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Ex-Girlfriend Club gets shortened to 12 episodes

Bad news for fans of tvN’s rom-com Ex-Girlfriend Club, which has just been given a big ol’ cutdown from its initially planned 16 episodes down to 12. Official statements cite that the show is being cut “to maintain high quality” of the remaining episodes, but that’s really just doublespeak for “our ratings weren’t good enough.”

I very much dislike this practice of shortening dramas because of low ratings, even though I can certainly understand the reasoning behind cutting your losses when a show isn’t performing. Ex-Girlfriend Club’s numbers have been flagging; after premiering with a 1.16% rating, the latest episodes (7 and 8) drew 0.65% and 0.8%. That’s admittedly disappointing; when a cable drama can’t clear the 1% benchmark these days it’s usually seen as a failure. Especially when Three Meals a Day, airing right afterward, is pulling in 8% ratings, rendering the old “This is a good number for cable!” argument inapplicable.

I used to really appreciate that Korean dramas were usually allowed to finish out their runs even when performing poorly — after all, they’re only set for one season, so why not air everything you paid to produce? I understand why cutting happens, but it’s just a practice that always disappoints me. And I say this recognizing that the show has its flaws; it’s cute and occasionally laugh-out-loud, but the plot is predictable and light. I enjoy it while I’m watching it, but it’s like cotton candy: gone right away, mostly fluff. (Which isn’t an insult — sometimes you need shows like that to unwind with.)

A rep with the production of Ex-Girlfriend Club explained that the drama would speed up the relationship developments between series leads Song Ji-hyo and Byun Yo-han to wrap up in the next four episodes, since the finale date is now June 13. Interestingly, tvN is not pushing up the premiere of Oh My Ghostess, the rom-com set to follow Ex-Girlfriend Club; it has not yet decided how to fill the four-episode gap between the end of one show and the start of the next. I can’t believe they’d rather cut a cute rom-com short and create a blank space than to just let it run through its planned ending. Sigh!

Oh My Ghostess premieres as planned on July 3.

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Am totally enjoying this show! *crying in the corner*

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ME TOOO!!! *huddle up*

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So do I, I have watched the ep 8, multiple times just to see yo Han and ji hyo!! That just pop my bubble of light, funny fri-sat rom com!!

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That was one sweet episode.

I hate this!

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What the hell, tvn! Tho admittedly there's no chemistry between the two leads, it is still a good watch. It is definitely better than Unfortunate Boyfriend, which made its run for 16 eps. I'm so disappointed! This is the 2nd time you did this to me, remember Surplus Princess last year?!

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Same for me! This show is totally my favorite thing right now. I so rarely watch rom-coms all the way through, but this one is such a delight every week! I've fallen in love with all the characters. I was already trying to savor the last weeks, and now it's cut short! Such a bummer. I'll try to comfort myself that at least we'll have less room for noble idiocy, dragged out miscommunications, or distracting issues with the film. And at least I'll have more time for...you know..real life. Sigh. If only real life had more Byun Yo Han, right?

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Can I have one Byun YoHan please?

me too! I love the development in episode 8 and it's definitely entertaining and loveable.. Just felt like someone took a huge chunk out of my favorite and limited edition cake..

I am rewatching and spreading the love of this drama just because I feel like it should be watched by everyone! lol

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Same here. I've already watched the eps multiple times, Ep 8 being my favourite. I know the ratings are low but this drama is so awesome. Its one of my top favourite dramas since KMHM but its getting slashed?! Its like Surplus Princess all over again but so much WORSE. But you know what, I'm rewatching ep 8 in honour of ExGC. I'm not gonna let this bad news get me down. Fighting Ex-Girlfriend Club!

Lesson learnt with tvN: no drama is safe on tvN. Should've gone to JBTC...

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no drama is safe on tvN. Lol.

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Haha not really though.. Other station also cut under performing drama.

The problem is, they keep cutting MY drama. Jang Gook Becomes Dal-rae: Reunion in 12 Years, Surplus Princess, Ex-GFC, Vampire Idol, My Heart Twinkle Twinkle

Did I have a bad taste in drama?

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Nah..it's more like the different in taste brought this up. I'd rather have the drama finished filming before it was aired. This is also the reason I shy away from airing K-Drama..it's fluctuation in rating will be it's ultimatum but gosh even Hyde,Jekyll&Me finished it's run. I just feel like it's not fair when the drama is fun and cute with amazing cast and awesome OTP.

