If you don’t wanna wait a full two weeks to catch tvN’s new time-bendy cop thriller Signal, you’re in luck, in that they’re kicking off with an Episode 0 this weekend, a full week in advance of their premiere.
They’re calling it Signal: The Beginning and essentially it’s an hourlong preview to introduce the series that’s set around two modern-day detectives (Kim Hye-soo, Lee Je-hoon) who are able to communicate with a detective from the past (Jo Jin-woong) via radio, and how they all get intertwined in a case together. The special episode airs right after the finale of Answer Me 1988, which wraps up its massively popular, ratings-record-breaking run on Saturday.
I suppose it’s a no-brainer to try to capitalize on those numbers to draw people into your new show, even if the two genres are vastly disparate — we’re jumping from heart-warming, family-friendly friendship and love stories to tense investigative mystery. I have to wonder if the preview will work against the actual show, since it’s likely to just give away the plot of Episode 1 in advance (it’s why I hate those extended previews — anything longer than 5 minutes and you’re just ruining the surprises!). And one way to kill suspense in a mystery-thriller is to give up answers before the show even gets there.
But for the spoiler-philes out there — or at least just those of you who aren’t ardent spoilerphobes like I am — it’ll be a chance to take an early crack at the show, and maybe decide whether you want to follow Signal over a number of the new dramas premiering on the same weekend. JTBC is kicking off its quirky rom-com Madam Antoine the same day (Friday, January 22), and OCN has its action drama Neighborhood Hero the day after. Not to mention MBC launching its Jang Nara rom-com One More Happy Ending a few days before, on Wednesday, January 20.
We’re about to be up to our eyeballs in new dramas!
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