance Weather is fine), but in real life people who are depressed and anxious without any history of tragedy can be equally suicidal. No dramas really focus on that and I think, this show won't either but I hope to see that someday so that people who are living day to day can have some hope resonated too.

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This is one of the major reasons I don't like to use social media. I know that many people are living better lives than me and I don't want to look at their and wish it were mine. I know most people are pretending and I don't want to join them

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How is Backstreet Rookie an underdog? It has bigger names than the other drama and has more promotional material than both The King and It's Okay Put Together. Only people at DB have problems with it but the general public is super hyped for it. We all know it's going to be the most buzzworthy drama.

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Kim Soo-hyun alone is bigger than Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung combined.

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Literally got persuaded to log in so I can give this a thumbs up.

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Are you kidding me. KYJ is the nation's actor and SYJ is a nobody. KSH hasn't had a hit in 5 years in the mean time JCW took over. You'll see it tomorrow when the ratings cross 10% for Backstreet Rookie and Psycho fails.

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JCW took over in the past 5 years!?! 😂 With what exactly? Melt? Suspicious partner? K2? Now let me state some facts:

None of those drama even touched 10%. In fact, neither did healer. His last ratings hit was a 2nd lead role in Empress Ki (where he was amazing!) That was 8 years ago.

On the other hand; KSH for the past 8 years had Dream High, MoonSun, YFAS, Producers. Do I need to state the ratings for each any every one of those? I think not.

Not interested in fan wars but not backing down either on some absolutely ridiculous comments here.

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Kim Yoo-jung is the nation's little sister, not the nation's actor.

Kim Soo-hyun hasn't filmed a drama in 5 years, but it was a hit. Which hits have Ji Chang-wook had to take over?

10% isn't high for a drama airing on SBS. It's Okay to Not Be Okay airs on tvN.

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You haven't been reading any of the latest articles. She transitioned form little sister to nation's girlfriend and nation's actor. She trends just be breathing.

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u are joking right!! ?! Kim so Hyun is a hallu actor extremely popular the level of Lee min Ho and park bo gum...ji Chang wook is no where close to how popular or hyped Kim so Hyun is.... The only way jcw can win is if it's OK not to be okay ends up having a bad storyline but even then many Koreans will still watch it bcoz its Kim so Hyun after 4yrs

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I would say based on current condition, Kim Soo Hyun is even more popular than LMH or PBG. Though the latter like PBG has good image of good (cult-ish) boy built by his company, KSH's drama tended to be bigger hits like MYLFS and Moon Embracing the Sun, and The Producers. Both LMH and PBG had some mediocre (lower) rating in some drama.

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@Clay it’s okay to be excited for Rookie. But claiming it has “bigger names” than TKEM and It’s Okay?!

You’ve got to be kidding yourself here because no one sane is buying that...

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i agree with you Clay 100%. This will be the most successful and buzzworthy drama in 2020. BR will have an increasing viewership rating until the end.
Netizens are going crazy with BR They loved the first episode. I am sure tonight's episode will have double digits rating

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What they say is all lies. The opinion of few don't matter the general public loves it and they'll still watch. Tomorrow it will break 10% the drama is the top most buzzworthy drama right now on all forums.

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Tomorrow it will break 10%

It didn't.

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So what it topped all buzzworthy dramas. It wins and will keep winning and rising in ratings. Soon it will break 10% then 15%.

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Just ignore Moonlight. I've seen this troll spewing illogical comments elsewhere. I'm pretty this troll and Clay are in same group of fans as well.

This troll is a fan of Kim Yoo Jung b/c of Moonlight blah blah - dunno the name of drama, but you get what I mean.

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I'm big fan of JCW. But if you don't know anything, then please don't post comments like this. You give JCW and his fans a bad name.

Who cares how popular someone you like is?

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This makes weekend more exciting.

May the best drama win in ratings!

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I am definitely going to watch ITS OKAY NOT TO BE OK.

