Eep! The live-shoot drama system strikes again. New Monday-Tuesday ratings leader The Chaser has been enjoying quite the run, starting as a critically-acclaimed underdog and rising to first place, eventually adding two episodes to its slate (one extra episode plus a special). But just as soon as the extension was finalized, there was an emergency on set.
Series writer Park Kyung-soo collapsed in the middle of writing the script for Episode 15 of the series, which if you can believe it–aired today. The production announced that they would be canceling the one-episode extension for the writer’s health, and will be airing two specials next week instead. But the question remains: What about tomorrow’s finale? He had planned a three-episode arc to wrap things up, but now they have to be crammed into one remaining episode. And is he even able to write? I know the show is tense, but that turned out to be nothing compared to the behind-the-scenes drama.
This is Park’s first big production as head writer, after being a junior writer on Song Ji-nah projects KAIST and Legend. So he’s got both pedigree and buzz, since The Chaser is kicking ass in the ratings and had a strong following from the start. (It premiered to stellar reviews as a dark, taut conspiracy thriller.) It’s just too bad that he worked himself into the ground. Who knows, perhaps the show will fare better to end with 16 episodes like it was originally intended. Let’s just hope it (and the crew) comes out in one piece.
The finale airs tomorrow on SBS, and two specials will air next week.
Via Joy News
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