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KBS cuts medical mystery Beautiful Mind by 2 episodes

Well, KBS is pulling the plug early on its medical mystery drama Beautiful Mind, from 16 planned episodes down to 14, and it’s incited furor not only among fans but the producers as well.

When news first surfaced that this cutback was in consideration, the broadcaster cited the upcoming Rio Summer Olympics as the reason, which prompted discussion over adjusting the schedules for KBS’s fixed programs, of which Beautiful Mind was one. Um, you’re figuring this out now? When opening ceremonies are on August 5? Maybe it’s my post-surgery drug-fueled haze talking but nothing there adds up. Who does your scheduling and why do they still have a job?

In response to that news, a staffer from the show called out KBS’s move on their personal SNS account, calling the Olympics an excuse, the KBS line that “we’re still in talks” a lie, the move “dirty,” and that 4% ratings shouldn’t be looked down upon. But now the cutdown has indeed been confirmed, and another source from the show explained that when talks started two days ago, the cast and crew sank into a gloom; only very high-ups at KBS and series lead Jang Hyuk knew ahead of time, and the news was a shocker to everyone else.

This source added, “KBS wanted to cut Beautiful Mind as quickly as possible. They even talked about cutting down from 16 episodes to 12 at first. From the start, KBS asked writer Kim Tae-hee to cut down to 12 episodes, but the writer said that would affect the story too much, so that didn’t happen. KBS was set on cutting the show, and after multiple talks with the producers, they finally came to the decision to cut it to 14 episodes. The staff and cast were given the internal report today (July 22).”

Fans were irate as well, as the show has been generally acknowledged as being well plotted and compelling, despite its low ratings, which have been unable to break 5%. Perhaps that’s because the competition is stronger, with SBS putting out its romance-heavy Doctors and MBC chugging along with its long-running revenge drama Monster, although personally I think a show like Beautiful Mind was always going to be a cult drama. And it saddens me that KBS is so quick on the trigger finger, when once I thought of KBS as the station to give low-rated shows the most respect, letting them run their full course even when they sank down to below 2%!

To give KBS the teeniest consideration, though, I do think Beautiful Mind bears some responsibility for its fate — not for its ratings (low-rated shows get no hate from me!) but for its messy, disorganized start when it delayed filming for weeks while Jang Hyuk finished up activities in China and Park So-dam wrapped up her prior project, Cinderella and the Four Knights. And KBS did its part in buying time, trying to strong-arm Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho into an extension and then scheduling in a short 4-episode mini-drama Baek-hee Has Returned at the last minute. Had Beautiful Mind been able to premiere on time, it would have cleared the Rio Olympics and I bet KBS would have let them run the full course.

Ah, woulda coulda shoulda. Sadly the losers in this are always the fans! *sniff*

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Probably for the best, most kdramas can't keep their stories interesting for 16 eps anyway.

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That's the problem with this decision. In my opinion this is one of very few dramas that actually have enough material for all 16 episodes (and seeing how well-paced it is they could've even made it 20 episodes).

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Agree! This is one drama with enough story to complete 16 ep. ? I'm so heartbroken.

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Same :'( I'm honestly devastated. I still have Jang Hyuk's final line in ep 10 echoing in my mind, and they go and do this. If anything, the first four episodes should've been cut a bit better. It's a shame BM had such a rocky start. Those two weeks of filming it needed would seriously come in handy now.

I hope they release any extra footage (some of the stuff in the ep 9 preview didn't even make it into the episode) and re-edit the episodes for the fans.
Coulda, shoulda, woulda
I raise my glass, javabeans.
And weep.

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Too bad! I love this drama and story line! Not to mention how Jang Hyuk's nailing his character. Not anothe love story..

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If you are interested or you haven’t signed it yet, there’s a petition for Beautiful Mind to keep its 16 episodes as originally planned!

https://www.change.org/p/let-the-kdramafans-worldwide-be-heard-beautiful-mind-kbs-drama-petition-to-withdraw-shortenining-of-orig-episodes

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Well.....I won't even watch Doctors because of who is in it. LOVE Beautiful Minds!!!!! And oh my goodness....the scene at the church and then after! That was freaking the best!!! And the reaction of 3 yr doctor when he came dressed like that to the hospital....and the Power Rangers in the hall....cheesy, but hilarious!!! I love this drama. Too bad they couldn't take into consideration of the ratings worldwide because I bet its off the chart!!!

