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Dae Jang Geum 2 loses its spot in fall lineup
by | June 11, 2014 | 23 Comments

Unsurprisingly, pre-production has fizzled in the wake of Lee Young-ae turning down the lead role in Dae Jang Geum 2, which means that the spot MBC had carved out for it this fall is back up for grabs. Stepping into the gap is a new series from the School 2013 writer Lee Hyun-joo and the Time of Dog and Wolf PD Kim Jin-min, tentatively titled Lawless World.

If you look back on MBC’s history with Dae Jang Geum 2, you’ll see that they were dead-set on a Fall 2014 launch, and even sacrificed other shows to make way for it. (Namely the blockbuster sageuk Unprecedented, which lost its timeslot and got pushed indefinitely—I wonder if its writer felt (or actually was) bullied into dropping that drama to do Dae Jang Geum 2 instead, and if she’s now full of rage or schadenfreude. Maybe both?) It’s a shame, but nothing we didn’t see coming from a mile away. If only the broadcasters didn’t insist on preserving their blind spot.

Even so, MBC hasn’t entirely thrown in the towel regarding its much-hoped-for sequel, and says that despite postponing Dae Jang Geum 2’s premiere indefinitely, it’s still leaving open the possibility for a later airing.

No descriptions have been released yet about Lawless World, which has begun the casting process. I speculate that with a title like that it’s probably on the darker, more action-oriented side, but we’ll have to wait and see. On the writing front, I’m tentatively optimistic: School 2013 was a drama that, despite some plotting flaws, was moving in its depiction of everyday problems. The writer got started in the biz after winning an open scriptwriting contest in 2008 and her drama specials have been praised for their sensitive writing, and the PD has some solid action and/or thriller dramas on his resumé (La Dolce Vita, Shin Don, God of War), so for starters the team seems promising.

Lawless World will follow Triangle and Records of a Night Watchmen, making it a Monday-Tuesday drama to premiere in October.

Via TV Report, Osen


23 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Tee

    Darn when I saw the school 2013 picture I thought a new school was going to come out, but I’m still hopefully one will come out one day

  2. coffeenlucia

    I wasn’t expecting this at all! (sarcastic laugh)

    • 2.1 pastmidnite

      (Laughing with you)

  3. Chiaki

    This is just stupid. I just lost the bit of interest I had.

  4. Kiara

    I’d say its partly her fault she got screwed with Unprecedented. Tree With Deep Roots was a success and quality drama. I don’t get why she went back to MBC.

    • 4.1 Fab

      Me is thinking they have deceived her a lot over at MBC Fools. Big production, Lee Young ae… nothin’ is real sadly.

    • 4.2 kellie

      I thought the switch had something to do with KBS getting a jump on the ‘Unprecedented’ writers on the Jeong Do-jeon material. Kim Yeong-hyeon was probably more willing to consider DJG2 when that happened. The KBS drama turned out to be successful tool, which would’ve made it all the harder to do a competing version.

  5. Fab

    You don’t say?

  6. John

    Thanks JB

    I ‘m curious as to who keeps the flame of Dae Jang Geum 2 alive. Is it an individual or a gang of executives? I can only imagine some of the eye rolls that have to happen when this idea is pitched again for the umpteenth time.

    You know some poor schlub is thinking, ” not again “.

    • 6.1 mary

      Maybe there’s an executive over there who loves Dae Jang Geum as much as I love Song Jae Rim.


      And he won’t listen to anything else!

      O___O Scary, isn’t it?

  7. Muenchabench

    Oh MBC, you funny

  8. Miky

    Can’t they just let it go already!they should know for now that even if they will make it ahppen it will just be a failiure with all the omen that this project brought,read the signs MBC
    on other level SONG JAE RIM will play in a tvN drama The Mermaid!

  9. Rou

    Really MBC, stop trying to hold on to good memories. Try making new hits instead!

  10. 10 Chandler

    The only thing I got out of this: WAIT. I have to wait until Triangle is over before Records of a Night Watchman comes on?! Booooooo.

    Oh. And I’m also tentatively excited for Lawless World! A very promising team there 🙂

  11. 11 bronte.

    Ah, man… I’m still kind of bitter about Unprecedented. Stupid MBC. But I did really love School 2013 so maybe (hopefully) Lawless World will be good enough to make me forget about all of this hullabaloo.

    • 11.1 sparks

      I heard another reason for the pushing back of unprecedented was because han suk kyu is busy with other projects this year, and mbc seems hell bent on casting him. i dunno.

  12. 12 kanz

    So MBC is not fixed on DJG2 for the meantime. But how about the casting for DJG2?
    Anyway Lawless World seems interesting, I love School 2013.

  13. 13 Elfie

    The name ‘Lawless World’ kinda gives me a Cruel City vibe.

  14. 14 Lotus_Blossom

    Lol, I am on team schadenfruede. Please MBC, stop raging against the dying of the DJG2. Let it go gently into that good night.

  15. 15 RyeBlossom

    Maybe they should let it go already. Years of talking and trying and announcing and nothing.

    Maybe it wasn’t meant to be.

    Maybe someone should tell them to let it go.
    Wait! Scratch that.
    *SOMEONE* should tell them to let it go.

  16. 16 RyeBlossom

    ***At this point, seeing any “news” about the non-production of this not-going-to-happen sequel, makes me giggle. A crazy that-thing-again giggle.***

    Is this a prank?!

  17. 17 earthna30

    Still waiting for Unprecedented. Seriously, just give it to ussss

  18. 18 Akshay

    LYA had a lion’s share in the success of DJG’s success internationally! Without her i don’t think i will watch the DJG2 even if it happens

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