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I really love this drama though!! So fun to watch~~ I can't believe they are shortening it! So sad :(

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I really like this show!!!! :'( why can't they just continue?

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We're saddened too, for we love the chemistry Song Ji-hyo and Byun Yo-han. They're romantically compassionate and cool to each other when acting. Gonna miss you guys!

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dammit, i sooooo enjoy this fluff

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but then i guess that means that we totally skip the angst part? do we now only get the cute?

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Amen to that!

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But I've grown used to the angst parts. If done right- it really wrings your emotions.

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But it didn't seem like the show was aiming to give us much angst. We're just at the point of starting the character development . Ie How the characters will find the courage to move a relationship beyond friendship. (It's very similar to the plotline in Producers.)

So as much as I'd like to find a silver lining, I can't really see one here.

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I for one don't see the show as fluff. Although its exaggerated at times, its closer to reality as opposed to some of the other dramas. It looks at the complexity of relationships and depicts real people with real issues and flaws. I was happy that for once the main lead wasn't a chaebol. I didn't find Byun Yo Han to be a hunk by any means, but as the show progressed I found him quite attractive.

*Sigh* Let's just enjoy this while we can everyone. I'm putting this show as the most underrated of the year.

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true.. the reason I'm loving this drama is how it depicts real life in the most realistic way and SooJin is just a typical girl who isn't involved with some chaebol.

this show is definitely underrated and reigns as my No.1 drama for the year hands down.

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This drama is fun and getting better, so we will say good bye to our puppy Bang Myung Soo next week ㅠㅠ
I wish they won't ruin the ending

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Amen to that too!

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I am completely saddened to hear this news...I just got into this show and marathon the last six episodes...but I kind of see why there ratings may have fallen from the first two episodes...I actually gave up on the show after I watched the first two episode, it just wasn't there...but then I was desperate for another show to follow after FFI ended and I think I read a comment from someone from this site that said, this show has picked up...and I decided to give a second chance and realized it has picked...and it is awesome and very cute...

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Awww, I actually enjoy the show quite a fair bit!!! Can't believe they are doing this :(

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*crying in a corner* why...why...WHY ?????? it's better to let it end the way it was plan then having nothing. *still crying in a corner*

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The drama is fun but I'm glad that it's getting cut so we can skip the angst and we'll get more fluff.

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That's disappointing, it's BYH's first leading drama role.
I was hoping they'd take the time and focus a little more on the background of their relationships, we've only seen Ji Soo's history.
Although I'm two episode behind now...

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Yeah, I think one flaw of this drama is that we only seem to be getting Ji Soo's story. It's almost like BYH is a side character.

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Song ji hyo acting is bad and the drama feels the same every episode

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Sorry you feel that way. SJH's acting was fine to me, and I love the dynamic of all girls. And how many K-drama doesn't feel the same every episode (well, somewhat), yet I still love them.

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Ya i really do love her acting.. i dunno why many people still find to hate her where in fact she's doing great of a character that she potray

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She wasn't that bad, she was decent but still lacking compared to her co-actors.

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Her character very much felt like the character she played in her previous drama – as if just the name was changed and a different male lead was around.

I guess the characters shared certain qualities (lacking self-confidence, looking down on themselves), but really there situations were so different that it made me think SJH's acting is fairly limited. I wish her well, but I don't I'm going to watch any drama she is in anymore because all the ones I've seen didn't work for me and just made me see the same actress acting, more so than the character.

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Sorry you feel that way. I think her acting is quite versatile. I wouldn't have mistaken her Princess Hours character for her Frozen Flower character and ditto for her recent work on tvN.

Soo-Jin in Exes Club doesn't seem to lack self-confidence, except that she isn't pushy about relationships. I like this character so much more than the woman in Emergency Couple.

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To me she is still lacking to be a female lead. She is not uncomfortable to watch like for me watching Goo Hye Sun and Lee yeon hee is reallly a torture but Song ji hyo just felt so flat and dull from her goong days till now. Snoozefest acting

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Wow..

I think if you actually watch the drama and sees the variety of acting she did..I think she is well passed the names you mention. She is SooJin and she isn't some low self esteem person- she's desperate to make the movie work, she worked hard to make people understand and approve the movie, she's passionate to a fault-but she still loves MyeongSoo.

JiHyo did just that.. He character here is way better than EC. I don't know if those who comments about her acting is actually seeing her in all 8 episodes or not.

