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SBS cuts Feel-Good Day, accelerates Modern Farmer

Aw, it’s sad news for those (admittedly few) of us who are watching the SBS weekend family drama Feel-Good Day; the drama is being cut down from its originally planned 50 episodes to 44 in total. The broadcaster claims that the cut is due to scheduling conflicts during the Asia Games, which are preempting many weekend variety shows and dramas alike. But that feels like only half the story, since we all know full well that if the show were bringing in stellar ratings, the network would find a way to make room for the extra weeks.

Shows — especially those that underperform in the ratings — get slashed all the time, but it’s a harsher blow for Feel-Good Day, which was the first drama that SBS touted as an example of its makjang-free policy. It’s a delightfully angst-free family drama starring Lee Sang-woo and Park Se-young, about a strong single mom who raises her three daughters and even finds romance for herself in middle age. It is, as the title suggests, a feel-good show that often feels more like a warm happy sitcom because of its focus on the everyday mishaps of two households.

But the show premiered to meager 8.8% ratings, and has since dipped down to the 4-5% range (whereas its competitor Jang Bori Is Here over at MBC is steadily topping 30%, for instance). For numbers alone, it’s not hard to see why SBS doesn’t want to keep it on the air for more weeks than planned. And to be fair, it’s much better treatment than a show like JTBC’s Wild Chives and Soybean Soup (aka Jang Gook Becomes Dallae) got when it was slashed in half for failing to reach 1% ratings on cable. But as the first marquee makjang-free drama for SBS, it’s more of a letdown in a larger sense for the future of programming, because already the rumblings are afoot: Why do makjang dramas get extensions while “nice” dramas get the axe? Is this the end of makjang-free dramas?

I suppose the conundrum of popular curse-at-your-screen soapy makjang dramas is an ongoing problem SBS will have to unravel if it’s going to stick to its guns on the matter. On the upside, SBS’s next weekend drama is Modern Farmer, which will be more upbeat, feel-good fare. The 20-episode miniseries stars Lee Hong-ki, Park Min-woo, Lee Shi-un, and Kim Jae-hyun as members of a rock band that get transplanted to the sticks, for fish-out-of-water hijinks.

The show’s first teaser is more like a meta commercial, in which idol rocker Lee Hong-ki is presented with the script for Modern Farmer. He pitches a diva hissy fit that he’s a Big Star and can’t be shooting crappy old-fashioned homestead dramas in the boonies, and then the PDs are all, “Eh, forget him! What, is he the only band leader around? Let’s get Rose Motel!” LOL. If he’s willing to make fun of himself from the get-go, I think I’m going to like him in this drama.

Feel-Good Day now ends October 5 (and we’d BETTER get satisfactory resolutions, or ELSE), and that moves Modern Farmer’s premiere up to October 11.

Via Newsen, Osen, TV Report, Hankooki

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Can't wait to watch Modern Farmers, I'm sure it would be full of hijinks. ;)

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Me too!!! Especially happy to see Park Min-Woo get a lead role. He's had great comedic timing in the secondary roles I've seen him in.

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i'll certainly give it a try...

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
I love this drama!!!!!!
It has such a nice warm family feel to it!!!!!
Whyyyyy SBS WHYYYYYY

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I'm watching and liking FGD. But I'm not sad to see it cut by 6 eps. In its final stretch, the show is dealing w the romance of the mom and the hotel owner. Nice as that arc is, it doesn't make me care, bcos it has never made known why of all women available to him, he just loves this one.

Wild Chives truly deserved to be cut in half. It got extremely boring, not to mention the adult parts didn't match the childhood ones.

Excited about Modern Farmers--it definitely sounds makjang free.

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Hear, hear on the Wild Chives young vs adult actors bit. I find Nam Goong Min very silly there. Annoyed me so much that he's now affecting my enjoyment of My Secret Hotel! :-D

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kinda sad when a role in 1 drama is so bad that it affects another one

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You guys speak the truth. I too was a fan of Feel-Good Day, and even went around praising it, several times. But, I noticed that I haven't really been watching the recent episodes.

