News Roundup: Park Min-young & Park Seo-joon dating scandal update, Hwayugi plagiarism controversy, Gong Yoo’s new movie offer, and more!

Here’s what happened in the K-Dramaverse this past week!

Lee Dong-gun, Chae Soo-bin join Lee Je-hoon in airport drama

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After a series of setbacks, SBS airport-themed drama Yeowoo Gaksibyeol (Fox Bride Star/Star of the Foxes) has finally completed it’s lead stars. Lee Dong-gun (Sketch) and Chae Soo-bin (I am Not a Robot) are now confirmed to join Lee Je-hoon (Tomorrow With You) for the said show.

Lee Dong-gun will play as the airport’s witty and friendly operation’s manager, Seo In-woo. While Chae Soo-bin will take the character of  passenger service agent Han Yeo-reum.

Park Min-young, Park Seo-joon vent frustration over dating scandal

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Why Secretary Kim may have ended but it looks like the drama continues over the dating scandal of its leads Park Min-young and Park Seo-joon. In separate interviews, the two expressed their frustration over the rumor and the “evidence” of their alleged relationship.

Park Min-young explains, “At first I was going to just laugh it off, but then it got more and more serious. I didn’t know what to do, since I felt wrongly accused and angry. Anyone could tell that the “evidence” was bits and pieces that were cut up and put together to paint a whole new picture, but there were people who still believed it. I originally had no interest in giving lame refutes. But I continued to see the seriousness of the matter, and it made me apologetic toward those who worked with me on the production, which in turn gave me a hard time. Today, I think it’s best to explain everything calmly.” 

Park Seo-joon clarifies, “People cut-and-pasted together a lot (to make the evidence). Claims that we traveled together or owned similar items are ridiculous. I even thought about showing my airplane tickets as proof. But I didn’t do anything wrong, so do I have to go that far?”

💕 Here’s a behind the scene clip during the final shoot of Why Secretary Kim.

Go Sung-hee, B1A4’s CNU cast in Miss Ma, Goddess of Revenge

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Go Sung-hee (Suits) and B1A4’s CNU have officially signed to join veteran actress Kim Yoon-jin in Miss Ma, Goddess of Revenge. As revealed earlier, Miss Ma, Goddess of Revenge is the drama adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple stories. It will tell the story of a mother who’s falsely accused of killing her own daughter.

Go Sung-hee will take on the character named Seo Eun-ji while CNU will play as Bae Do-hwan.

Shin Ha-kyun to lead remake of BBC’s Luther

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Veteran actor Shin Ha-kyun (Pied Piper) will top bill South Korea’s remake of popular British crime drama Luther.

Shin Ha-kyun will take on the role of veteran investigator Woo Tae-seok, who is dedicated to solving crimes. This is the counterpart of Idris Elba’s titular role of  John Luther. The series will revolve around Woo Tae-seok and his struggle to fight the darkness of the crimes he handles.

Thirty But Seventeen staff member dies

A source from SBS confirms the death of a staff from it’s ongoing drama Thirty But Seventeen. The said staff member passed away at home on August 1. And even though the show did not film on July 31 and on the day the production crew died, people are suspecting the possibility of a heatstroke since the program continued to shoot scenes amidst record-breaking heat from July 28 to 30.

To-date, it was revealed that the production staff’s death was caused by endogenous cerebral hemorrhages and not from an external factor. Therefore, there is a high probability of it being due to an internal illness.

Online novel writer files plagiarism raps vs Hong Sisters over Hwayugi

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Internet novel author Ttangbyeol, or Jung Eun-sook, files lawsuit against Hwayugi writers Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran for allegedly plagiarizing her work Aeyugi. The plaintiff explained that a formal lawsuit was filed after seeking professional opinion and since the famed Hong Sisters refuted the accusations. The lawsuit includes 22 issues as opposed to the original count of 10 according to Ttangbyeol.

Gong Yoo considering big screen comeback

On August 3, the actor’s label confirmed that Gong Yoo received an offer to lead film Seo Bok (literal title).

The movie is said to be a modern reinterpretation of the classic legend of Seo Bok from the Qin Dynasty who was sent by Emperor Qin Shi Huang to find the elixir of life.

Seo Bok will be helmed by director Lee Yong-joo who is behind the hit movie Why Architecture  101.


💕 Here’s a bunch of stills, teasers, and behind the scene clips from ongoing and upcoming K-Dramas to brighten up your week!

❤ Thirty But Seventeen/Still 17 (SBS, Mondays & Tuesdays 22:00)

❤ Familiar Wife (tvN, Wednesdays & Thursdays 21:30)

❤ Your Honor/Dear Judge (Wednesdays & Thursdays 22:00)

❤ Time (MBC, Wednesdays & Thursdays 22:00)

❤ Witch’s Love (MBN, Wednesdays & Thursdays 23:00)

❤ My ID is Gangnam Beauty/ID: Gangnam Beauty (JTBC, Fridays & Saturdays 23:00)

❤ Voice 2 – August 11 (OCN,  Saturdays & Sundays 22:20)

❤ Lovely Horribly – August 13 (KBS2, Mondays & Tuesdays 22:00)

❤ 100 Days Husband/100 Days My Prince – September 10 (tvN, Mondays & Tuesdays 21:30)

❤ Son: The Guest – September 2018 (OCN, Wednesdays & Thursdays)

❤ Barefoot Diva – Web Drama starring JBJ’s Takada Kenta and Kim Sanggyun

💕 Cheers to an oppaful week ahead uri ahjummashies!

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