Drama Casting & News
MBC confirms Moon/Sun will not air this week
by | March 6, 2012 | 87 Comments

The addition of drama PDs to the MBC labor strike has rendered it impossible for The Moon That Embraces the Sun to finish production on this week’s episodes, as previously feared. There’s just too much work and too few hands among the short-staffed crew, and MBC has announced that they’ll be airing Moon/Sun specials this week to fill in the gap.

The upside: The filming with the principal cast will end on time, which is good news since Kim Soo-hyun and Jung Il-woo are booked solid, having assumed they’d wrap this drama by Thursday. The reason the two final episodes will not be ready for this week’s broadcast slots is because there isn’t enough time (or hands on deck) to complete all the editing and post-production work.

This isn’t a great scenario for MBC, which has been extremely happy about selling out all of its advertising slots weeks in advance, and can boast a national drama in its ranks after, let’s face it, a lackluster past few years. I’m sure all eyes will be on the ratings meters next week, to see if a week’s delay causes numbers to plummet, or if people will tune in regardless ’cause, well, what else is there to watch?

Speaking of which, this sends the other stations scrambling to figure out what to do with their shows. Initially all three stations were to premiere their new shows on the same day, March 14. But Moon/Sun‘s postponement pushes back the Ha Ji-won/Lee Seung-gi vehicle The King 2 Hearts, which’ll air on March 21. Now KBS and SBS have to deal with the question of whether to also push back the premieres of Equator Man and Rooftop Prince, or risk handicapping their new dramas by pitting their launches against a Moon/Sun finale.

According to reports, SBS has decided to postpone Rooftop Prince accordingly, and will air a two-episode special, Family Portrait, in the intervening week. KBS’s decision is less certain; some reports state that Equator Man will also get pushed, while another cites a source with Equator’s production stating that they haven’t made any plans yet.

Via Joy News, Osen


87 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. jen

    OH NO!

    • 1.1 Salie

      that’s what on my mind right now! ๐Ÿ™

  2. Briggy

    OmG.nooooooo!just after finding out the Colts are releasing Peyton.I’m disappointed.that’s life :'(

    • 2.1 M

      Lol, football fan?

      Hmmm, I haven’t watched MoonSun and I have lost interested. +_+”

      Maybe I should catch up.

      • 2.1.1 Briggy

        Yes.hehe.football+tennis fan.you totally need to catch up with moon/sun!!

        • M

          I plan to. Just haven’t quite got back the craze I once had with it. I blame the wait.

          Hmmm, I’m not so much of either sports but I do watch whenever I have time. What’s your favorite Tennis player?

      • 2.1.2 Kiara

        Football season > K-drama for me.

    • 2.2 Terry

      He is a really good QB……

    • 2.3 Celest

      Lol…I like your metaphor. Huge fan of Peyton and the Colts too. But at least Moon Sun is only on break for a week…whereas Peyton+Colts=nil

    • 2.4 Kiara

      Awww I love Peyton Manning. Is he healthy enough to play though?.
      He was on my football fantasy team last year and he never played but luckily I picked up Cam Newton to replace him and end up winning.
      I’d skip K-drama to watch Peyton play or Eli anyday lol.

  3. Mystisith

    That was expected. If the shooting of the drama is done, everything else can wait. Now, i wouldn’t like to be in charge of the airing schedules for all those channels. What a headache… And i’m quite sure we haven’t seen the end of all that circus. Still praying for the hard working citizens to win over their various corrupted “kings and princes”.

  4. kbap

    Wow…oh well. I guess we’ll hafta all oggle over Boy Band and (painfully) wait until Monday again. Or something.

  5. Mystisith

    I’m curious to see if the ratings of the other shows will raise those 2 days. Very curious indeed.

    • 5.1 cherkell

      LOL I was just thinking the same thing… now I have more hope for the Hottie Bachelors and Their Absworthy Veggies finale on Thursday finally breaking that magical 1.0% mark!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. cv

    Thats too bad. But I hope the strike make something good come out of it.

  7. hpn88

    oh noes! I hope the mbc employees get whatever reforms they want. getting the moon/sun pd on board was a brilliant tactic.
    i think equator man should just air. compared with king 2 hearts and RP, it has considerably less buzz so it might be helpful to get itself out there before the 2 big dramas air.

