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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