Yes, it's good to have makjang free dramas, but it in this case, I think the mistake was making it 50 episodes. At most it should have been 36 or even 24 episodes. There just isn't enough story to tell about these two families.

The two leads got together really quickly, and for the last 20+ episodes, there isn't enough tension to carry the story. The other family members stories aren't captivating enough.

Lee Sang Woo is sure having some bad luck choosing successful projects. So many of his recent dramas have been mostly misses.

Regarding Wild Chives, well that drama is a great example for how casting can make or break a drama. Once, the drama switched to the adult actors, it just became a really bad drama. Nam Goong Min was miscast in the role, and for that matter, so was the lead. It just didn't have the same feel, and it was no surprise that viewers abandoned the drama in droves.

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I am very sad about the cut of Feel Good Day/Glorious Day because I really like the families but more because I loved the concept. I think the show has been slow at times for unknown reasons. By that I mean there is plenty of story (or stories) that could be told, but the pacing of those stories do not work as well as they could. I also think it isn't really as "feel good" as the title suggests; I am often in tears because of the grandmother's story line, for example. However, my real concern is whether or not the network will allow more shows like this to give writers more experience with developing plot arcs without makjang elements.

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Jangbori (and Kim Ji-hoon) FTW!!!!! And Moony. Never forget Moony

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Do you think I forgot Moony? Could I? Will I? NEVER!!!

Glorious Day is what I watch afterward to help my blood pressure go down after watching Jang Bori otherwise known as The Laws of Moony.

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FGD/GD was good in the beginning, when it was in the process of introducing all the chars. But once LSW & PSY's chars got married, things slow down.
There are certain main plot pts that don't make the most sense, e.g. why grandma has to live apart.
Kim Mi Sook is a beautiful woman, even at her age. When a young man pursued her in A Good Day for the Wind to Blow (2010), I didn't question it. Perhaps it's the big loose tops and messy hair style that she is wearing thru out, she seems to have lesser allure than 4 years ago. I wish they'd give us reason to believe in the hotel owner's determined pursuit. Also, I can't see why a woman of that calibre could have been married to that weasel of a husband and had 3 daughters w him! IMO 44 eps are enough.

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I put "Spoilers" between the angle brackets. Don't know why the word disappeared while the brackets remained.

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And this is what I mean by pacing and stories left untold. They have the basis for really interesting plot and character development, but leave a bunch of that on the table. It would make an interesting story to understand who she was all those years ago that made her fall for and have three children with that low-life and fairly stupid ex-husband but turn into this very smart and determined woman who raised three very kind and capable daughters on her own. If we really got to know her, we would probably also understand better why the uncle falls so hard for her. Another story line that they could have really worked with is the storyline with the step brother. They started going down that road at the first wedding, but then really did not do much or anything with that. I find it frustrating because there is a lot of groundwork for potentially really interesting development that is left hanging in the air.

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I hadn't seen Feel Good Day but I'm sorry to hear about a good show cut short. I am however very impatient for the silly fun I'm expecting from Modern Farmer. Bring on the fluff!

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Awwwww I feel bad I haven't watched Feel good day ....... But on the upside I'm definitely looking forward to Modern farmer its look hilariously insane

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Btw those pics are ridiculously cute I can't waiiittttttt

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OMG it's whatshisname from reply1997!!! :DDDDD

The one who worked as social worker and piggybacked the granny with the shorted out light bulb! ^____^

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Thank you I knew I knew him from somewhere

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OMGGGG YESSS now I recognize him! He was sweet during that scene you mentioned. Thanks. ^^

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Right, the only member of the gang who didn't get a love interest throughout the drama.

Poor guy :(.

I thought he was great in AM97, and hopefully he does well here.

Looking forward to this for him and Lee Hong-Ki who I heard was pretty great in Bride of the Century.

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Bummer. I liked this show a lot. Ratings are king of course & I kinda understand. On the other hand, even if the puppies in Modern Farmer look very cute, musical dramas are rarely big hits either... Good luck to them and to us.

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Guys please do something....i'm not able to switch to mobile version!!!!!

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I'm on my phone too and since yesterday the mobile version is unavailable. Patience...