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Me too!! Cent believe that did this to such an awesome show! What the hell..!! ??

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I agree. I have been looking forward to seeing how the writers bring this all together. I hope with the cut that the story doesn't get messed up.

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Have faith in the writer

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this is the best drama join a partion

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Agree.

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This is one drama that would have benefitted from an extension. Cutting it by even 2 episodes will ruin the plot.

So, so sad to hear this news.

Ottoke!

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Totally agreed... Props to Jang Hyuk for giving a great performance even knowing the cut ahead of time...

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I cannot imagine how sad he must be feeling inside when he knew about it, yet cannot say it, and had to act as if nothing happens.. poor guy..

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I agree with you. How great he is, still put his profesionality even he knew about the cutting episode. he still give his best. I respect and love him more and more. He must burdened. I'm still crying out. I never been so heartbroken because a drama, this is the first time. and I think the last time. because there's not single drama could replace this... TT

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Guess I've gotten too cynical and burnt from having 90% of the kdramas I watch have 3-4 eps of filler before the finale, even the ones that seem to have some potential.

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Agree! This is one of the best written dramas I've watched in a long while. The acting is also top-rate. It's so much better than Doctors. Once again, I'm shocked at the Korean mindset...that they like Doctors more than this much better drama Beautiful Mind. I don't get it.

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Totally agree. Me too either don't get what 'a wrong with them! They are reducing epis of a show like "Beautiful mind"??!! Are they insane???!!!

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In this case, I disagree. The drama has enough plot for six more episodes and the pacing is going very well. You can see the story threads coming together in a cohesive manner and each episode provides much food for thought. Jang Hyuk is killing his role and the cast and crew have done a fine job for the 10 episodes, even throwing in previews despite being on such a tight schedule. The Olympics are just an excuse, it's a dirty move KBS pulled and they don't even have the guts to man up.

It's a pity Beautiful Mind wasn't broadcast on cable, methinks it'd have gotten the ratings it deserved.

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From few months KBS sure has become a mess...

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For dramas like Beautiful Gong Shim I would wholeheartedly agree with you but in this case they had more than enough material to last another 6 episodes.
One of the things I appreciate about BM that all characters are layered and not one-dimensional, so I actually want to know the stories about ALL of them. It isn't just about the OTP romance or who dunnit mystery but I'm genuinely invested in finding out who did what and why and as well as to see the arc of redemption for the leads. 6 episodes would have barely been enough.

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You are sooo damn right!!!

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I agree with you about some dramas but this one isn't one of them. It had a slow start but halfway through it started a nice burn with good pacing and the main storyline gained momentum. This is a drama that needs six more episodes for its very unlikely love affair to blossom and conclude successfully (or not) as well as all the ins and outs of the regenerative treatment, the dad relationship - there is a lot of story left to tell. I am really sorry it is being cut short.

That said, I agree with Javabeans that the behind the scenes disorganization led to this decision, and that its slow start and somewhat disorganized plot at the beginning probably lost some viewers. I know I almost didn't continue. But it has been fantastic the last two episodes.

Aargh.

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Yep. If anything needed cutting, it was the first 4 episodes! *sigh* Now that it got better, they'll force an abrupt cut which will probably force a hasty rewrite.

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I'm sad a better beginning could have made this decision easier to take. I haven't watched because the pacing seemed slow and I had too many things that were screaming louder for my attention. I was going to catch up to finale week and celebrate Jang Hyuk ahjussi and So Dam eonnie with my fellow beanies. With 1 week gone, I don't know if I have enough time but I'll try.

See you BM beanies in the comments!

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Give it a try when you have time. If nothing else, watch it for Jang Hyuk. He's been phenomenal in the role.

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@SparkLight, my guess is you are not watching this drama at all, otherwise you will not say so

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Already signed.. Hopefully it reaches 10k signatures...

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I agree, they already had too many cliches in place to keep it up for 16 episodes, it is for the best, besides when the Olympics hit, we will have to wait for new episodes so it is better this way... The drama is interesting, but nothing new same miracle doctor with a problem who finds love while fighting the heads of the hospital, we have seen it already...

