Drama Casting & News
King of Dramas confirms extension
by | December 17, 2012 | 82 Comments

Finally! I’ve been waiting on confirmation of the King of Dramas extension ever since SBS suggested that it was likely to happen, but things were oddly quiet over the past couple weeks. The silence was particularly noticeable because its successor drama Yawang has been swinging into production mode, and all reports were keeping its premiere date carefully vague. My suspicious brain thought suspiciously that it must be because the extension was up in the air.

So I presume SBS was trying to hammer out the exact number of episodes by which to extend King of Dramas. After suggesting that they wanted four more, they have instead settled upon two. Thanks be! If we must have an extension, the smaller the better, I say. This means that the show, which was originally going to have 16 episodes, will now end with 18.

I’m still half-convinced that this extension is more about Yawang than about King of Dramas, since the ratings aren’t that great despite the general praise for the show. (Caveat: Those are totally just my suspicions, based on gut feeling and a reading of the facts at hand, which are admittedly incomplete.) At the very least, that production now has a little more breathing room as it awaits its January premiere.

I’d say overall, this isn’t such bad news. With just one extra week and not two, I can see the show pulling out some last-minute drama-related drama and still keeping the tone brisk and light. I’d feared that a whole four additional episodes might kill momentum and diminish the fun spirit. And this is a series that’s best when it’s being cheeky and quick-paced, since it’s not really about whether the show will succeed or our characters will prevailβ€”because I’m pretty sure they will. It’s not the kind of drama to throw a huge curveball or tragic twist in at the last minute, so an upbeat ending is, imo, a foregone conclusion. All I want is to enjoy all the time between now and then.

Via Osen


82 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. dee

    I never be the first so I want to try it, once!

    • 1.1 dee

      haha… okay, what should I comment? Ohh.. right, I remember.
      I’m just curious if this extension will be mentioned in the drama. Probably when Anthony’s drama is becoming a hit, or not at all, but must extend because of the upcoming drama.

      • 1.1.1 Kiki

        I’m hoping they work the extension in as a storyline about the drama of working in an extension. I’m not just hoping, I’m counting on it. They better do it. DO IT.

        • jademwong

          Took the words right out of my mind! First thing I thought of when I read this article was: AH. How awesome would it be if they worked the extension in the drama itself?

          I hope this doesn’t cause the drama to lag or anything. Fingers crossed!

    • 1.2 Ivoire

      Like JB, I had also been waiting to find out if the extension would happen or not. Thank you JB for letting us know.

  2. Ace

    Yay! I’m in favor of the 2-episde extension.

    Liking much the Hyun-min and Minah scenes. Definitely ALL of Hyun-min’s scenes are the best for me. Siwon and his character just cracks me up. I definitely don’t like Min-ah when she’s playing the ex but when she competes with Hyun-min at being childish, I like her a lot.

    Go-eun’s scenes are great too. I can’t choose my fave between this character of Jung Ryeo-won’s or the one she played in Salaryman. She’s just so cute!

  3. nonski

    of all the extensions, this one’s welcome! i love KOD!

  4. rainbow

    Yay…now we’ll be able to see more Anthony, more Go-eun and more Kang hyun min πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • 4.1 nyss

      high five for that! yay for more craziness! lets just hope they still stick for craziness tho! πŸ˜€

      • 4.1.1 rainbow


  5. DayDreamer

    I’m glad it’s only extended by two episodes. That’s probably enough to do a Morning in KyungSyung (sp?) extension meta too.

    • 5.1 KimYoonmi

      Gyeongsang (경상)

      That would be in the revised version of Korean, which is the Korean government standard and also a whole lot more clear than Yale or McCune as to what the sounds actually are. (And I liked revised on the principle that it wasn’t white people trying to impose standards on foreigners what their language sounds like)

      γ„±-g/k (g at the beginning, throat g though)
      γ…•-yeo–γ…“- is eo (a blending of eh and o mouth held like eh and oh sound produced.) extra line makes it y sound added to the vowel.
      γ…‡- ng at the end.
      γ……- s (there is no sh in Korean…. no matter how many times people try to insert it because of Japanese influence… usually the h is added so it doesn’t look like “sin” which isn’t pronounced the same anyway due to the short i.)
      ㅏ- ah
      γ…‡- ng sound at the end.

      So Gyeongsang, which is a real place, BTW.

      Gyeong sang there.

      • 5.1.1 KimYoonmi

        * on the native people

      • 5.1.2 DayDreamer

        Thank you, KimYoomni. And I’m really sorry for bad spelling and pronunciation. I really have a lot of trouble remembering the proper spellings and all. I also googled the name and saw that it was what Seoul was called before.

        I noticed that there are variant spellings (particularly interchanging the ‘k’ and ‘g’ with each other, ie, Eun-ki vs. Eun-gi) but I assume from what you wrote, it’s just the pronunciation.

