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What’s Up and Poseidon lose their airdates

Yeah, so this sucks: Two dramas that were given upcoming timeslots have had them yanked, meaning the university-musical-theater drama What’s Up and the hot-guys-at-sea drama Poseidon are both adrift once more. Thanks, SBS.

(By which I really mean: fuck you. No Eric, Im Joo-hwan, Im Joo-eun, or Kim Kang-woo? *rages ineffectually*)

It was announced just a week ago that What’s Up would be on the air next month, but contrary to those reports, an SBS rep, CP Kim Young-sub, stated on the 20th that it’ll no longer get the post-Paradise Ranch timeslot.

If you’ll recall, SBS had announced cancelling the 9pm drama hour just days before the What’s Up announcement, and they’re close to deciding to cancel it after all. They’re still debating, according to CP Kim, who said, “The 9pm drama can be considered a failure,” but that as regards the format, “I think we need challenge and a change.” Another possibility on the table for that 9pm hour is to attempt a new format akin to the Friday dramas (one-offs, one-acts, and the like).

What’s Up began filming in July 2010, and is currently 90% done with shoots.

Then there’s Poseidon, the maritime police drama starring Eric and Kim Kang-woo as frenemies at sea. It has also been cut loose by SBS, which had had it on its slate for a May broadcast as a Monday-Tuesday series.

Alas, the SBS drama department decided last week in internal meetings to go with a different drama instead, and announced on the 20th that it had never fully committed to Poseidon in the first place (BS, I be calling it), and that it therefore hadn’t strictly cancelled it, merely decided not to air it. Oh, okay then. Then you were an idiot for giving an airdate for a drama you hadn’t strictly decided on, is that it?

Poseidon had begun shooting with the May premiere in mind, but now is looking at continuing its shoots with the pre-produced model in mind. (Not that it has much choice; it’s either continue filming and hope for an airdate later, or just give up now, wasting all that time and money.) One broadcast rep stated that because the drama has already invested a sizable amount into the large production budget, it has a good chance of getting a broadcast as a pre-produced series that has had the time to take advantage of high production values.

In order to continue the production, the drama will have to work with the actors’ schedules, because some shoots have been delayed. Combined with the above issue, there’s a chance the drama may lose some of its cast. One rep from one of the actors’ agencies stated, “The actors [Eric, Kim Kang-woo, Kim Ok-bin, U-know Yunho] are big stars, and if they get offers from other companies, they can’t just be held back thoughtlessly. It looks like the production company will explain its position within the week, which we’re waiting for.” (Uh-oh. Looks like someone wants out?)

One Poseidon rep took an optimistic approach to the pickle they’re in, saying that despite SBS dropping the drama from its schedule, because of Eric’s popularity as a Hallyu star and the interest from foreign markets, there’s a likelihood that the drama will manage just fine, regardless.

You know what else it sounds like? SBS doesn’t know what the hell it’s doing. And here I thought MBC was the station o’ desperation.

Via TV Report, Hankook Ilbo

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what the heck.
does sbs want my blood pressure to go up?
i was so looking forward to What's Up, after cracktastic Dream High.
Thanks, SBS.

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come KBS ... pick up What's Up.... after all that what you ask after you Dream High

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Now there's an idea. And it's pretty logical too that KBS should consider this favorably.

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They really should.. I wish I was in Korea to start a petition for it lol

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agree. after high school musical, we want to watch university musical! xD

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I'd guess a part of it has something to do with the fact Daesung's management company and SBS have issues with each other.

I NEED MY DAESUNG.

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Im watching whats up. credits to daesung, the man who feeds on notes

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isn't SBS the one that YGent is closest to?
SBS is airing BB's 1 hour comeback special after all, and all the other broadcast stations are worried about YG favoring SBS

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what are you talking about? SBS and YG are like bffs. SBS give YG artists, even rookie ones, sooo much special treatment (to the point that it's really irritating).
which pisses me off even more, actually. cause i'm not a fan of YG artists, and the ONE YG related thing i want them to air, THEY WON'T. fdafjdaj; ):< i hate you SBS.

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I agree too! I was totes looking forward to both of these dramas! *fumes* what am I going to do now to pass the time?! Watch a daily?! Oh hell no.

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Wait, you know what... I've come back 10 mins later, a little older and wiser. I think I kind of know where SBS is coming from (scary, yes).

Maybe they're AFRAID of the Dream High comparisons and didnt want to ride on the success of that drama. Just look at "The Return". Jung Il-Woo and his hotness just couldnt compete with a storyline that people think that they saw already.

Also, maybe SBS is Iris/Athena/PlanB-ed out. Maybe they have another drama up their sleeve that they think will do better.
I mean, that's the only logical explanation (assuming they are using normal, human logic). Why would they drop two highly anticipated dramas unless they had a trump card up their sleeve.

