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Sungkyunkwan producers would also like an extension

With its adorable and heartwarming storylines, not to mention engaging cast, Sungkyunkwan Scandal has attracted a mighty fanbase that belies its modest ratings numbers (although those have been steadily climbing as well). As a result, it has been flooded with fan requests for extensions, and even despite it being late in the game (with only this week and next week remaining), producers have also spoken up to say that they’d be eager for one as well.

First off, the caveat: Don’t get your hopes up. We can hope, but I don’t think an extension is forthcoming with the obstacles it would have to overcome in a very short period of time.

With that said…

To compare the fan fervor of Sungkyunkwan Scandal to other popular dramas, the source article compares the online activity from the first 16 episodes (which is what Sungkyunkwan had aired as of the article’s publish date) of various dramas. Sungkyunkwan’s official homepage message board has more than 120,000 messages posted by fans, which is triple the response of Chuno, four times as many as Baker King Kim Tak-gu, and twice as many as IRIS.

Additionally, the drama’s board at popular portal DC Inside has 160,000 messages. It is DC Inside’s second-most-active drama board, next to uber-hit Boys Before Flowers.

It’s interesting to note that those other dramas all hit 30% ratings (with Baker King topping 40%), while Sungkyunkwan started off at a modest 6.3% and has steadily risen to its highest number last Tuesday, 14.3%. (It was aided by the departure of long-running Dong Yi.)

The fans who are eager for more of their drama crack point out that the love story between Yoon-hee (Park Min-young) and Sun-joon (Micky Yoochun), with only three episodes left after today’s broadcast.

The CEO of production house Lemon Rain, Kim Dong-rae, said, “It’s a story that can easily be extended, by ten episodes or any number. Even in this situation, we could add another four. We’d like to do it, if only the actors would agree, but it’s difficult because if the production period goes on for longer than planned, it interferes with their schedules.” He added that it’s disappointing to end it this way.

What would he like to do in the hypothetical situation of an extension?

Kim said, “We would be able to get deeper into the emotions of Moon Jae-shin (Yoo Ah-in), and expand on Lee Sun-joon and Kim Yoon-hee’s story. Aside from the love story, there’s a lot of plot about the academic angle. There’s so many good stories to tell that I’m sure we could really make a great drama, but realistic conditions aren’t supportive.”

The difference between extending a drama like Dong Yi and Sungkyunkwan Scandal is because the former is longer-running, has sufficient time to establish its presence, and consequently draws in enough advertising money that the stations are eager to capitalize upon. Miniseries, however (20 episodes or less), often find themselves hurting financially with extensions, and production companies are less likely to move forward with them. (Plus, despite the show’s online popularity, mid-teen ratings are usually not considered high enough to be worth the broadcaster’s while.)

This is why it’s unusual for Sungkyunkwan’s producers to be so willing to take that financial risk, and to declare themselves ready to forge forward with full confidence.

The sticking point remains the cast, and in particular lead actor Micky Yoochun, who is about to embark on an Asian tour with his pop group JYJ. Initially the drama was scheduled to conclude filming at the end of September, but that has already been pushed back once and conflicted with his schedule.

A few more statistics that attest to the drama’s popularity (as if we didn’t already know): The OST has sold over 120,000 albums, and the episodes have been seen online from KBS’s homepage 190,000 times (compared with Chuno’s 150,000 and Baker King’s 130,000).

Via Yonhap News

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I don't normally like extensions, but in this case, I think the storyline could actually support one. I wouldn't be upset.

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This drama is so well made and with several story lines, that we could easily add a few more episodes.

O.K. Dramabeaners Collectively think EXTENSION!!!!!! :D

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I was praying fervently that this awesomeness of a drama will never end, I might just get what I wished for (or 4 extra episodes)!

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OMG, pls pls let there be an extension. I was a late watcher with this series but after i watched the 1st episode i was hooked!

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More Jae Shin?? Count me in!!

Maybe with more episodes we can see more of Jae Shin - Yoon Hee and Jae Shin - Yong Ha storylines..

No I'm just kidding myself.. I just want more! More! MORE!!

