Maids plans its comeback, sets broadcast date
It’s been six weeks since Maids abruptly left the air, but the historical drama is finally ready to start making a comeback, according to the latest statement given by a rep for cable station JTBC on the 7th.
The drama put out only one episode before its set burned down and a staffer died in the accident. All of the production’s energies had been spent dealing with the aftermath, so for weeks the producers were candid about not knowing exactly how they would resume production. Returning was always the intention, but there were a number of logistical concerns to contend with, such as having no indoor stages left on which to shoot.
JTBC will start over with the first episode, to air on January 23—and to commemorate the spirit of a fresh start, the episode will be re-edited with the intent of heightening its quality. As the first episode already displayed remarkable production quality (it was pretty cinematic, with a clear directorial flair), that almost doesn’t seem necessary, but I see how it may feel better to do something differently. Shake off the bad juju and all that.
The timeline still seems ambitious to me, because while they have secured a new set location, they’re still in the process of construction. They’ll commence reshoots on January 12, beginning with outdoor scenes only and adding indoor ones as the new sets become available.
A refresher on the plot: Jung Yumi stars as a prickly noblewoman’s daughter who falls from grace when her father is implicated in a plot. Turned into a slave, she struggles with her new status, and heightening the tension is her conflict-ridden interplay with Oh Ji-ho. Quiet and dignified despite being a lowly slave, he saved her when she was a haughty lady, and is the one to deliver her to her new fate. The show promises to explore the upstairs-downstairs dichotomy of Joseon households, and the relationships and clashes that occur when the two sides meet.
Episodes 1 and 2 will kick off on January 23 and 24, after which the drama will proceed in its originally planned schedule as a Friday-Saturday drama with 20 total episodes.
Via Joy News
- Kolorful Palette: Riches to rags [Maids]
- Fire destroys Maids set, kills one staffer
- Jung Yumi’s fall from high society in Maids
- Kim Dong-wook and Lee Yi-kyung join Maids as flower boy noblemen
- Jung Yumi joins Oh Ji-ho in Joseon-era servant drama Maids
- Oh Ji-ho heads back to the Joseon era in late fall