- When you’ve posted the highest drama ratings for a cable show, it makes sense for sequel talk to ensue, as tvN is doing with its surprise smash hit of the year, Answer Me, 1997. Interestingly, the second “season” won’t be picking up after the end of the first, but will instead jump backward: We’ll all be clamoring, Answer Me, 1994 instead. The Season 2 plans are just talk right now with nothing concrete, though chances are reportedly “high.”
- Park Su-jin (Bachelor’s Vegetable Store) and Kim Yoon-hye (I Need a Fairy) joins tvN’s rom-com series Flower Boy Next Door. Park is a friendly businesswoman. However, she’s got history with Park Shin-hye dating back to their schoolgirl days. While Kim plays Enrique’s first love and best friend. Flower Boy Next Door premieres on January 7.
- New weekend family drama, Third Generation Noodle House stars Eugene (Baker King) and Lee Jung-jin (Runaway, Pieta). It’ll be helmed by PD Joo Sung-woo (Hooray for Love) and writer Gu Hyun-sook (Indomitable Daughters-in-Law), and will be a funny lighthearted rom-com centered around a family that runs a noodle-making factory. Eugene plays Min Chae-won, eldest granddaughter of said noodle family, who comes back to the family business after a divorce. She eventually turns it into a “designer noodle company.” Lee Jung-jin plays a surgeon, Doctor Lee Se-yoo, a guy who seems cold and prickly on the outside but is actually warm and cuddly on the inside. Third Generation Noodle Shop premieres in January on MBC.
- They’ve added more spies to Level 7 Civil Servant namely Lee Elle (Gwanghae), a tender-hearted newbie spy and Kim Soo-hyun (Standby), a bold and poker-faced spy who promises will be appealing. It does hint that she will conflict with Joo-won and Choi Kang-hee, though, so there’s something.
- Uhm Tae-woong dropped out of his movie The Dog. Technically the reason is that scheduling pushed back The Dog, which was delayed due to the director’s prior film, Fortunetellers, and now it conflicts with Uhmforce’s new historical drama. Apparently Han Ye-seul backed out too, right on the heels of Tae-woong’s exit. So now the movie has no cast.
- Another film has lost its cast this week: both Ha Jung-woo and Jeon Ji-hyun have backed out of the action thriller The Road Home, where they were to play a married couple falsely accused of drug smuggling and forced to take the law into their own hands. The filming schedule for The Road Home was delayed, which makes it understandably difficult for actors with packed schedules to stick to a project that suddenly conflicts with the rest.