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No! Can't be! So disappointed! I mean Beautiful mind is an awesome show,what if it affects the story? So so disappointed! Less jang Hyuk and Park So Dam I guess :(

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Oh man, it's already confirmed? :'( But I love this drama despite the low ratings. The current flow of the story has been going smoothly, if they were to ax it down, how bad could that be? :'(

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Jang hyuk already finished filming his China project. The 2 weeks delay was cos psd has contract dispute regarding 2 dramas

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Love the show so very much.... So disappointed that it will be cut. I prayed the quality won't be affected

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Jang Hyuk had started early, PSD had scheduling conflict. Anyway, its sad and I am still mad at KBS. They have material for 16 while shows that don't have them run for 20 long episodes and end badly. World's unfair place.

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Incredibly heart-wrenchingly UNFAIR!

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Absolutely! This is a very good show! Way better than Doctors, this actually has a story. Wonderful acting. I am extremely displeased.

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Agree!! ?

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It's really really really official. :-(

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Thank you for Javabeans for sharing in our sorrow that they are cutting the drama episodes. ?

I agree with you that many things could have been done better but I shall hope that since the writer was given some advance notice about the cut, maybe it won't affect the quality of the story too much. I'm glad only 2 episodes and not 4 were cut.

It has made all us fans appreciate the show much more and more vocal in expressing our love for BM on social media so hopefully the cast and crew and writer know that many people love the show, even if KBS doesn't.

Will definitely savour the last 4 episodes of the show- hope that the story will leave us all happy and satisfied.

And if it doesn't, then I'll just have to make a voodoo doll of KBS and start poking in some pins to help make me feel better.

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What will the doll look like?

I need to know our of curiosity. Nothing to do with fearing how MBC will handle their lineup.

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This is shitty news. Boohoo to KBS. KBS is in the news for all the wrong reasons these days esp post DOTS. Soon the good production houses will stop pitching them their better shows if all this arm twisting continues

If they run the olympic special will it garner more than 4%? Does anyone know if these specials get decent ratings?

Extensions and cuts both harm the show. Maybe pre produced is better that way - once you are on air there is no possibility of tampering with the story

Feel so bad for the cast who are doing phenomenal work.

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When it ends up on Dramabeans, you know its super duper official. Damn.

I seriously think this is one of those rare shows which could have done with a longer run, maybe even 20 episodes. The idea of only 4 more episodes is pretty damn painful.

Considering how much KBS seems to have been trying to cut it down from the beginning, I suppose I'm grateful I'm getting at all.

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True. It should have done more longer. My heart's breaking at the news! ? 20 episodes for such a brilliant storyline was must.

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I respectfully disagree though,javabeans. KBS would keep shows running if they're rating wise successful like DOTS tbh. For shows like beautiful mind,I hope producers cautiously declare their shows 20-22 episodes longer,so given any talk about cutting,the show can safely end at 16 episode,sigh.
And for beautiful mind,yes..this show has more stories left to run for 6 more episodes,for sure..unlike some other dramas.

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lol

its like my cousin bargains with her mom for money. If she wants 50, she will ask for 100 and end up with 60! WIN!

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+100 to the bargaining idea. Any cut downs won't be sad then. But extensions would be a red alert.

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So very true! They have been unfair to BM. ?

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The fact that they're cutting the show by two episodes isn't so bad, but why so late in the game!
The writers have a greater capacity to write solid material if they know their own time constraints. Now they're forced to pursue last-minute efforts to hurry up and wrap everything together which almost never helps to serve the quality of the final outcome.

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I so wanted to photoshop Jang Hyuk's fingers and leave the middle one up to KBS!

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where is the like button when i need it?

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Gosh I love this show so much ! I can only hope that the last 4 episodes *teary eyes* are top notch quality like the rest of the drama so far. Fighting BM !!!!!

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I was distracted by my despair and forgot to say this:

Thank you Javabeans for taking the time to write a post on this despite being in your post surgical haze!!

As a BM and Dramabeans fan I'm really very touched. ❤️

Please rest well and take care! Hope you recover well and super soon!

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Yes. Thank you to javabeans!

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Oh man I was just about to pick it up tonight. Had the first 4 eps lined up and everything :/

Now I think I'm going to wait till it ends to see if the cut affected the story too much - I've been burned too many times by bad endings to risk loving a show I know now has the potential to derail at the finish line.

