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News bites: September 17, 2022


Sooyoung, Yoon Park

  • Taking a winning entry from MBC’s script writing contest last year, MBC has planned a new rom-com called Please Send a Fan Letter. The story has Sooyoung (If You Wish Upon Me) facing a celebrity crisis – all due to a fan letter – while single dad Yoon Park (Forecasting Love and Weather) starts writing (fake) replies to the fan letters his daughter has sent, not wanting her to be discouraged during her sickness. Slated to air this coming November, production is being led by PD Jung Sang-hee and writer Park Tae-yang. [MBC]

  • In the meantime, MBC has released another poster for their upcoming May I Help You. To provide the best service and fulfill the needs of customers – dead or alive – the drama pairs our ghost-seeing heroine Hyeri (Moonshine) with butler extraordinaire Lee Jun-young (Let Me Be Your Knight). The fantasy-romance will be coming to our screens on October 19, in the Wednesday-Thursday slot. [MBC]

  • Lee Na-young (Romance Is a Bonus Book) is making her return to dramaland with a contemplative story in wavve’s Park Ha-kyung’s Travels (working title). The drama follows our heroine on a random Saturday when she gives into the urge to escape somewhere, and goes on an impulsive one-day trip. With filmmaker Lee Jong-pil (Samjin Company English Class) as the talent behind the camera, filming is set to begin in October. [News1]
  • Lee Hyun-woo (Money Heist Korea: Joint Economic Area) has been added to A Good Day To Be a Dog, joining Cha Eun-woo (True Beauty) in the cast lineup. This means Lee will be the second lead (*sob*), but hopefully we’ll get some fun bromance with the two characters being close colleagues. The drama is still in the planning stages and filming is scheduled to start next month. [News1]
  • Over on SBS, a third season has been confirmed for Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim. Han Seok-kyu (Watcher) will be returning, of course, as our irascible hero. Also reprising their roles are season two’s leads, Ahn Hyo-seop (Business Proposal) and Lee Sung-kyung (Shooting Stars). Aiming to broadcast in the first half of 2023, production continues under the trustworthy hands of PD Yoo In-shik (Extraordinary Attorney Woo, Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2) together with the original writer Kang Eun-kyung. [SBS]

  • Namgoong Min (The Veil) takes on an eccentric role as well in SBS’s One Dollar Lawyer. In the current sea of high-tension legal dramas, it’s refreshing to see some comedies mixed in with the genre instead, and I’m excited for the hijinks promised in the newest teaser. Also starring Kim Ji-eun (Again My Life) and Choi Dae-hoon (The Good Detective 2), the drama premieres next week on September 23. [YTN]
  • Speaking of eccentric, D.O. (100 Days My Prince) makes quite the impression as well in the newest poster for Bad Prosecutor. Although he’s more delinquent than quirky, his behavior is certainly perplexing to understand for his more sensible colleague Lee Se-hee (Young Lady and Gentleman). KBS’s legal drama premieres in just a few weeks on October 5, in the Wednesday-Thursday slot. [KBS]

 
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It's been a decade since To the Beautiful You, why is Lee Hyun-woo still stuck in second lead hell?!

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He was lead in both Moorim School and TLAHL and he's only had Money Heist since the latter, so he's not actually stuck there lmao, but also- because, alas, someone decided to give him a role against CEW, who's face will sell anything from washing machines to rocks in SK, and thus keeps getting lead roles, I guess it was inevitable.

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https://mydramalist.com/people/10399-cha-eun-woo
https://mydramalist.com/people/1487-lee-hyun-woo

Worst, Lee Hyun Woo debuted almost a decade before Cha Eun Woo and was landing lead roles in movies before the latter even debuted.

But such is the life of some particularly privileged idol actors: just do some tiny cameos or cosplay as yourself in a few web dramas and take maybe one or two supporting roles and boom, you're ready to become the face of a primetime drama. Kim Hye Yoon (the poor actress who's still doing cameo roles in 2022, ffs) should be rightfully PISSED.

Glad to see the sentiment of many Beanies in this thread who are indignant about the casting.

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Actors play cameo roles as a favor to the cast and crew. Even star actors like Song Joong-ki had a cameo in Little Women. Kim Hye-yoon's cameo in Cleaning Up was to support her on-screen mom in SKY Castle Yum Jung-ah.

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I thought so too initially ... but then as the show went on there was a whole arc surrounding her character and how it affected the main character so I wouldn't exactly call it a cameo, not when (imo) her character had more influence on the plot than the spectacled student who was renting the main character's house. I even thought it was kinda awkward that the show was thanking her in the credits instead of making her an actual supporting character (the worst case scenario is that she was doing work but receiving peanuts for it).

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His character is second male lead, but he plays a significant role in the story. I would say his casting puts some more anchor into the acting. I'm excited for his portrayal as Lee Bo-kyeom because he's been experimenting with characters who have some darkness under a sunny facade. Oops maybe I said too much :X

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I read a comment that we won't have to worry about second lead syndrome in this.

