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(LEAD) tvN combines drama, reality in upcoming show 'After the Play Ends'

All Headlines 16:44 June 22, 2016

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By Park Sojung

SEOUL, June 22 (Yonhap) -- An upcoming cable series that adds elements of reality to a melodrama will explore what really goes on behind the set of a TV series where the the opportunity for real romance is rife, producers said Wednesday.

"There are couples like Ji Sung and Lee Bo-young, and Ahn Jae-hyeon and Ku Hye-sun, who meet on the film set and end up marrying," producer Son Chang-woo said at a news conference in Seoul. "The show started with the premise of 'Can we recapture that moment on TV?' We had a blast because all the cast members have remained faithful to their feelings."

The tvN series stars actor Ha Seok-jin, actress Yoon So-hee, Yura of the girl group Girl's Day, Lee Min-hyuk of the boy band BTOB and actors Ahn Bo-hyun and Shin Seung-hwan.

The series is not entirely scripted, with the cast members sometimes required to fill in the blanks for "Iron Lady," the drama within the show in which a woman (Yoon) leads a double life as an office worker by day and a female fighter with a huge social media following by night.

The cast, however, will have to deliver an impact with the lines they write, an objective that will require them to meet regularly, Son said, adding that even the ending will be decided by the actors.

So far, Son's plans seem to be working, with several cast members confessing to developing feelings for a special someone on the show.

"Of course, there is someone who occupies my mind after a filming session," Yura said without specifying the person.

Ha and Yoon who have coincided at a talk show prior to this series suggested there may be something in the air for them.

"Yoon was one of the rare female guests on the talk show 'Problematic Men' that I clicked with," Ha said. "I'm really excited to work with her for this show.... I was so happy to see her at our first meeting."

Yoon responded with similar enthusiasm, saying she looked forward to seeing Ha again since the talk show.

"I was a bit excited when I heard he will be joining this show," she said.

Ahn said some of them have even started to talk on the phone or video chat every day after hours.

Each episode will span 70 minutes, 20 minutes of which will be dedicated to "Iron Lady" and the remaining 50 to the reality side of the show.

"After the Play Ends" premieres on July 2 at 9:45 p.m.

sojungpark@yna.co.kr
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