Weekly News Update: February 3, 2013 to February 9, 2013


  • KARA‘s Seung Yeon will be making her acting debut in Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love. Her role is Choi Heebin, another royal consort to King Sukjung and a rival to Jang Heebin for his affections. Ji Yoo (Color of Woman) will be playing the head of a fashion house in Joseon and workplace rival to Jang Ok Jung, and doubling down on their rivalry, she’ll of course be in love with Jae Hee’s character. This will follow Yawang on SBS Mon-Tues and is scheduled to premiere March 18, 2013.
  • Chae Jung-ahn (Queen of Reversals) was originally planning to make her drama comeback in the JTBC sageuk War of the Flowers, but has dropped that project to join When A Man Loves. She plays Song Seung-heon’s wife. Apparently, he meets and fall in love with Shin Se-kyung, while still married to Chae Jung-ahn. Her character is described as a passionate, sophisticated woman, who finds out about her husband falling in love with another woman and just sits back and keeps tabs on the affair. When A Man Loves will follow Level 7 Civil Servant and premieres in April on MBC.
  • Updates on Gu Family BookLee Yeon-hee plays Lee Seung-gi’s mother. Her character loses her father when he’s accused of treason and made a political scapegoat, after which she becomes a gisaeng. She escapes her father’s killer with the help of a man she then falls in love with, later giving birth to our hero. Meanwhile, Lee Sung-jae (Rascal Sons, A Wife’s Credentials) will be playing that archvillain. He plays a man born into poverty who rises through the military ranks and is now an ambitious man who tramples others to further his own goals. Han Chae Ah (Oohlala Spouses) has joined the drama as the second female lead instead of signing on for upcoming daily sageuk Gu Am Heo Jun. As of now she’s definitely not going to be in it since the role was given to Lee Yu Bi (Nice Guy).  The character is a girl who grew up with Lee Seung Gi and is his first love, but she uses his love to attain the means to an end and he ends up consoling his broken heart with Suzy’s character who is a cross-dressing martial arts instructor.
  • According to the recent broadcast of Entertainment PlusJoo-won sustained a nose injury while filming his current drama Level 7 Civil Servant, which stopped filming for three days.
  • Lee Ji-hoon (School 2013) will be joining the cast of the weekend drama The Best Lee Soon-shin. He has been cast to play Jo Jung-seok’s best friend. Also joining is Go Joo-won (Kim Suro) who’ll be paired to second daughter Yoo-shin, who’s a marketing exec for an outdoor brand.  He plays the kid who grows up in the next house and is classmates with Yoo-shin. He has had a one-sided crush on Soon-shin for a really long time but he’s constantly bickering with Yoo-shin to the point that they drive each other crazy. You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin follows My Daughter Seo-young and premieres March 9 on KBS.
  • Gong Hyo-jin (Best Love) is being courted to the leading lady of I Can Hear Your Voice.  The drama will be about a group of court-appointed public defenders, who represent the bottom-of-the-barrel cases. They’re assigned the hardest cases as they only have 1% innoncence. If she signs on, Gong Hyo-jin will play Kang-soon, a jaded public defender who will gradually recover a sense of justice. I Can Hear Your Voice is hoping to premiere in early April.
  • Please Come Back, Miss Kim is an adaptation of the 2007 Japanese series Haken no Hinkaku (or Pride of the Temp). They are courting Kim Hye-soo (The Thieves, Style) as its lead. The original explored workplace culture with a focus on the regular employee-versus-temp divide, and this adaptation will alter the setup to suit the current Korean workplace, with some “drastic changes” in the works. Please Come Back, Miss Kim has been granted the Monday-Tuesday timeslot following Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, which is in April.
  • tvN time-traveling drama Nine: Nine Time Travels includes Jo Yoon-hee as our hero’s reporter colleague and love interest,  Oh Min-seok (I Do, I Do) as a surgical resident and Jo Yoon-hee’s boyfriend, Lee Yi-kyung (School 2013) as the model student. Nine will follow Flower Boy Next Door and premieres on March 11.
  • Kim Hyun-joong is quitting City Conquest. KBS rejected it for a time slot so they stopped filming altogether. At some point, say when cable refuses to take you, you call it quits. Apparently his management and producers are in the process of contract dissolution. Jung Yumi is also negotiating a contract exit.


  •  Im Siwan (Standby) is considering a legal drama film Attorney starring Song Kang-ho. The film is set in the ’80s, telling the story of a human-rights lawyer who was once shown a kindness by the son of a restaurant owner in his dirt-poor days, and fed for free. Song later becomes legal counsel for that boy (Im), who has grown up to be a young activist. Although it appears that scheduling is the big concern here though since the movie going to begin filming in March, but he’s busy with a musical production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, which opens this month and runs through April.



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