SBS’s Entertainer gets 2-episode extension
Hm, let’s see… we’ve got a show that’s been getting middling ratings and a mixed reception, and the drama that’s set to follow it lost its potential leading cast. Gee, I wonder why Entertainer is getting extended? SBS just confirmed that they will be extending the Wednesday-Thursday showbiz drama by 2 episodes, bringing the total count to 18. It also gives their next Wednesday-Thursday drama Wanted an extra week to secure a cast and start shooting before it has to be on the air. Yunno, minor stuff like that.
Entertainer is about a ragtag indie band trying to make it in the music business, and stars Ji Sung as a failed agent trying to get it right this time, Kang Min-hyuk as the young talent with a sketchy past, and Hyeri as the band’s noona/house-mom/manager. I actually find it to be a light, fun watch, but I do see why it never really took off (it’s getting single-digit ratings that range from 6.2% to 8.7%).
I enjoy it while it’s on, and then afterwards I’m always left feeling like the show only ever gives me surface-level angst and conflict. But while the plot is utterly predictable, I do care about Ji Sung’s character, and I love the way he brought the boys together and started to care about them despite himself. I’m still unsure how they’re going to sell a conventional romance in this show (I like the secondary pairings both ways — can’t they just do that?), but maybe with 2 additional episodes, they’ll make it happen?
Honestly, we all know that the extension is for Wanted’s sake, not Entertainer’s, so I’ll just be happy if they don’t drag the story down with a late bout of noble idiocy to bide time. I like to keep my expectations low; it’s how I stay so positive!
Entertainer will now run until June 16, to be followed by thriller Wanted.
Via Ten Asia
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