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The Producers: Episode 12 (Final)

Well, it’s been a fun run, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Producers, which ends on a lesson about what it’s like to secure longevity, whether that’s with a program, a career, or relationships. And as the show has managed to do all series long, it’s really the relationships we care about, using the programs and careers mostly as examples and metaphors to illustrate lessons for life. It’s what makes this show-about-showbiz not really about showbiz at all—for better and for worse—but about the people who work in it. Who turn out to be, for the most part, just like the people who work outside of it, too.

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EPISODE 12: “Understanding a Long-Running Program”

Joon-mo makes his decision to keep Cindy on his show, and the senior executives clearly disagree but don’t refuse, since the show is about to be cancelled anyway. CP Kim shakes his head in an interview, saying that you don’t realize what love is (as in, ratings) until you lose it.

In the bathroom, 1N2D’s three writers complain resentfully about Joon-mo’s decision, taking on added risk when they’re already in danger. Ye-jin hears from inside a stall as they gripe that Joon-mo has no sense of responsibility.

They shut up nervously when Ye-jin emerges and addresses the head writer, who’s worked with Joon-mo for the past five years. Ye-jin agrees that nothing has gone well for Joon-mo’s shows, but asks, “Do you think there were never orders from above to swap out the writer?” On, snap. In fact, Joon-mo went to the mat to keep her on staff, calling her part of his family. Pointedly, Ye-jin sighs that she doesn’t know what the writer’s idea of responsibility is, and the writers hang their heads in shame.

Seung-chan asks to see Ye-jin on the roof, and this time there’s a huge distance between them as they stand apart. He musters up the nerve to tell her how he walked home last night (which took him hours) thinking everything over, and thought that if his life were a show, he wished he could reshoot scenes of it. He’s not sure which parts but lists a few key moments that he would redo—or refrain from doing, so that it wouldn’t result in rejection.

Ye-jin asks if it’s because he’d be better off if he didn’t like her, but he replies instead, “No. Because I want to like you more earnestly.” He was too awkward and in a rush and young, he says, and if he’d just found a more grown-up, dashing way to be close to her… maybe…

Augh, his earnest pain is just so raw. He wishes he could call cut, edit that all out, and start over—is that impossible?

Walking home at night, Ye-jin is pleasantly surprised when the lampposts light up, interviewing that she thought Seung-chan might be responsible. He’s been so thoughtful recently, doing things she wouldn’t even think to expect from Joon-mo.

The 1N2D team pulls up in the wee hours of the night to surprise Cindy, and through the blurry faces she realizes that they haven’t abandoned her and bursts into tears.

Later as Manager Oppa drives her to the shoot, she’s back to her usual gruff self, though her words have no bite when she chides Oppa for not warning her about the surprise, since she probably came off really strangely. But Oppa says she was the prettiest she’s ever been. When she worries that CEO Byun will punish him for this, he says she doesn’t scare him—not like Cindy.

Cindy’s surprised, but he explains that being raged at by people he dislikes is no big deal… but when people he likes get upset, that’s a scary thing. Aw, we love you too Oppa.

CEO Byun is shocked to hear Cindy is still part of 1N2D, and we pan over to rookie Jini, who’s practicing the signature 1N2D chant, thinking she’s on the show now. Muahaha.

At KBS, the other five idols wonder if it’s true Cindy’s really joining them, and as usual, Sandara is all petty jealousy. (Gotta admire her for going for such an annoying character instead of worrying about her own image.) The boys say that Cindy’s not so bad once you get to know her, but Sandara snipes about how fake Cindy is, all different behind your back than to your face. And then Cindy arrives and Sandara is all sweetness, totally missing the irony.

Sandara feigns concern and asks if the stories are all a misunderstanding. Cindy does the one thing that gets under Sandara’s skin the most, which is to smile sweetly and pointedly call her unni (that is to say, pointing out her age).

The cast is taken to a rural village where they’ll spend this trip at a grandma’s house. Cindy and Seung-chan follow their grandma home, and the woman asks, “Which of you is the celebrity?” Pwaha. Cindy says she’s been on TV a lot, but the grandma just finds her name weird and shrugs. Cindy interviews that it was unexpected given how long she’s been active, but adds that she didn’t dislike the feeling. It felt comfortable and free.

Cindy asks her grandma if they’re making dinner the old-fashioned way, only to have grandma retort, “Do you think we’re still in the war?” Everything’s electric here, though Cindy’s challenge is dealing with the mess—everything’s piled haphazardly and the blankets left unwashed since the 2002 World Cup.

So she ends up washing them herself in a tub, tossing a few hints for help at Seung-chan that he misses completely. She has to ask plainly, and he joins her in wringing the blanket of water. But when she snaps the blanket taut, he jerks forward, almost falling on top of her.

To make conversation, she asks where he watched the World Cup and gets excited to hear that they were at the same park to watch one of the matches. It’s not an amazing connection, but still a little one, which reminds Seung-chan of his own words to Ye-jin (about their playground encounter years ago).

Seung-chan tells Cindy he knows she didn’t lie about her background, and she responds, “Of course!” (in Dangyunhaji game mode). She asks him to hang up the blanket, and he responds in kind.

Seung-chan interviews that he’d worried about Cindy but is glad to see her holding up well. But he’s concerned about her airtime, because the other idols are doing activities with their grandmas and Cindy’s just doing housework. Then he pauses to geek out about how very PD-like he just sounded.

CEO Byun drops in on the station director to have her say about Cindy’s continued presence on 1N2D, then offers Jini for Star Wars instead. She heard it’ll replace 1N2D, smug that she’ll still come out on top.

But to everyone’s shock (including mine!), the director has had enough of CEO Byun ordering him around and says that whatever happens to their shows, they’ll decide. Wow. That was unexpected. (Of course, he isn’t any more inclined to save 1N2D; he just got pissed off at her high-handedness. Still, it’s an improvement.)

Over at Music Bank, Ye-jin’s co-workers comment on Cindy’s scandal. Ye-jin says she doesn’t think Cindy lied, and one of the cameramen adds that years ago, he heard Cindy give an interview saying she was an orphan. It didn’t air because CEO Byun shut the interview down while Cindy was crying, but he distinctly remembers the footage…

Ye-jin asks when and where the footage was from. Please do what we all want you to do!

CEO Byun and Jini arrive at their dressing room, appalled when the apathetic writer Da-jung doesn’t leap up to treat them like stars. Da-jung says in her infuriatingly bored way that she thought Jini was a stylist, not a celebrity, looking unimpressed as she gives her the once-over. Jini stews, but they can’t say anything when Da-jung gets up and her own sleek appearance casts Jini in the shade. Muahaha.

