Posts Tagged ‘drama production’

Drama Casting & News
A New Leaf gets pruned to 16 episodes
by | June 13, 2014 | 54 Comments
Ouch, it’s never good news when a drama’s episode count gets cut. MBC has announced that it’ll be shortening the run for current Wednesday-Thursday drama A New Leaf from 18 episodes down to 16 total. The network cited its own preemptions as the cause, first for a World Cup send-off game, and then again the... More »

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KBS staffers commence large-scale union strike
by | May 29, 2014 | 65 Comments
There’s trouble brewing over at KBS, where a strike is underway in response to recent accusations that its president, Gil Hwan-young, interfered with the station’s reporting and influenced coverage that skewed favorably toward the government and President Park Geun-hye’s administration. Among the accusations are complaints of poor or biased coverage of last month’s Sewol ferry... More »

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SBS schedules Temptation to follow Doctor Stranger
by | May 19, 2014 | 48 Comments
Strangely, the summer SBS Monday-Tuesday slot is the only one that hasn’t been filled months in advance for some reason (though it could be argued they’re not late so much as the others were earlier than usual), but the network has announced the title that will follow Doctor Stranger this July. The new drama called... More »

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New drama Iron Man to follow Joseon Gunman on KBS this fall
by | May 17, 2014 | 41 Comments
We’re getting early reports on a new KBS show, working title Iron Man, which will air in September after Joseon Gunman ends. On the one hand, yay, fall previews! On the other, where does the time go? The series will be written by Kim Gyu-wan of Cinderella’s Sister. We know very little about the upcoming... More »

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SBS announces makjang-free policy
by | May 15, 2014 | 118 Comments
Feel-Good Day Oh, this is so refreshing: SBS has actually stated that it will be making a concerted effort to steer clear of makjang dramas. Can we have a round of applause, please? Okay, so context: On May 13, a press conference was held for SBS’s new weekend drama Feel-Good Day (I believe some translations... More »

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MBC scrambles to film Hotel King in wake of PD departure
by | May 14, 2014 | 83 Comments
Oy, what a mess. There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle going on over at MBC, particularly over this past weekend when the drama Hotel King suddenly cut its main PD and had to scramble to get directing duties covered. The situation has elicited some criticism, not least because it all seems very messily handled;... More »

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Nine, Queen Inhyun’s Man team returns with Three Musketeers
by | May 5, 2014 | 64 Comments
Good news: the PD-writer team behind Nine and Queen Inhyun’s Man is returning with a new drama for cable network tvN. This time they’re setting their sights on a three-season epic, based (very, very loosely) on the Dumas novel The Three Musketeers. Only it’s set in Joseon. I said loosely, didn’t I? In Korean, Three... More »

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Age of Feeling (and others) still struggling to pay actor salaries
by | April 20, 2014 | 70 Comments
Good gravy, the behind-the-scenes troubles just won’t quit for Age of Feeling, which wrapped several weeks ago but is still attracting criticism for failing to pay all its actors and staff. This is a problem that the show had encountered mid-run, and at the time the production had hastened to insist that payments would be... More »

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Dae Jang Geum watch: Lee Young-ae agrees, October goal set
by | March 29, 2014 | 81 Comments
So MBC has had a decade-long fixation—nay, obsession—with reviving its onetime smash hit drama Dae Jang Geum (aka Jewel in the Palace), which had monster ratings and got exported to something like 60+ foreign countries and was on the frontlines of promoting Hallyu 1.0. They have clung and clung and clung to the idea, and... More »

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It’s Okay, It’s Love in product placement controversy
by | March 15, 2014 | 73 Comments
GT Production, the company behind SBS’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama It’s Okay, It’s Love, is currently embroiled in controversy about the show’s potential use of embedded marketing. Reports have surfaced that an unnamed publishing company received a proposal from GT Production demanding ₩500,000,000 (roughly $470,000 USD) for placement of products within the drama, and for guaranteed... More »

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Age of Feeling caught up in budget woes and controversy
by | March 13, 2014 | 123 Comments
There sure is a lot of drama about this drama, which has pretty much been the case from Day 1. So now on top of struggling to cast a hero, swapping a main actress, getting its timeslot taken away, dropping the head writer, and firing one of the stars, now Age of Feeling is also... More »