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Actually we do! But this is not that character.

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I'm not understanding Lee Hyun Woo as second lead here. Smh. I haven't heard particularly good things about Cha Eun Woo as an actor, so this is weird.

Excited for romantic doctor kim. The first two seasons were solid.

I will watch One won lawyer for Namgoong Min and Lee Chung Ah. Hopefully Kim Ji Eun doesn't ruin it.

I'll try Bad Prosecutor too.

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Wait! Lee Chung Ah is in it too? They has a crackling chemistry (in spite of her not being FL) in "Awaken". We are again getting someone else opposite him when she is in the cast?

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Exactly! I'm hoping she steals every scene she's in. Maybe it's not too late for the ML/FL story to take a turn, or at least for PDs to learn their lesson about casting Kim Ji-eun in future NGM projects.

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Amen!

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Double amen!!!

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I have no issue with the leading lady. Not seen her in anything at all. But her presence in the trailer was just "meh". Why don't we get powerhouse FL in front of NGM? It will be so much fun.

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Lee Hyunwoo as a second lead? What a joke.

Meanwhile Yoon Park is finally getting a lead role!!!!!!🎉🎉🎉
And with Sooyoung!

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I like Yoon Park. I liked Soo young in "Run on".

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I know everyone is offended that Cha Eun-woo is the lead over Lee Hyun-woo, but why would Lee Hyun-woo even consider this role, let alone accept it? It's about time that he stops doing teenage romance webtoon adaptations.

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He plays a teacher here (actually, all the leads are teachers), but yes, the drama is youth-oriented. I don't mind him being in youth productions (unless it's too juvenile) because he's not as familiar to the general audience as the other actors in his age group.

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Maybe he isn't getting lead role offers. I always remember the famous Namgoong Min interview in these situations.

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I agree he isn't because none of his dramas have been successful.

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What's the famous Namgoong Min interview?

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It isn't letting me post the links.
Find and click the Namgoong Min tag, then go to page 7, there is a post titled: Namgoong Min: The introspective actor with a gift for comedy

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Lee Hyun-woo playing 2nd fiddle??? ... WAE? I'm not going to miss you, dramaland.

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1. Yoon Park doing romcoms as a proper male lead… I’ve prayed for times like these.

2. Idk how I feel about this pairing, but at least Lee Jun-young is now fully out of his idol-playing-idol phase.

3. Impulsive trips just for the sake of it. Man, I wish I could do that.

4. Lee Hyun-woo is playing second fiddle to WHO??!? Dramaland is broken, this is an absolute travesty.

5. Aww, I would’ve preferred the season one leads to return instead, but I guess they’re too high-profile to bother with third seasons of something they did a while back. All the best to fans of the second season though.

6. God bless Namgoong Min and his wonderful little sunglasses. I just wish Lee Chung-ah was the female lead.

7. D.O is a great actor, especially among his idol-actor peers. But if I have to sit through yet another law-based drama this year, I will actually bash my head against a wall. Hard pass for me.

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And D.O. is why I will sit through another lawyer drama or anything else he tries!

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This is a first, I am able to consider all of these and it will be down to my engagement with the content whether they make it past episode 4 rather than ruling out due to the genre. It is now the usual wait and see if they are available in my area.
I agree with the previous comments that some actors, often the idol actors, pull in a crowd whatever they do and therefore will always be cast as the lead.

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> I personally don’t like his acting and don’t have the same attraction tastes and beauty standards as Korea therefore neither do I find him handsome, at all, so basically avoid his content like the plague, but like I don’t think you understand; CEW’s face is literally EVERYWHERE in South Korea. Korea frakking LOVES him. CEW will keep getting lead roles as long as his selling star power and image as it currently is remains, no matter his acting ability or who the rest of the cast is. Korea does not care.
Lee Hyun Woo has been on hiatus for like 5 years and only just came back recently with Money Heist.
I’m not disputing that it’s clearly a mis-tiered hierarchy when it comes to acting ability, or that the realm of Dramaland casting isn’t just as mismanaged as normal but I don’t personally find it that surprising lmfao.
The last time CEW was in a properly balanced cast list line up was probably Top Management or Hit The Top lmfao. Please.
Anyway, I'm not even gonna watch it cos the plot sounds destined to be the wrong kind of weird for me regardless haha.

> Yoon Park x Sooyoung is a pair up I did not know I needed. Such a shame it's only 4 episodes though cos that man deserves the world.

> Hundred Won Butler actually sounds like it could be interesting. Not new, but we all know I'm a sucker for fantasy themed business operations when done well.

>*eyes glaze over at all the law dramas listed*

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CEW is one of the Korean actors with the most followers on Instagram. I guess he handled pretty well his career as an idol, an actor and a variety member in Master of the House. Dramas cost money and investors love this kind of things.

