Park Shin-hye’s accident causes last-minute script changes
Park Shin-hye, who was recently re-admitted to the hospital for injuries sustained in a car accident, has returned to filming for her current MBC drama You’ve Fallen For Me. However, she’s not completely back in full health yet, which has the production scrambling to rearrange their story to accommodate her condition.
That means that Park’s character Kyu-won will be sick for two episodes, which suggests she’ll also be less prominently featured in the plot. Understandable and probably a good decision, although I wonder if the story will suffer for the sudden rewriting. I think most fans will be pretty agreeable even if the story falters because they’re aware of the situation, but I can’t help but think back to the big Car-Accident-O-Rama of 2009, back when the “Boys Before Flowers Curse” was in full effect and each cast member was involved in at least one accident (some of them more than one). When Gu Hye-sun was in hers, the accident was bad enough to pre-empt an episode (and prompt a hastily put-together Special), and even after Gu resumed shoots, there was one episode where she essentially sat there as a prop, unable to speak. (Remember that awkward ramen-eating scene?)
Timeline: Park Shin-hye’s car accident occurred on July 18, and she’d been checked out at the hospital immediately thereafter, then resumed drama shoots two days later, on the 20th. However, her injuries worsened and she had to go back for medical treatment last week, and the filming delay accounted for last Thursday’s pre-emption. On July 23, Park rejoined shoots again.
Hopefully this reworked storyline gives Park some reprieve and allows her to heal soon. You’ve Fallen For Me drama will resume its regular airing schedule on Wednesday, July 27, and will broadcast Episodes 8 and 9 this week.
(Aside: I wonder if the drama will get a 1-episode extension to fix its airing schedule, or a special. Since the ratings aren’t that high, there’s also a chance that one night may see a double-airing — although if the production is as time-strapped as it seems, I doubt the live-shoot will accommodate that.)