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I almost didn't watch this one because I disliked Emergency Couple so much. But I think she is fine in this one, probably because she has a much better script to work with.

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@Odessa Jones

Good point. So do I. I couldn't stand her in Emergency Couple where she played a somewhat manic, depressed wife lacking confidence. She's so much nicer here, so different.

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I wouldn't call her a good actor. I still think she's a little awkward when delivering her lines and she's quite dull on the whole really, but I also think people don't give her characters where she can show another dimension to herself. She is portraying roles quite similar to her persona on TV because people like her for that. And when tvN gives roles to her it's very much because of her popularity, and that's why we see little variety in her characters.

However, I do agree that the drama feels the same every episode. I don't see plot developments at all. I don't really get how people can "enjoy" this show, but I accept that different people have different preferences.

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Omg im soooo sad it's one of my favourite shows at the moment mweehh! Hate you tvn!

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it's one of my favorites too. *cry*

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So disappointed. I love this show where i'm excited to watch it every week. So sad that they're cutting it down.

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My sentiment exactly! So so So so disappointed!

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@ L Totally agree with!!

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I'm so disappointed :( This has been the funniest drama I've watch this year by far.

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Poor song ji hyo. Bad luck with her dramas

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I know the show is so easy to watch that it's forgettable but noooooo! Though that means we get less angst, more fluff but I can't believe we gonna say goodbye to Myeong-so and Soo-ji also, the awesome 3 exs aka frenemies so soon. *sad face*

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Also, it was one of few best buddy-turns-actual couple dramas I actually enjoy watching it. *double sad face*

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that is soooo disappointing. Cutting a drama short is completely unacceptable for people enjoying it. thank god, i haven't started watching it though my friends keep telling me that it's fun!!

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Please tvn don't cut at 12 episodes .. it's really amazing drama. I really enjoyed . I'm really disappointed ?????

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In your opinion, everyone, what didn't work for this drama?

As for mine :

- The plot. It doesn't have much consistence, and they made a huge error by focusing only on the main couple so early because it would have been great if we first got more info on each Ex Gf's past, what about Rara??? Too many scenes where we don't know why exactly the GFs are involved, the writing seems to lack inspiration and originality. Like they used all of their tricks and cool moves for 5 episodes... it even started to be repetitive. I'm sure if it benefitted better writing, we could have had more interesting characters (I can't believe how the cat's storyline got simplified, and the end it only served for Soo Jin to have a good reason to reject Myeong Soo.... I don't get why she's not more angry? Her character could have been more than what it is). Also, I can notice how they didn't have much imagination to film their scenes : a café, the cat's bar, Myeong Soo's room, Soo Jin's house.
- Song Ji Hyo's acting is painful to watch. As much as I want to like her... Honestly I don't wanna be mean but somehow I get the feeling compared to the rest of the cast she doesn't make much efforts. Looking at the BTS, indeed Yo Han is the one who's setting the right mood for the right scene... but the result is that it works to a certain extent. Ultimately and esp when she's alone, she is not natural at all. Idk I'm really disappointed.
- The competition but then again, when a drama is really good, it gets praised, it gets the buzz it needs, and no one would dare shortening it.

I think the drama had very good ideas for a romcom (the characters and the movie), a cast that works for the most part even if it didn't have that much material to work with, an amazing ost but.... Everything ended unequally because of the writing, some of the performances...

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I forgot to add at least it made me discover Byun Yo Han, I can't wait for his next projects :)

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I wonder when they decided to cut short the drama? Because watching the last two episodes I felt like the tension had gone and that it already felt like they were close to the end of the drama (even though plot-wise I realize that there is supposed to be angst before the conclusion). The Ji Ya turn of events definitely felt contrived. Must admit that I was already thinking of dropping the drama after the 7th episode.

Agree that more time, more glimpses into the backstories of the exes, woven into the plot, would have improved things. I'm curious about Rara's background, too; she has gotten the least treatment of all the exes.

I'm not entirely sure what to make of Ji Soo's sister and brother-in-law. Why are they there?

And as I mentioned in a comment above, I thought the story would have more focus on Byun Yo Han's character. Instead, the story seems to be more about Ji Soo. I wish they would delve more into Myeong Soo's story, that's for sure.

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Oh, yeah, and everything seemed really rushed. I loved watching episodes 4,5,6 especially, but then... sigh.