    • 7.1 gomisshi

      lol.. yeah.. moonsun pd entering can help gain more attention to the strike..
      the drama-addicted ahjumma must have been cursing at home ๐Ÿ˜›

      i still think the rating will be high cause it’s only the last two episodes.. it’s not like it was postponed in the middle of the drama.. who would ever wanna miss the last 2 ep! well at least not me..

  8. Kim Yoonmi

    Still hoping that Free Press wins of MBC’s dark evil Prince Kim Jae Chul. Let’s get a Hong Gil Dong, Ijimae or some such to overthrow the evil King. Paeksuri!

    Still wasn’t expecting that the other dramas would get pushed back too… I wanted to watch Rooftop Prince….

  9. Piopo

    now I have an extra week to finish watching the rest of the episodes, I just can’t get excited about this series for some reason. I’ve been on episode 16 for a couple weeks now.

  10. 10 Ani

    Quite the Domino Effect going on with this postponement. Surprised there aren’t any developments on the “Dude that Must Resign” front – none that I know of. And here I thought this might actually spur MBC to do something. Heh

    • 10.1 cv

      “dude that must resign” –> he’s not the owner of MBC is he? cuz if he is, I must say, he sure has alot of say and I’m sure it’s not going to resign… bad sign for business that’s for sure. Unfair treatment–definitely bad.

  11. 11 MilzMom

    Oh, no! what will I watch with this week?

  12. 12 Cat78


  13. 13 Danna

    So because of one station, everone else is also postponing their dramas too?…wow…while I can understand the reasons…just imagine how pissed off people behind Equatof Man and RTP must be with MBC as well

  14. 14 C

    it’s always soo funny to see other broadcasters running around like headless chickens when a popular drama gets extended or the finale gets otherwise delayed.

    • 14.1 Ivoire

      LOL, very funny!!! and true…

  15. 15 M.D.

    The domino effect is utmost interesting. Korean show-bizz is very curious for a westerner. As a fan I am sorry not to be able to watch it this week. But I am old enough to be patient and to stand by those people who work so hard for our entertainment. When politics and money are involved, thing have a tendancy to get nasty. But the other stations executives should take a stand. One man cannot and should not mess everybody else’s business.

  16. 16 Terry

    Now this is officially SUCKS!!!…….

  17. 17 topper

    Why should the other 2 channels change their schedule if they are not facing strikes? A total cop out in my opinion.

    • 17.1 javabeans


      If they don’t move, they’re up for certain crushing against a 40% rival. If they move, they’re all on equal footing and have a better shot at grabbing a bigger slice of the pie. Makes sense.

  18. 18 Cynthia

    I’m sorry to see that this strike is screwing with our favorite dramas and variety shows, but it really is a wonderful thing that the MBC Union has the Golden Goose of Moon/Sun to dangle by the throat in front of the corrupt management execs of MBC. It’s only right that after several years of ‘nefarious doings’ by the head honchos, and their firing of good, honest workers that the time has come for their own reversal of fortunes. (I vote to blend fantasy with reality and send in our City Hunter to even the score!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    My own private grief involves Rooftop Prince. I just watched the newly released 7 minute trailer. I am in love. Seriously. Can’t believe this drama will be caught up in this face-off.

    • 18.1 javabeans

      I wouldn’t worry about Rooftop. The move will boost its chances of a strong start, so it won’t really be a casualty of this strike.

    • 18.2 Mystisith

      You call the City Hunter, i call our vengeful Salarymen and women from Hell. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I agree with you, it was now or never to oust those awful people. I must confess i didn’t watch Moon / Sun. I only looked at the pictures of the recaps. And now as you, what bugs me is the delay for the airing of the other dramas. I feel like a donkey trying to eat the carrot handled by its rider.
      On the other hand, it gives those other shows a little respite for their own filming schedules.

    • 18.3 Kim Yoonmi

      The trailer had me laughing already… some of those scenes are priceless.

  19. 19 Nokcha

    I totally support the strikers on this. It’s a slow machine, but eventually, and hopefully, changes will be made.

