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Posted 9/11/08
"KBS and MBC Starts Cracking Down on Variety Shows?,"
Thursday September 11, 2008 Korea




Following the unfortunate crackdown of their variety shows on video sharing websites like Youtube, Veoh, etc by SBS International back in July 2008, it appears that KBS America and MBC are also starting to lay claim to their variety shows with crackdowns of their own which begun just 3 days ago.

“We Got Married” was licensed recently on Crunchyroll and access to it is now denied. If you notice, it did not specify who the license holder is, probably because it didn’t want to suffer a backlash. According to Youtomb website, standyary who used to upload “We Got Married” on Youtube got her account suspended not too long ago thanks to a copyright claim from MBC.co.kr.

The same goes for KBS variety shows which is being acted on by KBS America, Inc. and has affected htruc who used to upload “1N2D” on Youtube but her account has been suspended three days ago. Better start saving clips from Youtube now just in case it spreads to other users whom I am not naming.

Some have opted to private their videos or rename the videos cryptically, for example “We Got Married” becomes “W.G.M”. I don’t see how it is going to work in the long-term because sooner or later, all it takes is for one video to be spotted by one of their copyright snitchers and the rest is history.

So where does this all lead to? One of my Korean friends told me that tv shows were all free to watch in Korea back in the good ol’ days. Until one day, SBS started charging a fee for their archived shows. KBS and MBC soon followed suit. This crackdown on variety shows is following the same pattern.

There should be no complaints really since it’s their videos and by right the copyright belongs to them. But what are we normal users that don’t live in Korea to do? They don’t sell the variety shows with subtitles and not even the unsubbed ones by any chance. Have you ever heard of anyone selling variety shows like these at all? Dramas are copyrighted because they do sell them with english subs legally but variety shows? There’s KBS World which broadcasts to most of the world including Singapore but not all their variety shows are subtitled. MBC America and SBS Intl. only broadcasts in limited areas.

They could try learning from music companies like YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment or even MNet who uses Youtube as a platform to reach out to the masses. There is a ready platform, why don’t they make use of it?

The landscape has changed drastically in any entertainment industry today. To become a popular star, appearing in variety shows and presenting another side of you will greatly improve your chances. Fans these days wants to know their idols more in terms of what they do, think, etc. Just being able to sing well doesn’t really make you popular. If you think this is just restricted to Korea, think again. Kim Jong Kook is known by someone like me in a far-away country because he appeared in Xman. The same goes for other celebrities.

Taking Seo In Young as an example, she can sing well but she only enjoyed moderate success. But factor in the success of Jewelry’s “One More Time” plus her appearances on “Seo In Young KAIST” reality show and of course “We Got Married” this year, her popularity has grown in leaps and bounds.

Enjoy what’s still left before it’s all gone, people

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"Korean Stars wish you a Happy Chuseok,"
Friday September 12, 2008 Korea



Check out a few stars in their traditional Korean garb- the hanbok- sending out their Thankgiving greetings!

SHINee


Han Ye-seul


Nam Gyu-ri


Lee Young-dae (Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist)


Suh In-Young


Youn Ha


Oh Yun-suh


Jewelry


FT Island


Park Hyun Bin


Lee Youn-Hee


Sol Bi



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"Studio photos"
Thursday, September 11, 2008




A new one I managed to lay my hands on! This is the whole studio photo.



Brought to my attention by the ever efficient Muize! Sneak peeks to the studio photos, this is the first part of the special. Our JoongBo look so lovely in the photos!! They are blossoming together. Haven't seen them look any lovelier than this!


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WGM: "Andy and Solbi to leave after 7 months"
Friday, September 12, 2008



(Thanks to blurryfella87 for the information. Brief translation of the article.)

WGM's Andy- Solbi couple to leave the show after 7 months.

An official of the show said that Andy and Solbi will be leaving the program at the end of this month, ending their 7 months with WGM as the cute, lovable couple.

Andy will be focusing on solo activities after leaving WGM, whereas Solbi has plans of releasing a solo album.

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WGM: "In preparation for the new generation,"
Friday September 12, 2008 Korea




WGM is carefully planning for the new generation of WGM.

The production team of WGM is giving the current couples, Andy-Solbi, Crown J- So In Young, Alex- Shin Ae and Hyun Joong- Hwang Bo, missions for a farewell holiday which will be done in their own style for them to prepare for their farewell.

Andy and Solbi are the first ones to bid farewell, and are currently filming their farewell holiday concept. With the completion of this episode, the both of them will announce their decision to leave the show during the filming of the studio shoot.