Perhaps they'll allow these dramas to continue production and air them a bit later, when there is less competition? *Hopeful!*

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oh man.. i have been looking forward to watch 'What's Up' a long time ago.. and was really ecstatic that they have given it a timeslot to be viewed.. then they took it away and crushed my heart.. the hayle.. WHY?!?!?!
and Eric drama is drag along with it..
want to watch both of this dramas so bad.. hoping that someone from other broadcast station will take it and give them a chance and a timeslot..

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Fuck you
No,
Fuck yourself SBS

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I do believe that I have seen the "F" word more on this thread than I have seen it on any other posting on this website... combined.

I think that is an indication of a strong reaction, SBS. Maybe you should take it seriously?

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I was looking forward to 'What's Up'....bummer.

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No Eric, Im Joo-hwan, DaeSung, Yunho :((

Those stupid peole in SBS
They must be drunk or something.
How could they do that ? I can't understand >.<
And I think SBS is in danger now .
They irritated three biggest fan clubs in Korea.

Poor the filming crew and the casts. Such a bad luck . They all worked so hard .

What's up already 90% completed
YG should just post What's Up in their youtube website lolz

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Unbelievable SBS...you don't know what you're losing right now. Tons and tons of fans, ugh. I was really excited for 'What's Up' so please, another station, pick up the drama!!!

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Exactly, this is the kind of shit I would expect MBC to pull, instead of (WTF) SBS?? Really?! ><

*sniff*. No What's Up? :( I've been looking foward to it for literally like half a year...excuse me while I go nurse my broken heart in the corner.

(Plus, why would it be considered a good business move to cancel What's Up, seeing how well Dream High is doing? The premise is mostly the same, AND they actually have legit actors (nothing against the idols, but I'm just saying)!)

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They've even got idol ... aka Daesung from BIGBANG... you might have heart of them, their the group who's comeback has gotten SOO MUCH fricken hype and is getting an hour long comeback stage on (guess which station) SBS. He'll even have a solo track. So basically they have a huge idol in their cast, along with a group of amazing actors (and there might be other idols sprinkled in the supporting cast, I'm not sure).

Soooo it looks like this move doesn't make even a tiny bit of sense.

And I'm also sad about Poseidon. Damn, these both were so promising. Now we have to wait. LAME SBS!

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I really really do hope they realize what bullshitery this is, realize what the hell they're doing, and decide to bring it back.

Like, I'm sure there are some fangirls up back in Korea throwing a rant-fest about these cancellations (with two of the biggest boyband members being in the two dramas as well, yes? Are they still popular?).

*hopes it will be a "JUST KIDDING" moment*

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and it's exactly because Bigbang has such fame and hype that I thought that What's Up was a done deal !!!
I mean, it's such a BIG opportunity for SBS ! Bigbang is making their comeback (if I understood well...I'm not a fan), so if the drama airs around this period, it would attract viewers for sure (I think...)

But who cares, I just wanted my fix of Im Joo Hwaaaaaan !!! And I was just watching this video yesterday :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4iMncLqBI&feature=player_embedded

aww, I feel really, really bad for all the cast, and the production team....

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What the hell T____________T
What is with the major broadcasting stations nowadays. SBS drops What's Up because those in charge can't make up their damn minds and now Poseidon because of another drama?

I hope another broadcasting station picks both of them up and that they bring in amazing ratings to crush SBS. Fuck you SBS indeed.

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two dramas with potential and you're not airing them SBS? Work on it!

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NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I wanted to see Poseidon! Yuuuuuuunhoooooooo!

::Sobs, kicks feet in the air, cries::

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ugh.. I'm crying and kicking with you! like, my boys!! grrr.. I'm also mega-peeved about What's Up.. like what's up with that SBS huh?!

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sbs, I hate you!

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Why would they mess with anything that Eric is in?
I have missed him SO much and I was super happy to have a firm date to look forward to. Why mess with me? I am not alone out here either. It's like SBS is specifically trying to piss off the ladies. ((shakes fist at computer))

Not happy...

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SBS needs to fuck off. What a bunch of idiots

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Amen.

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Hmm...after MBC... now SBS... seriously I am wondering, aren't they being too frivalous for a TV station... jeez... wae like that??? Looking forward to Poseidon for hot men...

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It's SBS' loss. Ha!

MBC needs to get on this! These could just be their lifeline. Come on! I want me some Eric, Yunho, and Im Joo Hwan!

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Can the other stations pick up these dramas if SBS decides not to air them? I don't get it, they sound like potentially good dramas with great castings, why won't SBS just air them?