Joon-mo drops in to check with Seung-chan, who’s not sure how well his shoot is going. Cindy’s busily cleaning everything in the kitchen, but he’s not sure how usable her footage is. (Then he asks Joon-mo eagerly if he sounded like a PD just now, haha.)

Seung-chan hopes they won’t be cancelled, and Joon-mo tells him that no variety program ends on applause. Unlike dramas that get to end on a high, in variety, people’s applause means you keep going. But nothing lasts forever and people get tired, so there’s always a trace of bitterness when a program ends. The longer the program runs, the worse he feels that he’s the one to see its end.

Ye-jin visits the tape archive looking for all the potential appearances from seven to eight years ago that could have contained that interview with Cindy, and ends up with stacks of old footage. Thus begins a loooooong night for her, reviewing each one.

Cindy sits outside her grandma’s house with Seung-chan and Joon-mo, and a comment about being scared to use the outhouse at night prompts Joon-mo to say there are ghosts afoot, which makes Seung-chan visibly nervous. He covers his ears and tries to block out Joon-mo’s story of doing an overnight trip where he saw a woman in white with long hair (the traditional Korean ghost image), and jumps in fright when Joon-mo yells suddenly.

The mood dims when Cindy asks if the cancellation rumors are because of her, and says she knows Joon-mo stuck with her out of responsibility, even though it would hurt him. Joon-mo advises Cindy that fame is like a tax, requiring you to endure unfair and painful things, and that it’s easier the more readily you can accept your tax.

He mentions seeing Yuna recently, and Cindy waits with bated breath to hear how she’s doing. She sighs in relief to hear that Yuna’s good, running a flower shop, and wonders if she should try that later. No, she’ll run a moving service since she’s so good at tidying homes.

Seung-chan falls asleep on Joon-mo’s shoulder, and Joon-mo tsk-tsks while shoving him the other direction—landing his head on Cindy’s shoulder instead. Joon-mo tells Cindy to go inside and sleep, but she says she’ll stay out just a while longer.

Joon-mo leaves at some point and they remain like that for a while. When Seung-chan eventually stirs awake, he stammers an apology, and she says she didn’t want to wake him. She says she knows who he likes and can’t celebrate it, nor does she want to interfere, “But I don’t want to lie about my feelings to you, either.”

He says that one-sided love is like building and tearing down a house all by yourself, intending it to be a consoling statement. She picks at his wording as he stumbles to explain himself in a way that isn’t insulting, missing that she’s just messing with him in amusement.

Cindy tells him just to remember that she, the beloved star, and despite him not having “one bag of hot cakes’ worth of interest” in her, really likes him. She’ll just be off in the distance building and tearing down her home, and if he ever becomes curious as to what kind of house that is, well, he can turn around and see.

She mentions how he’d felt bad about turning her into Beggar Cindy, and how he was going to make it up to her. When she gets back to Seoul, she’s anticipating a difficult road ahead where nobody will take her hand. Holding out a hand to Seung-chan, she asks, “Will you hold my hand just once? Because your hands are warm.”

He does, and they sit there a long time quietly, holding hands.

Ye-jin spends all night reviewing tapes, cursing herself for listening to that cameraman. But finally she finds the footage, and sees Cindy breaking down on camera just as described.

Writer Da-jung sees her wearing the same outfit from last night and assumes her romantic dilemma resolved herself happily. Ye-jin clarifies that she was working all night, and Da-jung tells her not to change, because wearing last night’s clothes makes her look hot. Ye-jin totally doesn’t understand, but is left feeling flattered anyway.

The 1N2D trip wraps, and Cindy gives her grandma a warm hug goodbye, which Seung-chan smiles to see. He’s editing the footage when Joon-mo and the other PDs drop by and send him on an errand to get a video message from grandma’s favorite celebrity (Song Hae, who’s emceed Korea Sings since 1980) to insert into the episode, chuckling to themselves that he’s about to get his initiation as a rookie PD.

Song Hae records his message, then invites Seung-chan for “just one drink,” which turns into bottles, until Seung-chan is lolling drunkenly and calling the old man “Hae hyung!” Seung-chan bemoans his seven-year program coming to an end, only to have Song Hae say his has been 35 years.

Song Hae interviews (while Seung-chan is passed out beside him) that people think he can do his program in his sleep now, but he says that it still makes his heart pound, and he does it because he loves it.

CEO Byun sails into Cindy’s house with Jini in tow, and turns on the TV to Entertainment Weekly in time to hear the agency’s official apology on Cindy’s behalf. The MC introduces the story, saying that even if Cindy’s lies were created by her management, she went along with the story and never refuted it, making her party to the deception. But just before they were about to air, fresh information came in to show otherwise.

CEO Byun bolts upright to recognize footage form that old interview, wherein Cindy breaks down as she talks about her parents’ death. The camera captures CEO Byun berating Cindy for not sticking to the story, insulting her intelligence, and asking for a reshoot. Ahhh, that’s the taste of sweet, sweet satisfaction you’re feeling.

Cindy remains surprisingly emotionless through CEO Byun’s tantrum, but a flashback shows us that she knew about it in advance. Ye-jin had explained how she found the footage (assuring her that it didn’t take long to locate it) and saying she wanted to ease her spirits a few hours earlier by giving her the heads-up.

To Joon-mo, Ye-jin lets her fatigue show. She says that while he never told her about the reasons, she knew he was bothered by CEO Byun and sensitive to Cindy’s situation. He thanks her for saving them all, since their show would’ve been under even more fire if not for her intervention.

The team worries about Seung-chan being out of touch, just as he arrives at the station—totally hammered, mind you, and spouting off in banmal at all his superiors. The others tell him to go ahead and do as he wishes, and he beelines for Ye-jin with arms outstretched… so Joon-mo trips him and sends him crashing down. Glaring, Seung-chan tells the others that he’ll reveal Joon-mo’s secret, which sends Joon-mo and Ye-jin leaping to drag him out of there.

As the three of them walk home, Seung-chan zigzags drunkenly and chides them to walk straight. Then he adopts Ye-jin’s drunken aegyo, dancing madly and wheedling them to go eat live octopus, and Ye-jin is amazed and horrified to encounter what she’s like from the observer’s perspective. And then he gets a determined look in his eye and plants a kiss right on Joon-mo’s mouth.

In the morning, Seung-chan wakes up on Joon-mo’s couch. He’s back to his respectful self as he says good morning to Joon-mo, who just glares and sighs. Ye-jin asks if Seung-chan remembers last night, then advises him not to try, since that’ll be easier on him.

