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Misaeng spawns parody drama on tvN

javabeans: I can’t believe this is a real thing. I know tvN really really (like, REALLY) loves Misaeng (read: loves the fame and $$$ brought in by Misaeng) and wants to do anything it can to extend its lifespan, but is a parody series really necessary?

girlfriday: Basically Misaeng is their only cash cow all year long, and they know it.

javabeans: Milk milk milk that cow. I could understand pressuring the producers for more episodes (which were refused) and then tacking on two “special episode” broadcasts, but a parody that’s based purely on a pun title?

girlfriday: Now they’re really reaching.

javabeans: The parody drama will be titled… drumroll… Misaeng-mul, which is the word for microorganism. The pun doesn’t translate well, but it doesn’t really mean anything deep in Korean either. I honestly just think the station wants any reason to extend Misaeng’s glory.

girlfriday: I understand that the network wants something, since the producers put their foot down about not doing an extension (thank goodness), because PD Kim Won-seok is shooting and editing everything himself. I figured the two-episode special was their way of squeezing what ad dollars they could at the very end, but now it’s going to be the drama that never ends.

javabeans: It’s getting a little out of hand, don’t you think? I mean, yes, Misaeng is fabulous! We love it! But there comes a point when you have to let something go. Is tvN just that desperate?

girlfriday: Yeah they are. I mean, we lived through 2014. If Liar Game and Misaeng hadn’t come along at the end of the year, I think their drama department meeting would’ve gone very differently, don’t you?

javabeans: Well, they would’ve had to stop mocking the Big Three for sucking, that’s for sure. They like to do that a lot. (I mean, I don’t disagree that a lot of their shows are better, but every time I see an article that says something like “Broadcast shows’ embarrassing defeat against cable” I think somebody at tvN fed the press the story with backhanded compliments all prepared to go.)

girlfriday: That’s gotta be someone’s job at every network, I’d wager. The truth is, the ratings were embarrassing for EVERYONE this year, with plenty of shame to spread around to all.

javabeans: I suppose we should be relieved(?) that Misaeng-mul will only be a two-episode dealio, but that kind of seems like praising somebody for breaking only one dish instead of all ten. All we know is that the lead will be played by a former idol, Jang Soo-won of a group called J-Walk that I’ve never heard of. Is he going to be a microbiologist? Because even if the name’s just a joke, it should make sense, no?

girlfriday: I think you’re asking for a lot from a parody driven entirely by a punny title.

javabeans: Can it be all about the cutthroat backstabbing culture at a microbiology lab, centering around Research Team 3 and their new intern hire?

girlfriday: Well now you’re making me want to watch that drama.

javabeans: It’s all fun and games until the SNL sketch goes on too long. Two hours too long.

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They should have made a two-episode special about a "Missing" Geu-rae.

And it's nothing but cuts of their 2014 dramas cobbled into a semi-story with Geu-rae popping up randomly in the background.

Hey, it can double as their awards show! Didn't they promise us an awards event that also got shelved? >___<

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I can't understand. Misaeng is good as is tvN, just leave it alone.

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'xactly.

Don't mess with Misaeng!!!

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Aw, NO. I don't want TvN to start messing with their really good shows like this. Thank Goodness they refused to do the extension. Misaeng is such a well-crafted show - I would hate it for it to lose momentum because of one.

Just say no to being like the big three, TvN. Just say no. You can't make fun of them and then turn around and do the same things. Just...be cool.

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You know the show is a success when it inspires people to parody it.

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I think we know Misaeng is a success even without a parody of it.

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Only if the parody is done by others.

Like Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" performed by Walk off the Earth. Or "Waiting for Godot" by the Monster Theatre...

TvN is just milking it.

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I don't really understand how the Korean drama model works and makes money. One of the reasons we have multiseason dramas in the US is because once you have a hit, it's very lucrative in terms of advertising dollars and syndication. In the korean model, even if you have a hit early on in a run of 16 or 20 episodes, you only have a few weeks to milk that for high advertising dollars before you have to start all over again.

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I think the reason Koreans can't do multi-season or sequals is that original casts are not available once show hits big. It seems that once they make it big in a show, they go off to do their own thing to make the best of it (for more fame and money). I think the company just don't let them. For example, TW-drama and J-drama for 'Boys over Flowers' had sequals, even movies. But in Korea, they went off to do other things. Only when show is not a big hit, sequal was possible like 'God's quiz' or 'Vampire prosecutor'.

