After a few weeks of maybes and We’re negotiating and rumors, weekend shows Dr. Jin and A Gentleman’s Dignity have both come out with official stances on the state of their futures: Dr. Jin will be getting its hoped-for extension after all, while weekend ratings winner A Gentleman’s Dignity will wrap without any additional installments.
It seems a bit counterintuitive, since SBS has been raking in 20%+ ratings with zippy, light-hearted rom-com A Gentleman’s Dignity, which is by far the more buzzed-about hit show between the two. You’d think they’d be more primed for prolonging the high numbers. But according to SBS CP Kang Shin-ho, it will end with Episode 20 as planned. He cited actor schedules as a hindrance, adding that while the upcoming London Olympics broadcast schedule will likely result in a pre-emption for the show, there won’t be any other adjustments to its length.
Managers from AM Entertainment, reps for series stars Jang Dong-gun and Kim Haneul, confirmed the same report and went so far as to say they’d never even discussed the possibility of an extension.
On the other hand, MBC is keen to keep Dr. Jin going, even though the show is stuck in low-teens ratings and has been getting some flak for its poor direction, despite an intrinsically interesting story about the modern doctor trapped in the past, messing with Fate by changing the course of history as he continually saves people he really shouldn’t. Maybe Dr. Jin’s genius is more the savant type, where he excels at his profession and lacks a very basic understanding of common sense.
Dr. Jin faces the same issue of an Olympic broadcast schedule conflict, but has decided not to pre-empt and will screen back-to-back episodes to keep on schedule. Originally planned for 20 episodes, the series will now end with 22.
On one hand, the show is absurd enough that I don’t know that I want any more of it existing, period. I’m still watching along, half-wondering why, though I’m by now in that stage of finishing a lackluster meal just to clean that plate. So I’d really prefer a shorter running time. But on the upside, at least it wasn’t the six-episode extension that was also rumored — now that would’ve been painful. If you’ve got words of encouragement for HeadsNo2, who’s faithfully slogging through the series, this would be a great time to let ’em out! She may need the boost to get through that final week.