CEO Byun sees that the tide has turned against her, with netizens moved by Cindy’s story and more stars speaking out about her ways. Her agency has been defaced with graffiti, and Cindy arrives to offer the name of a cleaner that does well against such slurs. They sit down to lunch and CEO Byun hands over paperwork to dissolve Cindy’s contract, which Cindy moves to stamp immediately. CEO Byun stops her, though—to advise her gently to read the contents of any contract before signing.

Maybe she has a heart (tiny and shriveled though it may be) or maybe she’s just taking the strategic route, but CEO Byun takes a mellow tone and says that Cindy was her joy for the past ten years: “Until you started to turn your back to me, I truly thought of you as my daughter.”

Cindy says, “I know,” which surprises her. “Your methods were wrong, but I know you loved me. It’s not because I don’t know that but because I do, that I’m leaving you. Don’t feel afraid that people will leave you. There’s a limit to how much you can keep people next to you with unfair contracts and weaknesses.” She advises CEO Byun to think carefully about what made people leave her despite all her devotion to them. “I’m leaving because I don’t want to live like you,” Cindy says.

Seung-chan gets into an elevator at the office with CP Kim, who teases him about his behavior last night, calling him by his first name and patting his head. Seung-chan vows to quit drinking, but CP Kim says that’s not possible—what he has to do is learn how to ask for forgiveness each time. Then he adds that the teaser Seung-chan put together, despite being awkward, was funny—even his daughter laughed at it.

This totally makes Seung-chan’s day, and he interviews that he’s never been able to make anybody laugh. He would try, but his friends would call him corny and tell him to stop. To hear that someone he doesn’t even know laughed at his work gives him an electrifying feeling.

The exposition FD explains that Seung-chan has just gotten hooked to that feeling—it’s like drug addiction, and he’ll go crazy trying to chase that feeling of entertaining people. He congratulates him, but warns that it’s not great for your health—it’ll end when it sucks out all your energy. He points out all the things around them in the prop room, filled with things that used to cause such a stir, now just sitting idly. Popularity always ends.

Seung-chan wonders why the FD never goes to team meetings, and the FD just smiles bashfully. That’s when a sunbae PD enters the room and asks what he’s doing—and Seung-chan sees that nobody’s there.

He tells his team about it, and they laugh that either Seung-chan needs to stop drinking, or it was an impostor who slipped inside the building. Orrrrr, on PD suggests, it could be a ghost. Seung-chan gets increasingly nervous as Joon-mo asks questions, then bursts to clasp his hand in congratulations—he met the famous broadcast station ghost. The team laughs, but Seung-chan can’t shake his unease, rifling through all the notes he took in his FD chats.

He interviews that he’s very scientific, and that no matter what people say, he’s sure he didn’t see a ghost. His docu PD asks, “Then what was it?” Seung-chan thinks. “A broadcast station fairy? That has a better connotation, doesn’t it? A fairy. Tinkerbell.”

Hong-soon continues to pine after Office Nazi, who continues to ignore his texts. CP Kim comes up to give him good news: The station president is dining with the director, he’s recommended Hong-soon to come along.

At the dinner, Hong-soon pulls out all the brownnosing stops, showing off his muscles (which goes awry when the president wonders if the variety department has too much free time if they can work out so much), grilling beef, and mixing up specialty drinks. The mood is flying and Hong-soon has the president fully impressed… until he gets a text message from Office Nazi. She gives him thirty minutes to make it to their ddukbokki rendezvous spot or cut ties forever, and he freezes in indecision.

The president offers him a glass, and he calls himself crazy as he apologizes and runs out. He arrives well beyond the deadline, but sits himself down and says she’d be crazy sorry if she knew what he gave up to be here. Then he takes over cooking duties with flair, offering her a heart-shaped mound of rice and melting her iciness.

He interviews that he already regrets his choice since now the director is refusing his calls, though I’m sure his tears will dry soon enough.

Ye-jin hears from the maintenance office that they fixed the street lights sooner than scheduled because of that broadcast PD who made a pest of himself calling about it, threatening to put it on air if they didn’t fix them right away. She calls Seung-chan out to ask why he did it, chiding him for doing the worst thing as a PD, throwing around his profession to get something done, even if it was for good purposes.

Seung-chan is hopelessly confused for a while, then starts to slowly put the pieces together. He says it wasn’t him, and watches with a long face as Ye-jin wonders who it could have been.

Joon-mo has good news for him, though, starting with their program being out of the danger zone—ratings have gone up a tiny bit, and Cindy’s name is helping them now, and even Seung-chan’s trailer had some effect. Seung-chan lights up at that, and Joon-mo puts him in charge of the upcoming one, too.

As he starts to go, Seung-chan stops Joon-mo from leaving and asks how he’s managed to be friends with Ye-jin for so long.

An interview with Song Hae cuts in, where he answers the question of whether he knew Korea Sings would be a long-running program from the start. Of course he didn’t, and to do one, you have to go in not thinking that, thinking you’ll give it a shot and if it doesn’t do well, you’ll bow out. His program figured they’d have enough counties to visit to last them two years, but kept finding new places to go: “People’s relationships are just like that—you don’t know it when you make the first connection, but they end up going a long time.”

Seung-chan reflects back to his first days as a PD, when he’d stood in the rain with Yoon Yeo-jung’s tea, thinking that everything he learned in school was useless and that he’d made a mistake coming here. And how, through all the uneasy, nerve-filled days to follow, he’d think to himself every night: “Let’s just try today, and if it’s not right, let’s quit. Let’s just do tomorrow, and if it’s not it, run away.”

And in the process of living out a day at a time, spring passed equally for everyone. As Joon-mo sits alone where he’d once sat with Ye-jin, Seung-chan narrates how some people were given the chance to reconsider someone they’d thought of as a given. And Cindy leaves her empty place behind as he says, “And someone else, in order to be born anew, gave up many things they’d enjoyed.”

Hong-soon and Office Nazi hold hands as examples of people whose hate turned to love in “an unusual miracle,” while Song Hae works at his latest show to protect something that’s old and precious. Chapter 12’s lesson: “Understanding Long-running Programs: Don’t forget the beginning.”

Seung-chan looks back on his early experiences as a PD and vows not to forget his beginnings, when he felt useless and told himself to hang on just through the day. As he comes upon the empty swing set where he’d often talked with Ye-jin, he thinks, “And the connection that began without me knowing what it would become—through that person, this spring was happy. I won’t forget it.”

Ye-jin smiles as she walks along the now-lit path, and calls Joon-mo late that night while he’s already asleep. She complains of the huge mosquito that’s taken two bites out of her and insists he come catch it for her, and he tells her to get bit since he’s not coming. But two seconds later he’s up, grumbling as he gets up to make the long drive out to her new place.

