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The Producers 

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A group of young television producers - Ra Joon Mo (Cha Tae Hyun), Baek Seung Chan (Kim Soo Hyun), Tak Ye Jin (Gong Hyo Jin) -- and K-pop star Cindy (IU) work tirelessly around the clock ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Sun Ah Sun Ah ...  Kim Da-Jung 13 episodes, 2015
Tae-Hyun Cha ...  Ra Joon-mo 12 episodes, 2015
Kwon Choi Kwon Choi ...  Cindy's Manager 12 episodes, 2015
Iu ...  Cindy 12 episodes, 2015
Han-chul Jo ...  Department Head Kim 12 episodes, 2015
Soo-hyun Kim ...  Baek Seung-chan 12 episodes, 2015
Hyo-Jin Kong ...  Tak Ye-jin / ... 12 episodes, 2015
Young-hee Na Young-hee Na ...  Byun Mi-sook 12 episodes, 2015
Hyuk-kwon Park Hyuk-kwon Park ...  Kim Tae-ho 12 episodes, 2015
Jong-Kook Kim ...  Kim Hong-soon 11 episodes, 2015
Ji-won Ye ...  Ko Yang-mi 11 episodes, 2015
Hye-ok Kim Hye-ok Kim ...  Lee Hoo-nam 10 episodes, 2015
Jongsoo Kim Jongsoo Kim ...  Baek Bo-sun 8 episodes, 2015
Joo-seung Lee Joo-seung Lee ...  Joon-bae 8 episodes, 2015
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A group of young television producers - Ra Joon Mo (Cha Tae Hyun), Baek Seung Chan (Kim Soo Hyun), Tak Ye Jin (Gong Hyo Jin) -- and K-pop star Cindy (IU) work tirelessly around the clock within the entertainment division of a major broadcasting network. Amidst their dynamic and challenging workloads, serious drama reaches new heights in this backstage glimpse of the people who make television magic happen. Baek Sung Chan (Kim Soo Hyun) is a fresh new producer. He was a law graduate of an ivy-league school who now works in the variety department of KBS. He made the career switch after following in the footsteps of his first love, which didn't exactly work out for him. Although he is intelligent, he is also clumsy. As the new intern he has a lot to learn if he wants to succeed in the Korean entertainment industry. Tak Ye Jin (Gong Hyo Jin) is a hot-shot producer who gets things done her way. She has ten years of experience in the industry. She is smart and ambitious, but can be caustic ...

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An intelligent and unconventional K-drama that's as terrific as it is polarizing.
20 June 2015 | by cremeaSee all my reviews

Producer (i.e. The Producers): 12 episode 2015 Korean TV drama centered on the backstage efforts and personal lives of various Korean variety & reality show producers, writers, and stars.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Story: This is an innovative and unusual show; it's a K-drama at heart, but, it's also partly an inner workings glimpse into Korean variety/reality TV programming, and part self-parody of that world. The story follows 4 main characters; two show Producing Directors (PD's) in their mid-thirties, a younger PD intern, and a young singer-idol, that all work in the Korean entertainment industry in some capacity. The show follows the personal & professional lives of these people, and those people around them, while mixing comedy, romance, and drama amongst them.

'The Producers' starts off a little unevenly but everything settles in quickly enough, and this show really takes off during episodes 3-4however, it is important to mention that this show also changed directors around this time (in what has to be one of the most ironic cases of life imitating art I've ever seen). There is a change in tone that comes with the change of directors, but it's not unusual for K-dramas to have tonal shifts like this anyway. I rather liked the basic groundwork the first director implemented, but I really enjoyed where the second director took the story once the baton was passed.

The main cast is great. The 2 older PD's are played by actor Cha Tae Hyun and actress Gong Hyo Jin. The young PD intern is played by actor Kim Soo Hyun, and the idol-singer is played by idol-singer IU. If you don't recognize all 4 of these people, you're not paying nearly enough attention to the Korean entertainment industry as you should be. Tae Hyun & Hyo Jin are both highly experienced and seemingly so at ease with any role they are tasked with; as expected, they each do very good work here, both separately and together, and they play off one other extremely well. As for the younger stars; all the Korean girls know who Soo Hyun is by now, and every Korean under the age of 50 knows who IU is at this point. I particularly enjoyed watching these two play mostly against type; he as the shy & awkward guy, and she as the alter ego version of her own public persona.

Supporting cast is rock solid, as is the story, writing, direction, production values, and just about everything else going on with this show. The soundtrack is terrific and very well implemented, and the endless amount of guest stars, cameos, name dropping, career stories, inside jokes, and so forth, is nothing short of spectacular. The camera angles can be a bit off putting at times due to the purposeful intent to portray a typical K-drama as some sort of reality show about people working on reality showsit's often reminiscent to how the British/American show 'The Office' was shot in this aspect.

The last K-drama I can think of that was similarly hyped as 'The Producer' was 'You Who Came From The Stars', and ironically, both shows feature Kim Soo Hyun in a leading role. Both shows share a common quality aside from that actor though, and that is they are each somewhat polarizing "Love It or Hate It" type shows. I wasn't particularly a fan of 'You Who Came From The Stars', though I didn't outright hate it nor did I give it a scathing review. I've heard and read a lot of comments from many viewers who loved 'YWCFTS' (and similar type shows) however, that just do not like 'The Producers' at all; they find 'The Producers' boring, not melodramatic enough, don't like how Soo Hyun's character is portrayed, etcthey don't think 'The Producers' is as good as everyone thinks it is. But, these people are wrong, because 'The Producers' is goodreally good.

This show seems not to care which direction the audience wants the show to go in...it's going to tell its story the way they want. Of course, if the ratings would have stunk, that wouldn't have been the case. I like this approach A LOT and I'd like to see it done more often. It pleases me greatly that this show was well received by many viewersnot just because I liked it and want others to agree, but because Korean TV desperately needs dramas like this to be successful. I've always felt that more diversity was in order within the K-drama world, and this show is quite different from the norm in so many ways. It still retains a K-drama feel and format, but I think this could be a pivotal show in helping change the industry for the better. Not every K-drama show needs to be (virtually) the same story over and over again in order to be accepted, and KTV land might find an audience they never even knew existed if they continue to try taking a more intelligent and adult approach to some of these shows. As for those of you who didn't like the show for the reasons mentioned in the previous paragraphGet over it!...There are hundreds of shows that fit your preferred criteria both past & present, and I can assure you that's not going to change (nor should it) anytime soon.

Summary: Personally, I loved it!...There's no question it's quite well done overall, and it is jammed packed full of extra goodies for long time fans of the Korean entertainment industry. And, if you happen to like both Korean variety/reality shows & K-dramas, it's a real treat. It might not work all that well for the younger generation or those expecting a traditional K-drama format; it is often dialogue heavy, story driven, and very light on the flashiness and epic love story melodrama. In the end, it's just different, and that is perhaps its greatest attribute.

Bottom Line: 8.5 out of 10 stars!...VERY WELL RECOMMENDED!


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