      • 5.1.3 my2cents

        As an end-user of the Revised Romanization of Korean, I find it quite helpful for the Spanish-speaking part of my brain, but rather frustrating for the English-speaking part. I’m of the opinion that for a transliteration system to really work, it needs to be the product of a collaboration between native speakers and non-native speakers.

        • Lang

          Just forgo the romanization, and learn the Korean Hangul, you could probably learn it one weekend, and then slowly get more familiar with it through out the course of 3 months, by 4 months, you should be reading hangul pretty well.

          Also, hangul is very logical, and is awesome!! I’m learning it right now, and I’m already able to recognize certain words.

          • Liliana

            Oh! I would love to learn it. I have a niece that is half Korean ( half Colombian) and she’s learning Spanish really well thanks to all of us who speak it. Unfortunately my Bro in law doesn’t speak Korean well enough but we would love to teach her and also learn ourselves…what do you recommend our steps should be?? Thanks for any tips!

          • Nippon

            VERY OFF TOPIC but I couldn’t find the thread where you mentioned your blog. I read there that you also comment on Japanese dramas and living in Japan, I have been trying to find a blog dedicated to Japanese dramas as DB is to Korean dramas. If its not against the rules here at DB, could you let me know the link to your site? I would google it but I don’t even know what to look for.

            Oh…. And a loooong time lurker for years. Started DB during coffee prince and this is the second time I’m commenting. Thanks Dramabeans for the years of fun.

          • Nippon

            Oops. Replied to the wrong person. So sorry about that. I’ll stop spamming the board now with my replies.

      • 5.1.4 pereleal1

        Isn’t the name κ²½μ„± (Gyeongseong), the name of Seoul during Japanese colonial rule?

  6. Farpavilions

    Awesome. She’s just so charmingly fresh and fun and I am now absolutely convinced there is no role Kim Myung Min can’t play because I did not think he could play hot ahjussi until the last episode and I stand corrected. (More accurately, I sat at my computer, slack-jawed, and grinning from ear to ear.)

  7. canxi

    I also read that episode 18 is a special episode and so it’s actually just a one episode extension–which seems even better. Either way, I also agree the smaller the better and this is pretty good news that’s it’s not four.

    1) I can’t wait that long for the show to finish. I will die.


    2) I also don’t want four more episodes to make what seems like an awesome show drag, just for the sake of another show.

    • 7.1 DayDreamer

      I personally think that extensions should be treated as aftermath episodes (particularly when the storyline was originally written for less or it’s difficult to manage extra) so if they’re planning one of the two episodes as a special, then that’s just awesome. Like if dramas show struggle between OTP getting together and the drama receives an extension, then they should use that extension to show a glimpse into the blissful lives of the OTP living happily together and all that mushy goodness.

      • 7.1.1 Mystisith

        Is there someone who see things differently? *Pervert mode*. ^^

        • DayDreamer

          Haha, I’m not sure what you mean (don’t want to assume things here!) but I just like to see the point when the OTP gets together and be happy after going through so many tears to get together. πŸ™‚ Kinda like a payoff to viewers too.

          • Mystisith

            Your imagination is surely not enough to handle what’s crossing my mind. πŸ™‚
            That show is inspiring on so many levels…

          • DayDreamer

            I’ll never know what my imagination could or could not handle unless you try me. πŸ™‚ So go on and share away.

        • mamapanda

          me! me! hehehehe… how about some more lovey dovey time by all married Anthony and Go Eun? with lovely house, kids, she still writing and he’s back to business bog time and become a drama magnate like Aaron Spelling? that would be AWSUM!!!!

      • 7.1.2 canxi

        I’m starting to think that writers should just start planning ahead for extensions,lol. Like have a couple extra scenarios that will fit into the narrative but yet still be fine without it, just in case. So when people want extensions, you can be all AHA! I was prepared for this! ‘Cause I think the biggest problem with extensions is that much of the time there is literally nothing to do, and so momentum slows down because there are so and so additional episodes until the intended ending with writers just trying to lengthen out the already written story.

        • DayDreamer

          Totally agree with you. Extensions ought to be pre-planned at least. However, reality doesn’t seem to work that way because (from what I’ve read on this site), pre-production dramas don’t seem to work out and that when live shoots and fast changes to scripts start happening, then the pre-planned extensions seem like a moot point, right?

          • canxi

            True. I was just thinking about little notes that the writer would have laying around during the course of the drama that could happen and not a full on pre-production but I get what you mean. It might get confusing when you change certain things because of whatever reason.

  8. rynea

    I’m just happy that it won’t air in the same time as Flower Boy Next Door next year. Well, I can handle just two episodes in the same air time as FBND, it’s just that I’d rather choke than have to choose between the two. Not that I’d really watch these real-time, it’s just that I don’t want the two to compete.