He finds her waiting by the well-lit street, and she tells him about the maintenance requests made by the PD who threw around his career like a threat. Joon-mo insists he didn’t—all he did was answer the question about what his job was, and she smiles at the confirmation that it was his doing. She asks why he did it, and why he came all the way out at her phone call tonight, and turns to leave when he doesn’t answer.

Joon-mo speaks up (finally!) and explains that he struggled in high school because she got such good grades—because he had to follow along if he wanted to go to the same university. The same when she said she wanted to be a PD, because he’d have to prepare for exams.

“But even when I spent over half my life following you around, I didn’t know. That me following you wasn’t a habit, but love.” He says that he hesitated a lot because he didn’t want to burden her with these words, or make things uncomfortable between them. “But you didn’t go anywhere, and stuck next to me like gum—thank you.” He draws her into a hug, and they stand there holding each other.

The next day, Seung-chan drives into the station just as Cindy’s there unloading her makeup and gear. She explains being a standalone agency now, and has to get used to these tasks, though she’s clearly angling for him to help her. Instead, he just gives her a “Fighting!” and starts to move on.

So she proposes a round of rock-scissors-paper to carry her stuff, and just like before, he instinctively throws a winning hand. Heh. She accepts her defeat and starts unloading her things, but this time Seung-chan smiles as he pretends to leave, then takes over the duty. Aw, baby PD’s not quite so clueless anymore.

 
EPILOGUE

Joon-mo interviews that they’ve bought themselves three more months, and the response to the show is on an upswing, with people saying that it’s changed for the better. To his staff, he shouts at them to come up with ideas, while to the docu camera, he says confidently that trust in his team is up, and they’re going all-in. “I have a really good feeling about this!”

Then he’s asked about Ye-jin, and he starts to answer cheerfully that all is well, then changes his tone and gets more serious. He laughs that he doesn’t want to leave these statements behind when nobody knows what’ll happen in the future.

Ye-jin, on the other hand, interviews about how she understands now how owning a home changes how you feel about it. (Cut to: Ye-jin stuck in traffic, cursing the commute.) She says that she’s turned a good friend into a boyfriend and feels freer now—she doesn’t have to fight tooth and nail anymore, but can go with the flow. A phone call interrupts the interview, and in a flash she’s back to tough Ye-jin, fighting with the director’s orders on some decision.

Cindy interviews that nothing is different, and that a rookie might feel nervous running an agency: “But I’m Cindy.” Then she snaps at Oppa for idling the car during her interview, wasting gas. Sheepishly, she admits to the camera that the world isn’t an easy place: “Though the toughest thing is… Baek Seung-chan.”

Seung-chan proudly shows the search engine rankings, where his latest trailer sits in eighth place, the last one hitting sixth. It’s not that he’s asking for popularity, but to have people like his teasers, “To hear praise that I’m the variety department’s Bong Joon-ho or Park Chan-wook…”

Then Joon-mo cuts in to yell at him for mishandling the receipts: “You call yourself a PD?!”

 
COMMENTS

A pretty solid finale, especially when you factor in that the production shot the last episode in a day and a half—the drama was so pressed for time in the past couple weeks that they called it “super live shoot” and mobilized a C team, since A and B weren’t enough. (You could argue that one better fix would have been to cut back the onerous 80-minute episodes, but hey, I don’t run the show.)

I find The Producers difficult to sum up with a single score or judgment, because it had the notable factor of changing its approach mid-show. And to be quite honest, I liked both approaches, so I can’t even find fault with one over the other on an intrinsic level. It’s just, even if the heartfelt rom-com and coming-of-age story that it turned out to be in its latter half was engaging and satisfying, it isn’t what got me excited about the show, so there’s unavoidable disappointment mixed in.

The first two episodes in particular were cutting and witty in a really refreshing way, and although even that version of the show didn’t quite nail the mockumentary device, I was pleased with the direction. The show had launched under the description “variety drama,” and filming the show as a show-within-a-show was such a cute, novel ideal (for Korean dramas) that when they gave up right away, it made me disappointed with the public for not embracing the idea and angry with the producers for caving to the initial responses.

The Producers was a strange experience where I feel like the comments from the international fanbase (like the ones here on Dramabeans) were diametrically opposite to the ones in Korea, where fans hated the docu-cam, found the awkwardness of the interviews boring instead of hilariously sardonic, and clamored for more romance. I suppose if the response at home was so overwhelmingly in one direction it doesn’t make sense for producers to ignore them—domestic viewers are, to use Joon-mo’s metaphor, the regular customer base that you don’t want to alienate by trying to get too wild and crazy. I just wish they were a little more willing to stick out their necks for the sake of opening a new door for a slightly less familiar style of storytelling. Being different takes time to be appreciated!

Then the show changed directions, and at that point I wish they’d have gotten rid of the mockumentary camera entirely rather than feature them as random interviews. The whole point of a mockumentary is to show us the funny dissonance between what is said and what is captured, to give us access to the unauthorized moments of truth in between people’s bluster.

But format aside, looking at a purely story point of view, I was entertained and moved, and thought the lessons were smartly drawn to use the industry as a metaphor for the issues the characters were facing. And at the end of the day, the characters saved the day, drawing us into their daily struggles. I like that The Producers didn’t overblow their conflicts—a cancellation is a blow, but hardly the end of the world—and let us connect to the emotions in between.

I found Cindy by far the most relatable and engaging narrative of the show, which is unexpected given how she started. It was satisfying to have her be something of the emotional climax of the show, and that the three other characters all played a part in backing her when everyone else wanted to ditch her. (I almost wanted more drama out of it, though I suppose that could have been too pat.) I liked that Cindy’s predicament wasn’t only about helping her overcome a hurdle, but that she became symbolic of things in their lives too, like Joon-mo confronting that weakness in himself and being the better person this time around—and really, for his own sake. He was my least favorite character and deeply frustrating, and I literally shouted at my screen multiple times, “BE A HEROOOOO!” But he did finally step up, and for that I’m relieved. Mostly since I want to like Cha Tae-hyun again.

I find Ye-jin interesting in that I don’t think she underwent as much of an arc as the others, but she was pretty crucial to the show—if anything, Gong Hyo-jin’s trademark sweetness and natural delivery carry her through everything, finding genuineness in places you might not get with other actresses. I like that she recognized her tendency to be too prickly as a self-defense mechanism, even if she’ll never be cured of it. Not that it’s entirely a bad thing, since her refusal to be pushed around by bullies (say, CEO Byun) is one of her best traits. Just, we’re left with the hope that she’ll channel that bulldoggishness in productive quarters and soften the edges for the rest.