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I say Jaeshin- Yoonhee.... Jaeshin-Yongha..... Jaeshin-Insoo... Jaeshin-Sunjoon... Jaeshin-Jaeshin..... JAESHIN ALL THE TIME!!! (ok, maybe half of that time can be Jaeshin-Yongha, I luuurve them)

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lol... sounds like heeeaaaaaveeeen

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I know, i love the jaeshin-yongha bromance.
and i want to know more about what the deal is with
chosun, how she ended up at in-soo's house and why
she's doing all this, and how he ended up liking her.

there's so much they can do, as long as its not just
about yoonhee and sunjoon, im all for it! :D

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I'm with all of you.

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More Jae Shin? Um, yes please. And can we pair him off with someone? (Why do I feel like they might be setting up something with Cho Sun? Am I the only one feeling it?) Well, actually, I'd like it to be Yong-Ha, but...I'll take what I can get. :)

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I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS DRAMA!!! it's sooo adorable. Whenever I'm feeling down, I think of SKKS and I have the biggest smile on my face....

Extensions, please!!!!! 101 episodes!!!!!!!!!!!! :p

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Haven't started watching it yet but from the recaps it sounds awesome.

from the sounds of it an extension would be awesome but then that would mean i have to wait LONGER for Mary Stayed Out all Night. Whose trailer came out today! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g9VZuGPsYQ&feature=player_embedded

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trailer for Mary Broke Curfew?????

*squeal!!!!

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That teaser looked interesting.

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i hear a potentially addictive soundtrack and a lot of good squealin'. can't wait :D

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haha, yes!

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Me too,,,please more SKKS,,,, more Guh ro ,,,, please.... pease,,, please,, please,,,please,,,please,,,,please,,,please,,,,please,,,,please,,,,please,,,please,,,

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LIGHT BULB flicks on!

The answer would be to have a season 2!!!!!!

They cannot continue filming not because there is no viable story or that an extension would do more damage than good with the drama's plot lines, but because the actors are already committed on something after episode 20. The production already said that they have enough story for 10 episodes. And someone mentioned here before that the drama did not cover the whole of the drama until the last volume or something like that. So they still have a lot of plot/story to go on to if they did decide to extend.

So... if the production and broadcast station are both looking favorably at extension.. why not push back filming for episode 21 until episode X when the actors are free?

GO GO GO for SEASON 2!

Is it too early to ask for a christmas present?

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season 2 sounds like a good idea. no need to drag out the existing story line but they could explore another plot in the skks world in another season!!!yayyyy!

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if only kdramaland adopts that jdorama ways by making sequels if a drama was quite successful. [i mean my fave medical drama series is airing its 3rd season, after about 2 yrs later. isnt that great? same actors as well!]

would be nice to get some season 2 for this series [and i could think of more kdrama series that could potentially have another season, ahemnewheartahem]

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SKKS Season 2 FTW!!!!

That way I get 16 more episodes of Yoo Ah-In, AND I don't have to wait longer for some Jang Geun-seok in my life *swoon*

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SWOON---->SWOOn---->SWOon---->SWoon---->Swoon---->swoon------>s-w-o-o-o-o-o----n :) :) :) ending

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i'm liking that idea!

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I posted later but, since so many are pro-extension or second season precisely because they want more Guhro, Yoo Ah In's already indicated no more of Moon Jae Shin. He finds wearing Guhro's persona burdensome.

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Oh God. Hopefully they won't kill him.

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oh HELL!

Yoo Ah In shi, a second stint at the beloved Guh Ro will cement fan love to the extent that we'd all worship the very ground you walk on. That's like gold credit for all your future projects. We will come out in droves to watch your movies and watch all your dramas, especially the Korean ones bc they'll buy the korean movie tickets and affect the ratings.

Even better good sir, you'll become the biggest Hallyu star of the second (third?) wave. Everyone knows SKKS was sold to Asian countries for an obscene advance due to Yoo Chun's popularity! But you, sir, are THE breakout star! =)

Indulge us one last time! We love you!!

=)

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Retracted.
Ah, Anais and Jubilantia made some really salient points in comment 65, next page.

Ah, it's the fan in me that totally lapped up the prospect of more SKKS =) But, I'm not only a fan of the project but the actors as well and if one is ready to move on, I can respect that.

Thanks again for sharing with us that piece of info Anais!

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er, comment 56. It's 4 AM. Brain is not working as well. hehe.