    • 8.1 rynea

      Oh, is that picture a scene from the drama? Will they be locked up somewhere where they can talk their hearts out or just become closer eventually? OOhh! I’ll really watch out for that.

      • 8.1.1 Chickletta

        yes, not really locked … but can’t escape anywhere. ep. 13. Heart to heart (literally, too) is beautiful and it’s already subbed on dramacrazy

  9. Nallali

    Which reminds me of May Queen. I mean the drama was heavily based on a birth secret from the very beginning but with the 6 eps extension the best they could come up with was yet another birth secret…involving the same person! Weird!
    As for KOD, am not complaining as long as HM keeps being his ridiculously hilarious self!

  10. 10 mary

    They can use the extra episodes to flesh out Siwon and Min-ah’s story. πŸ™‚

    • 10.1 DayDreamer

      That would be nice too. This is the first time, I’m also invested in a possible secondary characters’ romance. They seem cute together.

  11. 11 katiamon

    This is great news! the extension might kill the momentum of the plot but i’ll hope for the best, this end of the year season is proving me wrong in several cases (CA: terrible advertising but awesome plot development / IMY: catched my interest but is turning into a bummer)… so i wanna be wrong again dramagods!

  12. 12 befuddled

    Yay! I actually got myself a mug with “I am Anthony, mere alcohol cannot defeat me” written on it. Hee hee hee.

    • 12.1 canxi

      Will you post picture when it comes??? 8D It sounds fantastic.

    • 12.2 DayDreamer

      LOL!! I agree, do take a picture of this to show us. πŸ™‚

  13. 13 Lovebug

    JRW has awesome hair.

  14. 14 Mystisith

    β™«Me happyβ™«.
    That’s all! πŸ™‚

    • 14.1 Mystisith

      Oh. I forgot one thing: What about doing a special which would show the King of Dramas mania abroad?

    • 14.2 Nippon

      Mistisith, I posted the below message up thread thinking it would reply under your name but it ended up under another’s name. Not a regular poster I am.

      VERY OFF TOPIC but I couldn’t find the thread where you mentioned your blog. I read there that you also comment on Japanese dramas and living in Japan, I have been trying to find a blog dedicated to Japanese dramas as DB is to Korean dramas. If its not against the rules here at DB, could you let me know the link to your site? I would google it but I don’t even know what to look for.

      Oh…. And a loooong time lurker for years. Started DB during coffee prince and this is the second time I’m commenting. Thanks Dramabeans for the years of fun.

      • 14.2.1 Mystisith

        Hello Nippon!
        If you click on the names highlighted in orange here, you land directly on the blog of the commenters of dramabeans (my site is mystisith.com btw). And if you want to find me it’s not difficult: I use the same name wherever I go.
        Hope to see you soon, have a nice day. ^^

        • Nippon

          So that’s how it works. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the info!!! Ok. I’m off to check out out your site. Have a great day too.

  15. 15 Lizzy4e

    Yes yes yes yes YES!!!! um yes. Merry Christmas to me!

    Think the two lead actresses are both beautiful and talented.

    Think KMM is a juggernaut. what must it be like to exude that kind of force and power? Does it use up energy? Must he recharge after releasing that much energy in a scene? These are questions I have.

    And Siwon, that scene stealing rubber-faced imp, had no idea that he was this fun to watch.

  16. 16 girlatsea

    Omg an extension?? And I just realized Can We Get Married? still has a a couple of weeks left since it’s 20 episodes (?)

    And I’m obsessed with School 2013. Don’t know how I ended up watching three M/T dramas but no W/TH dramas. And then Alice in Cheongdam-dong during the weekend. I haven’t watched this many dramas in a while. And I love them all. It’s kind of overwhelming haha

  17. 17 nakai

    I’m not sure why they extend KOD. But I doubt it was because Yawang. I think they had time before the supposed airing date.

  18. 18 JO

    All this talk of extensions reminds me that King of Dramas will end soon. I wish King of Dramas just lived forever. Like Friends (the show)! Lolboohoohoo…..:'(
    I just love Kim Myung Min in this show super much. I also like how none of the second characters are dragging the show down, which is GREAT. Basically, the cast works. It’s not perfect, but it definitely works.

    • 18.1 nakai

      Luckily an extension was annouced. I wanted to fly to Korea and grab his legs not wanting to let him go. Ahaha..Ok bad joke.

      • 18.1.1 Arawn

        I would grab something else!

        Ok, even worse joke…

        • Mystisith

          This thread is going RAWR! I like it!

        • pipit

          I want a grab too! And I’m not joking!

  19. 19 Mommai

    2 episodes sounds like a nice amount, certainly better than 4! Though it does seem to be cutting it a little close, what with tonight and tomorrow’s episodes already done and not many left, it might be a little difficult to make the extension smooth?