The production of WGM communicated with Newsen via telephone and said that they felt that they needed new people for the program and that it is still undecided as to how many couples will leave the program. They also said that once it's been decided which couples will leave the show, one or two couples from the Chuseok special can join as regular cast.

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"We Got Married 3 Hours Chuseok Special Schedule Breakdown,"
Wednesday September 10, 2008 Korea




A preview of what’s going to happen this weekend when “We Got Married” Chuseok special goes on air from 5pm and ending at 8 in the evening.

Part 1 (5pm - 6:55pm)
The episode of the 3 new couples.
-Choi Jin Young - Lee Hyun Ji (17 year age gap)
-Marco - Son Dam Bi (cultural difference)
-Hwan Hee - Hwayobi (same age, ballad singers)

Choi Jin Young and Hwan Hee will be revealing the houses that they are actually currently living in. It will be something like the pilot episode of “We Got Married” during the Chinese New Year, just a one-off thing. But anything could happen.



Part 2 (6:55 - 7:55pm)
The four regular couples will appear in Part 2.
- They will be competing for the title of ’strongest couple’
- They will be showing scenes that were cut from previous episodes
- They will be solving quizzes
- Play couple games (rumours of peppero game and a wresting match)

Park Mi Sun, Lee Hwi Jae, Jung Hyung Don will be the MCs while Jo Hyung Ki, Kim Gu Ra, Lee Gyung Shil and Lee Hyuk Jae
will act as mentors to the four couples.

Continuation of the farm episode starring Andy, Solbi and Kim Hyun Joong, Hwang Bo will be aired the following week. Things are subject to change as they deem fit so don’t complain if something doesn’t happen.

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Posted 9/13/08
"Techtonik poll- Which man would look best dancing the techtonik?"
Friday, September 12, 2008




I found this poll while surfing, and thought that it was really interesting, one because Hwang Bo's favorite dance, the techtonik is getting more popular that there's even a poll for it!, and two the results of the poll.

Five male celebrities were candidates for the poll, Big Bang's Tae Yang, DBSK's Yunho, Rain, Jun Jin and Hyun Joong. The first place went to Rain, whereas Hyun Joong came in fifth. What made me laugh was not the fact that he was voted fifth place, but that his rival was Rain! Haha, memories of their housewarming party!!

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"We’re married” have kids
September 16, 2008




Have you ever wondered what the offspring of the “We’re married” couples looked like?

Well, we haven’t.

But just in case you did, MBC did a Chuseok special on September 14th where they revealed the digital progeny of the popular television couples.

Check out the sons and daughters of couples (from top to bottom) Alex and Shin Ae, Andy and Solbi, Crown J and Suh In-young, and, Kim Hyun-joong and Hwang Bo.

Who is the cutest of them all?


Nikki: I think Shin Ae's daughter look exactly like her.

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"Kim Hyun Joong Overdoses on Sleeping Pills,"
Monday September 15, 2008 Korea




Kim Hyun Joong, leader of popular idol group SS501 was admitted to a local hospital ER early this morning after overdosing on sleeping pills.

According to hospital staff, Kim Hyun Joong overdosed on sleeping pills and were found to be in an unconsicious state (severe deep sleep) at 7.20am. He was immediately whisked off to Samsung Medical Center for emergency treatment. He is reportedly in stable condition and has returned home.

The hospital representative explained that Kim Hyun Joong had taken sleeping pills to get to sleep more easily but just overdosed on them. SS501 management, DSP Entertainment confirmed the hospital statement in a phone interview, “Kim Hyun Joong had a hard time getting to sleep so he took a sleeping pill. But it didn’t have any effect so he took a couple more. That’s all to it really.” He added, “Kim Hyun Joong sometimes takes sleeping pills when he can’t get to sleep like normal so it isn’t really much of an issue here.”

SS501 will make their comeback in the middle of October with a new album and are expected to duke it out with fellow boybands DBSK and Big Bang.


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"We Got Married Ep 25 Summary + English Softsubs"

September 15, 2008 by coolsmurf


Unlike most of the negativity surrounding the new couples, I wasn’t one of the detractors. I was actually looking forward to their 2 hours cameo and see if they would offer something new to keep me interested. It kept me interested at the start but my attention just went by the start of the second hour. The 3 couple were signed up initially for this 2 hour special only. Things have changed.



Choi Jin Young was a bit embarassed to learn of the huge age gap at the start because they could easily pass off as a father and daughter relationship. But it didn’t bug him as he tried to dress himself down in a way to match Hyun Ji. He looks really accomodating while Hyun Ji was understanding. But probably won’t make for great reality tv and so the less probable replacement couple for me.



