Giant kicks off with two-hour premiere
In an bid to capture viewers’ eyes quickly, the 50-episode Giant, which airs tomorrow, will start off with a two-hour premiere broadcast. This is a tactic sometimes employed by bigger productions who want to get a lot of story out at once to entice audiences into returning; I recall East of Eden did a similar thing, and Legend had a whole weeklong extravaganza with behind-the-scenes specials.
That means that SBS will have a particularly busy night tomorrow; in the 9pm hour, Oh! My Lady airs its penultimate episode, and Giant will occupy the 10-to-midnight hours. On Tuesday, it will air Episode 3, and will broadcast one episode each Monday and Tuesday thereafter.
A producer explained, “Currently the scripts are coming out quickly and the filming schedule has some room, so the two-hour broadcast is to attract viewers’ attention.” The historical saga is set in the urban developmental boom of the 1970s and is built upon themes of ambition and love. It stars Lee Beom-soo, Park Jin-hee, Joo Sang-wook, Park Sang-min, Hwang Jung-eum, Lee Deok-hwa, and Jung Bo-seok, although the early episodes will be spent in the main characters’ childhoods. Those portions feature rising young actors Kim Soo-hyun, Yeo Jin-gu, and Nam Ji-hyun.
Via Star News