I would like to check out BACKSTREET ROOKIE only I cannot find it. Anyone know where I can find it?

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Backstreet Rookie is exclusively on iQIYI https://youtu.be/WGKJ08gEnh4

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Thank you.

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Sigh. Another streaming service in the mix.

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OK...so a China-based streaming service got worldwide rights (outside of SK) to a Korean Drama? Isn't that kind of ironic? Aren't Korean Dramas censored in China?

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They got Dinner Mate, too.

I really hope iQiyi doesn't take off for kdramas. I'm not paying for yet another streaming service.

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@mindy,
The thing that I find really annoying is that both MBC’s DINNER MATE and SBS’s BACKSTREET ROOKIE both come from two of the three networks that created Kocowa and are/won’t be available on Kocowa and thus possibly Viki and ODK.
Part of the strange world of kdrama availability.

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@marcusnyc20 I'm kinda miffed that the Big 3 are apparently selling the rights to some of their dramas to iQiyi instead of putting them on Kocowa when their creation of Kocowa really shook up the streaming market in North America and probably contributed to DramaFever's demise.

Whatever, it's all about the money. I'm sure it's mutually beneficial for them as China is probably trying to get international kdrama viewers to get hooked on cdramas and the Korean broadcasting companies are trying to re-enter the Chinese market and get that money again.

But, well, I'll just watch those shows illegally then. I don't have any interest in cdramas so iQiyi would be a waste of money for me, especially considering I don't like Dinner Mate and don't see myself falling for Backstreet Rookie, either.

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@marcusnyc20 Yeah, Big 3 dramas were supposed to stream on Kocowa but they've sold several to Netflix and now IQIY. I don't know how much longer Kocowa will last, honestly.

I suppose IQIY will go for dramas with Korean actors/actresses popular in China?

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Just like you, I would watch it not legal, I already pay for three streaming channels, and I’m not interested in Cdramas, and even if I were I have plenty of them on Viki.... and considering there are so many restrictions in my zone with so many shows... not thank you!

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Dinner Mate and Backstreet Rookie are free to watch on iQIYI as long as you can wait. VIP members get early access to 2 episodes, which even Viki does with their currently-airing dramas. https://www.iq.com/play/19rrhlt9jt

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Everything is now censored in China. To a ridiculous extent. Example: The mainland Chinese are currently broadcasting a remake of the wonderful T-Drama rom-com FATED TO LOVE YOU (with the fabulous Joe Chen as the Post-it Girl)- which was remade in 2014 by Korea under the same title with Jang Na-ra as the female lead. The Mainland Chinese are using the alternate tile YOU ARE MY DESTINY.

The censors insist on hiding the background of the wonderful second male lead by reducing him to simply "Dylan" and having him claim to have no family (other than his lost sister). In the original he is named Daniel Pitt, which is his adopted name, and, far from having no family, he talks to his adoptive parents on the phone and the entire world knows him by that name, which adorns his Daniel Pitt Galleries. The censors were horrified that this second male lead (probably the finest second male lead in any drama) is in fact an American, and, unique for an Asian drama, he actually acts and speaks like one. This was obviously awful as it gives a positive image of Americans and has to be banished from a C-drama.

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In the original he is named Daniel Pitt

In the original he is named Dylan. The Korean remake renamed him Daniel Pitt.

The official English tile of the Korean remake is You Are My Destiny, so it's the same as the Chinese remake. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKGrX96Q1q7rfCaAEyPgdL2bYVA2QVeKI

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I’m no totally in with It’s ok not to be ok.

As for Backstreet Rookie and after the drama that can not be named, I will wait to read beanies opinions. It’s colourful, yes. Do it was the drama that can not be named 😑

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*I’m totally IN* not totally no 🤬
Hope my sweeties haven’t read this 😂😂😂

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so you ARE totally in? 😂

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YESSSSSSSSSSS!
Hahahahahahha.

