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Giant gets an extension, Dong Yi considers its second

SBS’s Giant and MBC’s Dong Yi have been strong rivals in the ratings for months now, both bringing in ratings surpassing 20% (with the latter closer to 30%). Now both dramas have been extended, Dong Yi for the second time.

On September 7, a source with SBS’s drama department stated that Giant, originally scheduled for 50 episodes, will be given an added 10, and will now end on Episode 60. This means that the start date for the following drama, Athena, has been pushed back a month to December.

Dong Yi had already been given 10 extra episodes in July, is now contemplating an additional 10-episode extension that would bring the total number of episodes to 70.

In other news, Dong Yi resumed filming after the labor strike was resolved, and was only barely able to air its 49th episode on September 6. In fact, the episode only finished filming at 9 pm, and as of broadcast time (9:55 pm), the editors still hadn’t finished with the episode. The drama finally made it onto the air, but 15 minutes late. (The station aired public service advertising to fill the time.)

Viewers were apparently displeased with the drop in quality of the episode, which featured some odd editing and music choices. For example, the episode was a pretty big one, plotwise: [SPOILER] It featured the death of a character, the queen, played by Park Ha-sun. After an emotional send-off by Dong-yi and the king, her death was followed by… a trot song. [/SPOILER] I was curious enough about the insane time-crunch antics to watch the episode, and thought it okay, though choppy. However, this choice was lambasted by viewers, and some are even demanding a re-edited broadcast.

Via Star News

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Don't hate on me y'all, but YESSS!
I'm usually against extensions, but I think Giant definitely needs one. We're still in 1981. We still have to make it to Winter 2010, we're the show began (in the flashforward) and where it'll all end.
I was dreading them having to rush it all in the last 16 episodes. 26 more episodes sounds just perfect, to cover the era and the character stories with as much depth and attention to detail as they have been doing.

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Can I hate you? Hahaha, just kidding.

I think Giant will kill me with 60 episodes, but what the heck? It's so great I can take it (I hope).

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so happy for the extension 2!!!!!!!!
i noe rite.... its so great i can take it 2!!!!!!
fighting SBS and MBC (playful kiss ;D)

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Hahah!! Go ahead, haters can hate, but it won't change the fact that we're now getting 10 extra episodes of Giant! *dies*

Ooh, I know we can never truly be certain, but now, after 34 episodes, I think we can establish that the writer and director duo just can not be touched, yo! And that 10 extra episodes for both them and the awesome cast can only be a blessing.

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Totally agree!!

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At first (a few weeks back) I thought no, but lately I'm thinking it might help. There are just way too many characters with way too much going on.

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Way, way too much! And hey, now they have no excuse to sweep anything under the carpet in haste either -- like these two eternal frenemies and their history. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_29h13l5rBjM/TA2Jt4rR2qI/AAAAAAAAANc/mOB9JLcQzII/s1600/%EC%9E%90%EC%9D%B4%EC%96%B8%ED%8A%B8%28GIANT%29.E10.100607.HDTV.X264.450p-HAN%E2%84%A2.avi_20100607_200337.jpg

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NOOOO! I love Dong Yi, but extending it will interfere with my schoolwork...

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Nooooooooo. I don't want these dramas to drag!

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sigh i guess SKKS will be competing with dong yi and giant all the way till its last ep =="
sigh if only it wasn't against such big productions (even though i thoroughly enjoy Dong Yi)

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DY rating is highter than Giant but for me i like Giant better , amazing , smart plots mastermind by smart characters , excellent acting .
DY for me is boring , poor in acting , similar plots , expressions allover again and again .
Comrades is another excellent drama .

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I agree. The ratings should be reversed with Giant leading.Dongyi is overated.

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I completely agree. Giant is such an all around great drama. It really should be 1st.

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Poor Sungkyunwan Scandal *Sigh*

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Ehh?? I thought Dong Yi was originally intended to extent for 14 eps, but then reduced to 10 eps. So, now apparently they want to extend for 20 eps??? I don`t know what to say,,, i just hope the story wouldn`t be draggy.

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NOOOOOOOO! SKKS ):

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YEAH for Giant !! it's getting so exciting now .

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Giant needed that 10 episode extension, there is so much to tell. As for Dong Yi , I sincerely hope it does not go beyond episode 60 as there is not much to tell after Jang Hee Bin's death, what are they going to do with the extra 20 episodes - chase away viewers, do not for pete sake be like Queen Seo Deok. They have a good thing going its best to leave at the top. The final 10 for Dong Yi should cover the Jangs death, a little of Geum's growth, Dong Yi's death and maybe Sukjong's death. There's no need for more, those episodes are adequate to cover these areas.

