Ouch, it’s never good news when a drama’s episode count gets cut. MBC has announced that it’ll be shortening the run for current Wednesday-Thursday drama A New Leaf from 18 episodes down to 16 total. The network cited its own preemptions as the cause, first for a World Cup send-off game, and then again the following week for elections, saying that it forced the production to end a full week past its set end date.
That in and of itself can’t be a reason to cut a show that isn’t tanking in the ratings, but it turns out that the drama’s star Kim Myung-min is due on the set of his Detective K sequel by the end of June, making it impossible to shoot Leaf for more than 16 episodes on the current schedule. Damn preemptions. They’re screwing with my Kim Myung-min time!
The drama is admittedly slow plotwise, and I often end an hour of viewing wondering, What even happened in this episode? But I really enjoy the characters and find the lawyering to be rather engaging. Granted, had the show been written with half an ounce of urgency, these conflicts might have landed better with audiences and given the network a reason to do something about causing their own stupid scheduling conflict.
A New Leaf lost ground to Golden Cross and has settled in the 7-8% range in last place on Wednesdays and Thursdays, while Golden Cross started out at 5% and climbed upward to over 10% in recent weeks, gaining an extra push from competitors’ preemptions. You’re All Surrounded remains in first place, but it’s holding onto that lead by a sliver of a margin. Suffice it to say, the mid-week dramas aren’t pulling in strong numbers all around.
At this point the decision has already been made to cut A New Leaf, so all we can hope for is a strong ending that wraps up the story in a satisfying way. If you leave me hanging, I’ll never forgive you, MBC. This also means Fated to Love You will air a week earlier, which puts the premiere on July 2.
- Election preemptions for Wednesday dramas
- MBC preempts Wednesday’s episode of A New Leaf
- A New Leaf: Episode 1
- Kim Myung-min turns courtroom shark for A New Leaf
- Stills from the courtroom (and wedding hall) in A New Leaf
- Jin Yi-han joins the cast of MBC’s A New Leaf
- Kim Myung-min dresses to impress for A New Leaf
- Park Min-young to play Kim Myung-min’s leading lady
- Kim Sang-joong faces off with Kim Myung-min in A New Leaf
- Kim Myung-min considers A New Leaf