I’ve held back from posting updates on Kang Ji Hwan‘s recent dispute with his latest management company since its so depressing, with the agency recently asking a court to prohibit Kang Ji Hwan from further activities until his contract with them expires October of 2013. During this time there was talk of SBS dropping him as the leading man on its upcoming 24-episode drama The Incarnation of Money, but today the news outlets quietly reported that Kang Ji Hwan is on the set and the drama has started filming with him. I’m not surprised SBS didn’t drop him since this was the same network that picked up his Coffee House with Park Shi Yeon and Eunjung back when he had his first dispute with his prior agency. However, SBS is also the same network that fired Eunjung from Five Fingers and erased her from all promos after the drama started filming, so the network feels so bipolar to me. The leading ladies for this drama is the afore-rumored Hwang Jung Eum, reuniting her with the writer and producer of Giant, as well as Eunjung, reuniting her with her CH co-star Kang Ji Hwan (as well as the network that fired her a few months ago from FF). I guess the industry is so small one can’t say no to acting opportunities when it arises. The romance quotient of this drama isn’t the production teams forte as they’ve made a name for themselves with the period epic of Giant as well as the subversive black comedy History of the Salaryman. Even if Eunjung isn’t the female lead, fans of her coupling with Kang Ji Hwan in CH ought to be happy they have a chance to work together again since their ship didn’t sail in that drama. The drama is slated to premiere in late January on the weekends after Cheongdamdong Alice, though there is talk of CA getting extended so the premiere could move back to February. I am so excited about Kang Ji Hwan’s return to the small screen even if its with two leading ladies I’m not crazy about.
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