I long for the edit comment feature of the last DB site. =)

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I totally agree with you...i be looking forward to his future projects....and hopefully it will be another saeguek......and he will have long hair again....lol

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I would love an extension, but Mary stayed out all night would be pushed back and I really looking forward to that drama too and I know fans would not be happy, but this drama is sooo good too aghhh!! to hard to decide.

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I love SKKS but Mary Stayed Out All Night is up next so I'm really between sadness that the former is ending and the excitement latter is going to start...

I would love to see more on Jaeshin's character and Yongha's and the realtionship of the 2!

Can't help it but I'm all JS+YH! hahahahha

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oh please let it never end so my Mondays & Tuesdays can continue to be awesome.....

but if they're gonna end it, at least have a season 2 cos the book has a sequel!

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thats my thought exactly..a 2nd season after the actors finish their other activities

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***either way*** PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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extensions plsss!!!
there arent enough of jalgeum quartet moments!!

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I love this drama! I think another 2-4 episode extension would be reasonable enough to give a solid story- though I do worry for Micky because he has been so overworked. He like fainted twice already on set a couple weeks ago.

I would love to hear more from the academic/political angle. It's so riveting how intelligent SJ and YH are! I'm so proud of them!

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I just went through a Binge Marathon of this series over the weekend.. I got hooked too..yeah, I stayed up late to watch this.. as weird as it sounds to my own ears.

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i realli realli wnt an extension..but the JYJ tour..ash so annoying! mayb they can comebck w. a 2nd season after the tour?? that would be awsum!!
-sadie

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SECOND. SEASON.

OMG yesssss, please.

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I really want an extension because I think the PDs can do the story more justice with a couple more episodes. However I highly doubt an extension is feasible because not only is Micky's group JYJ going on an Asian tour, but some of those stops on that tour on in the United States. With the last four tour dates being in early/mid November, HI (10th), NY (12th), Las Vegas (14th), Los Angeles (19th) they would have to not only make a decision on the extension soon but they would also have to shoot the extension episodes in addition the two they still have left all before November 9th which is nearly impossible to do.

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I know there are a lot of Yoonhee-Sunjoon supports because it seems as if most people agree that they fit well together... but an extension seems impossible for Yoochun considering this tour I've been reading about. That's ok if he's busy, that just means more time for Jaeshin to get the girl. Or for Yongha to get his man (Jaeshin) which is what happens in one version of my personalized SKKS fantasy endings hehe. Woot!

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Ahahaha..'for Yongha to get his man (Jaeshin)' - I love this personalized SKKS fantasy ending of yours..Woot!

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Yeah, not sure how I feel about this, even if it did happen. From what I understand, extensions make for a degeneration in plot tightness and general quality. These writers have been doing so well, though, that I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Also, what about Yong-ha? How about his hijinks? Sure, it's cool to have him be mysterious, but I want to know.

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delve deeper in to Moon Jae shin??? im all for that :)

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YES!!! That would be nice~~~~~~thank you PD.

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Is it more common in kdramas to just extend, instead of doing a slight break (like a version of the US-summer when all we get are reruns) and then starting it up again? Or taking a break and then doing a "SKKS II" (sequel) instead -- or are those options really unusual for kdramas? I'm just curious why they'd want an extension when doing a so-called sequel seems like it'd be more realistic, schedule-wise.

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Yes, extensions are more common than sequel seasons. It isn't a super common thing to have multi seasonal serials in korean dramas. It has happened for a few rare dramas, but I'm of the opinion that they were more procedural in nature? Like General Hospital with Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Jung Eun getting a second, and School (writer Song Ji Na, Jang Hyuk debut - like three seasons, but different cast). There are pros and cons to this system of broadcast.

More than an extension, a second season sounds LOVELY for SKKS. And, given the response, people would definitely tune in for the second season if only to hang out with these characters again. =)

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As much as I LLOOOOVE and am obsessed with this show i really dont want them to extend it. When dramas extend,they drag on and ruin the show so I d rather part with the show when its at top and not dragged out (which almost always comes with major angst and crying).

