Four more episodes of Miss Ripley? Er… I dunno how I feel about that. Actually, I think I do, and it’s not yippee-happy-rainbows.
MBC is reportedly in talks with the drama’s production team to extend the show by two more weeks, bringing the episode count from 16 to 20. Originally scheduled to wrap on July 19, that would put its finale on August 2 instead.
Miss Ripley has been performing decently in the ratings and has been a solid #2 with numbers in the vicinity of 12%, behind Baby-Faced Beauty which is hovering in the 14%-15% range, and ahead of Lie To Me, which ended last week after spending much of its run in single digits. Warrior Baek Dong-soo took over that slot this week and had a brisk start with a 10.1% and 10.6% for its first two episodes.
Despite its safe ratings, Miss Ripley is by no means a runaway hit, which makes me think that this extension would really be more for the benefit of its successor drama, the large-scale sageuk series Kye Baek, starring Lee Seo-jin as a Baekje general. If you recall, a similar thing happened when Queen of Reversals was extended to give The Duo more time; like Ripley, Reversals had decent but not stellar ratings. On the upside, the added time seems to have served The Duo satisfactorily.
For the sake of Miss Ripley I vote Noooooooooooo! to an extension. The drama has been building up Miri’s wall of lies, and then crumbling it with satisfying briskness — but if you give it four more hours to fill out, I fear that it’ll kill that gratifying buildup/payoff cycle we’ve been seeing in order to stretch out the angst. And as this is a drama with plenty of angst — lies, painful pasts, messily tangled love lives, rivalries, birth secrets, and tears galore — its speed really is its saving grace.
Via Star News
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