javabeans: WHAT. Kim Hyun-joong is quitting City Conquest? Whoa. But… that… not… compute.
girlfriday: And yet, I’m more surprised that there’s a City Conquest still around for him to quit.
javabeans: First off, how the hell is that show not done filming yet?
girlfriday: I thought they stopped filming altogether.
javabeans: It’s just been languishing forever.
girlfriday: I don’t understand the order of events. Did he quit first, or did it fail yet again to get a slot and then he quit?
javabeans: I wonder if it’s a matter of it planning to resume filming “later,” and now there’s no later. I know KBS rejected it, but you’d think that a drama produced by an outside company would still chug along without a broadcaster, because if anything it could sell it later as long as there was a finished product to sell.
girlfriday: It’s been cropping up in the headlines every so often, trying to get a time slot somewhere, so it might be that they were shooting with hopes that next time they’d get one, and next time, and next time… and at some point, say when cable refuses to take you, you call it quits.
javabeans: Or you get innovative. Sell to Japan first, like Full House Take 2. Umm… okay maybe bad example. Or go online, or DVD, or something. But to just quit NOW, halfway through, leaving nothing to show for it?
girlfriday: Yeah this way it’s guaranteed zero return. I suppose if it’s an action drama though, it may have been too expensive to continue pouring money into a production that keeps getting rejected.
javabeans: I’m wondering how bad it must be that it couldn’t get anyone to buy it. Broadcast is understandable given the fierce competition, but there are so many cable stations. Not just the big ones like OCN and tvN, but there are tons of smaller offshoots, like SBS Plus and MBC Every1 and Dramanet.
girlfriday: Seriously. And it doesn’t even need to be all kinds of flashy to get a slot, even on the Big 3 anyway. We watch entire dramas with crap production values all the time.
javabeans: If Full House 2 could sell abroad, how in the world did a Kim Hyun-joong vehicle not sell to Japan, or China, or Taiwan?
girlfriday: The only answer is that the pilot sucks. Whatever it is that they’re shopping around at networks must be SO BAD that it trumps all that starpower money potential or something.
javabeans: And from the star’s standpoint, it must be bad enough that his commitment could wane. It’s his name on the line, so to give up on it? Eeek. (Apparently his management and producers are in the process of contract dissolution.)
girlfriday: Dude, can’t you just see him getting sued over this? That would suck. To put your name on something that doesn’t see the light of day and get screwed in the process?
javabeans: I don’t think he will, because reports are that Jung Yumi is also negotiating a contract exit. It could be that the project just took so long that they’re legally in the clear. I’m just speculating that, of course, but there’s usually a time clause in there.
girlfriday: Well she’s already onto a new drama, so there’s no going back for her.
javabeans: And he’s got his overseas tours to keep him busy.
girlfriday: Guess they’ll have to leave the city conquering to someone else.
javabeans: Buh-bye, City Conquest. I’d say we’ll miss ya, but you can’t miss what you never had.