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News bites: June 11, 2022

  • Although I miss the pink hair, Kim Hee-sun (Tomorrow)’s darker locks do help with the moodier vibe in Netflix’s newest poster for Remarriage & Desires. Launching next month on July 15, the satirical revenge story co-stars Lee Hyun-wook (Mine), Jung Yoo-jin (Snowdrop), Park Hoon (Soundtrack #1), and Cha Ji-yeon (Taxi Driver). [News1]

  • Lee Seo-jin (Dr. Park’s Clinic) and Kwak Sun-young (Inspector Koo) have been cast alongside Seo Hyun-woo (Extracurricular) and Joo Hyun-young (SNL Korea) in tvN’s remake of the French comedy-drama Call My Agent! Airing towards the end of 2022, PD Baek Seung-ryong is attached to direct with Park So-young handling scripts. [MK Sports]
  • Casting has wrapped for KBS’s Curtain Call with Kwon Sang-woo (Fly Dragon) now joining Kang Haneul (Insider), Ha Ji-won (Chocolate), and Sung Dong-il (Ghost Doctor). Production for the drama is currently underway and is expected to broadcast later this year. [YTN]

  • MBC’s upcoming Big Mouth released stills from its first script reading, featuring the main cast: Lee Jong-seok (Romance Is a Bonus Book), Yoon-ah (Hush), Kim Joo-hun (Soundtrack #1), Ok Ja-yeon (The Veil), Yang Kyung-won (One Ordinary Day), and Kwak Dong-yeon (Monstrous). Premiering this July, the hardboiled noir is directed by PD Oh Choong-hwan and written by Ha Ram. [MBC]
  • Meanwhile, TVING finalized casting for Villains and the powerhouse lineup includes: Yoo Ji-tae (When My Love Blooms), Kwak Do-won (There Is No Gu Pil-soo), Lee Beom-soo (Last), and Lee Min-jung (Once Again). PD Jin Hyuk (Sisyphus) will be leading production with writer-director Kim Hyung-joon (No Mercy) penning the scripts. [YTN]
  • JTBC made a casting announcement as well, confirming Lee Bo-young (Mine), Jo Sung-ha (Lovers of the Red Sky), Sohn Na-eun (Ghost Doctor), Han Joon-woo (Pachinko), and Jeon Hye-jin (My Liberation Notes) for their new drama Agency (working title). Planning for an early 2023 broadcast, Song Su-han is writing with PD Lee Chang-min (Woohoo Waikiki) as the talent behind the camera. [JTBC]

  • tvN has finally confirmed an air date for Joseon Psychiatrist Yoo Se-poong, which stars Kim Min-jae (Dal-li and Gamjatang), Kim Hyang-gi (Moment at Eighteen), and Kim Sang-kyung (Racket Boys). Directed by PD Park Won-gook with writing team Park Seul-gi, Choi Min-ho, and Lee Bom, the comedy fusion-sageuk will be coming to our screens on August 1. [Sports Donga]
  • SBS’s Taxi Driver is coming back with season 2 and is planning to release early next year. The core vigilante team will be reprising their roles, including Lee Je-hoon (Move to Heaven), Kim Eui-sung (Arthdal Chronicles), Pyo Ye-jin (VIP), Jang Hyuk-jin (Now, We Are Breaking Up), and Bae Yoo-ram (Moonshine). Penned by the first season’s writer Oh Sang-ho, Lee Dan will be the PD this time around. [SBS]
  • A second season was also confirmed for the hit Netflix series All of Us Are Dead in a video announcement this week, featuring four of the ensemble cast: Park Ji-hoo (All of Us Are Dead), Yoon Chan-young (Hope or Dope 2), Jo Yi-hyun (School 2021), and Park Solomon (Lookout). Production continues under season one’s writer Chun Sung-il and PD Lee Jae-kyu, who will be joined this time by PD Kim Nam-soo. [MBN, Newsis]

 
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1. Definitely not a miss.
2. I hope I sit through this one as it airs. Dr. Park's Clinic wasn't it for me.
3 & 5. Yoo Jitae and Kang Hanuel are busy this year.
8. I guess it's time to go finish up season 1 where I left it.

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Joseon Psychiatrist Yoo Se-poong looks fun. It's good they could keep filming after the accident. It must have been hard for the crew.

I liked the first season of Taxi Driver. It will be interesting to see how they changed after realizing their mistakes in the first season.