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Wasn't watching (saw 15 min and decided to come back later) but I like Park Se-young so I'm sad for her sake. I can't see this being a sustainable plot for 20 episodes but if there's a lot of funny meta then maybe. At least for Lee Shi-un.

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Thé makjang free drama?? Well those ratings are terrible I feel bad for LSW and PSY. On the upside this a chance for them to star in short series yaay!

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Well, this not good news for Feel Good Day or the future of makjang-free shows. I have been steadily watching it and like the characters and the two story lines regarding Parkinson's and Dyslexia. Sorry to see that everyday stuff does not seem to be popular. Back to chaebol and candy/cinderella and melo-craziness.

I do want to see Modern Farmer, but not at the expense of slashing FGD.

I am going to miss that cast of characters, especially Seo Jae Woo who is a big gooey good guy with the best smile (thank you Lee Sang Woo!)

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Big disappointment... we loved "Feel Good Day", thought it was the BEST ever drama on this planet. No real evil people except for the annoying 50-ish daughter, and all the other characters are soooo likable. Guess we don't have the same taste as others. Were sooo disappointed when they cut "Wild Chives and Soybean Soup", granted the adults-version weren't as interesting to watch. But Feel Good Day never had a dull moment... always entertaining and always enjoyable to watch and very realistic, except for the annoying 50-ish daughter, is she for real?

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I know, I really love that show too for all those reasons, although I totally agree about the SJW's mom, she is a total nightmare!

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Excited to see Lee Hong-Ki in another drama again. Big fan of Bride of the Century.

This year, I'm 2/2 with the premature cancellation (reduced episode count) of weekend dramas JTBC's Wild Chives and Soybean Soup (aka Jang Gook Becomes Dallae) and SBS's Feel-Good Day.

For the most part I've enjoyed Feel-Good Day. Minus the mother Kim Shin-Ae and the writer Moon Hee-Jung's dogged determination to pair Seo In-Woo with the fiancée.

Not surprised after watching episode 40 this past week. I delayed watching episode 41.

Hopefully this isn't the end of makjang-free dramas because there is room for them in kdramaland.

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I haven't been watching Feel Good Day, but have been watching Jang Bori Is Here. For weeks upon end I have been entertained by the sociopath Yeon Min-jung (lie, threaten, act the victim, repeat) as she uses and abuses everyone around her, including the titular heroine (who has finally gotten up the nerve to not take it any more, along with her new husband).

And maybe that's one aspect of the appeal of that show...unlike other villains who are just evil, or tortured, or angry/seeking revenge, Min-jung is clearly a sociopath.

But the drama is clearly showing signs of age; the plot is wearing really thin, the scenes mostly look obviously staged, etc.

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Oh no. Lee Yoori plays the villain here? My mom loves her. She never likes villain characters.

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Min-Jung, or Cruella de MinJung as I like to call her, is one of the best female villains I have seen in years. And her clothes are to die for. I hate her because she is so horrible, but there are times that I admire her because she is so good at being bad. I mean this character has taken lying and deception to new heights and she truly believes that she is justified in everything she does. I hope they keep her mean through the end and do not try some "Two Sisters"-type redemption for her. And this is not just because I think she deserves a LOT of punishment but because I think it would be a cop out for such a great character.

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I just checked the previous SBS weekend dramas from the same timeslot and they didn't do that well in the ratings either. How sad.

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You know I actually don't find a problem with makjang- so I'm not entirely sure why it's banned. I mean sure, it can get a bit insane, but the heart pounding intensity o makjangs made me fall in love with dramas in the first place

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Also I could never get into weekend dramas. How do people do it? 2 episodes per week for 50 episodes! I can't. I cannot do it. I have no such patient especially if I get hooked. I can't stand the wait.

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Unlike weekday shows, weekend dramas usually don't have big cliff hangers. You watch them lazy-hazy over weekends when there is no heart pounding drama to watch. ;)

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Nooooo this drama is so good! I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't watched it yet. It's not slow for a 50-episode drama and every new episode was like a breath of fresh air with no crazy plot twist or evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil characters. This drama is such an enjoyable watch and Park Se Young and Lee Sang Woo are so adorable together. I hope they end this drama on a good note because pretty much every character here deserves a happy ending.