  20. 20 Sajen

    crud, well maybe this gives them a chance to make the romance go somewhere, cause right now it looks like it’s going to be stuck in the budding stage at the end.

  21. 21 Saima


  22. 22 mjfan

    Is this pic from the next episode ???
    thank god that we will have more Anthony , more Go eun and more Hyun min , thats enough for me ….

  23. 23 nareeratty

    Yeah!!! Great news! A little more romance between Anthony and Go Eun and it’ll be perfect. πŸ™‚

  24. 24 jomo

    This is absolutely the first time I am HAPPY there is an extension.
    They don’t need actual plot thingies to make more episodes. Just do scenes with:
    HM and Anthony fighting
    HM and MA fighting
    HM and GE fighting
    HM and his manager fighting
    HM outtakes of every scene in the pretend drama
    GE fantasies of Anthony, and then, for fun, a dream of HM trying to seduce her, and failing.

    I love HM. Fighting!

    • 24.1 reeen

      totally agree. so happy about this 2 episode extension. I don’t think it’s going to suck any fun out of the show, it’s just time for even more fun and sweet Anthony – Go Eun scenes. Can’t wait!

  25. 25 dbfan

    awesome news!

  26. 26 ninji

    First I just wanted to scream noooooooooo. But now I don’t know. Just meh, I guess. Hope they don’t drag it out more – but they probably will. Oh well, two is not four at least.

  27. 27 Nicole hihi

    Well I’m glad they had actually decided to extend it. Anyways, better than no extra eps right? I’m curious to how the relationship of lee go eun and Anthony Kim/ Kim bong dal go… Fighting!!!

  28. 28 Arhazivory

    I’m happy. πŸ˜€ KOD <3

  29. 29 Laeah

    I’m so happy! Seemed like the beginning of the drama was paced too slow for a 16 episode drama so I think time will be good so things aren’t so rushed toward the end. πŸ™‚ More Anthony! More Go Eun! More Fun!

  30. 30 tapioca pearl

    Wouldn’t it be great and super-meta if the last- minute problem in the extra episodes had to do with extending “Morning in Kyungsung” and scrambling to find material for the finale? I could just imagine it!

  31. 31 crazykel

    I finally caught up on this drama and I love it!! I’m glad for the extension; I want to see more of HM as I possibly can.

  32. 32 KoD

    Yeah! This is the best news ever!!! Though I would really really miss the whole team.. pls let KoD be a sweet memory for us.. thanks for the hard work guys. !! ;D

  33. 33 Kstylick

    This is good news. I am looking forward to the story’s ending but at the same time I’m dreading it. I will miss them if they had their last final episode. So this is a good announcement.

  34. 34 rearwindow

    I’m actually really happy about this, and wouldn’t have been opposed to them adding 4 episodes, to be honest. I marathoned up to episode 12 this weekend and am totally head over heels for this show. I feel like there’s still so much ground to cover! The drama (within a drama) just started airing! What about the ratings wars, troubles with the live-shoot system (which were touched upon in episode 1 but can certainly be mined more), actor illnesses, etc.! And, of course, the beautifully natural development of the OTP.

  35. 35 Bu Young


  36. 36 Hooliah

    So happy to hear this! King of Dramas certainly is not the best drama I’ve ever watched and it’s super episodic, but it is still one of my very favorites now. It’s so funny and well-acted and directed and I love all of the characters so much. I don’t ever want to say goodbye to the World Production family.

  37. 37 grey


    Actually i don’t want to see this drama come to the end. Watching them all really makes me happy hahaha..

    KoD hwaiting!

  38. 38 twelvejan

    I am loading episode 13, and thanking my lucky stars for the extension. =D

    Till we meet again to spazz over ep 13!

  39. 39 jangerr

    Awesome! I’ll love to have 4-episode extension but 2 is better than none! πŸ™‚

  40. 40 bluets

    Daebak! Good news indeed!!!!!!!
    Everyone in THE KING OF DRAMAS, thanks a zillion for your hard work!

  41. 41 Liza

    Sorry, a little off-topic

    My routine is that I watch the subtitled episodes then I read the recaps only then do I get the whole picture as sometimes the subtitles are problematic.

    Where are episodes 13/14 recap I cannot find it, what am I doing wrong?

    • 41.1 greentinted60smind

      You are not doing anything wrong πŸ™‚

      I’m looking forward to the ep13/14 recaps as well.

      Maybe HeadsNo2, who does the recaps, is on vacation…

      • 41.1.1 lizza

        whew, thank you. for a quick second I thought that I was in the twilight zone.
        I am getting so accustom to reading the recaps. this is good, wean me off them. going forward if I read them its okay, I don’t, I will not go looking

        Happy Holidays, All.
        Above all, A Healthy New Year.

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