Looks like the accidents were serious after all, because KBS’s weekend sageuk drama King’s Dream has announced that it will be taking two weeks off the air. Leading actress Park Joo-mi, playing the role of Queen Seon-deok, is still not well enough from her car crash, sustained on October 23; she’s been instructed by her doctors to continue her rest. And considering that she’s got a rather important role, the drama isn’t able to work around her absence and needs to take time off.
KBS’s head of drama programming assured that Park Joo-mi would not be leaving the drama permanently, to put potential speculation to rest. She plans to return to the set at the end of the month.
That means the drama will not air from November 10 through 18, and in its place KBS will be showing various specials. This weekend, the timeslot will broadcast two documentaries; it’s not yet decided what will pinch-hit for next weekend’s episodes.
It’s not the solution the production was likely hoping for, but aside from waiting for miraculous recoveries it’s probably for the best. We’ve had so many instances where accidents and injuries are brushed aside in the name of making the live-shoot; while it takes a pretty serious circumstance to force a rest, at least in this case they’ll be taking one. I know, I know, that silver lining is pretty thin. But better thin than absent.
Via Yonhap News