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News bites: October 5, 2022


Ji Chang-wook, Wie Ha-joon, Im Se-mi

  • Disney+ has lined up a new crime-action drama called The Worst Evil, which stars Ji Chang-wook (If You Wish Upon Me), Im Se-mi (Critical X), and Wie Ha Joon (Little Women) – who must not sleep because he’s going to be in all the things (not that I’m complaining). Slated to air next year in 2023, filmmaker Han Dong-wook (Man in Love) is attached to direct. [News1]

  • tvN’s House on Wheels is back with season 4 and we have a new errand boy maknae on the team: Kim Ro-woon (Tomorrow)! Launching next week on October 13, our eager new beaver is featured alongside his bickering hyungs, Sung Dong-il (If You Wish Upon Me) and Kim Hee-won (Big Issue), in the variety show’s newest teaser. [News1]

  • Over on tvN, stills of the first script reading were released for Call My Agent, featuring our team of talent managers: Lee Seo-jin (Dr. Park’s Clinic), Kwak Sun-young (Inspector Koo), Seo Hyun-woo (Extracurricular), and Joo Hyun-young (Extraordinary Attorney Woo). Exploring the chaotic world of the acting industry, the office rom-com will be broadcasting this coming November. [Newsis]
  • Ryu Hyun-kyung (Cheer Up) is joining the cast of SBS’s upcoming Trolley in the role of Kim Hyun-joo’s (Hellbound) high school friend, who is connected to Kim’s secret past. Also starring Park Hee-soon (A Model Family), the mystery melodrama will be coming to our screens this December in SBS’s Monday-Tuesday slot. [JTBC]


Song Ha-yoon, Super Junior’s Donghae, Lee Min-jae, Jung Woo-yeon

  • A new drama called Oh! Young-shim has lined up actors Song Ha-yoon (Please Don’t Date Him), Super Junior’s Donghae (God’s Quiz 4), Lee Min-jae (Cheer Up), and Jung Woo-yeon (A Good Supper). Based on the popular comic book and animated series Young-shim from the 1990’s, the story has since been remade into a movie, novel, and musical version as well. Written by Jeon Sun-young with PD Oh Hwan-min and PD Kim Kyung-eun co-directing, the drama adaptation has already finished filming and is planning to air in early 2023. [JTBC]
  • The nominees have been announced for the International Emmy Awards and Lee Seon-kyun (yay!) is up for Best Actor, for his role in AppleTV+’s Dr. Brain. KBS got a nod as well with The King’s Affection being nominated for the Telenovela section, which is happy news for the sageuk’s stars: Park Eun-bin and Kim Ro-woon. Here’s hoping for a K-drama win! [Sports Donga]
  • The pretty poster train continues for MBC’s May I Help You, this time featuring Song Deok-ho (Link: Eat, Love, Kill) and Lee Kyu-han (Sunbae, Don’t Put on that Lipstick) in addition to our main helper duo: Hyeri (Moonshine) and Jun (a.k.a. Lee Yun-young) (Let Me Be Your Knight). The fantasy rom-com premieres in just two weeks on October 19. [News1]

 
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Is it too much to hope for a Wi Ha Joon proper lead role in 2023 as well do you think?

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I would love it.

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Except! Don't let it be melo or horror or serial killer!
I'm already mourning Kim Young Kwang's next project!

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I'm torn about KYK's upcoming show 😂😂 the drama itself looks like it could be not the right kind of enjoyably madly deranged, but on the other hand I've always wanted him to play an actual villain... which means I'll be watching regardless asdfghjkl.

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To be honest, I wonder if he can do a lead role. He's very good at action scenes but for the rest, he seems a little bit lost in the BTS, the PDs need to guide him a lot. But I would be happy to be wrong because he looks very charming and it would be nice to see more of him :D

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I don't watch BTS except on very rare occasions lol.
I think he could definitely pull off a lead. And with the right script and PD, for sure. *shrugs*

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I never watch bts either. It completely changes my perception of the show and the actors.

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It doesn't change mine. But I like to understand how they did it. It's very interesting when the actors are discussing together or with the PD to create something. You can see the difference between the actors who are really active in the processus and the ones who just follow what the PD or their partner says.