But I suppose it really was Seung-chan’s story in the end, and it was gratifying to see him growing sharper and savvier—but not losing the essence of himself, like the dorky bookishness or his boyish excitement over being given praise. His ending voiceover was poignant and bittersweet, and at the very least draws a little of the sting out of his disappointed romantic hopes. I was never a huge fan of the romance-o-go-round, mostly because the extended device stretched on too long and started feeling like a silly game rather than an earnest storyline.

Whenever you feel like a story is being told to trick you or jerk you around more than to show and reveal, you violate the viewership’s trust. It reminds me of the tiresome runaround of Answer Me 1994—fun at first, but increasingly wearying. It’s a gimmick you really can’t get away with more than once (which is why 1994 remains a disappointment despite being so good otherwise) and while I applaud The Producers for deciding not to make the lovelines obvious from Day 1, there’s also a limit to how long you can drag that out.

In Seung-chan’s case, he frames his experience of heartbreak as part of a learning process, as part of the time he spent putting one foot in front of the other, figuring things out from the ground up. He describes relationships as the result of a bunch of little incidences rather than meaning something specific from the start, and that’s a lovely sentiment to end on. Turned around, it becomes an empowering thought, really: that you find the meaning in things, rather than meaning being prescribed to you from the start, weighing on your shoulders like a burden you’re fated to carry. Life gains meaning through living it—nothing means everything, but everything can mean something.

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I love how the story ends.

Thank you for the recap!

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I think it was only the Dramabeans staff that disliked Cindy's arc from the beginning. Not to mention, not liking IU's acting, which she was doing perfectly.
Most of the viewers (including me) loved her and IU's really good portrayal from the start.

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@CityHunter No it's not worth watching, especially if you are a kim soo hyun fan. I give CityHunter, the drama, a 9/10. In comparison, I give this a 6/10.

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I thought city hunter was boring AF with bad acting from both leads..this drama with all its flaws was a lot better I though..

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IKRRRRRR.... maybe its just me but i just don't enjoy LMH acting

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Comparing City Hunter and The Producers is dumb,because obviously they belong in different genres..City Hunter is more on action and first love while The Producers tackled a mockumentary kind of style though the drama kinda drifted to complicated love lines in mid-part to last..If you're comparing its either you are a Lee Min Ho fan which i am also or you hate Kim Soo Hyun which im not because im a fan of him too..Lets not argue or what..peace

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i don.t like city hunder for me is 5/10

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She was quite detestable in the first six episodes and IU's acting was strange and stiff in the first two. I always imagined that people who liked Cindy from the start were IU fans because that character was bloody awful.

That said, she became a more appealing and compelling character episode 8 and onward. And I thought IU's performance in the latter half was rather good. She's one of the better idol actors out there now.

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I always thought that rather than IU the actor, it was Cindy the character who was strange and stiff in the first two episodes, since it fit in with Cindy and Cindy's image perfectly and was completely in-character imo. It was IU acting Cindy acting a part, rather than IU acting a part.

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yup it was cindy's trait that made her rude and stiff (i woudnt say awkward tho)
Im not IU's fan but Cindy's arc always gets me. I get emotional imagining the hardships she endured the whole time.

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Yes,IU makes the character of Cindy looked adorable & cute.

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It definitely wasn't just the dramabeans staff. I wasn't able to connect with Cindy's arc at first.

And I don't think that anyone was arguing that IU was doing a bad job (I adore her), but her portrayal and the character just seemed a bit lacking when compared to the others.

Of course, it took a while but I definitely warmed up to Cindy as the show went on and came to love the character.

I also think IU grew a lot as an actress during this show. The way she hit those emotional cues was perfect.

All of this is just my opinion though, so I know many people may disagree. :)

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I feel the same way. I'm am IU fan right now which was why I watched the show but I couldn't really connect to her character at first. Partly because she was hardly on screen at first (I started to wonder if she was actually in the show or credited as a main character by mistake) but she started coming out more and I was able to see different parts of her character and that made it easier to relate to her. Especially in the later half. IU, the actor, really had a great arc because there was so much improvement from where she started. Cindy also turned out to be a very relatable character at least for me and by the end I loved her more than any of the others (Stupid - but a little cute - Baek Seung Chan). IU's acting wasn't Jang Man Wol level here but it was pretty good:)
Now do I watch My Mister or just skip the drama...?

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"Now do I watch My Mister or just skip the drama...?"

Why would you EVER consider skipping My Mister?! It's the best k-drama of all time and by far IU's best role to date! Watch it! Watch it!!!!!

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In fact we're doing a small site rewatch of My Mister at the moment so you can join in that. As Mindy says, it's not something you want to skip. We're watching two episodes a week and this week we're up to 7&8.

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@mindy @leetennant I heard it's awesome but so sad. I don't really want to cry though so I was trying to skip the drama of it all. But ah, if you ask so earnestly how could I ever say no 😁
How can I join the site rewatch?

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I personally don't find My Ahjussi sad. There are sad parts but I find it beautiful and uplifting overall.

There's nothing to joining the site watch - just watch the two episodes each week on your own time then put a post on your fan wall or even dive into the old recaps.

We're doing 7&8 this week and 9&10 next week so just catch up whenever you can.

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👌👌I finished 1 and 2 and I'm on episode 3 now. I was sidetracked by episode 8 of Crowned Clown 😔 but I'll find my way back soon. Thanks

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It's happy ending or not?

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I scrolled furiously to the bottom, skipping all spoilers.

So, is this drama worth watching? I heard it was like The Office and quite mockumentary-like in the first few eps, but become normal typical kdramas isn after, so I dunno what to think of it.

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I personally think that there's a lot of lost potential with this drama - not only with the lost unique mockumentary style but just where the whole drama went. I wished they actually focused more on PRODUCERS. For example, I wished that Gong Hyo Jin's character as a female PD was explored more, since it's such an interesting topic to be mined considering there aren't many female PDs compared to male ones.
But if anything, I would watch for the performances and Cindy's storyline. Kim Soo-hyun is particularly REALLY good here, and super endearing as Seung-chan. Also IU's character's storyline is also really interesting.
So yeah, lots of lost potential (imo) but I don't think it's a BAD drama at all...

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it was pretty good!

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Whenever sb asks if a drama is worth watching, the answer really depends on what they are looking for. But this is my impression of the drama:
Yes, it went from mockumentary to more typical kdrama, but I like that shift, a lot. The mocku-style was testing, given how damned long each ep was.

The cast is so winsome. You don't have to be a die-hard fan of any one of them to appreciate their acting. Each of them holds their own, and it is a wonderful mix of acting styles that enrich each other.

IU really deserves special mention. Hers wasn't an easy char to carry off. In the beginning eps, Cindy was so unlikeable that it had to rub off on the actress. But gradually as we get to know Cindy more, we see that it was IU's acting that was stiff, but Cindy's mask that makes it look like that.
I'm one of those ppl who dearly loved Cindy's arc. I've total sympathy for the orphan girl who has no one in her corner. Frankly, I watched the last 6 eps for her.