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oh goOD! hahaha

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Can't wait to see Kim Soo-hyun on the screen again. It's been too long. I'm going to watch at least the first episode of Backstreet Rookie becos Danial Kang sang the OST. After JCW's last flop, I don't have any high hopes this will do well cos he's just not cut for comedy.

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JCW actually is quite good at comedy, I think. His ability to make a character dither and bobble and second-guess in small moments is pretty endearing.

And honestly, the ability to be comedic and then suddenly turn on 100% genuine is an underrated talent. He was really good at it in Healer, Suspicious Partner and even Empress Ki. That's the good thing about his comedic characters - they always are rooted in actual emotion, not just a random person doing silly things for no reason. So no matter how eclectic the character acts, he strings together a common motivation between all those comedic events. And from what I remember of the Drama That Shall Not Be Named, it was really nonsensically written and directed. Like, it was a mess. I'm not sure ANY actor could have salvaged that.

I have high hopes for KSH as well, even though the idea of a romance with one character with antisocial personality disorder is a little eyebrow-raising.

70% of the success is down to the writing. If the pace is bizarre, or the plot loose, or the characters inexplicably cruel or nonsensical, the drama won't work. You can get one or two compelling performances in one of those dramas, but it's usually a tertiary character who has the opportunity to sort of fill in the gaps via acting. But just look at The King: Eternal Product Placement. If the writing at root is crappy and centered on a few big set pieces but the connecting material is all goofy, then... Actors can't salvage.

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I agree about JCW. Not that I'm objective, but I think he has acted well in any project of his I've watched, regardless of genre.

I just hope he'll choose better projects in the future, because whenever I see a well-written male role in a k-drama I sigh and wish he would have gotten that role instead of the any of his post-Healer roles.

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Kim Soo Hyun, you beautiful man, Welcome back to dramaland, I cannot wait for re-introductions!!!

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I’ll be sequeeing like a school girl 🤪🤪🤪

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I’m *really* looking forward to Its Okay. Honestly the premise was initially not my thing. I hoped KSH wouldn’t do it. But every since the first promos came out, I just kept getting more hyped by the day. It looks AMAZING and very different which is a huge thing these days. I have no doubts on the acting and PD part, so here’s to hoping the writer gets it right 🤞

As for Rookie, KYJ looks more mature now and she’s grow up so well! I’ll check out the drama for her but it feels very low budget to me. Then again, as long as it’s good, doesn’t really matter in the end I suppose.

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I don't consider Backstreet Rookie to be an underdog. I mean, sure Kim Soo-hyun is Kim Soo-hyun. But Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung are big stars on their own. Plus Kim Soo-hyun chose a relatively unknown writer for his comeback drama after his military discharge. I'd say its an equal level playing field and I wish both dramas success.

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Getting a good writer and director can't necessarily ensure a successful drama. Melting Me's writer had previously written hits like Strong Woman DBS , Woman of dignity.etc. Infact the director of MMS was even more of a big shot having directed blockbusters like Secret Garden,the Lovers Trilogy, gentleman's dignity,etc..oh Gu family book,city hall and On air were also there. Still MMS was a horrible product. I m actually glad that KSH chose a relatively unknown writer. We can't judge anything before hand. BR has chances to do well and so does KSH's drama.Two good dramas can co-exist at the same time.

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"Two good dramas can co-exist at the same time"... when did I say they couldn't? I said I don't believe that BR is an underdog and that I wish both dramas success.

I was honestly skeptical when I heard that Kim Soo-hyun accepted PBIO among all other dramas, but the drama had me after I watched the video of the cast's script reading.

The trailers of BR looks fun as well. So, I believe both dramas can be successful.

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I will definitely check both the dramas because I'm fan of both ji chang wook and seo ye ji. But my gut feeling is telling me that it's okay not to be okay will have a upperhand.. I mean the voice of seo ye ji can alone do that.. Hehe. BR seems to be simple I don't expect much as long as comedy and humour will be there it's fine.