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Yes to all your points and to be honest CEW gets hated on for his idol actor background but I have the same sentiments for former child actors too. Like PSH who basically dominated all the popular roles and dramas in her early 20s and actresses like KJW had to play second fiddle to her simply because Korea loves her since they watched her grow up. Not all child actors can act. PSH, SSK and GA are still some of the worst actresses but they were unwatchable even during their early years. Why have mediocre actors been getting a pass simply because everyone watched them "grow up". At least idols spent 10-16 hours in a cramped training room dancing till they passed out for 5-6 years on average before being allowed to debut. Child actors do bare minimum and people pretend it was Oscar worthy. I have the same issues with YSH and YJG who emote just fine as long as its withing their comfort zone but it always feels like they are acting in a bubble. They have especially zero connection with their female leads who are struggling to generate chemistry. CEW sells like hot cakes but its also because he has a great public personality and the industry always vouches for him. I'm not sure all idol actors have that privilege or draw. Suzy too has been consistently hated on for her acting and idol background privilege but the thing is she constantly put in efforts to improve herself same with IU but child actors never do. They put in no efforts to improve their acting and it shows when they churn out the same exact expressions and gestures for every single character for over a decade. PSH especially just felt like she played different versions of her Heirs character. Even for Red Sleeve LJH out acted LSY by leaps and bounds and not just because he had the more interesting character. LJH has always been good and I'm still annoyed him and WJA never got the recognition they deserved for JBL. Jisoo may not be better than KHY but to be honest most other actresses her age group like SIA and KSJ are much better than her so I'm not surprised that they get more lead roles than her. Its not that idol actors are worse or child actors are better its that there is heavy prejudice again most idol actors while most child actors get a free pass despite their mediocre acting. LHW definitely isn't a good actor otherwise he would have hit big with his lead roles which he had plenty in the past. If SK managed to eventually hit big in his first lead role despite being only a bit role in the same drama that LHW was a lead in then the problem is not with the ones who are popular but with the ones who can't make it despite having all the opportunities laid out for them. People who have the charisma and charm can breakout even with small roles and cameos like LJW in Alhambra and Search or evil second lead roles like HSH in World of the Married.

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Okay but WHY IS LEE HYUN-WOO still second lead??? We've known him for decades!!! Esp during those time he was a child actor.

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Yoon Park as a caring single dad... ❤️
(Though I will probably need some tissues ready.)

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Hum... CEW, Hyeri, DO, SooYoung, Kim Ji-Eun, Lee Sung-kyung, Ahn Hyo-seop, they're all the same for me. I don't dislike them but I don't specially like their acting but they're harmless. So the rest like the co-star or the story, will make me watch it or not... Nam Goong-Min is a reason to watch it by himself.

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I have enough of delinquent prosecutors. Can't we have a normal, level headed, not over the top prosecutor , non-corrupt , and without any tragic back story person as a lead? I am tried of over the top antics of these prosecutor leads.

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Wow it's interesting to see even the most civil and polite kdrama forums break down in front of Cha Eunwoo! He really has an effect on everyone 🤣
Jokes apart, Korean producers will cast actors who are able to pull in every demographic groups as well as create sensation for the drama plus pull in PPL and adverts.
Eunwoo ticks all the boxes plus if he's bringing in the ratings and getting awards, by what yardstick do we measure him as inadequate?
Also he's selling out his fanmeetings as much as a k-pop group's so even the foreign audience reception metric is on his favour.
Unfortunately my distaste over his action is hardly a criteria to not cast him in a drama.
Even though I feeling uneasy seeing him in the screen I have to give him props for willfully choosing roles in dramas that don't degrade the female lead into furniture background.
Almost all of my favourite actors have been guilty of this, no matter how much I want to defend them by blaming the scriptwriters and the PD.
I have never been able to complete his dramas despite my best intentions so I'll give this one a pass.

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*acting skills
I guess he has an effect on me too 🙂

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He was cute enough in Rookie Historian. I kind of feel like he’s discriminated because he’s so pretty. Yes, he’s got the perfect golden ratio face and perfect body proportions and therefore looks really good on screen, but does that make him unwatchable as an actor? And he does get good roles. With that said, I do agree that Lee Hyun Woo will act circles around the puppy.

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I think I can understand the POV of Beanies'indignation but I can't sympathize
What they are feeling is what I feel the same with my fav actors Chae Soobin or Kim Seulgi.
When I see inexperienced green idol actresses like Jisoo bag lead roles and Soobin remaining unemployed, but is it even remotely rational to lash out at Jisoo when she pulled in decent ratings despite heavy controversy and Soobin's last drama had to cut out 3-4 episodes because of low ratings opposite the same actor Jung Haein.
But such is the unfairness of the entertainment industry and moreso in case of SK where numbers are of paramount importance.

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Shows I will watch:

PLEASE SEND A FAN LETTER

MAY I HELP YOU

ONE DOLLAR LAWYER because it is a comedy but only after suspending my disbelief in the economics of the set up. Why? Because Namgoong Min.

Lee Se-hee was so fabulous in YOUNG LADY AND GENTLEMAN that I will have to check out BAD PROSECUTOR.

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