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aaaaah so sad ;_; Feel Good Day a.k.a. Glorious Day should get more attention.

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oh my! why did the site of those cabbages at the end of the clip pretty much convince me to watch Farmer?

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LOL! The cabbages were my favorite part too!!

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there's something wonderful about cabbages...

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makes me like the tone of the show already!

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Oh, Lee Hong-ki, how I adore thee. Hehe. But seriously, I'd completely forgotten about Modern Farmer until this post. I'm looking forward to it!

Too bad about Feel-Good Day. I've not been watching it, but it's really sad that dramas devoid of makjang angst get the axe when dramas with a makjang overload don't. It just proves that the human race is full of masochists. In the best possible way, of course.

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Aww, a Feel Sad Day for all the FGD peeps. There are plenty of other dramas to watch, so I can't complain too much, but FGD is like comfort food to me-- I've grown fond of these characters and I'll miss them. And yes, there's a certain sweet, smiley, sexy someone that I'll miss most of all. :D

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Park Min-Woo as a hardcore rocker? ::sporfle:: I'm sorry, I don't think I can suspend my disbelief that far. Look at him, trying to throw horns with that enormous grin on his face (::laughs::) - it's like a middle-schooler trying to be a badass.

Plus, he's so adorably baby-faced it's ridiculous. ::pinches his lil' baby cheeks::

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Cute pics of the new F4. (or Cabbage Patch Kids since they are stuck in the outer boonies)
Love Lee Hong Ki in Bride of the Century and Park Min Woo! Looks like a funny show!

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When you say "farmer" I say anything but Min-woo and Hong-ki.

Min-woo's dreds, oh that's not him. Nevermind.

Cabbages.

Sure, I'm in.

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I've been faithfully watching Glorious Day and, honestly, I'm actually fine with it being cut down. It's at a point where there's really only 1 big reveal left and that can be handled easily in 1 episode. For makjang-free series, it did tend to drag on a little much, IMO. Some scenarios could have been handled better to improve the storytelling.

Jan Bori is actually - FINALLY - good! I love, love, LOVE Mr. Moon Ji Sang. Whenever he interacts with his psychotic ex-girlfriend, it's drama gold! I hope to see him as lead in other dramas soon.

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I can watch Hong Ki all day just being silly. Add Honey Lee to the mix for some talented eye candy for us guys and it's hard to resist. Meta and fish out of water hijinks seems awesome as long as it's done right.

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Wow that makjang free family drama sounds like what I THOUGHT these sort of dramas would be like. I can't stomach most of them because there are so many mean characters and ridiculous drama. There at least should be a mix of feel good makjang free dramas and the usual formula we see. I hope SBS doesn't give up. Please give us variety!

Anyway I'll definitely be checking out Feel Good Day and maybe Modern Farmer. I really like Lee-Hong Ki after seeing his instagram. A little shallow I know but I like how carefree, fun and open he is with his fans. He doesn't focus on looking as cool and good looking as possible all the time.

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Wow. That is SUCH a shame. I admit, I've been saving the show to marathon because I simply don't have the time right now, but I really thought it would be doing better because it's delightful. And I certainly don't want them to change their new policy!

That said, I'm super stoked about Modern Farmer. That trailer is awesome! And I just adore both Lee Hong-ki and Park Min-woo :) The premise alone makes me feel like we won't be in for makjang and hopefully it will draw in veiwers more than it's predecessor.

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Yeah, the makjang-free policy's on shaky ground. In July, they started a new morning drama ("Cheongdamdong Scandal") that still seems to brim with makjang to the max. And it's currently topping the daytime ratings, with 13-15%.

Although, there's a thin sliver of hope in the evening daily "I Only Want to Love," because it's currently beating MBC's "Make a Wish" (MBC is Makjang Broadcasting Channel) in the ratings by a small margin. But, again, both are dumped by KBS2's 20% hit, "Cuckoo Nest," although to be fair, it's not a direct competitor (SBS/MBC soaps air at 7:20-8:00; KBS2 at 7:50-8:30).