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I’ve just watched first episode of Backstreet Rookie on free app iQIYI with English sub. I watched it live, and then I watched it once more time. I love it so much! Director Lee Myung Woo is talented in adapting the webtoon into a drama. It’s so much fun and enjoyable. I can guarantee with you that this is the best pilot episode of all JCW’s dramas I’ve ever seen. All actors including the supporting cast in this drama are very good in portraying their roles. KYJ is perfect for her character. JCW has great acting in the first episode too. I highly recommend this rom-com. Trust me, you will enjoy it as well.

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Sounds good! The only thing I'm worried about is Dalshik's character and his erotic webtoon.

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I enjoyed it too! It's fun, refreshing and upbeat! I can also see a heartwarming story unfolding behind the laugh lines and comic scenes.

JCW is excellent in his comic acting skills. He's really a versatile actor. He can be clumsy yet still exudes that innocent charm.

KYJ is fierce and a breath of fresh air at the same time!

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Looking forward to both, but BR more :D

P.S. KYJ's character isn't a minor when the story starts, she's 19 and then 22 when the drama jumps three years.

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she still looks 15 year old to me because of her baby and small face. sorry, im just saying my opinion. the age gap is very evident. kim dami would be a better choice for this role, but im afraid that she would take this kind of role as she seems :picky

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she would not take on this kind of role

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So stoked!

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So I just watched the first ep of BR and...I don't know if it was "objectively" bad (a matter of taste) but it didn't sit well with me.

First of all, the age gap was quite disturbing, especially when KYJ was wearing school uniform and the director insisted on slow-mos and "romantic" music.

Second, the slow-mos and the close-ups. Yes, both JCW and KYJ are very good-looking, but I can see that just as well when they walk around in normal speed and the camera is slightly away from their faces.

Third, I just didn't find the plot interesting. Maybe it'll pick up next episode, but I was kind of bored.

I'm a JCW fan and think he's done his best with what he was given here, as always, but he's not enough to keep me watching.

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So where are u Fans Oppa Is Mine ??
What happen your Oppa drama ?

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just my opinion. i dont know but kim yoo jung for me is having a hard time transitioning to adult roles. even with super sexy clothes in CSSB, she still looks 15 years old to me. Her torrid kiss scenes with her partner in Clean with passion failed to convince me that shes already an adult. I hope that she will not do raunchy scenes in CSSB just to prove that she is a grown up woman. She should just take her time, in my humble opinion.

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I will say it now. Kim Yoo Jung is an overrated (adult?) and hyped (child/adult?) actress. This is not 2016? her moonlight days with Park Bo gum. if she were a good actress - she would have transitioned to adult roles in her previous 1% drama easily. I actually dont understand the hype about Kim yoo Jung, saying that she is phenomenal etc. there are better actress than her.
I think the reasons that they're critizing her acting and choices is that people still see her as a CHILD.

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***they arent critizing her

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Kim Yoo Jung was really good in Angry Mom, and that show makes me like her acting.

But after that drama, her acting is stuck in middle of nowhere. Ironically, I think it's because of Moonlight blah blah that affects her acting.

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Pity to JCW form SP , last year drama and this year drama Always u get WRONG PARTNER .. And this big problem is AGE and STORY , PLOT

You need to sit down and thinking before you accept whatever offer drama

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SP, though it was not a hit, but it got modest viewership ratings during its run. i liked the leads, support cast and the plot. the leads had good chemistry and the drama , for me has a reqatch value.
MMS on the other hand had issues with the story line, directing, editing and acting. and it was not Won Jin Ahs fault that the ratings were very low. as I mentioned it was a combination of things
For JCW new project, they just aired their first episode last night so it's pretty early to tell that it will be a failure. and if the project did not become a success, i think it would be thoughless to blame the FL.

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i dont see anything wrong with Suspicious partners - it obtained average rating during its airing and it also competed with other good drama during that time. So the average rating was pretty acceptable.
Lets stop pointing finger to the female leads for the unsuccessful projects. Lets just wish JCW success in his current and future projects. Peace.

