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Drama preemptions abound for the Olympic Games
by | July 23, 2012 | 137 Comments

Sad news for impatient drama viewers, which may be a redundant moniker. What, you can’t just give me my crack and then TAKE IT AWAY. The London Olympics will be taking over some major primetime broadcasting slots, and it looks like dramas will be preempted left and right. Everyone take a deep breath, and stock up on some behind-the-scenes videos and reruns to tide yourselves over for the next few weeks.

  • Gaksital (KBS, Wed-Thu) will air one episode each week for the next two weeks. So that’s Episode 17 this Wednesday July 25, and Episode 18 next Wednesday August 1. I do not like this at all. Gaksital will never forgive you!
  • A Gentleman’s Dignity (SBS, Sat-Sun) will most likely delay its final two episodes until after the Olympics, and is still working out whether it’ll delay for one or two weeks. Suffice it to say, preempting the final two episodes is decidedly un-fun. At least the main couple is in a good place before the break?
  • Ghost (SBS, Wed-Thu) will also most likely be delayed a week, and air its final two episodes August 8-9. This is probably the cruelest preemption as far as narratives go, since cutting out a week before the last episodes of a mystery thriller is just plain mean. Stay strong, people. You’ll make it.

So then following those preemptions of current dramas, premieres of new dramas will also be pushed till after the Olympics:

  • Faith (SBS, Mon-Tue) had always planned its schedule this way and is set to premiere Monday, August 13.
  • To the Beautiful You (SBS, Wed-Thu) has delayed its premiere a week, and will now start Wednesday, August 15 along with Arang and the Magistrate (MBC, Wed-Thu).
  • Five Fingers (SBS, Sat-Sun), the weekend drama that will replace Gentleman, will now premiere a week or two later, depending on Gentleman’s final schedule.

They make a patch for everything now, right? Where’s my patch for my drama addiction? *rocks back and forth* It’s going to be okay… It’s going to be okay…

Via Star News 1, 2


137 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. leonardswench

    Thankfully, it’s not TOO painful or too long … AGD is not my crack, and at least I get a slice of Gaskital pie each week, so I can survive!

    • 1.1 leonardswench

      Ghost is going to hurt like hell, though. (And luckily I have a case of soju for that!)

      • 1.1.1 jessa

        WTF! i’m even dying of waiting for a week, and now they will delay GHOST?! this is too much..it will going to end soon, and Park Ki Young and the bad guy will now going to have a face-off..and now they will keep me hanging..sucks!

    • 1.2 Roxy

      Eekk I’m not satisfied with just one Gaksital ep each week AT ALL. They’re finally starting to see Kang To in a new light too! I am NOT happy with this at all.

      UGH, damn you dramaland for making me curse the olympics ๐Ÿ™

      • 1.2.1 Arhazivory

        Ikr. I always love and look forward to Olympics but here I am cursing that my Gaksitaaaaal has been reduced.

        • pepperandice

          TELL ME ABOUT IT MAN!!!! i live in london and im super excited for the olympics even though its gonna be one peoplef*uck of a month with transport and what not but what is this?!?!?!!?! how could you take away my gaksital, my shunji, my crack, my baby!!!

    • 1.3 Maya

      Yeap, at least I still manage to catch one episode of Gaksital per week… I’ll make it.. I’ll make it.. I think..

    • 1.4 Awe

      thanks for this post, girlfriday.


  2. acejihyo

    luckily i’m super excited for the olympics. :3

    • 2.1 Do-ra-ma

      Same here. Whenever the Olympics (or World Cup) come around I watch as much as I can.

      • 2.1.1 sherry_laruku

        Me three!! I’m super excited about the olympics or world cup or euro cup. I’ve got to watch it LIVE!…News.. recaps doesn’t work for me…

  3. Daebakmusic

    Noooo!!!! I will die if I don’t have my drug!!!! I don’t care for dr jin but gaskital and gentlemen is not there!!!!!!!!! Noooo I should just end my life now!!!

  4. awkwardturtle


    One episode per week of Gaksital will not feed my addiction. My feels is all over da place.

    • 4.1 kbap

      Same. I cannot go about with one episode a week, lol. I’m always dyyiiiing to see the next episode on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Spazzing from morning to night, heh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 4.2 MsB

      I plan on repeat watching when I am not watching Olympic events I am interested. Had this been winter Olympics, it would have been hard but summer? I can deal! I am a Summer Olympics freak! Even was at Atlanta when the bombing occurred.