    I’m in agreement with those that have lost their interest in this drama. I’m happy to read the recaps rather than actually watching. There isn’t any chemistry between the two leads….they’re a much better read rather than watching them.

  20. 20 sootyxsnowpetal

    Man, postponing it sucks, but only for a private, personal reason. I was looking forward to it! On the other hand, I’m also happy that they’re using this as an opportunity to deal some heavy damage to the company for the strike cause, since let’s face it, who doesn’t want free press? It was interesting that this issue even made it way into my weekly The Economist magazine.

    It also sucks that the new dramas are being pushed back, but :/ My spring break will coincide with these new dramas so I shall watch without need to restrict myself on a time basis! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 20.1 rbee

      Thanks for the heads up about the Economist article. My husband gets that mag so I went and found the piece. Informative as always.

      And thanks, JB, for covering this as things are in flux. Last night when I started hearing bits and pieces I was sooo hoping you’d give us the real scoop…and there you were. Yay! Seriously, thank you!

      Fighting for freedom of the press is one thing. Fighting for our dramas is on a whole other level. *this said with tongue pressed against cheek*

  21. 21 Elena

    *sniff* *cries* *sniff* Well, that should show the big guns that they’re worthless without the bullets!

  22. 22 HeyLi

    oh well have to wait another week

  23. 23 chaostea

    oh no….

    I only started watching this show on Sunday knowing that it would finish this week so i didn’t have to wait for the last 2 episodes. now i have to wait another week, so sad.
    I just hope the quality of the last 2 episodes are not effected.

    • 23.1 Dafnae

      Mouahahahaha!! I’m exactly in the same case!! I started saturday so I would just in time be able to watch it without waiting (of course I went ahead of my schedule and had finished on sunday night). But I thought 2 days to wait was allright..
      My reaction : NOoooooooooooooooooooo!!
      But I’m glad they join the strike though. Maybe it will really help their cause. ^^

  24. 24 DB5K

    How can they film without the main PD? Who’s directing then?

    And I’m pretty sure there will be a decrease in ratings due to the delay. I just really hope that the strikers will be successful in getting their current president to resign. On our UC campuses we also had a strike, well, an occupy movement, on March 1 to protest the way the UC chancellors are mucking things up. Down with fogey, old, overpaid, incompetent, unscrupulous, self-interested head bureaucrats/board of directors/etc >:|

    • 24.1 Cynthia

      Just read that he returned to finish the filming for the two mains. The problem is going to lie in the editing and post production. The worker bees are refusing to work in support of their Union.

  25. 25 KDrama Fan

    Thanks for the heads up JB! No angst this week then:)

  26. 26 DUKE

    It’s suck! ๐Ÿ™

  27. 27 Marlene


  28. 28 ALLEN

    oh gosh…i was hoping it to break 50% maybe b’cause of this it may lead to the drop of rating!
    this drama could have done better if it ddidn’t start at this time…
    i don’t understand why the script n the drama had to be in the same pace can’t they finish writing the script first before the drama start?
    i just read somewhere that they just receive the script like yesterday!

  29. 29 Maria

    This reminds me of the time when Snsd postponed their 3rd album, other artists preparing for comebacks had to halt their cause they didn’t want to clash with snsd

  30. 30 chewy

    Wow, now this is what we call drama!

  31. 31 Kattie

    thanks JB

    I remembered reading Ha ga in says

    that she has got no time to take her bath for a few days

    filming the drama and not able to visit her mom.

    Yucks! for the intimate scenes with the KING !!.

  32. 32 Mel

    I will miss moon but I can wait. Being a doctor who and Sherlock fan, you have to wait like a year and a half but so worth it. Same with American shows like once upon a time where they go on two month hiatus or new episode after 2 weeks. I hope the production will get what they deserve because moon has been a blast. I am also glad that the drama is finished filming so it wont interfere with the actors schedule so there won’t be any unnecessary cutting and pasting from ep 19 for 20. If I was in Korea, I think I would still choose to watch the moon specials over the other dramas since I adore this cast and need my daily dose of Kim soo hyun

  33. 33 Daniela

    I can wait another week to watch the Moon/Sun end, its not a problem.
    Im sad that I will have to wait two more weeks to watch Rooftop prince, the one that I’m super excited about.
    And for the ones in the strike, good luck.