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A couple thoughts on SUSPICIOUS PARTNER (2017) :
1. I enjoyed it but I really think a 16 episode drama was stretched out into a 20 episode drama and that did not improve it imho; and
2. Dong Ha gave a wonderful performance and almost stole the show. Speaking of which he began his military service on 18 May 2018 so he may have completed his service or should be just about finished by now. I am looking forward to his return to kdrama land.

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Is he the actor who played the bad guy? If so, I agree. I actually think he gave the best acting performance in the show.

I didn’t like either of the main female characters, but liked the characters of JCW, his best friend, and the investigator. And as I already said, the actor who played the villain was a standout.

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I have a soft spot for the female lead but i have to agree that sad to say that her character was not written.
Yes, JCW character was perfect in SP.
Thanks.

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Yes @vespertyne Dong Ha played the bad guy. He was great. Here is his work:
http://asianwiki.com/Dong_Ha
I have seen DH in BEAUTIFUL MIND AND LAST both available on Viki. I recommend both. He plays a ‘heavy’ in LAST.

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hihi. ive re read my comment. should have been , personally, im okay wth Suspicious partner instead of I dont see anything worong with SP.
hihi how i wish theres an edit button. peace have a great weekend

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Maybe every week I should just write and upload an installment of that story I keep mentioning, the unaired, unwritten drama, the one about the Liminal Space Convenience Store on a Ley Line and the Night Shift Worker that serves ghosts and spirits. You know instead of... the one of these that I won't be watching.
What do you think? Should I do it?
*thinks about her commitment issues*
*hmmm maybe not*

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If not now, when? If not here, where?

I think your version would be much more interesting!

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You know I was just basically waiting for like ONE person to respond to this ... because I uhm have already somehow started... *post coming soon*

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BR is based on a trashy webtoon, so these types of complaints are hardly unexpected.

What’s with 2020 and the bad and or weird webtoons?

https://www.allkpop.com/article/2020/06/netizens-angered-by-sbss-backstreet-rookie-for-turning-an-adult-webtoon-into-a-family-drama

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What a bad response form Knetz first episode this drama right !! Wow first episode have kiss scene between high school girl and employee

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Wow.. I can see that there are a number of unregistered comments in this thread!

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yes , I agree

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"Its Okay to Not be Okay" is such an apt title for the current whatever 2020 has been thus far. Aside from that the teasers do look fun, and when I find the time I will check the first two episodes to know if it will be another drama for me.

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For me better Bad rating but good reaction form knetz.Than Good Rating but knetz bash that drama!

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I was cautiously optimistic and excited for both and frankly after watching the first two episodes of both, I still carry the same opinion. One thing that gets me excited about both is they each appear to have a stong female characters, who are not afraid to be themselves, as leads. I watched BSR first and like most, was hoping for a good rebound for JCW and so afr so good. BSR is cutesy, slightly risque, but seems to have a good heart and JCW is hitting on all of his adorable loseriness. I am ok with the age gap, especially if she ends up being his hero. What's not to love about a tough, cheeky female lead who seemingly know what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it? I laughed my way through the first two episodes and really hope it continues.
IOTNBO - All I can say is Holey Moley. I couldn't pull my eyes from the screen for the entore first two episodes, the visuals, the story line, so far this one is knocking it out of the park. I loved Seo Ye Ji in Moorin School and Hwarang (I feel like she channels a bit of Sook Myung in this role as well) and my anticipation for Kim Soo Hyun's return since that clip in Hotel de Luna has been at peak levels so I was worried I was too amped up for this drama. These first episodes have really exceeded my expectations. The chemistry of these two is completely off the charts, visuals are amazing (that whole sequence with his brother on the way to the fan meeting was just amazing), over the top moments don't seem over the top, but rather flow in the story line. I gasped and held my breath and dropped my jaw through the whole thing. I am really rooting for this story and these characters.

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