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Right? Byun Yo Han's character deserved much more :
more insight, more nuanced approaches about his personal dilemma, etc. I feel like the writing got really lazy.

The brother in law seemed to give great advices, I esp appreciated his scenes at the beginning, but suddenly it's stopped.

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Yes, the writing has certainly felt really lazy. It was more obvious in the beginning episodes, where they pretty much did re-run for the first 4 to 5 minutes of the new episode. However, I'm so, so, so sad...it's fluff but lately I feel like eating junk food as my comfort food...*sigh*

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I totally agree with the script's obvious flaws and BYH's impeccable acting ( and handsome w/o ps face... a bit shallow, I know, lol) but SJH's acting??? She can act hands down and so much more effortless than other actresses -younger or older- who work on one drama after another.
Everything else, from where the scenes are being filmed to the hours they're filmed, has smth to do with the budget cut, imho.
However, the most disturbing fact of them all is that this is the third time in a row tvN uses the-vicious-cancellation-due-to-poor-ratings card. Instead of pulling the plug, they should have organised their production -and the script, above anything else- more thoroughly. What's in the future for us, then? Even cable channels give up on their projects insulting the viewers and our IQ! No good, tvN..! If profit is the ultimate goal (the major 3-way), there's no room enough for more artistic projects...*sigh*

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* correction*
"agree with you on the script's..."

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TvN is fooling themselves if they think it won't affect the viewers. What kind of easy solutions... I feel like I won't trust their new projects anymore because I know they'll sacrifice anything for profits.

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Yeah I'm sort of losing trust in TVN with the way they do this. I'd understand if the drama was 25 or 30 episodes but cutting 16 episode dramas is a bit much.

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For me it´s the comedy. It´s not downright bad or anything, but just not my cup of tea. Whenever they try to be funny on this show, I get turned off, because it´s bit too over the top for me. I almost dropped the show right away (other reason was Myeong-soo´s ambiguous character that had four women doing ridiculous things over him which left me little blank), but I somehow reached the end of ep 2 and then things got interesting. Myeong-soo and Soo-jin are awesome! Apart from the fluff, I´m learning life-lessons here.

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i'm surprised by the number of comments on here, it's unexpectedly popular in the dramabeans community, i guess. i stuck with it till episode 7, and then i decided i couldn't go on.
i think it's mostly the writing? when i first heard the premise, it sounded so interesting to me, but i don't think they executed it quite right. for one, they didn't reveal the exes stories evenly or in an interesting way. they are all pretty much caricatures and the drama and cattiness between them is repetitive and stereotypical and frankly a bit tiring.
lots of the turns in the drama feel so forced and sudden. like episode 7, when myeong soo suddenly gets moody about her being busy and goes off on a trip by himself.
there's beautiful moments of cinematography- mostly when it's just the two of them, or some past memory. but cinematography can't make up for everything. and the rival love interest is also boring.
re song ji hyo's acting: i don't know how to describe it, but it's like it's obvious that she's acting. i do like her chemistry with byun yo-han though. it's a pity, they both deserved better.

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It's so sad that happened
They premiere at the worst timing ever
Go against Producer is so tough
They could reach about 2.5-3% if they didnt have to compete with huge anticipated drama with so many famous stars like Producer
Such a bad luck
I am enjoying this drama a lot :((
Wishing the best to Ji Hyo and Yo Han in their next projects
Yo Han will be in Six Flying Dragons which I am so looking forward to. He will certainly shine as a scene stealer as he always
About Ji Hyo, i hope she will get some rest first and hope to see her in new project in the second half of the year. Hope she wont take those anti comments to heart T.T

I have such a love-hate relationship with TvN
They are able to produce great quality dramas and variety shows.
Since When does rating be so crucial to cables?
What does that make it different to main stream stations?

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Its because the main channel like SBS , MBC , KBS is available for everyoneee . on the other hand , cable TV is not available for everyone ^^

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EGC 20.30 and Producers 21.15, it's different air time.
speaking of Six Flying Dragons, Shin Se Kyung just confirmed, ugh

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I maybe in the minority, I stopped watching Producers mid way in Ep 2!

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FWIW, I did too, but I heard it got very different/possibly better at Ep 3. I may give it another chance.