  34. 34 zsa

    Bummer!! I have so many dramas I’m looking forward to…Bummer!!

  35. 35 mariolawpanda

    Huhuhu. I can’t even. Huhuhu.

  36. 36 Dara

    Well, the granny queen needs time to swallow her grandson-king’s adorable treat anyway, she probably needs at least a week more.

  37. 37 kles

    Go strike! Go free press! Totally support the strikers. The finale can wait…

    Don’t the reports say KBS is joining in too? So doesn’t that mean that the KBS shows will be affected too?

    • 37.1 Rovi

      Well since the issue is mainly politics and the free press, I guess so…

      …read an article that was posted in the related article of this post, and it’s 3 stations that are generally affected: MBC, YTN, and one-of-the-big-three-not-sure-which-one-but–has-BS-in-the-end…

      …so this strike is not just some small issue, it’s a somewhat national one…

  38. 38 Carinne

    Oh well, gonna move my movie night up a few days instead of being a weekend calling, then make new plans for the weekend.

    I hope they won’t postpone it any longer than a week or else I might just drop it altogether.

  39. 39 Betsy

    I just watched the 7 minute preview for Rooftop Prince, I loved it and was hoping to catch it on the 14th. Now you’re telling me I will have to wait two whole weeks for some new dramas. This will be a dreadfully long wait. ๐Ÿ™

  40. 40 ilovemandoo

    Sigh I was so looking forward to Rooftop Prince next week (it coincided with my spring break). T_T

    At the same time, I realize that it was a smart move by the union and I’m really glad that they got the Moon/Sun PD to join their cause. I can wait two more weeks for Rooftop Prince if it’s something as important as this. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  41. 41 jobubbl3


    just a side note guys, please join the KONY 2012 cause. If you are not aware of this yet, please take time to watch this short film.


  42. 42 JW

    What will fill the gap while I wait for Shut Up: Flower Boy Band?

  43. 43 foolmoon

    Well, hopefully all ends well for MBC!
    But I just wonder how long is this strike gonna be? Thus, the domino effect for other station ..
    Should we, all international k-drama fans, join forces to put more pressure ? LOL

  44. 44 Sejong

    I dont think ratings will go beyond 50% even wothout the delay… The highest is just 41.3% and there are 2 episodes left…. This will not be on Kim Tak Goo and Kim Sam Soon’s league of 50% breakers

  45. 45 Lady Seoul

    Damn~! This drama got the ultimate power to push every other drama aside! Who’d be stupid enough to go against a TOP rated drama’s FINALE! WOOT WOOT!

  46. 46 nickynisa

    sad new for moonsun fans….. but this means i have enough time to catch up with this drama since i haven’t watched ep17 n 18… i thought i’ll wait until it airs final ep… but i should just watch ep17 n 18 in the mean time…

  47. 47 Jaykah

    Gosh what a pain for the other broadcasting companies now having to delay their dramas but honestly who wants to go up against this drama? I feel bad for the MBC workers, good on them for sticking up for themselves!

    I reckon the finale ratings are still going to be high and break the 50% mark. 1 week makes us crazy, imagine 2 weeks, fans are going to be scrambling to watch the last 2 eps lol

  48. 48 kristie

    haixx… So many difficulties with Lee Hwon & Yeon Woo love story, not in the film but also with the airing… Don’t say that we viewers must wait for 8 years more to reunite with TMETS and see the happy ending! Whatever you do, you all must show strong respect to viewers who give such great love to this drama than any! Anyway, I still love TMETS the best! Please! :((

    • 48.1 kristie

      How can we can do like Hwon who kept pure love in such a long time? ๐Ÿ˜›

  49. 49 sjkwifey

    Dammit!! I was curious to see the ending but the fact that Rooftop Prince will be pushed back irks me more. I was so excited and now I’m annoyed that it won’t be premiering soon ๐Ÿ™

  50. 50 Tombrady

    I am really happy for Jung Il Woo and Kim So Hyun. Their careers are taking off. Il Woo especially had back to back hits – or is it 3 in a row now? Good for you, Iljimae!

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