Marco and Son Dambi seems to have knew each other beforehand and their relationship was quite comfortable and assuring to look at. Marco was simply hyper and giving it all no hold-barred. He kept calling Dambi “Bu-in” (wife), saying how pretty she was and trying to impress her with his scultped abs (he kept stripping?) and the rabbit head event. Then Dambi was like the calm and collected girlfriend who was the polar opposite and they meshed really really well. Doesn’t hurt that she is a looker. Replacement couple, why not?



The verdict you get after watching Hwanhee and Hwayobi, the earlier was mean while the latter was eccentric. But they are the strongest bet to be picked as the replacement couple because they are just more known by people, they sort of create more “interesting” situations and they even have a Soompi thread. But they sometimes look more like friends than a couple. Their “My Endless Love” duet just showcased their strengths as R&B ballad singers.



Part 2 was very enjoyable for followers of the 4 couples which was pretty much the highlight and what we all wanted to see for the entire 3 hours Chuseok special. Each couple was designated a mentor which was quite superfluous really. We had a look at three deleted scenes which wasn’t shown before and they had to guess why the PD didn’t include it. We were shown CG pictures of how their babies might look like in future with all their parents obvious characteristics evidently shown. They then proceeded to find out the strongest couple through song/dance item, peppero game and a wresting match.



The first deleted scene was Hwang Bo washing and drying Hyun Joong’s hair. The second was a gathering of all 3 couples including Hyung Don except for Alshin couple watching the Korean U-23 Olympic soccer game and the third a basketball game between all those mentioned earlier. All scenes to me were particularly interesting and I can’t fathom why they were omitted in the first place. See that guy with the sorry face, he’s the PD and public enemy No.1. They should have mosaic or black out his face. God bless him.



Just sheer brilliance of this with each futuristic baby resembling the characteristics and traits of their parents. Which is your favourite baby?



All four couples performed a song and dance item. Alex sang and played “Daisy” (love this song) while Shin Ae flipped through drawings with words written by her alongside to narrate their story in “We Got Married”. It was sweet and romantic. Crown J and Seo In Young sang their theme song “Too Much” and there were lots of skinship here. But it wasn’t much of a surprise here because they have done it before. Then we have Andy and Solbi performing their theme song “Love Song”. While it was cute and everything, the dancers and the fact that we knew they were leaving didn’t make it too enjoyable to an extent. Hyun Joong and Hwang Bo finished up by performing and dancing to the Tecktonik song “Get Hot” which got the highest score.



Before the wrestling, they had a pepero game where each couple had to bite off a pepero stick at both ends and see who ends up with the shortest stick. But the objective is to see who will lock lips. Hyun Joong and Hwang Bo won the game with just 1.9cm of their stick remaining. Andy and Solbi were second, Crown J and In Young third while the Alshin couple was last.

The woman wrestling division saw Shin Ae > In Young and Hwang Bo > Solbi in the semis. For the final decided in a best of 3 rounds, the two Xman alumni went at it but Hwang Bo won it with relative ease. Hyun Joong > Hyung Don (replacement for Alex who had a bad back) and Crown J > Andy entered the final round with Hyun Joong defeating Crown J after a brief struggle. The lettuce couple was thus crowned the strongest couple, winning all 3 mini-games.



Thanks to the awesome muish, part 2 of Episode 25 is now subbed. Download the softsub at megaupload or sendspace or sharebee, the latter 2 uploaded by SESFan. Download part 2 of episode 25 from Clubbox (622mb).

The preview next week looks interesting. Hyun Joong sings a song for Hwang Bo under some tree. Andy and Solbi continues their manual labor and ends with a hug (hinting and foreshadowing their departure?). And we all thought the babies were gone. Apparently not, part 2 of the babies special for Crown J, Seo In Young and Alex, Shin Ae continues next week with Crown J looking pissed.

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WGM: "It's up to the couples whether to leave the show or not,"
Wednesday September 17, 2008 Korea




PD Jeon Seong Ho from WGM stated in an interview on the 16th that the decision to leave the show would not be made without the consent of the couples themselves.

He said that they will have a decision making time during the next recording of WGM, following suit of the first pilot. The couples will decide using 'O' and 'X' whether to stay or not to stay, and they will have time to think it over. He also said that if Andy-Solbi decide to stay together on the spot, they can continue to do so.

He also stated that the couples will shoot their 'Farewell Vacation' mission first, before deciding for themselves if they want to leave the program or not during the taping of WGM on the 23rd. The final list of couples will be broadcasted on the 28th.

Jeon PD also said that the couples from the Chuseok special were the most likely to become regular cast if the current lineup changes, but there is no intention to mirror the current couples as it would be difficult to be able to duplicate their images.