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I'm not surprised that SBS fucked this up....look at what they did to the plot of City Hunter!!! now they decide to cancel 2 of their most anticipated dramas? the drama gods must seek revenge!!

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i almost forgot about City Hunter...they really are messing around with their dramas are'nt they?

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Actually it's not SBS that did that. It's the production team that is creating the drama.

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WTF? I knew something was up when they announced airdates for What's Up after making that announcement about cancelling the 9pm drama hour after Paradise Ranch ends. Way to pull the rug from under them, promise them an airdate and then take it back?
I was really looking forward to watching Im Joo-hwan, Im Joo-eun and the rest of the cast of What's Up. What a disappointment for both drama cast & staff after all their hard work.

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another drama bites the dust.

*Is still bitter over UEE's Birdie drama*

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Blah Blah Blah SBS!

You should know you made yourself look like a fool by cancelling Poseidon! WTH! I've been waiting for Yunho's comeback on acting and then burst my bubble like this. Damn!

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well that's just idiotic
2 big name productions with big name stars.
also at Eric's fan meeting they showed the Poseidon trailer and it looked fabulous.

URG

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These were the only two dramas I was interested in so far this year.

Seriously.

SBS, there aren't words for how much I can't stand your guts. How dare you deprive me of Im Ju-hwan and Kim Kang-woo?

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My sentiments exactly! *gives SBS the finger*

I hope whatever they end up putting in the 9pm timeslot bombs and the other stations pick up What's Up and Poseidon.

Though I was more excited for What's Up, I still can't believe they would eff around with an Eric x Kim Kang Woo drama. This would be Eric's first project after his military service. Kim Kang Woo was in The Invincible, which I believe was a hit at the box office .

Maybe MBC will pick it up and let SBS have its turn of being the bad luck station this year.

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What about making a final decision SBS and THEN releasing it to the press?!

I hope we will see this two dramas somehow...

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I sort of expected this with What's Up because there was the possibilty that last week's news was just a rumor but Poseidon's case is total WTF right there!!!!!...and what the hell are they going to be airing instead?!....I can understand why What's up didnt get the airdate despite being the drama that I anticipate more 'cause its got more relative newbies but Kim Kang Woo, Kim Ok Bin and Eric are some really big names and even if the drama sucked I would expect at least some success ratings wise.....they better have some really good reason for pulling it off its timeslot!!....so that's two of the handful of dramas (and by handful I mean 5) dramas that I was expecting something from in 2011 that are hanging around without any airdates

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I've been saying they're idiots for years - ever since they started yanking harmless music videos (aka, free advertising) off youtube because of copyright. So this doesn't surprise me in the least.

Like a friend told me: SBS = Shitty Broadcasting Station.

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I had hear this... but I wanted to wait for you to confirm it. I wasn't going to believe it until then.

Damn it. Damn it all to hell.

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Wow so im guessing these 2 dramas might follow Birdie Buddies path =(

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KBS will pick up "What's Up". They can't pass up another "Dream High" kind of drama.

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I agree. I find it baffling that SBS would drop What's Up from its lineup when Dream High is doing so well in the ratings.

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EXACTLY. What's Up could've replicated the success of Dream High (and it even looks more polished so maybe even surpassed it?)! I really hope that KBS nabs WU and has another hit on their hands because SBS would just curl up and cry.

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i have to agree. sbs must be suffering some management issues ....

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So, let me get this straight. They decide to air Paradise Ranch but decide to can What's Up???

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Well, they canned Paradise Ranch for almost a full year. Basically SBS just has major issues.

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this sucks on so many levels I can't even....gah. gah. GAH!!!!

I was looking forward to both of them. AHHHH *rages*

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It's all about KBS! Hehe.

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I think SBS is making a big mistake. Poseidon is bound to attract high viewer ratings b/c of it's awesome star studded list, not only that, but because it's an action drama. We really do need a good action drama.
They shall regret this when it airs with another company. Poseidon is one of the most highly anticipated dramas of 2011.

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Look at the ratings for Athena and Fugitive: Plan B. Both of those dramas started out strong in the ratings and both of them faltered as the weeks progressed.

Fugitive had film actress Lee Na Young who hasn't been seen in a drama since 2004.

Athena had film actor Jung Woo Sung who hasn't been in a drama for 15 years. It also had Cha Seung Won who is known for doing mostly movies.

Action drama + star studded cast = certainly doesn't equal high ratings.

Maybe Iris was the only exception.

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I am with you there, Brittany. Big name actors in action dramas are not guarantees anymore that the drama will rate well.

How many times have viewers been burned by trailers of hot actors in flashy action dramas, only to find out later that these dramas are all flash with very little substance after all.

