Advertising Genius Lee Tae Baek Has Four Equal Leads and Two Sets of OTP

The latest news report on the upcoming underdog drama Advertising Genius Lee Tae Baek confirms that this will be a drama with two male leads and two female leads, rather than main versus second leads that most often sets up K-dramas. The most recent K-drama with leads with equal importance and screen time would be critically acclaimed The Chaser. The casting of Jo Hyun Jae as the antagonist character now makes sense – he’s not set up to be the villain, he is merely the rival to the country bumpkin advertising newbie played by Jin Goo. This is no diss on Jin Goo, who is a very charismatic and solid actor, but Jo Hyun Jae has been playing leads since 2003 and I did wonder what made him pick this role. Supposedly he really loved the character and the script. Same with Han Chae Young, who rocketed to stardom back in 2005 with Delightful Girl Choon Hyang and this time gets to reunite with her Only You leading man Jo Hyun Jae 8 years later. I’m sure neither of them ever thought they would get a chance to act together again, especially after so many years. But check them out at the poster shoot for Lee Tae Baek – the chemistry is totally there and shooting everywhere. I don’t think I’ve seen Han Chae Young this bubbly and happy onscreen in years. I actually love Park Ha Sun as well, who gets to play the female underdog counterpart to Jin Goo’s character and I love her gorgeous casual style for this drama. Looking at the first official stills from the poster shoot, I’m also further relieved that there are two sets of OTP. Jin Goo and Park Ha Sun are wearing casual sweaters and pants couples outfit look, while Han Chae Young and Jo Hyun Jae are rocking the all black power suit couples outfit look. Eeeeeeeee, I’m so excited its not even funny! I pray that all four leads have well-written characters and the plot of this drama doesn’t turn into Man of Honor v. 2 with increasingly ridiculous work place challenges and pointless posturing all around. I tell myself that I will watch crap just to see Jo Hyun Jae and Han Chae Young together again, but I doubt I have the fortitude to last the entire way through if this one turns into a turkey. So please don’t suck, m’kay? This is too fantastically pretty a cast to waste on stupid story lines.


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Advertising Genius Lee Tae Baek Has Four Equal Leads and Two Sets of OTP — 23 Comments

  1. After I saw these stills last week, I just had to watch Only You again. πŸ™‚ Yep, still think it’s super cute πŸ™‚ That being said, I can’t wait to see HCY and JHJ onscreen together again. Please don’t suck storyline, please!!

    JG and PHS are really cute too. I really like her as the Queen in Dong Yi so I’m happy to see her here. I like that kind of a set up between the different leads. Hopefully, it will work out.

  2. OH MY GOSH! Han Chae Young always look stunning! She’s not just a “hey look, she’s pretty.” She is one of those few crazy beauties out there.

  3. Yay!!!! So excited for this Han Chae Young and Jo Hyun Jae together, I might have to watch Only You again. They really have great chemistry! <3

  4. “I don’t think I’ve seen Han Chae Young this bubbly and happy onscreen in years.”

    I think that is the effect Jo Hyun Jae has on his leading ladies. I remember during the 49 Days press conference Lee Yo Won was also laughing and very bubbly while on stage with JHJ.

      • This comment made me LOL. I agree with you wholeheartedly. πŸ˜‰
        Im happy that JHJ and HCY are starring in a drama together again. Yay for this 4 equal leads format. At first I was surprised too that JHJ would take on a 2nd lead role. I wonder if they’re going to shorten the title to simply Ad Genius because of this 4 equal leads format. Otherwise whoever plays Lee Tae Bak is the obvious lead

      • This comment made me LOL. I agree with you wholeheartedly. πŸ˜‰
        Im happy that JHJ and HCY are starring in a drama together again. Yay for this 4 equal leads format. At first I was surprised too that JHJ would take on a 2nd lead role. I wonder if they’re going to shorten the title to simply Ad Genius because of this 4 equal leads format. Otherwise whoever plays Lee Tae Bak is the obvious lead, from the title I would think. Cannot wait for this drama to air! It looks great so far. πŸ™‚

      • hahahaha…

        if i’m standing beside JHJ i’d probably be giggling like a teenager …. and blushing and stammering … would be totally incoherent

  5. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love Han Chae Young and Jo Hyun together. I already marathoned Only You again when news of this show was first posted. This makes me really want to see this show even more. Can I fit in an episode of Only You before I teach my first class? What do you think guys? I was supposed to go to the gym, but . . .

  6. the 2nd lead roles look right the 1st led roles… why JHJ and HCY being the 2nd lead? even if they want to promote newbie, they shouldput it as a 2nd lead.

  7. I have to agree that Han Chae Young is most enjoyable when she’s being happy & bubbly. I loved her in Delightful Girl Choon Hyang but was underwhelmed by her other dramas that I saw. I haven’t seen Only You, which everyone else is squeeing about, so I might have to see that one!

    Hope this turns out to be good!

    • As you can tell from my posts, I really love OY. I cannot explain it because I know that there are so many problems with the drama. It is NOT the best show. I don’t even think I’d say it is ONE of the best shows I have seen; still, I am inexplicably fond of it. I think of it as comfort food. FOr example, I love mashed potatoes, but I would never say that a dish of mashed potatoes is the best dish to have; however, they always make me feel happy when I eating them, even though I know that the butter and gravy are not good for me at all.

    • Have to agree with trotwood’s description of OY. It is not the best drama out there. and whoever styled Jo Hyun Jae and Han Cha Young in OY should have been fired on the spot! How anyone can make 2 gorgeous people look less attractive still boggles my mind to this day. But for some reason despite its many flaws I still find OY to be very engaging.

      everytime i start watching it i would ask myself “why am i watching this again?”…. but before i know it i am already marathoning it, just cant help but watch 1 epi after another.

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