Jung Ryeo-won says goodbye to Ja Myung Go
SBS’s sageuk Ja Myung Go was supposed to be a 50-episode fusion historical extravaganza, but, as we know, it’s had its share of troubles. The drama took too long to introduce its adult stars (six weeks), including headliner Jung Ryeo-won, and never really caught on. Once the storyline got going in earnest, competitor Queen Seon-deok was kicking its butt in the Monday-Tuesday ratings and Ja Myung Go‘s episode order was cut to 39.
Now that the drama has ended (it aired its last episode today, Tuesday the 21st), its star Jung Ryeo-won expressed her disappointment with her sageuk debut upon its wrap-up. She posted on her mini-homepage, “Farewell, my Ja-myung. I’m sorry, Ja-myung.”
Jung’s message was titled “Like a sponge full of water” and continued, “Like standing in one place for a long time, about to drip down one by one… so to move around busily… it becomes exceedingly heavy… Farewell… my Ja-myung.”
The finale numbers weren’t abysmal; certainly low with a 7.2%, but there have been worse performances. However, given the hype and the scope of the drama, it’s quite a disappointment, particularly next to fellow large-scale sageuk Queen Seon-deok. The two dramas drew a lot of comparisons prior to broadcast, and Jung was often discussed next to Seon-deok‘s Go Hyun-jung. Once both dramas got going, however, Ja Myung Go pretty much got left in the dust. (Meanwhile, concurrent with Ja Myung Go‘s finale were KBS’s The Man Who Can’t Get Married, which pulled in an 8%, while MBC’s Queen Seon-deok was far and away the winner of the night with a 32.8%.)
In Ja Myung Go‘s vacated time slot is the new drama Dream.