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I think how Korean shows are funded has more to do with why shows are single season than cast availability. Because you have to have a lot of the budget upfront planning multiple seasons doesn't work. also, a lot of viewers really like getting a complete story in one season.

You mentioned Boys Over Flowers having more than one season in Japan and Taiwan. The Taiwan one to me is an example of why multiple seasons suck- they went completely away from the source material and it basically has nothing to do with the first season. And in the Japanese ones, since Japanese shows are much shorts, the two seasons of the TV show basically cover what the 1 season of the Korean show included.

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There were lots of typos in there, so instead of explaining what each word was supposed to be I'm just gonna assume you get the idea.

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Yeah it does seem that way. But I guess they keep it this way because many people have short attention spans, as witnessed with the poor performance of the one-episode-a-week format. Also, many of the shows only have enough plot for one season, and some have less than that.

So to switch to a multi-seasonal format isn't the best thing for the types of dramas being shown. Only a few dramas have enough plot for another season. And I kinda like the one season format for reasons already highlighted by JB and GF. Also, many American TV shows shouldn't have so many seasons.

Yeah they're popular and that can be milked for a while, but then things start to make less and less sense...I'm side-eyeing Lost and Heroes here lol. But overall, I think the format works for them, save for the live-shooting system. That's what I wish they'd move away from.

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Well, Korea isn't big on procedurals/crime shows or anything that can be extended beyond one season. It's very different to US tv, or even Japanese tv where they have a formula they can milk for seasons.

I thought dramas mostly made $$$ out of PPL and ad revenue in the past, but now they seem to moving more towards making dramas for the sole purpose of exporting them to Japan or China. That's why we get so many Japanese drama remakes.

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The multi-season has a lot to do with genre and writing. You cannot do a multi-season romance plot, and the large majority of K-dramas are romance stories. In the US, there are almost no romance series (there are series with romance subplots, but that's a totally different thing).
It's easy to have multiple seasons for an episodic series (mostly crime stuff), for character centric ones (Breaking Bad), or for epic plots (say, Game of Thrones). But K-drama doesn't do these.

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Wasn't Marriage, Not Dating (a tvN drama) also commercially successful? I would argue that it was a better drama than the Korean version of Liar Game.

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Well, it did better than "Liar Game" rating-wise, but still not really great. I'm not sure what tvn needs for a show to be "commercially successful" though.

(And, I agree, MND is vastly superior to LG in terms of quality.)

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HAHAHA I kind of want this to happen just to see how they would portray a research lab cuz I've been in one and they can be pretty cutthroat what with years of experimentation not working and the hierarchy from P. I.'s down to volunteers.

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"Can it be all about the cutthroat backstabbing culture at a microbiology lab, centering around Research Team 3 and their new intern hire?"

Wait a second, I know this plot. Because I wrote that script 15 years ago when my then-girlfriend did her PhD at a research institute and brought home all those incredibly soap-isch episodes about politics and betrayal ...

I probably still have that one flying around ... tvn, if you read this, just call me ;)

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TvN, stahppppp!! Justtt STAHHPPPPPPPP!!

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Well I don't mind too much, if the two episodes are good and funny. Then again they just want to get as much money as possible I suppose.

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They can't be that desperate... I bet there are plenty of other good web series they can translate to television.

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Javabeans, surely you kinda remember this song at all?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPPsahfeT6w

While not a standout in the k-pop world, I remember J-Walk for this one song.

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I'm pretty sure that Jang Su-won was originally from Sechs Kies before forming J-Walk. (But I might be wrong, considering how both javabeans and girlfriday seem to be unfamiliar with him.)

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I don't care for the parody. I would much rather see them putting attention and energy to creating a second season that followed the original's intent and quality. If that means I have to wait a year so be it. The plot threads are not so many or complicated that we can't easily pick it back up months from now. Perhaps with enough lead time, they can secure the cast again. That is my wish, at least.

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And i'm just crying in a corner for no season 2 of three musketeers while misaeng get a parody version :( !

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I know, right? I wish they'd focus on a season 2 of Liar Game or The Three Musketeers instead of stretching out one (admittedly awesome) show that has pretty limited source material anyway.

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Overdosed

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To me the pun is more like 'Missing you' since I had no idea what the title meant until it was paired with Incomplete Life. I guess TVN's life is incomplete without Misaeng. However if the pun eps. take place in a lab it might be fun.

I usually like TVN's dramas, however I'm still upset about the shortening of 'Surplus Princess' and the trashing of two more seasons of the 'Three Musketeers'. I hope they don't start moving away from original, creative dramas to cash cows. I think integrity ought to count for something.