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just watch it. Don't wait for the possible messy end. Its a real nice show, these kinds of psychological (?) shows don't come very often. plus there is excellent acting. more people need to see the show and appreciate the effort the actors put

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This is why i have no respect for major 3 networks they want generic romance heavy dramas that have no story, cliche second leads etc like Doctors. Cable channels like tvn, JTBC, OCN would respect a hailed drama despite low ratings.

Also blame many of Korean fans who give their ratings to every cliché drama hitting 15-20% because their bias is the lead. The fans also have something to do with the fact acclaimed shows get cut, the major networks cant grow in quality.....

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Or the viewers who do enjoy these kind of shows all have cable. BM would totally succeed on one of the cable networks.

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As long as K-viewers still have that taste for cheesy-cliché drama, nothing will gonna change .. Producer will keep feed them with that taste rather than make a new taste ?

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People from all countries have tastes for fluffy, cheesy dramas. Singling out k-viewers is a really crappy thing to do when dramas like Doctors, Boys over Flowers, etc. are preferred just as much by i-viewers as they are by k-fans. Right now, Doctors is drastically more popular among i-fans than Beautiful Mind is. Are you going to blame i-fans for having crap taste, too? Or do you all just like to act like you are more intellectual beings with superior tastes?

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I have to agree to that K fans are largely responsible for this.
They can't complain too much if they keep getting the usual slop if they keep consuming slop in droves.

That said, I also think that BM would have been better off in one of the cable networks.

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In the past, tvN also reduce eps too if rating lowler than 1%. They reduced ExGirlfriend Club to 12 ep.

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As soon as i read the news few days ago i was remembered ExGirlfriend Club.

Kdramas in regressive state for a long period of time. Large blame also lies with audience. I mean they are a channel and it's business. They have to broadcast content which attracts audience aka customers attention. When other channel is eating out the share of audience then you have forced to take hard decisions.

It's all business and the one who suffers is a Genuine Sensible Fan.

I haven't seen much praise of kdramas romance porn from majority of the audience who want quality content.

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I like the actors, humor of exGF club drama buts lets not overrate its Quality quality, acclaim. It was another decent rom com, it wasn't an unique thriller, dark human story like BM, Jang Hyuk us acting out of his mind. BM was way too different in major network.

Also we have give props to Korean fans whose comments I dead after, sad, angry that this was cut, they were sick of cheesy, weak rom coms. Sadly those fans are a minority.

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Also JTBC with Seonam Girls High School Detectives and The End of the World

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Also TVN's Surplus Princess/The Mermaid

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*inconsolable wailing*

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The End of the World!! Ugh this one is a total major waste of potential (or maybe not since it still managed to be one of the best kdrama ever even with the 8 eps cut). The mere thought of what story could've been taught in those 8 eps still makes me grit my teeth really

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Yeah, it's amazing what Ahn Pan-seok managed to do with such a drastic cut on short notice. The last couple episodes of The End of the World were more polished and impressive than 99.9% of preproduced dramas.

The drama was going through a cool down phase when the cut happened, so I don't think we missed anything crucial thankfully (I've always assumed that Kim Chang-wan's character would have returned to his camp and fallen ill there, instead of getting infected before the trip could start). Still makes my blood boil though, I agree.

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I'm not caught up on Doctors and I haven't started BM yet. I think Doctors has story but yes, they kept the second leads and went a step further with her harem. Personally love a good harem, not such a fan of typical second leads. Really have male second lead syndrome.

I think the big 3 need to learn how to balance out tropes and clichés. They exist for a reason. A fun, unexpected twist brings a story to life, Lucky Romance had some good twist on clichés we have become immune to. Instead, it's everything in the kitchen sink and go!

I don't think all Korean fans are just taking in what is give to them. I think some want to see change. It's just not enough at this moment.

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I just can't deal with these non-Korean viewers who think they've all figured out about "Koreans" and "Korean culture" simply because they watched dozens of K-dramas. Objectifying and stereotyping "Koreans" is getting disgusting.

Now, it's the fault of "Koreans," too, that their shows are getting shortened. But guess what, the "Koreans" brought you this show to begin with.

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So true. JTBC or OCN would have even made it a 20 ep show like it deserves. Not cut it by 2 episodes.

Its such a great show. Im so sad.

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This is actually a lie, tvN is known for also cutting shows that don't meet their expectations. It's not just the big 3 that do it, the ones that rarely do so are OCN or jTBC.