      • 4.2.1 alua

        I don’t think I’m going to watch any Olympic events. Maybe gymnastics. Winter I would definitely have watched skiing and ski jumping!

        I’m actually a Londoner escaping London during the Olympics (it hasn’t even started yet and the road closures are already annoying!). Well, if I were here, I would have gone to watch the marathon (which you can watch without a ticket along the route).

    • 4.3 redfox

      so not enough. I am gonna wear a mask myself and gag around town leaving everyone puzzled. just cause I have to replace it with something.

      • 4.3.1 MsB


      • 4.3.2 Arhazivory


  5. Ivoire

    Thank you for the news!

  6. Kat

    Which drama is the bottom pic from?! Thanks!

    • 6.1 awkwardturtle

      It’s from Ghost ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 6.1.1 Kat

        thanks for replying ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Mawiie

    Maybe you could sleep a little, or is that concept stranger to you ๐Ÿ˜›

    • 7.1 becca_boo

      What is this sleep you speak of? Is that a new slang word for reruns?

      • 7.1.1 mary

        Pfffft *wipes keyboard*

      • 7.1.2 Hanna


      • 7.1.3 Arhazivory

        lol. Must be a new slang for real.

  8. LingLing


    • 8.1 Me


  9. Amanda

    All of a sudden, I’m grateful for my OCD-esque rule not to start watching dramas before they’re done airing. No nail-biting withdrawal for me, thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 9.1 Shiku

      Well am glad I postponed starting dramas until they are almost done like Gaksital, AGD and Ghost.

    • 9.2 Islagirl2010

      AGD is the only drama I’ve watched, week after week. Usually wait until the drama is done. AGD will be the first and last. Hated waiting for the episodes to air.

  10. 10 sally_b

    hmmm.. the only drama I have a vested interest in right now is *I Need Romance*….since it’s Cable, maybe it will have a regular schedule. (?)

  11. 11 becca_boo

    Only one Gaksital per week? I am not amused. *furrows brow*

  12. 12 cherkell

    Yannow… the Big Three have had FOUR YEARS to figure out their scheduling, and all of a sudden there’s issues? Oh for lame.

    The AGD production company did mention yesterday that a few of the episodes will be broadcast 30 minutes earlier (9:20 PM instead of 9:50 PM KST), so I bet the waiting game will not be that painful. Unless the last two episodes only consist of Meahri’s crying. ๐Ÿ˜›

    But although I am not happy to see a pushback of any show whatsoever, this may be a godsend in that there will be more finished scripts in the can and we hopefully won’t see any of the ‘live-shoot’ injuries and other calamities that have plagued recent dramas (yeah, I’m looking at YOU, JCW’s [former] chauffeur…).

    • 12.1 becca_boo

      Thanks for the reminder that there is a bright side to this. Okay, maybe not *bright* but at least not as dark. I’d much rather wait a little longer than hear about accidents caused by the live-shoot system.

    • 12.2 Shukmeister

      I agree, Cherkell. All of this stuff should have been hashed out weeks if not months ago.
      It’s sad that professional broadcasting companies have to scramble willy-nilly with less than a week to go.

  13. 13 Lucka

    Ohhh… I want AGD finale to air as scheduleddd!! Pleaseeeee!!

  14. 14 Mystisith

    A Gentleman’s Dignity!!! I feel like a donkey running after a carrot. Hopefully Betty has central door locking: I don’t want the prey to escape. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 14.1 mary

      You guard the front, I’ll watch the rear.

      I want you to get Jerk so he’ll stop playing house with my Timebomb.

    • 14.2 kopytko

      Where is the oppa who can curse best in the world? I think I might need to learna a word or two…

  15. 15 OMG

    Its so funny how for American shows, we are a-okay but for KDRAMAS, its like ur life is over!!! LOL!
    Luckily AGD is not my crack and i havent started watching gaskital sooooooo m good plus this will give me time to watch other KDRAMAS on my ever-growing list of KDRAMAS……seriously it keeps growing!!! How can i go to med school n have a life when this damn list keeps growing…lol!!!!