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"It’s all fun and games until the SNL sketch goes on too long."

You guys always crack me up. Still laughing at that line.

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I think the SBS also did this in Master Sun and Heirs last year.

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Did they? All I remember is that they released a lot of bts videos and that gagshow (sp?) parodied them...

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I just read it but didn't watch it. ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Miracle_(2013_film)

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Oh right! I remember hearing about that last year but I forgot about it. You're right about that.

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Emergency Couple was another cash cow with good ratings that had specials but it ended in April.

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Na PD should kidnap all the interns of Misaeng and drop them off to some far away land. Misaeng Over Flowers!

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Seconded!

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Now THAT's a spin-off I'd watch!!

Didn't Na PD move to tvN? (well, CJ E&M, anyway?) What's he waiting for?!

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i would rather watch bts or bloopers.. i know they do have bts documentary but there's no subs. would be nice to see one hour of bts of misaeng. the other hour, well, you could use that for the parody, if that's what make tvn happy.. just don't compromise on yhe quality of misaeng's next season.

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Since TvN is a cable network, what kind of ratings does it need for a show to "succeed"? In the US the big hits on cable have tiny audiences compared to anything on the networks. Misaeng's ratings have been pretty amazing for something on cable, but can they expect many cable shows to hit those numbers?

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As far as I know, getting 1% is a success, 3% is a hit and anything over 5% is a mega hit. I've only seen the Answer Me 1997 and 1994 as reaching mega hit status (aside from Misaeng of course).

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So technically their dramas always succeed, very few of them score below 1%. It seems to e that they want to make the network bigger than it is, so they'll do anything for the cash flow.

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Well, I honestly couldn't care less as long as they're not tampering with the actual show. In fact, if they want to earn money off of Misaeng's success, so be it. Them being happy about how much Misaeng brings in means they're more likely to invest the time and energy to make season 2 happen.

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"Well, I honestly couldn’t care less as long as they’re not tampering with the actual show. "

100% agreed and I don't really see the big deal about it. I won't bother watching this and I bet alot of SK'S might skip it too. They can make all the parodies they want and milk the cow, just keep the quality of the show untouched! I'd be more surprised if they didn't milk this somehow because Misaeng seems to be a ratings, critical and cultural hit in SK.

Also, I want to HUG the producers for not giving into an extension. It makes me have serious faith in them.

I love the show so much. It's just on a whole other level compared to 99.9% of kdramas.

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They also had Emergency Couple at the beginning of 2014....and some of their other dramas like Gapdongi and Marriage Not Dating did ok, got 2-3 % ratings which is decent for cable. Especially when broadcast dramas dont get even 10 percent. If 3 musketeers was 2 episodes a week I am sure it would have done better too. But tvn better not spoil Misaeng!

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Heh. Hope it's a sageuk parody. Just like I said earlier on other thread - transport all the characters to Joseon era, and what do you get?

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J-Walk. HHAHAHAHA. I CANT WITH THESE NAMES

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what about my TTM season 2?
i'm still sobbing in the corner

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What nonsense....if they can pull a stupid move like this why not get three musketeers for season 2???

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My respect for TvN is going down lately. It's so sad to see how money-driven the channel is. I know, let's be honest, which channel is not money-driven? haha But they don't have to be so blunt and disagreeable about it. It's too disappointing to see what they resort to to cash in a few more wons. Really, TvN?

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Not impressed at tvN's antics towards the end of this year.

At this rate, the quality will drop even before they have a chance to have their first awards ceremony.

Or the awards categories will be stuff like "Best Drama That Didn't Get Cut Mid-Season", and "Best Misaeng Spin-Off" (if they keep milking that cow...).

It's making me nervous for Let's Eat S2.

I'd still vote tvN as my top channel of the 2014, purely because it did give me Misaeng, but I'm wondering if someone took over the restaurant and changed the chef?

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At least they allowed us to experienced a different kind of drama we have been fed all year, and it was a breath of fresh air. If it was crap drama and yet there still extending the episodes then we have reason to be disappointed.

And i prefer shorter seasons, american shows tend to drag or drift away when they go multiseasonal. At least Korean broadcasting companies know that Cinderella stories or candy eye drama are not that the only one attract viewers.

Heres hoping they make more story driven dramas like misaeng.

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I'm conflicted. I love this show so much and I think this kind of story can have multiple seasons.
I'm surprised you don't know J-Walk, they both used to be on Sechkies (with Jiwon,my ulitimate favorite hot/cute uncle)

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