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I agree. It should end with the death of the two main characters. We have seen Geum's reign in Yisan (although later yrs) and there's nothing much to tell about his half brother's short reign.
They are so cute together right now and I hope they leave it at that but I doubt it :(.

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I'm with you,guys! Poor Sungkyunkwan Scandal! Why? How long Dong Yi will extend? Is already extended with 14 episodes and now with 10 others?Gosh, I like Dong Yi but SKKS is much better!
Sorry for Dong Yi fans!

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yay for giant extension..love love lee bum soo's character so so much... and is now a massive fan of PJH

but though i loved DY..its reached a peak for me already and my interest in waning..i was already hating the extension and now 2!!!

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"The drama finally made it onto the air, but 15 minutes late. (SBS aired public service advertising to fill the time.)"

That's nice of SBS to be thinking of their competitor, MBC's, program troubles with Dong Yi.

:p

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Hehe ... I wish DY was broadcast by SBS.

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Please DY don't extent! =/ i loved most of the drama but after they got their first extension in became a little draggy, if it get an extension it'd drag even more o.O but that's just my opinion.... keke

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i'll watch that episode just to see how good (or bad) was edited. i'm curious ^_^

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A trot song, in a sageuk, what were they thinking?

That sounds so weird that I'm curious enough to watch it just for that. Maybe the music person was working on soju fumes as a result of working furiously with no break.

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I think the ultra-fast editing went more or less without a problem and I think the episode was quite good. But do agree with the ending music which was not appropriate thought from what I gather that will be the ending music.

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omg reading that spoiler just killed me. i knewww it was coming ahhhhhhh. need to go watch the episodes now haha @[email protected]

i'm not sure how i feel about extensions...but i guess for historical dramas it just means more drag.... but maybe there's room for some added content? @[email protected]

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Love Giant.. I understand Giant getting a extension because there are still some thing left to tell since the story ends in 2010... But still hate Extension... A drama like Dong yi should not extend.. Because the plot is no longer interesting.. They are trying to milk a cow which no longer have any milk to produce ... But some how you can't blame them when ratings are hig, then there is money... And with that money they can produce new drama... I hope so.. :)

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Too bad the new drama will be exactly like all the previous dramas.

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This is not such a good news for those people who want "Sungkyunkwan Scandal's" viewership ratings to improve.......
though it won't affect online viewers like me, but I believe SKKS is also a show worth good ratings....

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SKKS appears to be screwed, it might just be another Tamra. And I'm primed to love it as much as I loved Tamra.

As for the second extension for DY - excuse me while I laugh over here. All I can ask is Why? It's dragging already.

May I take a minute to say here how freakin' hot Lee Bum Soo looks up there. Be still my Gang Mo loving heart. And why does Giant get better and spork my heart and is so good I cannot help but love it. I don't know how I feel about the extension, but I'll be positive it'll all work out.

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Seriously not happy about the DY extension, and I'm watching it! Most extensions = the previously good drama is going to blow big time from now on. Why or why can't the write high and tight and leave the greed?

The reasons for extensions are?? Previous high ratings + advertiser bucks = let's drag the drama down?

I was saving Giant for a later watch but now may skip it and I hate not finishing, so I'll finish DY but it may take me forevah!

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You can't blame MBC for extending this drama considering the ratings for their other dramas. If I were them, I'd extend it by 50 episodes...

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I love Giant. It's so awesome, but I detest extensions. I hope they have enough story to fill those extra 10 episodes.

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I think we're safe on the Giant extension. If you read the synpnosis-that-gives-everything-away there is bucket load of stories to tell and I honestly feel that 16 eps isn't enough to adequately tell it all without it feeling rushed. I have faith that our awesome writers, directors, and actors will still keep the quality of excellence we are getting now.

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I been watchind k-drama for 6 years and I have yet to see where the synpnosis has every been close to the actual drama content. The Giant synpnosis is no different, very miss leading that why k-drama should be watch for any judgement is made. I feel that they pull most of the outline from they BUTT instead of they head

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Was watching Dong Yi (found it generally well acted) but lost interest when the first extension was announced...now another? Passed on Giant, but might watch when the football season ends and I'm having withdrawal symptoms. Really disappointed about waiting another month for Athena.

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lol X) The spoiler KILLED me X) God X)

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"Happy" about Giant extension, great drama.