KSH shows me once again why he is at the top of A-listers at the ripe old age of 26-27. Tho his Doo Manager is fresh on our minds, I've seen no trace of that in this drama. He does manage to bring to life a bookish young man, fresh, earnest and clueless at his job and love life. It's a convincing portrayal of an endearing char. What's there not to like?

Many ppl were upset w JM not stepping up to the plate, but I wasn't too bothered, cos CTH is just fantastic to watch, no matter what foolery his char is up to. If it weren't for him, I might have been more ticked off. Somehow CTH makes JM's sheepishness and pigheadedness believable and forgivable to me.

GHJ is one of my top 3 fav K-actresses. Yet in this show, I'm most disappointed in her char. The writer makes her little more than the love-object for both guys and little more. The actress deserves having more to work with.

Is it worth watching? IMO, heck YES.

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Typo: "gradually as we get to know Cindy more, we see that it wasN'T IU's acting that was stiff..."
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Exactly - Producer, at the end, is not a revolutionary new kind of drama, but it's still a very engaging and watchable drama, which didn't suffer a last-minute slump despite the crazy live shooting schedule. That's quite some achievement.

Some of us may be disappointed that it didn't stick with the experimental documentary format, but frankly, on its own merits, it's still a bloody good show. Even with the stupid attempt at Answer Me-ing the lovelines.

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I'm going to have risk certain death by disagreeing with you and Javabeans here: I never got an 'Answer Me' type-vibe from this series at all, since I thought it was pretty heavily geared towards THE MAIN OTP > everyone else, the entire time. It's a shame people get so attached to actors that they feel a realized love-line is often a requirement, or an acceptable form of measuring quality. Especially when, in reality, it's the unrealized love that is often the most realistic/relatable of all.

Falling in and out of love, loving someone who doesn't feel the same, crushing on a friend, friend-zoning, etc - I think it's just as important to represent these forms of love as it is to depict a realized one. So I honestly don't find its use in this drama stupid or hindering at all. If anything, we're lucky they managed to hire actors who could pull those emotions off so well - because when it hurts, you know it's working.

And if anything, seeing Ye Jin through the eyes of two men who loved her only made me understand and appreciate her that much more. In the end, she wasn't some damsel-in-distress, being pulled around by her wrist, who needed saving: She was defined by what an amazingly strong, caring friend she was, and Joon Mo, Cindy, and Seung Chan all helped bring that out in her - even if it took some pride-bruising and heart-crushing along the way for us to see it.

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Actually, they were Answer Me-ing the love lines there - at one point there were articles put out about how the final love lines would be decided 'according to viewer response'. So the writers were definitely attempting some who's-the-endgame guessing among viewers, and it really showed in some of the middle episodes, when Cha Tae-hyun got a rather limited amount of screen time.

In any case, I'm quite ok with the way things shook out in the end since I've been calling it for several episodes now that Cindy's crush on Seung-chan wouldn't find a traditional confession-relationship resolution.

And I also agree that Ye-jin wasn't just some static love interest/crush object for the two guys, this was VERY different from Answer Me 1994 that way. She had a life and things to do independent of them, runs her own show and deals with her own occasionally bratty subordinates, came to care for Cindy in her own right and took the initiative to clear her name at least partly out of her own fondness for Cindy (otherwise she wouldn't have given her the heads-up about the found interview footage before it aired).

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Really? That's crazy! If anything, it was probably a publicity stunt, since I'm sure the writer knew the ending before she even penned it. Besides, if the viewers had any say, it would've ended with Seung Chan and Cindy, or in the very least, Seung Chan and a harem, lol.

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Totally agree with you there. I loved the drama. I loved in particular how realistic it was in capturing the angst one would go through in recognizing romantic feelings for a longtime friend. I loved that seung chan grew professionally and learnt to love his job. I loved that he grew personally from having his heart broken too.

I loved prickly, 'abrasive' , non insightful regarding her own feelings and worth as someone to love Ye jin. She was such a realistic character for me. Someone who does well at her job but not very good at navigating her own personal life.

And I too, came to understand and like Cindy somewhat. I didnt think it was that believable that she would crush so hard on seung chan though so that loveline would have not made much sense to me if it had been realized.

I agree with pogo that it isn't groundbreaking but the drama had great, funny dialogue and realistic portrayal of what it's like to work in that workplace.

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There's a special episode coming guys..
Lol.

anyways,it was obvious from the start who ends up with who..well,as a writer i kinda felt what was going on with the writer of this drama,and duuh i was right..lol..in the end Ra Joon Mo finally embraced his fear and that's confessing to Ye Jin and even though Cindy and Seung Chan are not together,yet it drew a clear line that they in some point will end up together,just look at how Seung chan laughed and how Cindy smiled..They were each other's significant one..lol..anyway the end was satisfying for me..Joon Mo got Ye Jin and Cindy still didnt give up on Seung chan(remember how she said the world is not easy especially Seung chan something like that..i cant remember the exact words but it kinda goes that way..lol)..yeehey..Hurray for the satisfying ending!!!

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I'm one of those who welcomes the shift back to normal format, honestly, the first couple of episodes bored me to death and I had trouble staying awake while watching it. I actually contemplated on dropping the drama but decided to give it another 2 episodes because that's my standard rule of thumb for all dramas. The format change came just in time and I'm glad I had given it another shot.

Even though Producer isn't as spectacular and refreshing as YWCFTS in terms of settings, storyline, and grandeur, there is a certain down-to-earth and realistic charm to it.

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Lol.. It's really hard to answer because it all depends on what are your preferences when it comes to dramas.. Personally, I felt that it was worth watching and I'll probably marathon it again after my exams.

Yet, on the other hand of the spectrum, I've seen many viewers left dissatisfied and saying they were glad it was over..(I suspect it's because they didn't get the loveline they wanted fulfilled..lol)

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As a fan of The Office, and variety shows in general, I'll admit that I was not a fan of the first few episodes (though apparently, internationally speaking, I was in the minority here). If anything, the constant use of interviews only distanced me from the characters and from what was going on. Whether this was a result of the length, format, or directing, I'm not sure . . . but for me, when it switched gears, I instantly connected, and fell in love.

So basically, if you're a fan of any of these actors, watch this drama. If you're a fan of strong, likeable characters, watch this drama. If you fancy yourself a writer, or enjoy exploring what goes into making a story, watch this drama. If you watch variety shows, and get a kick out of meta, cameos, or variety-humor, watch this drama.