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@kurama
I'm gonna be devil's advocate here:
There could be so much going on bts that the bts themselves don't capture- the PD could be very strict and not let the actors adlib, or that particular actor adlib, or encourage that actor to be involved in the process, or is awkward with a particular actor more than others, or an actor's style is more subtle and not prone to massive discussion and likes to follow the director - nothing wrong with that btw as that is literally the director's job, to direct the actors- a good actor doesn't necessarily mean they have to be overtly active in the process???? If they play the part well and interpret it well anyway? Maybe they trust the director with the role and don't feel the need to contribute and vice versa; Not every show is Sejong in the Archaeopteryx show and PEB in WYW. Or conversely not everyone is Lee Joon Gi in Scarlet Heart who had to direct his own costars because the PD was useless. (Ergo, active participation here might not always be a good thing lmao)
Maybe the script is really good and detailed and doesn't need much discussion, maybe they're confident in their ability to play it well without contributing, or maybe they're not confident around people, maybe they're shy, and are better at performing than anything else. Maybe they straight up just don't want to. Shit there are so many variables.

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I don't like bts for the same reason I limit the interviews and variety I watch- the industry wishes to sell products (film and TV) to me through people, the individuals in the show as themselves, as real people, that is- through star power - and not through their ability to act or the stories themselves. It relies on this for promotion and I dislike and disagree with this side of the industry worldwide on principle: I do not wish to be sold a parasocial relationship to get me to watch your product, I want to be interested in your story for your story's sake, and wish you would do the same. (Wishful thinking alas on my half.)
Interviews would be better if PDs and writers were in them more often and actually talked about their processes.
(But even then all the director led jargon in the world won't make up for the fact that some people just don't know what a good story looks like, flat out, and therefore wouldn't be able to make one. The writer and PD interviews I have engaged with haven't exactly been encouraging themselves 😂😂😂)

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@sicarius EXACTLY. And can I be honest between you and me? I dislike watching interviews and variety shows because it clearly shows which actors are less than smart or polite or sensible and I don't want to KNOW that lol

The only variety shows I have watched are old 2PM shows which were a riot, and the only interview I have watched was one Park Seo Joon and Kang Hanuel did after Midnight Runners which was a HOOT!

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@midnight lmao! I feel you on that so much. And just in general I wish I knew less about celebrities than I do.

When I followed K-pop a lot more than I do currently (which I stopped following for much of the same reasons but magnified by the fact that it's K-pop and therefore worse in every possible way, but especially in this regard) I used to watch a lot more variety than I do now but would frequently get weirded out by the parasocialism and other related things so much I'd dissociate- which is why I watch hardly any at all any more- in fact I hadn't watched any in about 3 and a half years until just recently lmao. I need to go sober again 😅😅😅

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Me too!
I just want my awesome drama characters to be real! I want them to remain in my drama world.
Sometimes I am curious how did they shoot a scene but I still avoid BTS. I do think that BTS at times just hints on fun while it must be a lot of heartache and office politics-like in real life! To be honest, I don’t want to imagine my favourite actors plotting how to get a holiday from a shooting schedule as they want to be lazy like me! I want to see them in dramas being not-so-real but real enough as characters.
Do I make sense?

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He wouldn’t be any worse than Cha Eun Woo, Rowoon, etc.

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He would be remarkably better than both automatically by sheer dint of the fact that he neither reminds me of a piece of wood nor do I wish to punch him in the face.

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Call me when the punching started.

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I like Rowoon, I think he was really good in his lead roles.

But there were some actors I really wanted to see in a first role like Ji-soo after Sassy Go Go or Jang Ki-yong but I realized I prefered them in a second lead roles.

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I prefer most young actors to stay in second or even third lead status a few years until they gain their footing and mature a bit.

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I disagree. I think it depends on the individual. Some people were great in their first role and others need gaining experience before shining, some are very good in a kind of role and are disapointing in others...

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I'm rooting for him after watching him in "Little Women." Kim Go-eun would be a great leading lady for him.

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Yes please. I'm going to sound like a broken record soon, but why is this guy not a A-list leading man yet? Dude is HOT, has charisma in spades, and can act well. I rather take him over all the flowerboy actors any day.