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We Got Married PD, “It’s the Couples Decision to Stay or Leave”

September 17, 2008 by coolsmurf


The PD of MBC “We Got Married” expressed in an interview today, “Andy and Solbi are the most likely couple among the present four to leave the show but we will not decide on anything until we get their consent.”



During the studio recording next week on 23rd September, it will be D-Day as each couple will sit down and decide whether or not they would want to continue being on “We Got Married”. The couple will then make a decision with a ‘X’ or ‘O’, if both says ‘O’, then they will continue. If not, they will exit.

This decision making segment was actually played out during the New Year’s Special between Solbi - Hong Kyung Min, Alex - Jang Yoon Jung, Jung Hyung Don - Saori and Seo In Young - Crown J. But it was only a one-off special then.



Since “We Got Married” became a weekly staple, they have ditched the decision making process and create missions for the make-believe couples. The decision to continue or drop out of the show is entirely up to the participants.

The PD of “We Got Married” expressed, “Thus, if Andy and Solbi both say that they want to continue on the show, it is a possibility. But right now, Andy and Solbi are the couple that has most trouble controlling their emotions.”

Many viewers did find it a pity when the 9 years age gap couple of Lee Hwi Jae and Jo Yeo Jeong left the show without giving a proper reason or explanation. They just disappeared suddenly. All four couples have/will be filming a mission similar to a ‘goodbye trip’ before the studio recording to help them make their decision on whether or not they want to leave. The couples who will stay and the couples who will leave will be revealed on 28th September.



The PD ended by saying, “The three new couples from the Chuseok special are most likely to come in as replacements should any present couple decide to leave. But nothing will be decided yet until someone exits the show. The new couples are unlikely to be a duplication of what couples currently brings to the show because it would be difficult. He reiterated that it’s not for sure that the most popular couple from the Chuseok special would be picked.”

New Couples For Chuseok Special


Solbi expressed in a separate interview, “I have become really close with Andy oppa and the filming staff. Of course, we will be able to meet in other programs but thinking about how this will be the last hurts my heart. It was really hard making the decision to leave but we made the difficult decision for the better of our activities. I know that the fans are sad. But both of us will find everyone again with an improved look.” (not sure before or after the PD interview?)



I really dislike the PDs for being so fickle minded and absolving themselves of any blame. So it’s now down to Andy and Solbi? Whatever they do, it’s their own business? If they continue, great. If not, we have replacements.

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It's really sad... in my opinion, I think since they made it up to the couples... I think the couple that may stay is the "A" couple. I really don't want to see anyone go!!! For sure Anbi is leaving, but I have a feeling that Alshin and JoongBo might leave too...due to the grooms having lack of rest. I'm really praying that they will stay, atleast till the end of the year... *CROSS MY FINGERS*
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WGM: "Opposition to JoongBo leaving, Welcoming HwanYobi"
Thursday, September 18, 2008




The news of the couple changes in WGM has confused the netizens.

Hwayobi- Hwan Hee are expected to replace Andy- Solbi as regular cast when Andy- Solbi leave the show after their final farewell episode.

Out of the three couples featured in the Chuseok special, netizens are most partial to Hwayobi- Hwan Hee and are seem to generally welcome them in joining the show. The reason for this is because the netizens have said that the HwanYobi couple was fun to watch, especially their interaction on the show.

On the other hand, the netizens have opposed to the Lettuce Couple leaving the program. The majority of them have said that they have developed feelings for the Lettuce Couple and would want them to continue participating in WGM.

WGM's broadcast timing has changed to the later half of 'Sunday Night'. It is also expected that after Andy-Solbi leave the show and new couples are introduced, the ratings are to change significantly.

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Hyun Joong: "Resumes activities after four days with the filming of WGM on the 20th"
Saturday, September 20, 2008




Hyun Joong resumes his activities with the filming of WGM on the 20th.

The production staff of WGM said that he resumed filming of WGM with Hwang Bo on the 20th and that after the sleeping pills incident on the 16th, they were very worried about him but seeing him healthy on the 20th made them feel relieved.

Hyun Joong who was sent to the hospital on the 16th due to an overdose of sleeping pills was supposed to resume filming of WGM on the 18th however the filming date was postponed again to the 20th. He officially resumed his activities again after four days.

The shooting of WGM on the 20th was their farewell vacation concept shoot. However, the staff said that the shooting atmosphere for these two newlyweds was rather different from the other couples when they filmed their episode. The both of them shot the episode of them spending time at their house and at the park.

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's agency said that after the incident on the 16th, he was spending time resting at home and doing his recording schedule, and that he was in relatively good health.

Hyun Joong will be making his comeback with the rest of his SS501 members in October. Apart from his activities as a singer, he is expected to continue the rest of the year with a drama and with WGM.

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