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I too really considered dropping the show but forced myself to continue cuz of the hype. Ep 3 is much better in my opinion. And from then its more appealing to me. But with that said, on Fridays & Saturdays, ExGC is the drama I wait for. Somehow there is no addictive quality to Producers, at least for me. I went in it for Kim Soo Hyun but I wasn't too impressed with it. Its an okay watch but it won't make my top drama list unfortunately. On the other hand, ExGC is so much fun to watch. Unlike many I actually got into it by ep 2. But I guess the tastes of the Korean population differ. ExGC got pretty positive reviews online.

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Waaaaaah.. That means just 2 more weeks?! Andhweeeee...

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I guess my taste is just different. I'd rather watch ex-girlfriends club that 3 meals,which to me is dull. I've never been one for Korea's version of reality tv--and reality tv in general.

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+1!
For someone who had been watching reality shows where ordinary people were on bizarre "missions", I find this concept even more bizarre!

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Sorry for Byun Yo Han. He is paired with the wrong female lead.

Hopefully we get to see him in something else soon.

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I think its the other way around. As much as I love Byun Yo Han in Misaeng I think it was too soon to be the lead. He doesn't draw that much attention. Just look at Emergency Couple I honestly think Ex-Girlfriend club is better but emergency couple did way better because Choi Jin Hyuk had more fans than Byun Yo Han. Choi Jin Hyuk and Song Jihyo as well as the cute baby save emergency couple. And Song Ji Hyo have lots of RM fans who supports her no matter how bad her drama/role/acting is.

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What the hell?! Who doesn't like this show that they are doing this?! Crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tvn makes good dramas bur since Super Daddy Yool and now this... They are borh crappy.
Song ji hyo should take a moment and practice her acting more.

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Song Ji Hyo and Byun Yo Han have the cutest chemistry !. For me the whole cast has been on point with their characters and this drama was the perfect fix for something light and not over dramatic or having the male lead not be an ass towards the heroine or any other female character in the show *thank god ! we have enough of that in every other k-drama*.
I'm genuinely disappointed that they decided to shorten it and now this makes me extremely wary in wanting to watch a drama cause if it doesn't perform then it'll be cut and I'm not here for that.
I'm going to try and enjoy the last 4 episodes and hope they give Soojin & Myungsoo the ending they deserve.

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I agree with you that they have a very cute chemistry. I must've been too biased or something, cause I find their relationship is really believable. They look like they've been friends through yearssss.

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And that's what people call "great acting". Both actors come from different generations; nevertheless they are able to communicate through their talent on many levels.
However, they're not idols, folks. One big flaw, according to ratings and tvN's CEOs, I guess!

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Awww... Im sad T__T i love this drama and its cuteness. The story is interesting and entertaining! :( saddd

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Lame, tvN. I was actually watching and enjoying this one. Go cut-crazy somewhere else.

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Huh ??????? What??????? Pinch me :( nightmare right????

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noooo!

and this was the first Byun Yo Han drama work as the lead actor :(

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agree. hope this doesn't hurt his chances at lead for future dramas!

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I love this drama. It's so simple and real. I feel saddened with the news but you know entertainment, ratings are everything! ?

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I really enjoy this drama!! Why?? And i personally know byun yo han because of this drama.... why??? Just let it finish to 16 episode as promised.. damn ratings! that have a power to cut down the episode...huh..

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This is the first drama since Best Love that makes me laugh out loud..boo for cutting it short.. :((

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+1! So furious >_<
Thnx for reminding me BL!

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Arghhh such a disappointment :( at first I find this drama a bit boring , but still watching it coz of SJH iloveher in RM he he ... But I have take a liken in it ever since the previous 2 weeks episodeeee :( love BYH as BMS such a rare traits found in a male lead this days lol haha

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But its okay... Good for Lee yoon Ji, she can rest and to be healthy especially she is pregnant

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TvN has become too greedy. Back in the day, they'd be fine with those ratings. Na PD has spoiled them. LOL

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Why?? Cutting it down to leave blanks ...Nawhhh it's the only drama I look forward to for the week :(

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Oh Bummer! I really liked this show. It was adult and refreshing different, free of the usual kdrama stereotypes, I wonder what this says about Byun Yo Han, when the first drama he headlined got cut short. I still think he's a great actor. However, the show had many things against it, such as a lack of idols whose built in fans would've sustained the ratings somewhat and a lack of "A" list actor/actress to guarantee the ratings.

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I agree! For the first(?) time the lead actor and actress aren't perky! They act and think in a mature way. There are no stereotypes, there are no dramatic dialogues!!! I feel so sad. ?