I will miss Kim Hee-Sun's haircut too. She looked so young and cool with her short pink hair!

I can say which one @eazal won't watch 🤣

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1. Ngl, I completely forgot this existed until this moment. Kim Hee-sun looks great though!

2. This could either be a disaster or a runaway hit. I suppose only time will tell…

3. Cast gets more stacked every time I hear about it. Idk how they can manage expectations.

4. As much as I adore Lee Jong-suk, I’m not that hyped for this pairing of him and YoonA. And seeing Kwak Dong-yeon in yet another supporting role right after his lead role announcement is a bummer.

5. Yoo Ji-tae’s doing a lot of dramas these days, huh. I’m not complaining, I just hope this gets an international distributor. TVING is bad at that.

6. *sees Lee Bo-young* 🥰. *sees Son Na-eun* 😡🤬❌

7. August 1 is sooner than I’d have thought given the behind-the-scenes issues. Again, I’m not complaining. Kim Min-jae + Kim Hyang-gi is a delightful pair-up.

8. Something feels missing without Esom. And yes I say this as someone who didn’t get around to finishing season 1. I just like Esom in a gay way and want her to be in all the things.

9. But…if All of Us Are Dead, then who will watch season 2? Ok jokes aside, is the entire cast - including the dead characters - returning, or will it be mostly new people with the few leftovers? What’s the plan here?

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I think this KDY show was announced before his lead role? But yeah, I'm not watching this. Not when he has a lead....

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I know it was announced before the lead role, but seeing it still kinda makes me sad. It’s illogical, but that’s just me with KDY.

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oh I hear you loud and clear! KDY should have been getting lead roles years ago, certainly after Love in the Moonlight, where he was the only meaningful thing (*runs from PBG fans*). I'm very excited about Gaus Electronics, and hopefully it will be the OTVOI v.2 we need, but even better!

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I don't know why k-ent is sleeping on KDY when far less talented actors are gobbling up lead roles.

He should've been cast as the ML in the SOOD remake opposite JYB and I'll forever be salty that he wasn't.

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IMHO, SOOD is one of those shows that shouldn't be touched. It's too perfect for its own good. I know what I won't be watching.

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I love Call My Agent, it's one of my all time favourite shows. I'm always nervous about remakes. And although SK did a great job with Designated Survivor, I'm not confident about this one. CMA has a very European brand of humour which may not always translate well. If they just take the premise and do their own thing, then it will be Shooting Stars v.2, IMO.

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They will need celibrities who are ready to make fun of themselves, not scared by derision.

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Oh so totally true. Or have fans not take offence and "cancel" the show. :/ CMA is so sharp and just plain clever in its humour. I haven't seen that kind of humour in a kdrama before. Going to the Blue House / Political Fever and OTVOI are the best kdrama comedies I've watched recently, but they're both so different from what CMA demands. :/

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I love Call My Agent too. I think it could work as a remake, especially since Korea's entertainment system is so different, but I'm not confident that they can pull it off. I hope they keep romance out of it and can get stars willing to make fun of themselves and their celebrity. Maybe some of the older, more established actors would do it? Lee Seo-jin probably would, if he wasn't already acting in this.

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maybe we should try and play celebrity bingo for the SK version of CMA :D (unless they've already announced the cameos!)

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1. I really want KSH to win and to complete one of her dramas, so I will try again, but I don't hold out much hope.

2. I loved the original call my agent, so I hope this is good too. The entertainment industries are different so I expect this will be very different too. I hope they keep the original themes though.

3. I got nothing, lol.

4. I'll have to see the trailer, but Yoo nah does absolutely nothing for me and LJS's last drama bored me to stop watching.

5. Villains looks like a fun line up.

6.Will worry about this in 2023.

7. I adore Kim Min Jae!!!

8. NOPE

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A new show with Lee Bo young? One with Lee Jong Suk too? But I am probably skipping the on with LJS. The actress is the same from K2, right? She is wooden.

I know what I want. I want a season 2 of "I can hear your voice with the same leads" as sequel of 10 years later! (I do not think they will make it, will they? Those two have insane chemistry)

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Yoona improved a lot. She was nominated for Best Actress (Film) at Baeksang this year. Her performance was praised by critics. K2 was 6 yrs ago & it's not like she was given much to work with in that one.

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I might check it out then. But my previous experience was not very good with her acting.

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