Good news and bad. The Good: The first teaser for summer spook drama Arang and the Magistrate is out, and it looks awesome. The Bad: We’ve been waiting on pins and needles already, but MBC has pushed the premiere back three weeks, so we’ll have to wait that much longer to see Shin Mina and Lee Jun-ki in action. Dramaland giveth, and dramaland taketh away.
Originally slated for late July, Arang was set to follow I Do, I Do and compete against Gaksital and Ghost in the tight Wednesday-Thursday ratings game. Not the ideal situation you want to launch your drama into. So it’s probably a godsend that they’ve had to delay the broadcast due to the Olympics. Rather than deal with preempted shows and all that chaos, MBC will just be holding Arang until the games are over.
It’s really a win-win for the production, because now they have three extras weeks to get more episodes in the can, and have fewer weeks in which to go up against Gaksital. Not to mention that fewer overlapping weeks with the masked crusader also means more sanity for us. And we’re always running low on that stuff around here.
The teaser makes me even more excited for what’s to come — humor, action, romance and mystery, topped off with even more funny. Shin Mina’s Arang looks like a ghost who has fun with her job, (Well you’re not much of a ghost if you’re not spooking the locals and building up some lore.) and she seems just as brash in the romance department as her gumiho was. Love it. Can you blame a girl for wanting to haunt the new flower boy magistrate in town? Gah, just when my excitement’s gaining momentum, I have to reset the clock.
Arang and the Magistrate now premieres Wednesday August 15. The countdown begins now. Are we there yet?
- On the set of Arang and the Magistrate
- Interviews with Arang and the Magistrate’s second leads
- Shin Mina becomes ghostly Arang
- Lee Jun-ki gets into character as the magistrate
- Arang and the Magistrate’s first script read
- Arang and the Magistrate adds to its cast
- Arang gets her quirky sidekick
- Yeon Woo-jin joins Arang and the Magistrate
- Shin Mina and Lee Jun-ki headline new drama