Weekend sageuk King Geunchogo extended
King Geunchogo fans will be happy (I think?) to hear that the big-budget historical drama will be getting an additional 10 episodes, which brings its run through June.
The KBS weekend drama starring Kam Woo-sung as a Baekche-era (4th century) warrior king was initially planned for 50 episodes, but has been granted the extension by the broadcast station. KBS was reportedly looking at an extension of 20 to 30 episodes in total, but ultimately decided on 10 instead, and will then make way for its successor drama, King Gwanggaeto, which will begin filming in March. The weekends love ’em their sageuks.
The drama has not been performing particularly strongly in the ratings, holding steady in the 10% to 12% range. Ordinarily those numbers wouldn’t merit extending, but sageuk dramas tend to play by slightly different rules, and I’ve heard generally favorable remarks about the series. Perhaps consideration for its follow-up series also plays a role, although that much is purely speculation on my part. (It wouldn’t be unheard-of, though; Queen of Reversals owed the filming delays of The Duo for its extension much more than it did its middling ratings.)
The drama also stars Kim Ji-soo, Lee Jong-won, Lee Ji-hoon, and Ahn Jae-mo.
Via Star News