King of Dramas in extension talks
Oh no. I feel terribly conflicted about this: SBS is reportedly negotiating a four-episode extension for its Monday-Tuesday King of Dramas, and things are looking likely that it will happen.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the drama, which makes me laugh out loud and feel just so durned good — it’s good-natured without being insipid, funny without being slapstick, and I love that. And it’s still early enough (kind of) to write in the extension — plus, with dramaland as its source material, there is PLENTY to draw from. And reference. And mock to hilarious effect.
It’s just… you know. Extensions. They never do a drama good, do they? At best, they don’t do any harm, but it’s never an improvement. So let’s just say I’d prefer the show stayed on its 16-episode course, rather than upping the count to 20.
It’s curious that the show should entertain extension talks, given that it’s not doing well in the ratings. It’s not a complete bomb, but it is taking up the rear of Monday-Tuesday shows with numbers in the 7% range — so, it’s more like the mania dramas Anthony’s so keen on avoiding, since he’s all about the smash hits, the thirty-percenters, the daebaks.
Whenever an extension seems puzzling, I always turn my attention to the show slated to follow it, since it’s possible the next show needs the time more than the current one does. In this case SBS has the 24-episode Yawang / Queen of Ambition planned for the January slot, which sounds like a straight melo and stars Kwon Sang-woo and Su Ae. Hm, that’s a show we haven’t heard very much of at all; could it be they’re running behind?
In any case, a rep from one of the actor’s camps said, “We still have to consult with the production company, but there’s no problem schedule-wise so we are considering the extension positively.”
Well, let’s look at this glass-half-full: More episodes means more meta, more feel-good relationship moments, more tongue-in-cheek jabs at the industry, more Anthony, more faaaabulous fur-lined three-piece suits. It’s not all bad news.
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