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I like the idea of extension . 2-4 more episode is perfect for this series~
There are so many things from SKKS we need to discover more
- SJ-YH story. I want to see more of their moments together.
- More Yong Ha's past stories and potential new love line for him lolz . Someone even more perfect than Yoonhee, who can change our playboy's heart. I suggest someone famous cameo for this role ^^ Would be fun.
- Of couse we cant forget Moon Jae Sin. He deserved to be loved too . Give him a happy ending too, PD nim.
I's so heartbreaking to see him look at Sun Joon and Yoon Hee with that sad smile " as long as you are happy, It's okay if I'm getting hurt"
Want to know more about his long time friendship with Yong Ha. How they know each other etc
- Also I feel curious about Insoo and Cho Sun past too. I want to know more about them. It would be very interesting if Insoo is actually ChoSun's first love but she has to pretend that she hated him because she need to protect of her family. And what would happen when Insoo discover that ChoSun is the fake Hong Buyk Soo. Will he save her by pretending to be the second fake Hong Buyk So? Oh my imagination kilss me!!!
So much moreeeeee !!!
This drama is really one of best thing I have ever seen.

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I AGREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!XD

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yep yep yep..agree..more like an epilogue, rather than a full blown extension..
(where yoonhee and sunjoon would be married already so we get to see yoonhee in pretty female hanbok..she's sooo beautiful)

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I would definitely like more back story on Im Soo, Jae Shin and Yeorim. So, their characters can be flushed out more.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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oooOHH YEP !! I'll keeping my fingers crossed for this idea as well.

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Awhh... I don't want a extension. :/ I love SKS, but I have been waiting for Mary!!

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An extension for ending on a good note and not in rush!

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I would want for an extension just because I can't everything being wrapped up in the last few episodes. It doesn't need to be ten episodes more but may a few more like two~four extra episodes. And I really would also like to know more about Moon Jae Shin. I don't need to know about Yong Ha's past but Jae Shin's I'd like to know.

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Since Yoochun can't be in it (stupid concert tour that I can't go), I call for a spin off. Yoon-hee, Jae-shin and Yong-ha become interns or government officials and solve mysteries and crimes all over Joseon.
I'd watch that religiously.

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Maybe Micky knows that is his best place------>ON TOUR

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It is good for the drama to have an extension... but make sure it is not too long and the story line looks unnecessary... Hope it will be a good & fruitful extension... :)

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I love the drama as it is, no extensions for me please. Furthermore the cast get really tired at the end with lack of sleep and it always shows.

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There are so many developed characters that the story could definitely go on for longer. I can't believe how fast it's gone! But alas, poor Micky is so busy and exhausted...he needs a break.

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pleaseee extend it pleaseeee!

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there are a lot of backstories to be explored... like yongha.... and jaeshin....

SEASON 2!!! SEASON 2!!! SEASON 2!!!

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I would love one, but I think it's too late and the story wouldn't flow well because of it.

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Rather than an extension, I'm actually hoping for a sequel. That could give the four of them some rest and give them time to plan out how they would cover the second novel. Come on, Drama Gods/Goddesses! I know you can do it!

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Good thinking !?! not bad at all for *SKKS2* and hopefully for a WOW factor likes this one............ so let's put them in bed first .... then what's next ???? ( CHA-CHA-CHA )

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actually, i'm against an extention for now. not that i don't want one, but i always have to cringle when i see those enormous eye bags under yoochun's eyes as well as tiredness in the others faces. They are already filming nonstop to be able to air the last episodes on time, how should they cope with even more episodes??

Rather then an extention, i would like to "demand" a second season, with an as-brilliant-as-from-the-first-season script, and rested staff and actors.

But man, if they decide against an extention/second season, it will be such a pity. So many things they didn't show the audience yet (not only more SJ-YHee, but the past from all characters, expecially from IS and CS!!)

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Ok, I too am not a fan of extensions but having spoiled myself of episode 17 live recap (thanks to Softy from thundie's prattle) I'm afraid that there are just too many loose ends needed to be tied and with just 3 episodes more to go it's like--but I hope not--they're not enough to end this series nicely...but like I said, I hope that's not the case and I do trust the production team to make it work, for it will be such a terrible waste to invest so much in something that has started very good only to find it end floppily (like what happened to CS and PT, grumble).

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No extension please.
Everyone ALWAYS says the story will be fine with an extension but it rarely is. The flow and storyline are always being compromised.

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wah.. i want an extension as well! it doesn't seem likely but at least, I'm happy people are aware of how good this drama is despite its ratings!

