Upcoming tvN period drama Basketball is set in a turbulent time in Korea’s history—Japan’s occupation in the 1940s, the independence movement, the division of the two Koreas—and while the era is fascinating, it’s true that we don’t see much of those years depicted in dramaland. So it’s actually smart planning, in my opinion, for tvN to schedule in a preceding special broadcast in advance of Basketball’s premiere to help fill in the gaps about what the time was like before we jump into the drama proper.
This broadcast isn’t the same thing as Answer Me 1994′s Episode 0—that special was an introduction to the characters and relationships of that show. Rather, this one’s a documentary programmed specially for (prospective) viewers of Basketball, to help ground the world the show is set in and to set the stage for the historical events going on at the time. I am a BIG FAN of this idea.
It’s a smart move given that ratings tend to swing toward the easy-to-watch dramas, and a lot of the densely packed narrative shows find it hard to gain traction in the ratings game. This will be a crowded timeslot (up against rom-com Mi-rae’s Choice, quirky drama Suspicious Housekeeper, and large-scale sageuk Empress Ki) so I don’t expect Basketball to command huge ratings even for a cable show, but this edition of Drama Cliffs Notes is still a welcome addition.
The Basketball documentary will air on Monday, October 14. Basketball will premiere the following week, on October 21.
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