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I am convinced that no one has told him that he is doing well and can pull off the main lead role. That is the only explanation I have. He was a co-lead with Lee Dong Wook, no one can convince me he does not get a better offers.

Also, no offense to Ji Chang Wook, but since Healer, he somehow always manages to choose the most bad to mediocre scripts.

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@songxrising he just oozes charisma doesn't he?

And ya, nerdy, great case in point of a leading actor who actually does, imo, need a good script and PD to really shine: Ji Chang Wook.

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After Squid Game, I thought he will get first lead role. This drama had so much success. I don't know what did his agency.

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Well Jung Ho Yeon hasn't had ANY kdramas since then, instead a mere c-tier role in something American so Squid Game hasn't really done anything for anyone now has it.

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But as a model, she's everywhere. She was nominated as an actress for several awards. Squid Game really changed her life.

It's sad he didn't get the same spotlight.

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I agree re. his spotlight in some respects. But she was already a super model though.

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@sicarius - I don't think Jung Hoyeon is going the K-ent route. She's going the Hollywood route and she's snagged some pretty good B-tier roles with A+ actors and directors. Not bad for someone who has only one film credit to her name.

Lee Jungjae got that Marvel lead role because of Squid Game.

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@songxrising Lee Jung Jae snagged lead role in Star Wars Series, not in a Marvel movie/series.

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@emsel - My bad. Those movies blend together for me.

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Both Disney now :p

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I start to fall for him in something in the rain starring Seon Yeo Jin and was excited when he get casted as main lead in que sera sera remake. But its seems that drama won't be materalized. Huguuhgu

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Que Sera Sera remake?? What is this I haven't heard about??

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The news is on dramabeans. At first they cast the original leads, but since the original leads can't reprised their roles, they choose Wi Ha Joon as second option. I was so excited back then, but it seems the project got cancelled. Look at wi hajoon profile in mydramalist. There is Que sera2 in his profile.

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The International Emmy Awards has a Telenovela section? I'm clearly out of the loop on Hollywood.

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1. Another Wie Ha-joon in the works 🤭. Ride on.

3 should be here already.

7. Lee Kyu-han. Okay ^–^ . I've waited long for his next project since Sunbae.

To the nominations, a big congratulations to the nominees.

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I’m excited for Donghae in a drama. It doesn’t need to be good 😂

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Hahaha sometimes we just want to see our faves! Also It'll be good to see Song Ha-young again.

And The King’s Affection got me invested in the Emmys!

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I really liked the previous seasons of The House on Wheel. They kinda hinted Lee Jae-Wook, Kim Young-Dae, Kim Hye-Yoon, Park Eun-Bin, Nam Yoon-Su and Kim Sun-Hee as guests, it would make Extraordinary You, The King's Affection and Tomorrow reunions!

I didn't watch Lee Seon-kyun's drama and barely heard about it, but I totally can imagine the jury falling for his voice :p I'm really happy for The King's Affection, it's very surprising but totally deserved!

There are so many news about new dramas that my brains is saturing 😅

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Have you found a legal site to watch House on Wheels? I desperately want to watch it but can't find it!

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Maybe VIU? But it's for Asia countries.

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Oh, Kim A-Joong will be the first guest! I like her :)

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Song Ha Yoon!!!!

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1. I state once again, Wi Ha-joon must be freed from the shackles of secondary male lead-dom and the crime/thriller genres. Give this man what the people want: a kissing drama.

2. Next week! Rowoon as the next maknae is a great choice.

3. Was the French-language original an office romcom? I don’t mind potential adaptational changes, I’m just curious.

4. An entire cast of sexy people, I love to see it.

5. Odd choice for a male lead, but I hope ELFs have fun with this.

6. I always forget the International Emmys are a thing until it always randomly nominates whatever non-English television I had watched.

7. Still not drawn to the show itself, but the sunlit aesthetic is doing wonders for the promos.

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It's not the first lead role for Dong-Hae. He was the lead in Panda and Hedgehog.

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I swear Sung Dong Il is everywhere I look. I have hopes for May I help you. For Oh Young Shim, the story itself looks promising and I like Song Ha Yoon well enough but I'll wait for reviews before dipping my toes in.

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I like ur dramas

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