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'Producer' Releases The First Episode Preview

BY Adrienne Stanley | May 08, 2015 10:57 AM EDT

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Kim Soo Hyun is a bumbling rookie in the preview for the first episode of "Producer." The video opens with the actor, who exuded confidence in "My Love from the Star," haplessly stumbling into what appears to be a production meeting. He draws upon his comedic timing as Baek Seung Chan, an intrepid producer-director, who abandoned a career as a prosecutor. His departure from the seriousness of Do Min Joon harkens to his earnest portrayal of a country bumpkin in "Dream High." Perhaps, this juxtaposition of characters is due to the contributions of screenwriter Park Ji Eun, whose previous works include "My Love from the Star."

Cha Tae Hyun appears confident as Ra Joon Mo, a seasoned producer, who has worked within the industry for a decade. Unfortunately, none of his projects have developed into a hit.

One of the most interesting relationship dynamics in the preview is the friction demonstrated between Gong Hyo Jin and IU. Gong Hyo Jin portrays Tak Ye Ji, a "Music Bank" producer. In the footage, Ye Ji appears to be frustrated with the performance delivered by a K-pop idol. IU is Cindy, the former idol star who appears to carry an air of entitlement.

The preview eludes to the possibility of romance between IU and Kim Soo Hyun. As the footage concludes, the two stars have an awkward encounter on the street.

"Producer" will provide a different perspective on Korean drama. The series will be shot in the style of a docu-drama, with romantic comedy scenes interspersed with shots which resemble variety shows. "Producer" is set within the KBS building and will incorporate fictitious perspectives on television production. It will serve as the first K-Drama for variety show producer-director, Seo Soo Min. She has previously worked on "Gag Concert" and "2 Days, 1 Night." She is also the primary producer of KBS' competitive Happy Sunday variety show programming.

"Producer" premieres on May 15. The series will air on KBS on Fridays and Saturdays in the 9:15 KST time slot.

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