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Yes! And "adult and refreshing" used to be what tvN wanted to be known for. It's weird to find them pulling the plug on something that does the job. No makjang here, but plenty of character-driven conflict.

I don't even think it's "fluffy," which implies that somehow comedy isn't real story-telling. It may be funny, but so is life.

Just not enough big stars to compete with something like Producer. Song Ji-Hyo and Byun Yo-Han are being punished for not being Gong Hyo-Jin and Kim Soo-Hyun.

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I agree. I think this show grabbed me so much because, while it really is laugh-out-loud funny sometimes, and the girlfriends are over-the-top, and sure, the movie-making drama seems a bit lazy sometimes, I find the main couple so realistic. They are both insecure and have both hurt each other without meaning to, they have great chemistry and care a ton about each other, but just can't seem to get on the same page. No makjang, just actual struggle - and laughs along with it. Sad to see it go.

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Yes, I agree. I feel like they're not looking at it like most viewers online does. I appreciate the lack of makjang or the absurdity most kdrama has. This drama gives everything straightforward, no beating around the bush.

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Booooo! This show is really fun to watch and it's too bad they had to do this for ratings. I love BYH in this!

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I kinda love this drama though, light with plenty of heart.
Song Ji Hyo is not the best actress, but i think in the most of her dramas she create a friendly chemistry with main lead and romantic chemistry with second lead or supporting character.

she always have an awesome chemistry off screen with co-star and doensn't always translate in drama, but i think she's decent and i always enjoy her on screen. and i think i like her character the best in this drama out of all modern drama she did. so i am sad that the drama cut down to 12 episodes.

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I know that it's not fair for the actors and staffs to cut the drama because the writing is bad, but it's still better solution than let the drama as it is and make viewers curse its ridiculous plot. Don't we usually complain 16 - 24 eps dramas for giving us mere filler after eps 12 and the like?

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this must be the most underrated drama of the year.

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agreed :(

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Same. It is on my list, the most underrated drama of 2015.

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I really don't understand why it doesn't have the hype of other shows. I think it's the only drama in a month or two that's kept me addicted.

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No! This drama is cute. Yes, it has its issues, but let it run. I don't mind the angst as it gives the actors a chance to showcase their acting a bit more. Ugh, I feel bad for all especially BYH because he is doing a good job and its his first lead.

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agree. byung yo han did myeung soo's character with skill. I still hope he gets recognized for this, despite the sudden cut. it's just fair for an actor who did so well.

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What the drama did well: main casting and initial concept.

What the drama did poorly: translating an interesting concept into a traditional 16 ep romcom drama.

16 ep romcom dramas can generally be broken into 3 acts as follows:

Act I - the big event (that sets events into motion), introductions and first big reveal, and the setting of the main conflict arc.

Act II - the development of the relationships (CRITICAL - see below), second big reveal, non-OTP potential loves threatened, and of course, the development of the conflict arc, complete with mini victories and defeats.

Act III - bad decisions good decisions, the biggest non-romantic battle, the biggest romantic battle, culmination of main story arc, ultimate growth of the OTP, realization that one must let go of what one holds dear for that love to breathe and grow, epilogue and the obligatory 1-3 years abroad.

One of the biggest problems with ExGF Club is that the characters all had prior relationships that could only be told in flashback, narrative or voiceover mode. This limited the romantic development of the characters. What was there to develop, if all of the conflicts had already been done and buried in the past?

This problem crushed Act II, and the drama could not recover despite the hilarity and antics and chemistry.

This isnt to say that romcoms need follow the traditional three Act style, but there has to be something to hold interest.

Just my 2 cents....

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Though I don't think the show was "crushed" by failing to conform to a formulaic structure, I won't argue against your personal taste.

But I'm surprised you think the series is cancelled because of its quality. We can all think of shows in the past few months that have been too boring, too weird or just plain awful. (And I won't name the shows I'm thinking of--we can all think of our own, according to taste.) Yet most of these crappy shows got their full 16 or 20 episodes.

Exes Club's script revealed the past relationships to us through present dialogue, only very rarely turning to flashbacks. We don't often see this technique in K-dramas, because it's easier to rely on flashbacks. I don't think the prior relationships were the show's greatest problem, but the thing that made the show most interesting to some of us.