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I don't buying it KBS!! BM is one of the masterpiece.. It's rarely we got drama with solid & detailed story. *hiks*

Jang Hyuk and all casts & crew.. FIGHTING! ❤

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Is KBS so poor yah they have no money to pay for 2 more episodes? Where did all the money earned from Dots go?

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Maybe they spent it all on "Olympics".

I don't get it. They made so much money from DOTS, and probably Neighbourhood Lawyer and Five Kids. Why can't they just use that money for just two more episodes?

(Or maybe they used up all that money to recoup their losses from shows like Moorim School)

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They have also cut Moorim School, so I don't think their lose was THAT big.
I'm confused as well, by cutting BM they lost respect of some viewers and showed middle finger to good screenwriters who they could work with in future

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Agree 100%

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And I think their supposed Olympics gambit will be a flop - a very expensive flop. Interest this year in the Summer Olympics seems to be at a 50 year low, esp with all the problems and bad publicity coming out of/about Rio.

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Jang Hyuk and BM team fighting ! We will support you all the way to the last episode !!

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Dear Javabeans,

I thought you just had a surgery. Why are you here? Like, WHY????? Go back to bed and stay there without a computer! Sleep! Lie down, bum.

Don't make me pull a YoungOh on you!

Love,
Peeps

(Damn, hate the cut though. It was getting really, really good.)

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So pissed!!!! This is a fascinating, quality drama. I am really invested in the main characters and this cut will kill the pacing. Doctors is just so poorly written by comparison I can't even. Ugh. :'(

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My sentiments exactly. Can't we go all psychopathic on KBS as punishment??

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Really kinda hate KBS for doing this

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We should exactly!

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Doctors could be cut by 6 episodes and not miss a thing. It sucks that this was cut - one of the very few actual high quality shows coming out of KBS.

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Hahah , So true about your comment . Doctors should get a cut in episodes. not BM

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*brandishing a knife at KBS. What a big shame on KBS!!! As I mentioned somewhere, they are like Hyung Sung Medical - putting out regenerative medicine for profits only without caring about quality! I hope they get handcuffed and crap for doing such a thing!

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I have never been so pissed off. This is the second time this has happened to me. Once was the tvn drama Ex-girlfriend Club an now this AHHAHAALKHLDHFOPSFBJDB. (Intrernal screaming) I'm just going to vent b/c I believe I have that right. The story was compelling for me since the first two episodes. It was the first drama in a long time where I grew so impatient I watched the drama raw. As an actor and a actress I can only imagine how jang hyuk and park so dam feel. When you hear your show has been cut it makes you think maybe your acting was bad or maybe you weren't believable enough. I seriously have read some comments on here and other sites that are starting the blame game mostly towards Park so dam. "They should of never casted her." "She's wasn't even pretty enough to be a lead." "She has zero chemistry with jang hyuk it's probably cause she's ugly." If I could just reach through my computer screen to knock out all the people who said that omg!!! Some also said it's probably for the best most dramas fall apart afterwards...Yeah MOST dramas but we don't find that out till after the drama comes to an end. The plot was compelling and the hospital was nuts with many terrible doctors that only care about money first an patients second. Now the suspense between young oh an his father are going to be too rushed and the developing feelings(?) Young oh seems to have for jin-sung are going to be either put on the back burner due to cut episodes an I already know there is going to be plot holes left an right. My heart also goes out the writer. Who thinks her writing isn't engaging enough to viewers. (sigh) I will eventually watch the rest of Doctors because i'm a park shin hye fan but I stopped cause it was just too much chessy romance between the doctors that spent more time ROMANCING than actually working on patients (lol) I did fell a bit salty that DOCTORS was getting the high ratings that I honestly didn't think they deserved but people like myself will watch a drama if it has there favorite actor playing in it regardless of the stale plot. But I told myself it's okay if the ratings are only in the 3-4% range KBS is known for letting dramas finish there run regardless of the low ratings (Bel ami, Blade man, masked prosecutor, Assembly, Sassy Go Go,I remember you) an the list goes on I REMEMBER YOU was an amazing drama to me but they couldn't pull past 6% the whole sherlock holmes vibe and psycho killers and the bromance it was all amazing seo in guk did a wonderful job and despite low ratings it still finished. So i'm going to believe b/c of this damn rio olympics they cut it down to 14 instead eps instead. But they have the audacity to actually get the writer to cut down to 12 episodes like wtf?!??!! It's already at the 10 episode mark she isn't GOD what could she possibly finish telling and closing in an perfect bow with only two episodes (sigh) This is really is a bitter pill to swallow this summer.