And nowadays, fans are so demanding/critical. They will pronounce undying love for this or that hot actor, saying that they will support this or that drama because of the actor. But they will also be the first ones to vilify the drama/ridicule the actor when they find that the plot didn't live up to their expectations.

Before we hate on SBS, maybe we should thank them for saving us from having to endure another Fugitive Plan B and Athena.

This should also teach actors not to be blinded by the flash; look for substance in the roles they are being offered.

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With success of the fluffly dramas like secret garden, my princess, dream high and the like...they are probably hesitating to put a testosterone fest of action on again.

Iris is the only exception but it was the first. If it went up against Kim Tae Hee's sweetness, it would probably fail to.

Personally, I'd rather see Kangwoo and Eric duke it out in wetsuits before I watch Song Seung Hoon and Kim Tae Hee blink their way through a drama hehe. (still love those two though)

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Honey, Kim Tae Hee was IN Iris.

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Maybe Infiniti512 meant even if IRIS KTH went up against My Princess KTH, IRIS would fail?

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yanking Poseidon airdate was a total surprise to me when there was an article few days ago saying the production is in talk with 13 countries for broadcasting rights.

Production postponment because of the bombing incident near the filming sites, delay because of the cold weather, now this.... I'm hoping the production will stride on and finish the serries. With such cast I hate to see it being scrapped because of some SBS idiots' BS

Damn it, drama god please seek revenge

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wow whatcha doing SBS >.<

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Yeah, this just seems really weird and not very smart. I wonder what else is going on to have them make these decisions.

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Fuck you indeed.

*still seething*

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I am seething with anger. *shakesfistonSBS*

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not just shaking fist... more like punch SBS in the face!

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So AGREE... Wat is wrong with these ppl...I wanted to watch what's up so much..and I look forward to Eric's comeback project too...I'm so upset I think I'm capable of some violence!

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This is so disappointing and infuriating. I need to see What's Up! Does anyone know, realistically, what are the chances that it can get picked up by another station? Or that SBS will eventually air it?

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Does anyone enlighten us on how these things work? Don't they sign a contract when they get an airdate, otherwise these production companies will suffer losses. A lot of time they start production when they get a station to air it, right? The Tv station cannot cancel without paying damages to the production companies?

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korea needs some new broadcasting stations. ones with better managament and better brains in general.

i really hope MBC or KBS will take up these two dramas! and NOT take back their word.

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KBS should get What's up and Poseidon for MBC XD

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I am tempted to just link back to a post I made almost exactly a year ago that said "What are they smoking at SBS?" Because yeah, here they are jacking two more productions around. What ARE they smoking in that production department?

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yeah, hopefully another station will pick these two, since let's face, both got promises..

seriously, SBS.. try to watch the drama you're about to air and/or cancel first then decide maturely about what you're going to do with them...

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maybe they already try to watch both and decided they are not good enough to get broadcast?

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Seriously? Two dramas at once?

There's not likely they canceled TWO dramas at once just because both stories happened to have the same sucks level of plot..

Different genre, different schedule, even different share of audience..

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oh, sh!t! I was looking forward to these two :( aigoo, aigoo!

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I think SBS decision not aired What's Up too early due to Dream High factor which have similar tone. MAybe They think it will reduce Public animo with similar theme , so they decide to airing it at JUly instead?

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Surprise, surprise. Even though I've been looking forward to What's Up?, I really didn't think that it was going to be picked up for broadcast by SBS so I'm not as let down as everybody else. It really does suck for the cast and crew though, I mean this drama has been in production FOREVER, so I hope it doesn't get dropped. The only thing left is for KBS to pick it up or for MBC (who I think were supposed to be the original broadcasters anyway) to get it back.

I'm more surprised by the fact that Poseidon is getting dropped. With it's budget and cast, I can't understand at all why SBS would drop it (besides the fact that the plot sounds a little boring, but that hasn't stopped SBS before). SBS has definitely lost its mind.

Best of luck to both dramas in finding a broadcaster.

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They learn from the failures of Athena and Fugitive Plan B, two blockbuster action series boasted flashy budget, high profile stars, famous cameos, and touring the world but empty of meaningful substances.

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ERIC,KIM KANG WOO,KIM OK BIN ??? how could SBS reject these three is beyond me O____O
SBS probably saw what happened to athena's ratings and they decided to air something 'different' :/

and i was soooooooooooo looking forward to "what's up" :(

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Maybe, they already seen both dramas and decided they not good enough to be air? This just crossed my mind. So peace ^^

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not sure if they had seen What's Up but there's not much filming done for Poseidon yet.

It sucks SBS pulling this at the last minute

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I was looking forward to seeing what Daesung is capable of. X(

What the hell SBS?! Are you trying to get yourself boycotted or something? AISH! Pull your shit together.

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