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Updated : March 10 2015

As the final cast and staff for upcoming TV series “Producer” (working title) has been confirmed, featuring star actor Kim Soo-hyun and mega-hit screenwriter Park Ji-eun, industry insiders are dubbing it “the most anticipated show” of 2015.

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(SBS)

Reports speculate whether the new series will follow up on the sensational pan-Asian success of “My Love from the Star,” the 2014 drama written by Park and starring Kim as an irresistible extraterrestrial.

After a one-year hiatus from the small screen, Kim is to portray a rookie television producer this time in “Producer,” which will depict the dynamic work and life of television network employees.

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(Lotte Entertainment)

In the lead are actor Cha Tae-hyun, well loved for comedic portrayals in box-office hits such as “Scandal Makers,” as a veteran producer of variety entertainment shows and actress Gong Hyo-jin as a music producer. Popular singer-songwriter and actress IU will play a diva-like top celebrity singer.

Alongside these four A-list stars is a high-profile producing staff, including writer Park, who is known for creating quick-paced, humorous dialogue in top-rated dramas such as “Queen of Housewives,” and “Gag Concert” and “2 Days & 1 Night” director Seo Soo-min.

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(Loen Entertainment)

The collaboration of these two industry big names has garnered much attention, especially since director Seo has previously focused on comedy and variety shows, as opposed to dramas.

“Boundaries between genres are disappearing,” KBS entertainment department head Park Joong-min told PD Journal newspaper.

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(SBS)

Reports say the show’s scheduling also reflects the comedy-drama genre crossover; “Producer” is set to air Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m., a time slot usually reserved for late-night comedy shows.

The stretch from Friday into Saturday is a breakthrough as well, since network dramas until now have been strictly divided into weekday and weekend shows.

“Producer” will begin shooting in late March and air in May on KBS2, reports said.

By Rumy Doo (bigbird@heraldcorp.com)

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