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I see that little by little the executives in tvN are losing their marbles. Wasn't it enough the distortion of a super promising story and the wasting a very talented cast, you're cancelling the only drama with consistent acting? Indeed, I noticed the problems, no so much in plot as in the elaboration of the characters, but I always thought it's due to the budget restrictions. And now you're cancelling? (emphatic repetition)
P.S. The only positive thing is that since the story will be "raced" I'll be ridden of the annoying first ex-girlfriend-noona whom (I know I'm the only one) I hated.

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IDK, I think one of the problems is that it's in a slot that's tvn's calling card slot, the Friday-Saturday slot. Just in the last two years:

Friday-Saturday Drama
Reply 1994 (응답하라 1994; 2013)
Emergency Couple (응급남녀; 2014)
Gap-dong (갑동이; 2014)
Marriage, Not Dating (연애 말고 결혼; 2014)
Plus Nine Boys (아홉수 소년; 2014)
Misaeng (미생; 2014)
Heart to Heart (하트 투 하트; 2015)
Super Daddy Yeol (슈퍼대디 열; 2015)
Ex-Girlfriend Club (구여친 클럽; 2015)
Reply 1988 (응답하라 1988; 2015)

I get the feeling they reserve that slot for super-TVN-dramas, so when that slot has a big miss, it's a big deal for them.

Personally, I don't mind their decisions. I feel like Hogu's Love was a very textbook TVN drama, in a good way, as was Heart to Heart, and those were both in the last drama cycle. Let's Eat 2 is not great, but it's OK. Go any further back, and it's Misaeng and Liar Game and High School King of Savvy and Three Musketeers (all within the last year), and that's a pretty strong lineup for a network with so few offerings. They have their dry spells, but I still find myself preferring their dramas to the networks. I wasn't wild about the decision to shorten Idle Mermaid, but then again, I couldn't imagine the networks making Idle Mermaid in the first place.

If not for TVN I'm not sure I'd watch kdramas. Excepting the errant Angry Mom or Healer.

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I could agree about the "rating-expectation" factor since I used to be a huge tvN fan, if this cancelling has been an isolated incident. This is the third cancellation (Idle, Musketeers -sniff-) and it's the third "bizzare" drama after Hotel and Super Daddy (I can't believe this sort of cast agreed to this final result). If we count Plus and the very, very limited production cost of the tvN dramas (Ex-Girlfriends and Let's Eat that practically have two sets), the number rises alarmingly. Something is deeply rotten in the state of tvN-land. I find it hard to believe that all these actors, directors, producers and production teams have gone suddenly insane and stopped knowiing their job. I find more plausible that someone or some people in the head of the network are looking for a quick buck (maximum profit, minimum effort and investment).

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And I forgot the indelicate, to say the least, manner in which they handled Misaeng creators and their refusal to extend the series by making a "parody". In my world, this sort of parody in the same network is condisered insulting.

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It sounds like you and I have very similar taste in dramas! :)

I'm with you on Super Daddy and Hotel. They had quite a slump last year, but then, so did the big three. I'm more forgiving, I think because I deeply don't like ost network offerings. And when TVN gets it right, they seem to get it really very right (or wrong so different and fun enough to be forgiven, like Surplus Mermaid). But no arguments about the Misaeng parody business, and the sads of Idle and 3 M getting shortened. I don't fault them in the latter case at all though. It looked very expensive for a poor-showing drama. I just don't think ExGF is very good. If anything indicates rot to me at tvn, it's that Let's Eat is a poor imitation of it's first season. And as you say, it's not that it's so expensive to produce.

I'm guessing last year's slump (but for Misaeng) is driving some of the more conservative decisions now.

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On the contrary, I'm very easily pleased. I liked Let's Eat and Ex-Girlfriends (for a while I thought I was the only). But when you ruin my fun by grounding me abruptly to the real world where only money counts, forcing me to think how many people will be fired for the bonus of some CEO, yes, I get a little frustrated and annoyed. Especially with tvN which has been up to now for me a stable rock of consistency.

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I, like many other commenters on here, am upset to hear this drama is going to be over next week ): it was nothing new or unique, and I have found many flaws with the plot and whatnot throughout its fun, but the drama was fun to watch and I enjoyed the relationship between the two leads. Sad to say goodbye to this drama ...

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What the drama did well: main casting and initial concept. I really liked the casting of the mains and an interesting take on how relationships can begin, end and begin again.

What the drama did poorly: translating an interesting concept into a traditional 16 ep romcom drama that viewers could grasp.

Not that all kromcoms have to follow the structure, but most 16 ep romcom dramas can be broken into 3 acts as follows:

Act I - the big event (that sets events into motion), introductions and first big reveal, and the setting of the main conflict arc.