    • 15.1 toritorisan

      I totally agree with you about American shows. My fave one… Revenge… went on hiatus for like three months – but I’m totally okay. However, don’t know how I will survive missing Ghost! Every episode there’s some crazy cliffhanger!

      I not really a sports person, so not really excited for the Olympics. I’d rather have my dramas instead… There so many upcoming ones I really wanted to start soon before I start school again!

      • 15.1.1 katiamon

        i also suffered with the 3 month hiatus on Revenge but whatever. now i’m going to suffer without my weekly dose of Gaksital and Ghost ;_;
        I know i’ll make it, it’s gonna be hard but i’ll survive (right???)

  16. 16 Mirai

    Are people really surprised? The Olympics is a big thing.

    • 16.1 kopytko

      Not surprised. Just a little p***ed off. I don’t like it when reality meddles with my addiction, especially for such a long period.

  17. 17 muhloy

    ugh, stupid olympics!

    • 17.1 glace

      HAHA this is the first time I’ve ever thought that too!

  18. 18 akapbcup

    Does that mean Golden Time will still be airing? Since I plan to watch the Olympics obsessively over those two weeks I probably won’t be catching up on dramas any way, but it would be nice if I had some extras waiting for me when I return to dramaland.

  19. 19 neener

    My gosh! I’m totally watching AGD and Ghost!! I might catch up with Gaksital if they’re delaying it for one or two weeks! but still waiting that loooong???come oN!

  20. 20 toystar

    Thanks GF! Love the Olympics but they are seriously butting into my drama time!

  21. 21 Natalie

    Thank goodness Faith is still scheduled for the 13th. I don’t know what I would do if that one got pushed back XD

  22. 22 picklemonster

    Aww one episode of Gaksital isn’t enough!!! >.< BUT I'm actually kind of relieved for the cast. Joo won's only gotten 30 mins of sleep each week, and he has to film 1N2D too. So I really hope this new schedule will bring the hardworking cast some rest. Staff members and crew too! Rest well so we can see refreshing, energetic faces instead of eye bags, please!

  23. 23 Kokare

    That kind of sucks. I wonder if the time changes will
    affect the ratings especially since they are going
    to lose their momentum. Oh well.
    As much as I am excited for the Games to start, I will miss seeing Joo Won.

  24. 24 luraaa

    Not angry or annoyed at all that A Gentleman’s Dignity’s last two episodes are delayed. Episodes 16 and 17 made me excited again, but episode 18 was just full of fillers and fluff. There has only been two plot movement that should have occurred two episodes ago, so I’m not really too excited for the last two episodes.

    And besides, I find that this delay is a good things for the cast and crew to rest for a few days and maybe produce a better quality script and show.

  25. 25 sm1leitsamy


  26. 26 Ora

    So sad… ๐Ÿ™ I really wanted to watch Five Fingers (dream come true of Joo Ji Hoon in a drama and not just any drama but a revenge drama!)

  27. 27 Mira

    But 1 episode is still better than 0 :-s ….

    • 27.1 Jesse

      Sigh, I really wanted two episodes of Gaksital this week. But you are right, one is better than none ๐Ÿ˜›

  28. 28 lenrasoon

    oh damn, what to do without Ghost and AGD? at least they showing Gaksital.

  29. 29 TheJu

    Sad about Gaksital, but at least we get something…and I know that they could probably use the extra shooting time. Can’t wait for Wednesday!

  30. 30 Pitch

    GASITAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL :(((((((((((((((((((((
    Ah, this hurts.

  31. 31 DarknessEyes

    my reaction to learning that there will only be one episode of Gaksital:

    O.O……………… …….. …….. wait, wuh……….did they just say………. ……..
    TT_TT </3

    how am I going to deal with only ONE episode of Gaksital??? Can't they just air them back to back or something? Cancel some other program??? Aughhh just do something?!?!?!?!? sigh……

    well at least Im thankful they are not going to push back the episodes and delay them. Because that would have just ripped my heart out. T_T

    on the plus side tho, I hope this means that the actors and staff can get some more rest while filming. They always look so tired in Interviews and stuff like that. And sometimes I feel like Joo Won looks really tired in 1N2D T_T I really want episodes to come out, but if it makes it a little easier for them, I'll gladly wait the extra time!