If you're looking for something with explosions, thrills, or mystery, look elsewhere. Or, if you demand a story that gives out happily-ever-afters like candy, ending with everything in a perfectly wrapped bow (including all the romances) then you may want to look elsewhere too.

Just think of this as a funny, slice-of-life drama, giving us a brief glimpse into the lives of four very interesting characters. Then, if that description scares or bores you, I'd go and watch something else.

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If you want pure melo-dramatic kdrama, then The producers is not for you. But if you want entertainment... meaning, you want to laugh... cry.... watch skilful acting and some hot romantic moments... this drama is a MUST watch!

It's different, yes. It's not a typical kdrama, but to me it's CERTAINLY entertaining as a whole.

p/s: funny, City Hunter is the only drama with Lee Min Ho in it that I stopped watching after episode 3 because I didn't find his character believable. So, I can't relate nor compare it to The Producers which I think is of a different genre.

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1st and foremost, TP has strong writing w/ well-developed characters and scenarios and changes to characters/relationships which seem real/plausible and good acting to go along w/ it.

In many ways, it's the typical more "reality" based K-romcom a la "Coffee Prince", "I Need Romance 2013", "Discovery of Romance", "The Man Who Can't Marry", "Reply 1994/1997", "Miss Korea", etc. - which tend to be the best K-romcoms, but don't always get the ratings/love.

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City Hunter: So, is this drama worth watching?
whitewire: The answer is NO. Plainly and simply.

You can quote me on that. It is just THAT bad.

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It's no mockumentary, but on its own merits, as a slice-of-life romcom in a workplace setting, it's quite enjoyable and absolutely worth watching. The cast is great, even IU.

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Did IU ended up with kim soohyun???

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I think this is a show worth-watching.. Everyone delivers his/her acting part well, no one sticking as sore thumb. Even IU, for me, she's watchable and deliver her part well.. Regarding the story and the format, it's a bit different, but not completely different than normal kdrama. It's just workplace drama with romance sprinkled here and there and realism added for variety show.
I like it, nothing too heavy and the show has lots of humor, especially from Kim Soo Hyun. For the show to experiment and quite successfully like that I will give it 8/10.

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Cindy's happy. That's all that matters

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Ya, Cindy's happy!!!

And YJ and JM are together.
1N2D gets another 3 months. I get such a hugh kick out of them making 1N2D the subject of their show w/in a show. What does that mean? Does it mean it is in danger of being cancelled, just like it is in this drama? Ha ha.

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I don't think so and I hope not. 1N2D currently gets the highest rating on its timeslot, considering its rival Running Man and Real Men, which internationally popular. I'm a big 1N2D fan since Season 1, and I have to admit that the show had ups and downs for the past 8 years. I have to admit too that I nearly gave up watching it (on Season 2), but then the Season 3 starts and I have to say I love it! So... I hope the show won't be cancelled any soon. You should try watching it too! It's fun :D

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Yes, I watch 2d1n more than running man but started at season 2 coz was in love with Joo won then. Now, I am really enjoying season 3 whenever I get to catch it.

Love the episodes when they have normal folks like the high school students and recently the Seoul university students, with them!

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1n2d with the current cast is amazing. It's my favorite variety show. They get really good ratings.

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And they (1N2D) are going to LA soon! Excited for that episode!

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Yeppp cindy is happy hallelujah. Her smiley face melts my heart

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I'm such a sucker for all the sweet things Joon-mo does for Ye-Jin.. He's willing to drag himself from bed and drive all the way to her place at some ungodly hour to kill mosquitoes?! Are you kidding me?! Hahahaha

It's funny how these lil' sweet deeds make me so quick to forgive Joon-mo of his passiveness for the past god knows how many episodes. Joon-mo-ya, is this why Ye-jin can never be mad at you for long?
But I must admit that had the character Joon-mo been played by any actor other than Cha Tae-hyun, I would have wrote him off in a heartbeat and lost interest.
Instead, I still managed to love Joon-mo despite his gaping flaws.

And because of that, I loved all four characters in this drama. I cried with them, celebrated with them, cringed for them, worried over them and laughed with them... I truly cared and rooted for Ra Joon-mo, Tak Ye-jin, Baek Seung-chan and Cindy.

So Thank you Producer.. For being a drama that I will always hold dear to my heart.. You might not have turned out to be the drama I expected you to be but you still surprised me with how much heart each of your characters have...

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Joon-mo's sweet gestures made me cave every time. Ye-jin definitely gets a pass for doing the same. He was frustrating and wimpy, but he whenever she needed him to come through for her, he did. That counts for a lot.

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Agree with totally!

Last night I had to search a few sites before found one airing the RAW. The other sites didn't air it at their usual time, weird.

Even though I don't understand Korean language, I somehow understood the story so I went to sleep last night feeling sad but satisfied. At first I felt sad because it's the finale (so soon....) but I'm relieved with the final episode. I did get the feeling that the editing could have been better, I felt the editing was a bit hastily done.

Thank you JB for explaining that the production team did this in a very short time though I really really don't understand why they like to make drama in a stressful schedule like that in Korea.

Now that I just finished watching the Eng sub, I feel even more satisfied.

I like what Cindy said to Seung Chan back at the grandma's house... that she hoped SC would turn and look at her building the house and tearing it down... I'm glad Seung Chan held her hand.... very endearing...

I like what Joon Mo said to Ye Jin at the new-lit back path. Wow... now we know that Joon Mo was just like Seung Chan, becoming a PD just to be with his childhood crush/love... hahahaaa.....

Thank you writer Park.

Best of all..... thank you for the good laugh with Seung Chan's drunk antics! LOL!

I remember one reader wrote in a comment during Episode 9 (if I'm not mistaken) as a reply to us discussing who will Ye Jin kiss, and she wrote: Seung Chan will kiss Joon Mo!

hahahaaaa..... you got your wish!

I remember some time in April, I read one interview with writer Park and she said that she was in a discussion with KBS about the possibility of having a second season of The Producers if the ratings is good. But I guess, that's not going to happen, right? From what we know, all the four leads have already signed for major projects after this drama. To me, if they continue with a different set of cast, it will not be the same just like Dream High 2.

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I couldn't agree with javabeans anymore on the comment,

"In Seung-chan’s case, he frames his experience of heartbreak as part of a learning process, as part of the time he spent putting one foot in front of the other, figuring things out from the ground up. He describes relationships as the result of a bunch of little incidences rather than meaning something specific from the start, and that’s a lovely sentiment to end on. Turned around, it becomes an empowering thought, really: that you find the meaning in things, rather than meaning being prescribed to you from the start, weighing on your shoulders like a burden you’re fated to carry. Life gains meaning through living it—nothing means everything, but everything can mean something."