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Ugh I hate KBS so much right now. While MNIKSS was my first kdrama, KBS actually fuelled the kdrama obsession for me when KBS World was made available here. I ended up watching a lot of KBS shows, esp the Mon-Tues shows. I thought these shows were fairly entertaining, until I found out later that they weren't exactly fetching high ratings. Nonetheless, KBS always had many underrated gems like I Remember You and Evasive Inquiry Agency.

However, I think recently KBS has let the 40% ratings they got into their heads. I remember reading that they wanted a DOTS Season 2 despite the writer saying no. And then they wanted Park Shin Yang to extend Neighbourhood Lawyer (although that's to give BM extra time, I think it's partly due to the fact that Neighbourhood Lawyer was pulling in the ratings KBS wanted)

Really disappointed with the decision KBS has made, more disappointed that they're using Olympics as an excuse. But I'm terribly disappointed that KBS wanted to cut BM much earlier at 12 episodes. Why does KBS only use the domestic ratings as a gauge? Can't they use their KBS World ratings as well to see the international response?

Probably going to avoid KBS dramas in a while now. (Wanted to wish that KBS would have nothing but flops from now on to get them to wake up, but that's being mean to people like Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung)

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If you are interested/haven't signed it yet, there's a petition for Beautiful Mind to keep its 16 episodes as originally planned.

https://www.change.org/p/let-the-kdramafans-worldwide-be-heard-beautiful-mind-kbs-drama-petition-to-withdraw-shortenining-of-orig-episodes

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Why KBS didn't make the next seasons of DOTS to be aired everyday for five years?

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Im always happy with KBS's failures.
I hate this channel since DOTS:

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Like you said JB, at the end...it's us fan who left as losers *sniff too*
I think this drama maybe not for most of SK viewer (rating-wise). But, it still have so much story and arc to be explored. The episode cutting seems very harsh, for everyone except the mighty execs at KBS.....booooo.....

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this is soo disappointing, now they have to wrap everything up in 4 eps and have to change things. i loved watching this drama, i wish SK had things like netflix or something where shows like this could go.i agree that BM turned out to be those cult type drama's given the love it gets from K-netz. i wish this had gone to tvn or the other cable networks instead. i appreciate that the BM team stayed on course with the story they wanted to tell thus far without the rating worries affecting it. i hope there are still able to maintain the story and pace without it all crumbling cause of the 2 ep cut. *fingers crossed*. if only it got higher ratings now way would it be cut even with the Olympics. i feel bad for the cast and crew. one thing i hope though is that jang hyuk could win something for his role, because holy damn he is a brilliant actor

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If you are interested/haven't signed it yet, there's a petition for Beautiful Mind to keep its 16 episodes as originally planned!

https://www.change.org/p/let-the-kdramafans-worldwide-be-heard-beautiful-mind-kbs-drama-petition-to-withdraw-shortenining-of-orig-episodes

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It's kind of sad how there are times when quality dramas are put aside just because of the ratings game :| I know it's the harsh reality of the entertainment world but then it would be nice if stations produce dramas not to win the "game" but to produce top-notch shows that the audience would appreciate. But then that's just me being idealistic. :(

In all honesty, I think TVN has been gaining some kind of recognition these days because they continuously release quality shows.

Alas, I just hope Beautiful Mind still receive the great ending it deserves. Everyone has been amazing but Jang Hyuk is just phenomenal. :)

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If you are interested/haven't signed it yet, there's a petition for BM to keep its 16 episodes as originally planned.

https://www.change.org/p/let-the-kdramafans-worldwide-be-heard-beautiful-mind-kbs-drama-petition-to-withdraw-shortenining-of-orig-episodes

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True Hang Huyk was honestly phenomenal. ?

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What the next KDrama after BM?

