KDRAMA Kandy Bites – Fun Size Casting!

Well, with Twenty Again taking up my kdrama attention this weekend, I figured it’s time to introduce another series of posts for OhKDRAMA, called Kandy Bites. It’s basically bits of news in the dramaverse. This installment is about some recent casting news. Lots to be excited about in the coming months!

Lee Hyun WooMurim School무림학교
ACTOR: Lee Hyun Woo
Genre: Youth drama, school
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2016-Jan to —

Lee Hyun Woo has been working in both the big and small screen with decent success. His supporting role in the wildly popular The Technicians with Kim Woo Bin has generated more interest in him, but I kind of didn’t expect him to take on a student idol in Murim School. First, he’s not an idol, but admittedly he does have the look for it. It’s not that I expected one to take the lead role, but yes, I did. Second, if anyone can pull off a fallen star, it’s definitely him. Will this be another trendy high school drama I might have to watch, maybe. Also, it might be interesting to see their take on a multicultural cast. Whatever that may be.

Madame Antoine 마담 앙트완
Sung Joon
Genre: Clinical, psychology, medical, romantic-comedy
Episodes: TBD
Broadcast Network: JTBC
Broadcast period: 2015-Nov-27 to ???

Sung Joon is this light in my life that I can’t seem to shut off. It’s not that he’s a bad actor, he’s just a great actor that doesn’t get a lot of roles that he deserves. After the excellent coming of age Shut Up Flower Boy BandSung Joon has steadily worked, but it has been pretty hit or miss with the quality of dramas handed to him. He was decent in Can We Get Married?but it wasn’t a very strong role. He was devastatingly charismatic in I Need Romance 3which he needed to be to compete with Nam Goong Min. A few dramas after wasn’t anything as thrilling as Shut Up. His last show High Society had a problem and it’s name was Park Hyung Sik. He snatched scenes all over the place. Now I don’t want to hate on Sung Joon, because he still has the talent. I’m just hoping if this pairing happens with Han Ye Seul, it isn’t some man-boy dumb innocent shit that I am just over with (I’m still bitter that I watched Ye Seul’s Birth of a Beauty).

Lee Soo HyukNeighborhood’s Hero 동네의 영웅
ACTOR: Lee Soo Hyuk
Crime drama
Broadcast Network:
Broadcast Period:
2016 TBD

Well well well. I have this thing with Lee Soo Hyuk that I don’t finish some of his dramas because I just want to have something of his to watch when I want it. Maybe my crush on him is too strong? I like to think this is just a normal reaction to how mesmerizing and talented he is. He’s once again a supporting actor, which I can deal with. I feel like an actor at his age would probably jump into a daily as a lead, but alas, he hasn’t done that yet (he was supporting in Vampire Idol before anyone mentions that). The issue with this drama might be that it is Park Shi Hoo‘s comeback after being accused of sexual assault a few years back. I can’t say I’m still a fan of his after all that, but I still want to support Soo Hyuk, so I’ll probably watch it. And dammit, it sounds bromance-y and that makes me weak.

Oh My Venus 오 마이 비너스
ACTRESS: Yoo In Young
Genre: Romantic, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2015-Nov-16 to 2016-Jan-05

I just wanted to mention Yoo In Young real quick because I loved her in this summer’s Mask. That drama was melo light or majkang*-ish. In Young played her role as a fucked up rich wife brilliantly. I’ve seen her in a few dramas, but never really followed her. Even so, I’m excited that she’s a part of Oh My Venus. All the tropes and all the chemistry between that cast can generate enough electricity to light a small city. At least I’m hoping so. She’s paired with Jung Gyu Woon with whom I can totally picture her with. That’s some good casting right there.

What are you looking forward to? Comment below or tweet me @cherylfornia!

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*makjang – a stylistic, tonal, or narrative element in dramas that chooses to play up outrageous storylines to keep viewers hooked despite how ridiculous the stories become (adultery, revenge, rape, birth secrets, fatal illnesses, and flirting with incest possibilities are some makjang favorites). [dramabeans]



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