We have a barrage of casting confirmations and rumors this week! Rounding up our weekly updates are the Sewol Ferry news footage controversy on MBC, death of EXO Kai’s father, and Han Chae-ah’s wedding.
1. MBC cancels airing of Point of Omniscient Interference for two weeks following Sewol Ferry news footage controversy
South Korean TV network MBC sparked anger among its viewers for using Sewol Ferry news clips on the variety show Point of Omniscient Interference. In its May 5 episode, the show aired a blurred clip from a Sewol Ferry news report to comically talk about Lee Young-ja eating fish cakes.
MBC also issued an official statement regarding the backlash:
“We apologize sincerely to the family of the Sewol Ferry victims, and our viewers. The news clip that we used was given to us blurred by the video editor. While we were making final edits, we did not realize what the clip was, and we used the clip and concerned viewers. We are sincerely apologetic and want to say sorry. When we realized what the video was, all of the clips were deleted including those on VOD services. We will be strictly investigating how that news clip was selected and blurred, and we will be taking responsibility. We will, in the future, be more strict in checking footage. We apologize once again to those who were hurt.“
On May 10, MBC officially set up a committee to launch an investigation, announcing that the May 12 and May 19 episodes of the variety show have been canceled.
2. EXO Kai’s father passes away
SM Entertainment confirmed that EXO member Kai’s (Andante) father died on May 7 after suffering a chronic illness. Kai is currently at the wake, and a funeral will be held quietly for family and relatives.
3. Hwang Seung-un confirmed relationship with non-celeb
YG Entertainment confirmed that Hwang Seung-un (I’m Not a Robot) is dating a non-celebrity guy.
4. Yoon Si-yoon courted to lead Dear Judge
SBS upcoming drama Dear Judge is casting Yoon Si-yoon (Grand Prince) as its lead. The actor will possibly play a dual role for identical twins Han Soo-ho, a judge, and Han Kang-ho, a convicted criminal and repeat offender. Dear Judge will follow the story of Han Kang-ho who took his brother’s place when Han Soo-ho disappeared.
Dear Judge will take over the Wednesday-Thursday slot of The Undateables.
5. Hyun Bin, Park Shin-hye confirmed for Memories of Alhambra
This week, top stars Hyun Bin (Hyde, Jekyll, Me) and Park Shin-hye (Doctor Crush) both confirmed that they are all set to star in tvN’s upcoming fantasy drama Memories of the Alhambra. This will be directed by Ahn Gil-ho (Stranger/Forest of Secrets) and Song Jae-jung (W: Two Worlds).
6. Gu Family Book co-stars Lee Seung-gi, Suzy to possibly reunite in new drama
Suzy (While You Were Sleeping) has received an offer to star in upcoming SBS spy drama, Vagabond. Previously, sources from Lee Seung-gi’s label also affirmed that the actor was being cast to star in the said show. If all things fall into place, Vagabond will be the reunion of the two stars after top billing the 2013 fantasy saeguk Gu Family Book.
Suzy is also currently courted by another SBS drama People of Incheon Airport alongside Park Bo-gum (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds).
7. Han Chae-ah and Cha Se-jji tie the knot
On May 6, actress Han Chae-ah (The Merchant: Gaekju 2015, Marry Him if You Dare) and Cha Se-jji, a son of football legend Cha Bum-kun, held a private wedding at a hotel in Seoul with close family and friends. The newlyweds will not go on a honeymoon break as the actress plans to focus more on her recently announced pregnancy.
8. Yoo In-na offered to star in new KBS drama
Yoo In-na (Goblin) is courted to return to the small screen through the upcoming KBS drama Hitting on the Blind Boss. If she accepts, she will play the role of Jung Gal-hee, a secretary in love with her boss Dominic who has a facial recognition disorder.
9. MBC courts Jang Hyuk for upcoming drama
Jang Hyuk (Wok of Love) is reportedly considering an offer to play a former boxing champion in MBC’s new series Bad Papa (literal title).
Bad Papa is slated to air on MBC’s Monday-Tuesday time slot following the conclusion of Risky Romance.
10. Kang Ha-neul posts heartwarming Parent’s Day message during vacation from military service
Kang Ha-neul recently shared a photo of himself working at his parents’ restaurant on Instagram. The picture showed him taking the customers’ orders, wearing an apron and a hat.
The caption reads:
“They say everyone becomes a devoted son or at least grows up when he enlists in the army, but maybe I’m not one of them. I feel like I’m calling and checking on my parents less than I did before I enlisted. I was thinking about what would be a good gift and memory for this Parents’ Day and decided to help out at my father’s noodle restaurant as a part-timer on my vacation.” He explained that he would use this opportunity to spend time with his parents during his vacation. He added, “Our noodle place is not that big or grand, so there are limitations regarding the ingredients or the number of customers we can take in. But I’ll still greet the ones who come with a smile and try to lessen the burden on my chest as the first son who couldn’t help his father a lot.”
11. Han Joo-wan found guilty of illegal marijuana use
Seoul’s Western District Court found Han Joo-wan (School 2017, Meloholic) guilty of illegal marijuana use, and received an 8-month possible prison sentence. The court also ordered Han Joo-wan to undergo 40 hours of drug rehab and pay a fine of 3.2 million won (approximately $2,966). In January 2017, Han Joo-wan was reported to have obtained and used approximately 10g of marijuana.
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