Act II - the development of the relationships (CRITICAL - see below), second big reveal, non-OTP potential loves threatened, and of course, the development of the conflict arc, complete with mini victories and defeats, with skill, confidence and/or experience development for the protagonist necessary for the Final Battle.

Act III - dealing with the consequences of betrayal and bad decisions, culmination of main story arc with the Final Battle, ultimate growth of the OTP, realization that one must let go of what one holds dear for that love to breathe and grow, epilogue and the obligatory 1-3 years abroad blah blah etc.

Whether this kind of structure in storytelling is necessary (I guess versus it being optional) has been debated for a long while, but what is clear is that the three act structure works. And this is where ExGF Club falls a bit short - Act II never materialized from a romcom perspective.

The characters all had prior relationships that could only be told in flashback, narrative or voiceover mode. This limited the romantic development of the characters. What was there to develop, if all of the conflicts had already been done and buried in the past? This problem crushed Act II, and the drama could not recover despite the hilarity and antics and chemistry.

This isnt to say that romcoms need follow the traditional three Act style, but there has to be something to hold interest.

Just my 2 cents....

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My take was that the central conflict was an inner one. How do you muster the courage to risk a long term friendship in order to explore the the potential for a romantic relationship? Once you go there it's hard to go back. And why do it when there are plenty of logical and safe alternatives to be had in the ensemble of second leads. And can you muster the courage when the second leads are all working against the central relationship for reasons of their own.

We just got to that part. And the fact that they got to it so late said they weren't going to make the characters wallow in noble idiocy to prolong the resolution of the central conflict.

What a waste of a good setup.

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This so show has been my guilty pleasure for sometime now. Too bad they're cutting this show short coz this is one of the best fluff I've watched in a while.

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This is one drama that i am really loving amd enjoyin these days...really dissapointed to know that it is getting cut short. WHY?

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Y oh Y???? I hope i get to see the male lead in other romcom. Just LOVE him

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I only had 3 complaints about Ex-Girlfriend's club that are all linked.
1) I want/wanted to see more of the webtoon. Even if they were just in small interstitials like the squid ones used in Ho-Goo's Love.
2) I want/wanted to see more of the past with the ex-girlfriends. The whole reason there was a webtoon, the whole reason there was going to be a movie.
3) Soo-Jin acknowledged as the Bear- The Director complained early on that the story had no female lead and didn't like that there 3 main leads. Myeong Soo exploring his feeling could have started writing/drawing the bear (fudging the details of events/career of the bear to hide the bear's identity and protect himself and his feelings) Soo Jin would be clueless. Of Course the DIrector would know. and the Exes would at least think they know.

Perhaps the show would have worked better as a Meta-Drama about the production of a 16 episode drama about the webtoon and not a movie. Then it would still be going up against Producers.

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I agree with all of these points. I would have loved if they would have gave us more on the relationship between Myeong Soo and Ji Ah and the whole story with them.

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I feel as if we're judging the drama maybe too much. We have only seen half of the narrative after all. We would've had 8 episodes to explore all the lingering concerns. So we can only talk abt what we've seen but we never knew nor will ever properly know what could've been. What would the writer have shown us? We have no idea.

And watching the eps multiple times, I had the feeling that we would probe into the exes backstories more, based on what the characters have said and hw they've been portrayed. Its like, what if we had criticized KMHM after 8 eps. There was still so much more to know after this. What if I had stopped watching Healer when I felt like it at ep 15? When I let go some of my biases I actually really enjoyed the show. And then I realized why it got such hype.

The fact is we're only judging 8 eps out of a total of 16 eps worth of development. Who knows what would've been explored and revealed?

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Good point

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Im sad to see this happen. I liked the show and wished they wouldn't have cut it to 12 episodes. I thought it was one of the better shows on now.

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Song Ji Hyo is great as a badass female on RM but still not a great entertainer in terms of being funny. But I appreciate how she can hang with the guys and is not high maintenance. As an actress, I think she's still lacking and quite unnatural as a female lead. I've yet to be blown away by her roles or acting, yet.

Byun Yo Han on the other hand is all sorts of cute and talented. I'm happy to know we'll see him shortly on SBS with a star studded cast and a solid team of writers and PD.

All the best to the cast especially Lee on her pregnancy!

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What. The. Fuck. Brb, got some stupid-decisions-making higher-ups to murder...

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