As for "Modern Farmer":

"The show’s first teaser is more like a meta commercial, in which idol rocker Lee Hong-ki is presented with the script for Modern Farmer. He pitches a diva hissy fit that he’s a Big Star and can’t be shooting crappy old-fashioned homestead dramas in the boonies..."

I almost thought this meant LHK's character will be doing a drama-within-the-drama that's a parody of KBS's "Hometown Over the Hill." Haha.

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I don't know what happen to the casts of the rock band of Modern Farmer, but the youngest is not Kim Jaehyun right ? he is Kwak Dongyeon, one of FNC's young actor..

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That's too bad about Feel Good Day, although I couldn't get into it when I checked it out.

On the bright side, REALLY excited for Modern Farmer. It sounds like it will be really funny and cute and drama land can always use more of that.

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Awwww I love Feel Good Day! It's actually the first weekend drama I have ever stuck with, all the others I have even bothered with I have skipped the last third and watched the end, but this one is sweet, and heartwarming and different. I'll be happy if at least they wrap everything up, but I feel badly for the cast :(

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Nooooo.. I love Feel Good Day, it is actually fun, fresh, upbeat and all the family members actually have nice story for each of them. The writer really did a great job planning the story.
On the other hand, cant wait for Modern Farmer to premiere as well, really hope that its going to be a nice drama to watch.

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I want to see Park Min Woo in some good dramas. I didn't realize Modern Farmer was only 20 episodes... Not too bad.

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This drama started out beautifully, without the makjang. It was warm, sane truly depicting the struggle of a single mother.

However, whether it was due to ratings or whatever, the story had gotten bogged down with the character of Sin Ae. Every episodes was revolving around this unappealing, whiny, bratty character that was supposed to be an adult daughter, wife and mother.

At this point, a cut in episodes will just mean we have to see less of that character. Hurray!

I had such great expectations for this drama. It was a welcome and refreshing change.

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Completely agree with everything you said!!

I, too, had high hopes for this drama -- and I liked it at the beginning.

I dropped it like a hot potato once she got all whiney, biatchy and just plain out annoyed the crap outta me episode after episode...I couldn't stand to continue watching it because out of sheer annoyance that she might pop back up in a scene. It's really unfortunate because I really, really wanted to stick with it, because you're absolutely right...it was refreshing to see a makjang-free weekender.

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I am sad to read this. They had me with Park Se-Young and then I learn that Jung Man-sik gets a romantic role, I'm completely sold. Plus, Kim Hyung-kyu (Inwoo) has been a real discovery to me, one to look out for.

Since I'm able, I watch both Jang Bori and Glorious Day and for me, they are a perfect compliments: eye-rolling, entertaining makjang and pleasant, almost soothing comedy-drama.

On the other hand, if it really were about preemptions, better they do this and wrap up tightly than plod along like dear, sweet High School Love On, which at this rate will finally wrap up sometime in 2016.

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Such a pity. Now I'm almost sure my poor In Woo will end up with that dimwit spoilt princess... Why? Why? Whyyyyyyyyy?

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I've enjoyed watching FGD until the last few weeks. But having said that I went into it knowing it was makjang free. When the histrionics started that's when I stopped enjoying it.

That's why as a viewer it's even more disappointing that the ratings are so low. That means that the future for such shows are dim. It's such a huge pity as I truly do not enjoy makjang dramas.

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My weekends are for Jang Bori and Mama (best drama out there)....Dropped Glorious Day and predicted it would be cut short but expected that to happen earlier.....

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Park seyoung....hurry up and get into another drama...love you

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I can live with the drama being cut but that's a little soon, given the games this week that means they will wrap the show up in 3 episodes.

A lt of the week end drama's would fare better with less episodes. So when doing this type maybe making it 32 episodes would allow it to do better in the ratings.

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After watching Feel Good Day for 43 weeks, SBS did it a disservice by cutting the episodes down and condensing the story. I watch Korean programming because I respect the stories and the culture. Don't allow programming to become too much like "America" - disrespectful of their elders, or of each other for that matter.

Does anyone know where I can get the entire series (with english subtitles) so I can get the entire series the way it was meant to be presented? Thank you.

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