  32. 32 Yuhotarubi

    oh no; I wait every week for two new episodes of gaksital; and now they decided to only air ONE ???????!!!!! FOR TWO WEEKS ??????????!!!!!

    I was so worried that this might happen so now

    TT______________________TT I am so sad , but I’ll be patient.

    But from the other side, the cast can have at least some rest and sleep more than just 30 minutes.

    Gakistal; FIGHTING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. 33 smile134

    OMG, NOOOOOOO, a big NOOOOO! This Olympic is ruining my Wed-Thu nights :((

  34. 34 Mary

    Oh My God!! Only One Gaksital a week! I don’t thing I can take it!!!

  35. 35 Kim Yoonmi

    Yay! Big ends before then. But I’m going to be rocking myself waiting through the delays. I need my K-drama crack. I hope my J-dramas aren’t going to be hijacked too!

    Who cares about a world war staged through various gymnasts every 4 years when I can get drama crack. Give me my drama crack *now*.

    AGD… was going to resume that… but now I don’t know… I might catch up too fast.

  36. 36 nabithoj

    What??!!! I thought they would finish airing Gentleman before the Olympics!!! Curse you Olympics!!! Why??

  37. 37 panshel

    If there were no preemptions, I am going to be too busy watching the Olympics anyways to keep up with new episodes. So win-win… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. 38 Yue

    I was really looking forward to Ghost finale. This is like torture for me, they can’t just giveth and then take it away. I’m already biting my nails with the intensity of the drama as it coming close to its end. As for Gastikal, it’s another form of evil after they give us THAT kind of hope every week. I feel like I could go crazy. So NOT cool ๐Ÿ™

  39. 39 Arhazivory


    Well, at least I get one per week. *sniffles*

  40. 40 asianromance

    The only drama I’m watching up there is AGD and while it’s enjoyable, it’s not cracktastic enough for me to go into drama withdrawal. That drama should really have been 16 episodes long if they were going to shaft a bunch of the characters by giving them little development (like Meahri. Felt sorry for her the first 10 times she cried and whined, but after that, I just wanted to smack her in the face and give her something to really cry about.)

    I guess I can use that time to catch up on Ghost and Harvest Villa.

    I can’t wait for Arang and the Magistrate and Faith. About time for some good sageuk.

  41. 41 dewaanifordrama

    “They make a patch for everything now, right? Whereโ€™s my patch for my drama addiction? *rocks back and forth* Itโ€™s going to be okayโ€ฆ Itโ€™s going to be okayโ€ฆ”

    Bust out laughing, but then started weeping – I need my Gaksital fix!!! One episode is not enough! T_T

  42. 42 crazedlu


    i guess one is better than none. i MIGHT make it out of this tunnel.

  43. 43 Lilly

    Sad news for TBY.
    A start before A&M might have helped them some and now they will be smashed flat I suppose.

  44. 44 Noooooo



    And finale delays ๐Ÿ™

    I’m going to be cranky thor the next few weeks.

  45. 45 wanderlust


  46. 46 Stardust

    NOOOOOOOOO….. Olympics starts on Friday!! Why don’t we get our 2 eps THIS week?! AAARRRGGHH….. WAAAAAEEEEE….

    ok I got that out of my system… Thanks for updates Girlfriday!

    • 46.1 Airyn

      They’re probably airing some Olympics specials or something. :S

  47. 47 Lise

    Eeehhh…my reaction in Kwang Soo speak whenever RM members take the piss!
    Excuse the little brains i have left but what’s a wed/thurs airing got to do with a Friday opening ceremony???

  48. 48 Trina

    At least, I can get caught up of A Gentleman’s Dignity since I have not watching it a while and check out other dramas before the new kdramas start… =)

  49. 49 Airyn

    Imagine what happens if we get another Shunji aiming a gun at Kang-to cliffhanger in tomorrow’s episode and we have to wait A WEEK to find out what happens! “Gaksital will never forgive youuuuuuuu!” *cue image of Joo Won, Tae-woong and Su-geun giggling like mad little boys*

    And it’s worse if the writers think up a new and much better cliffhanger. Although…wait, that’s actually GOOD. LOL.

  50. 50 ReY

    are these dramas being delayed THIS week? or NEXT week?
    since its only said that the finales are pushed, I was kinda expecting that we still got the usual dose this week (especially Ghost) >.<

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