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Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds

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Well that's business..when you run a business like this maybe we can understand the position of the management but because of the success of DOTS they demands every show to have high ratings .The show is great because of the male lead actor but dont drag Doctors here if you dont like the show dont say bad things about it..The show have their own merit and we appreciate it and were not forcing anyone to watch Doctors.Actually Ii like Beautiful mind because of the actor but I have decided to watch Doctors first and maybe later when Doctor is finished then I am going to watch it.Well it so sad that they have to cut it.Well money changes everything

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This is a pity. I pick up on this drama a little bit too late, but once I started... I binge watched the entire 8 episodes. This is how compelling this drama is... Well... we'll have a nice run...

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@Aline,it's Moon Light Drawn By Clouds

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Quoting a sentence from Dramajjang's reveiw ; “Sadly, pretty faces and flatfooted scenarios we’ve seen countless times before sell more than thought provoking and intriguing dramas that have the potential to play the piano with one’s brain cells”

So true.

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And that is pretty much what DoTS, Doctors, and many other shows are. Perhaps the Korean public is just so stressed out by everyday life that they can't fall in love with gritty dramas.

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Sad face. I like this drama, Jang Hyuk fighting!

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KBS what have you done. How you make profits+respect in 1 go? By diversifying your content. Beautiful Mind is here to earn respect of specific set of fans and other cliches shows are to generate money.

I understand their position clearly but it also shows their unprofessionalism that they could alot proper time to this show and Pitted it against that romance-porn.

They lacked strategy from the start and Only 1 Ost is released? I hardly see any promotions of it. Show's budget seems like cut too. Yet Director and writer and Actors did their best to make a show worth watch. This show is Food for Brain and it deserve all the applause.

As for 1st 4 episodes. I think they were interesting and compelling enough to attract anyone's attention who are not in your usual overly cliche annoyance.

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You have rightly said. This story is truly a food for thought!

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So many watch TV through the web these days and as far as I understand it, that never added into the real % of who is watching what. So a 4/5 % rating is not really that bad, sure it not great, but hardly worth the risk of a backlash in dumping it. I remember You had pretty much the same rating and as far as I know it was never in threat of getting cut, just pressure on maybe a writing change. At lest they covered themselves with the lead actor, though I sure he still hardly happy about a show he in getting treated like that.

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Probably true. Myself, I have not watched an "over the air" show of any kind for 3-4 years now. I am 100% streaming on ROKU.

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So sad a drama like this is getting cut while awful dramas get 20+ episodes.

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+100

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Its a deeper film than Doctors and the question is poised is really worth thinking about... exactly what are emotions and do they determine the way people relate... or is it the rational mind...

16 episodes is good... there is a different story every episode and one lingering story that connects all the story... its beautifully crafted...

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Thank you JB for making it official for us. I am so sad. I think KBS could have made adjustments. Like maybe airing two episodes back to back so that we could still have the full planned episodes. I understand what you said about the messy start though. Maybe there wouldnt even be enough time to film if they were to do that. Maybe they were waiting it out and then it just didn't work out. As this late of a notice is really really s----y!

Oh well, as others have said, we will treasure every seconds left of this show! Even if things get all wacky because of the cut, love til the end, fighting staff and crew!

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Extremely disappointed!!

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
SO MAAAD RIGHT NOW.

IT COULD HAVE BEEN AN AMAZING DRAMA.

I believe now that everything is going to be rushed and Young-Oh will be miraculously cured.

People expected to see what they want to see on a drama from the beggining and then they will decide if its good.
A lot of sites announced that BM will have romance (I read some synopsys like: "Neurosurgeon with zero simpathy falls in love and gains his humanity.")
But Beautiful Mind started really weird with the two leads not having much of a chemistry, the guy stabbing the girl on the first episode and this same girl doing pretty stupids things as a cop that made us want her out of the show.
Then what happened was that most of the people dropped the drama and didnt wait to see it develop.
I'm not saying that I wanted them to fall in love on the first episodes, but I wanted to see that a romance was possible there. Do you guys were seeing it comming? I didn't.

Romance sells guys, if people had bought the romance on this drama from the start they wouldnt have given up on this.
The difficult medical language and the realistic surgery procedures could also explain the low ratings. Medical dramas are not that famous unless you put together famous actors and a lot of romance on it like the drama Doctors (I'm not watching because I can't handle Park Shin Hye)

I was glad I didn't give up and now I'm sad that they are going to cut down the episodes.

I always say this on my comments: Excuse my English, it's not my first language.

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The poor ratings wasn't due to people dropping the drama, well at least the numbers didn't show. It started with 4.1% which goes to show very few were drawn to the show.

