Despite the generally gloomy outlook for cable dramas (in particular, those on general-programming channels, most of whom are discontinuing or severely curtailing drama production), there are a few notable successes. Now we have the first of them to be extended: JTBC’s strong performer Queen Dowager In-soo, which has been gradually rising in the ratings (it has broken 2% and may possibly see 3%).
Queen Dowager In-soo isn’t the cable show with the highest ratings (Vampire Prosecutor, Ten, and A Wife’s Credentials have topped its numbers, for instance) but it’s a weekend show and a sageuk—two criteria that make it more prone for extensions. Originally planned at 50 episodes, the show will be getting an additional 10 episodes to end with 60 total.
The drama started off, as many sageuks do, in the childhoods and younger lives of the characters, with Ham Eun-jung (Dream High) playing the younger role to the adult queen dowager, Chae Shi-ra (Iron Empress). The extension means the show will get to delve further into her later life and with greater detail, for instance the transformation of the queen dowager’s grandson, Yeonsangun, into the notorious tyrant he is known as today. Among the rest of the drama’s cast are Kim Young-ho, Kim Mi-sook, Baek Sung-hyun, and Jeon Hye-bin.
So, in a nutshell: Cable dramas may have taken a step back, but at least there are a few successes to keep the situation from resetting entirely to zero.
Via Joy News
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