tvN carves out Fri-Sat slot for Cinderella and the Four Knights
Interesting. Upcoming rom-com drama Cinderella and the Four Knights, starring Jung Il-woo and Park So-dam, has been floating around without a timeslot for a while now, and with the slots from all the major stations getting snapped up by other dramas, it was looking like we might not get to see the drama this year. Then tvN finally snapped it up, and has decided that rather than waiting for a timeslot to open up, it’ll just create one. Though the decision hasn’t been finalized, tvN is in final scheduling stages to give Cinderella a new drama hour on Fridays and Saturdays — so rather than taking up residence in the existing drama hour (currently occupied by Dear My Friends), it will most likely air on late nights at 11PM.
I don’t know if this bodes well or ill for the drama, but to take a glass-half-full approach, I like that this means we’ll be seeing the drama sooner rather than later; it always feels like the longer a completed sits on the shelf, the less likely its chances become of ever seeing daylight. Cinderella didn’t exactly help things along by running behind production schedule (it began filming in January with the intention of being 100 percent pre-produced, but shoots got delayed and didn’t wrap until very recently), but it would have been sad to have the project shelved or sidelined because of it. (Also, I’m really sad that Jung Il-woo hasn’t been very active in Korea in recent years and just really want to see him him again soon, especially before he’s called for army duty.)
A late-weekend slot may not be the prime slot for ratings, but it could still work out decently for the show. I recall when tvN first created its Friday-Saturday programming block and people were skeptical at its chances, only to have it take off and become home to some of the station’s biggest hits (the Answer Me franchise, Three Meals a Day, the Grandpas/Noonas/Youths Over Flowers series, Misaeng). And if this marks a permanent new timeslot, I am excited at the idea of more tvN content (and yes, also a little exhausted at the idea of having more content to watch and cover).
Cinderella and the Four Knights, which tells the story of a young woman who is employed to work in a chaebol household where three chaebol cousins live (who, along with a bodyguard, make up the titular knights), will premiere in early August.
Via Joy News
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