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If you haven't signed it already! There's a petition https://www.change.org/p/let-the-kdramafans-worldwide-be-heard-beautiful-mind-kbs-drama-petition-to-withdraw-shortenining-of-orig-episodes
That asks for BM to keep its original length

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KBS has no respect for fan and for crew ,what did they do with all of money they earned from DOTS ....?! so disappointed

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So upset...
This drama is above up thete in terms of quality even compared to the zero plot Doctors(i only love the casts)

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Actually I am not surprised they decided to cut some episodes (and not necessarily because of the low ratings).
The plot was great in the first episodes (it was very gripping and it focused mainly on the male character's mental disorder and on the father-son relationship; I liked it very, very much); but then it began to become boring as they kept showing all kinds of irrelevant patients and Jang Hyuk's character suddenly stopped being developed (not to mention that the female character almost disappeared).
I mean the writer should have focused more on the psychological issues in the drama... the ratings would have been higher...

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I'm guessing you didn't watch all 10 episodes.

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I actually agree with this comment, although I'm not sure if sticking to the psychological part would've helped the ratings.
I feel bad for the staff and the cast but I think they can perfectly wrap this up in four episodes, they just need to stop introducing random patients and focus on the main story.

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Are we watching the same show or are you even watching it?

Most people had problems with the show in the beginning because of PSD's character but she's now the cutest thing ever. If you had said you dropped it because of her character, I won't blame you.

This show is still focusing on Young Oh's disorder and it's gotten more and more interesting as we see how people reacted towards him, how his world crumpled and his baby steps towards becoming 'human'. The father-son relationship is omnipresent and the show has thrown up some very interesting debate on the character of Senior Dr Lee. In fact, this show is great at making us debate about the various characters because they are never just plain good or evil. It has encouraged viewers to think about what makes us human and about the human psychology.

And that female character? She's always around, just like how you always have your wifi on.

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The cases or patients actually are parallels or mirrors to the topic or theme of a particular episode, serving to enrich the approach/dissection/exploration to the episode's theme.

Say in the recent two episodes:
Episode 9: the doctor must do whatever it takes to save a patient.
A. This refers to Senior Dr. Lee on his actions on the young LYO who could not afford treatment, and would never be accomodated by the hospital due to downpayment first policy. operating on him even if the operation was deemed too risky. This is presented as flashback at the beginning of the episode.
B. LYO finding a way to treat the poor guy who staged a robbery on the jewelry story and the rich woman, both of whom has the same diagnosis, but treatment is "illegal".

Episode 10: ...the body cannot lie.
A. LYO not being able to feel emotions etc as a result of the operation performed on him by his father when he was a kid.
B. The patient that is the son of the anchorman, who was his mom's punching bag.

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She didn't watch the drama. I don't even bother to reply.

Korean medical dramas have always been unrealistic and feature obscure diagnosiss etc. However BM has been the most compelling medical drama I've watched so far. And of all the improbable medical doctors in Kdramas; LYO haa been one of the most complex and interesting to watch.

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Sorry to disappoint you, but I did watch the drama (it is, in fact, one of the few Korean dramas I have watched this year).
Unfortunately, I notice that the majority of dramabeans commenters believe themselves to be so very intelligent, when they are in fact brainwashed and can't accept a different opinion.

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I think it is normal there are conflicting opinions about a drama. To be clear, I disagree with you on the grounds that your initial post was not compelling enough. The writer did explore psychological issues of Young Oh's condition by showing the conflicts he had in hospital.

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WH, I have no problem when someone doesn't agree with my opinion (it would be absurd to have such expectations).
What annoys me is when a commenter feels superior just because he/she has a different opinion and because that opinion belongs to the majority.

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Don't cut this lovely drama KBS.

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I found this campaign. You can contribute by signing this petition:

KBS: Beautiful Mind KBS drama Requesting to Keep the Original Episodes.
https://www.change.org/p/kbs-beautiful-mind-kbs-drama-requesting-to-keep-the-original-episodes?recruiter=577199798

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Thank you for sharing! I signed it! It may not do much but at least I feel a little bit better showing my support!

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Everyone should sign this!

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I was surprised by the decision because from what I notice from last year.. they don't usually shorten drama even if it's low rating. I rather they give the show a break for the olympics then resume. I just don't think this drama needs to be shorten.

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