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Season 2 is the best bet. I am loving season 1 right now. We want more for the other characters of the Jalgeum Quartet, exploration galore. In season 2 provided that LSJ and YH gets married, can be placed in the background with more focus on the other 2. LSJ and YH/YS can be more actively involved in the adventures to a lesser extent for season 2, I like that. I also think of YH/YS introducing a new girl to MJS, the one he ends of loving has potential. There is so much to do with this drama.

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That would be lovely. Jae-shin needs someone to love!

And I'd love to see little babies running around occasionally in the background of Yoon-Hee and Sun-Joon's home. xD

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Even a two episodes would be good! At this point, I'll take anything!!!! a two hours special episode? haha

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Extension please!!!!!!!

But taking JB's advice, I'm not putting my hopes up high since extension is highly impossible given micky's schedule, and it's so hard to find a season 2 of kdrama (that follows the same storyline), and a spin off usually ends up being a disappointment compared to the original one (although I'd watch it anyway hehe).

Having said that, I have to be content with what we have in hand, as of now.

But if ever, it manages to have an extension, I'd be the happiest addict on earth!

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I am enjoying this drama tremendously, however, let's leave on a high note with the fans wanting more. If they extended the drama to 10 episodes, for example, it would draggggggg and loose its charm. (Maybe 2 more would work...) For me, the main leads are not strong actors and cute scenes only carry a viewer so far before it becomes meaningless and just cute. Now, I would love to see YAI as a lead in another drama. I want him to get the girl!!!! Soon Joong Ki in another drama too please... These two characters/actors has left an impression on me.

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You're RIGHT. I'm really 100% with you.

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i love this drama SKKS very much.....it's so adorable...Hopefully they can extend.....101 Episodes.......:D.........

Wow...that is much better......

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i was thinking yesterday that there are areas of the plot which still remains unexplored. or maybe they would satisfy it with the remaining 3 episodes. but i really imagined an extension. *sigh* their schedules won't fit

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Let's face it, while the initial buzz happened because of Mickey's comeback, the biggest stars are Jaeshin-Yongha. They could spin this off and add two new players, or kill off SJ, making YH available for Jaeshin!!!!!!

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***** HA~HA~HA~~~~~~~haaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

<3 <3 <3 SO MUCH :D :D :D

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Hmm, to be honest, I think sometimes less is more and this is a good example. I've seen so many shows where they've self-destructed, where showrunners have ruined what made them so good in the first place, all because they didn't call it a day when it was the right time to do so.

Although I do have some questions that have been left unanswered, I'm quite happy to let my imagination fill in the gaps.

But most importantly, I don't trust them not to ruin Yong-Ha! His ambiguity is what makes him such an intriguing, exciting character. And as someone whose chief investment in the series is his relationship with Jae-Shin, a relationship I interpret to be one of unrequited romantic love, I fear an extension would lead to a heteronormative "happy" ending. Probably with Hyo-Eun. Which, yes, I admit it, would ruin the whole show for me!

Personally, yes, it hurts to say goodbye, but I'd rather say it now and let the show go out on a high, as 20 episodes of pitch perfect television.

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i agreed..
like seifeid said, "end it when everyone's is still enjoying the meal..if everyone is too full, no one will think about it afterward." 0)

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Extension is too late, I think.. Mary Stayed Out All Night already advertised that it's on Nov. 8..

BUT, I wouldn't mind a Sequel though!! WOOT!!! =) Jae Shin needs his happy ending =)

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I LOVE this drama, so I wouldn't necessarily mind an extension. However, I'm a bit worried that the extension would simply focus on Yoon Hee and Sun Joon, which, as much as I like them, was the most dull part of the storyline for me.

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If it's that, it's going to be a big DISASTER for SKKS!!! ,O_O,

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I don't really mind extensions, or if they decide against it. Maybe just 1 or 2 extra episodes, or maybe a movie that starts off from the time they all leave Sungkyunkwan?

It'd be nice to see little uptight Sunjoons running around, or girl-looking boy Yonhees. I'd like to see more of Jaeshin's gruff charisma, too, and more of Yongha's schemes.

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Instead of extending this season, why don't they make a season 2. Then we can get even more of it, it will extend 12 episodes instead of 4. Plus they have time to write a better story instead of being in a rush to add more. Just a thought.

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i concur!

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