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I seriously am against the idea of DONG YI being extended 'till the end of the year. One extension is enough, MBC, let's not be too much or obvious that you just want to battle with GIANT head-to-head.
As for GIANT extension, probably a yay! or nay! it feels so right yet so wrong. Well, anyway, seeing the drama's pace now, it gets better and better, so it can be a good look on it.

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i tot DY just pick back its momentum now (i got bored somewhere ard 40 eps) but with another extension, i will get bored again. :(

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DY is already extended to 10 episode.. Until I hear the official confirmation that it is extended to another ten episodes.. Then, yeah, it is kinda way too long.. However, as of now, I am happy that they extended it to 10 episodes...
I am happy that Giant is extended too as it is a good drama.. Both dramas have some good episodes and some draggy episodes... So, just go with the flow until the end.... ^^

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Blast! Kryptonite!

But it seems that this may be a good thing for GIANT so I'm trying to be hopeful. I love that show but I'm only on ep 26 so I don't see the need for an extension yet. Being that they have aired 30+ eps and time is standing still then it may be in its best interest to extend. We'll all see. I just need GIANT to stay as wonderful as it is.

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A trot song?! I cant wait to watch when I get home. I will miss the sweethearted queen.

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Love it that my beloved GIANT get the extension hate it because long episodes usually not my cup of tea but the only time i bending the rules is for GIANT this drama sooo good that each episode cannot be missed.Furthermore it has LEE BEOM SOO!

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Moar Lee Beom-soo can only ever be a good thing! Hee!

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omg, poor sungkyunkwan scandal... i really thought it had a chance after dongyi finished... guess not anymore :(

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Why couldn't they just delay the episode instead of airing a low quality episode. And the extensions are good news for me except bad news for playful kiss and sungkyunkwan scandal, they'll be expecting low ratings for a while now, but I don't care because I think Giant and Dong Yi are much better

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playful kiss doesn't even air at the same time as dongyi and giant o_O

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Ah no! Athena would be pushed back to December? Well, I hope there are promotions 3rd-4th week of Nov so I can go see Siwon!

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i love dong yi. and i thought it was well written and acted. i haven't watch ep49 tho. since i have to wait for the soft sub to be released. as much as how amazed i am that they were able to pull off and aired the episode in that short time, i wished they should have just aired it on tuesday..at least give them a day to edit and everything. cause tho i was basically devastated when i heard ep49 wasnt going to air. i think a day delay is bearable.

i was okay with the first extension-and kinda predicted it. i heard somewhere it was extended to 64, but now 70? i am not sure to what point would they have to drag the plot to make it that long. hope they would just keep it to 60ish top

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NO!!! ATHENA will be delayed further?! T.T......

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I love Dongyi, but it needs to end at 60.... I can't imagine it going on longer than it already is. I mean, how much more suffering does Dong Yi have to endure until she gets her justice?

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While DY has been enjoyable overall, they have dragged on certain subplots/scenes a bit too long.

Really can't see how DY would warrant another extension.

Considering all the positive comments on "Giant", I guess I should give it a try.

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Hmm....I havent seen Dong Yi in a while and I actually like it but here there showing the mid 20 episodes and i've seen up to ep.38 and im too lazy to download them or hunt for the recent ones online but now I want to see ep.49 and see how it came out(anyone know where I can find the trot song clip online?)...I haven't seen Giant but heard its good but at 60 episodes I doubt i'll get into it unless they start airing it here but instead I Am Legend airs opposite Dong Yi.

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Just like I said before for GIANT extention, just as long GM & JY get together, MW leave his farther and stay with MJ & the baby and SM has a Girl and all of them hv lots of babies then I'm up for it.

Yeah i think HTS is getting near his death and we all know that JPY won't be dead until the last eps. Some plot like MJ being a god-daughter to Congressman Oh and taking revenge with the Lee's brothers have not yet develope so I think extention is good.

I mean more LBS screen time won't kill me. But I'm sure it will piss the Misses. I mean he just got married and haven't had a honeymoon yet.

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I'm just hoping Giant's ratings will overtake Dongyi's very soon. Just goes to show you don't want to mess around with too many extensions. Love, love, love the storytelling in Giant.

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YES YES YES YES YAAAAAAAY
GIANT GIANT GIANT
lol, im so excitedd ^__^

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as much as i love dong yi i was very happy about the 1st extension but i don't think the 2nd is needed the drama is good so there should leave it while it's good

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Dong yi my best drama nothing can match that!

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dong yi the show would have been even better if it goes beyond ep 60 . I dunno y its consider long for ep 60 . Those in taiwan could even drag till 500 ep . But dong yi is fantastic . It will be better if dong yi exceed ep 60! :)

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