I like the ending episode very much, and I think it's the best one of this series. In the end, I love all the characters and hate to say goodbye to them. All the actors did wonderful job to make the drama successful and 17.7% AGB rating is the highest one for mini series in a year or two. BSC remains as my favorite character and KSH is killing it.

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sorry for the typo, the first sentence should be "I couldn’t agree with javabeans more on the comment,"

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Thank you so much for the recaps! I've been waiting for the finale subs all day and can't wait to see the things you've written here for myself!

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kim soo hyun records in drama right now is still perfect all kill..no wonder netizen put him,song joong ki and joo won as the top 3 best in 20's..producer totally fun..<3

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Who did seung chan end up with?

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Himself? Hahaha. But its kinda an open ending with him and cindy as they are shown at the end that they are becoming closer friends. In a way its kinda suggesting that they could be something in the future but not right now.

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The writer's got both brain and balls, if I may add! It's so sweet and so realistic to see young people getting close to one another not at a rate of knots but more as friends who become lovers, in a YJxJM style! Loved it! Not exactly an open ending and yet it is since our heroes are young and inexperienced in relationships...well, crushes to noonas don't count, right??? Who can tell the future, anyway? ;-)

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not to mention, she's a celebrity and from what I know, Korea does not take well to idols dating......

but it was a wise decision not to take the love line there and have to consider that element. Just let the relationship develop naturally and let them be themselves, they're one up on Joon-mo and Ye-jin in some ways because they've made their feelings clear (though I guess Cindy didn't have a 20 year friendship with Seung-chan to lose, the way Joon-mo did with Ye-jin)

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+1!
People grow up when they stop have crushes on others, make their feelings clear to whomever they like -even though they might not last forever, lol- and try to overcome the usual and/or unsual obstacles in their lives together. With that said, ombrella couple's relationship looks healthier and more promising even if Cindy's an idol and SC's a bit clueless ;-)

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Finally!!
I refresh all the time to read, and finally it's here!

I think the first two episode is the best, you know with mock-docu..it feels like a variety. And I'm so haapy that they use it again for this episode

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This drama is no MLFTS but its still for best drama in the 1st half of the year. Thought the ending was fitting for all characters. I liked the earlier PD much better but the eventual romcom turn was really good too. Enjoyed it and the great, absorbing acting from KSH as usual and surprisingly, liked IU a lot! She had a good character and did well. GHJ and CTH were wasted IMO.

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Finally last episode. I need to marathon this drama.. My last ep is ep 5.. Luckily baek sung chan with cindy..

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This drama is good but forgettable. Nothing special (characters or story line ) that gave deep impressions. If only not A-list actors in it, not sure there would be people watching it.

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Wait, what. This show is only 12 episodes long??? Is anyone else surprised/didn't know this? @[email protected] And here I was going in with the emotional preparedness and commitment of the standard 16 episodes and when I checked for the recap tonight I was so shocked to see episode 12 is the final episode? You know how you can predict the arch of a drama based on which episode it's on? I totally did that watching this drama thinking we still had plenty more time....

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From the beginning it was announced that it would be 12 episodes. But the episodes are much longer than the average show! The last one was 2 hours. I think if you actually add up the times you would end up with 16+ episodes.

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Thank you GF for the recap and I couldn't agree more with your comments. Here are my thoughts:

I watched the pilot of this show because it was advertised to be a story about the life and workarounds of the entertainment industry particularly in the variety department of KBS. The teaser from the very beginning of the series had the people curious about what would exactly the story be because a story about the entertainment world is not a story but just a concept. I was interested and excited with the concept. I do not watch that much KDrama because the teasers or the posters more often give away the “relationship” plot that the series may explore (duh, one female and one male lead) and “The Producers” was different.
The mockumentary devise that the show used at the beginning was a risky move for the creators especially with a high concept because the truth is , how many can really appreciate the life of the producers? I do. I appreciate the dialogues, how it comes naturally, the interesting subplots, the work environment, etc. Everything worked for my liking especially when you have GHJ and CTH (bias ahaha).

People got confused as soon as the lovelines were introduced. But I think the relationships (romantic, working, platonic) in the show was secondary only to the main plot of the show. For the show creators, it is a way to make the high concept series relatable to the viewers. RJM-TYJ friendship was there from the very beginning and from episode 2, I never doubted that in the future episodes, they will explore that bestfriend-turn-lover story.

Was the series successful in the main and the secondary plot? After watching yesterday’s finale, I would definitely say yes. You take away the main plot which is about Producers, what do you have? Another bestfriend-turn-lover story? Unrequited love story? Noona love? It will just be the same as the other KDramas. But instead, “The Producers” introduced us to the world of production of variety shows (not to mention a great advertising devise for KBS shows eh), how the people in and out the industry can make or break you, how admin can be frugal when it comes to reimbursements (lol), etc.

RJM- he started as a relatively weak PD with a show that’s about to go down the drain, but was able to dust himself of and in the process was able to help not just another celebrity but his staff and crew as well.

TYJ - a very successful career woman but unsuccessful when it comes to her personal life. No house? No successful dating partner? But she was able to find love in her best friend. Not to mention, she earned a friend from a celebrity whom she used to hate.

BSC – a clumsy rookie who doesn’t know why he is in the industry except for wanting to be near his crush. Yes, he has an infatuation for his senior, but you cannot overlook the fact that he has helped 2D1N as a team member as well with his suggestions. In the finale, as the “Grandmother” episode ratings rose, RJM tasked BSC to make another...

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..(cont) BSC to make another preview. That’s a big step right there for our puppy.

Cindy – a diva celebrity whom some hated from episode 1 but learned to love when we finally get to know her with the help of the PDs. In Cindy’s case, we’ve actually seen the powerful role of producers that they can actually make or break one’s career. Good thing Cindy became friends with them.

Re the lovelines, I think the frustration of people comes from the writer’s success in making confusing lovelines. Romantic relationship resonated and becomes relatable that some viewers may overlook the development of the characters in the other areas of their lives (like BSC creating a preview or RJM carrying the burden of an impending cancellation of his show). But, I love how RJM-TYJ relationship ended. It was foreseen. The hug was a sweet as the shake hands. Same as the Cindy-BSC friendship. I disagree (to some forumers in soompi) that it was a 180-degree change for BSC especially after he was dumped by TYJ. Hello, they were just holding hands. They were not making out lol. It was a start of a good friendship and who knows where it will end. All the kisses in this show were because either they were drunk or they were shocked to have done it so I’m satisfied with the hugs and holding hands. 

Overall, I enjoyed “The Producers.” I love more the actors. :D

P.S.: I still cannot recover from the BSC-RJM drunk kiss. It’s the ship that will end all ships lol. Hope KSH and CTH work again soon. Same as GYJ and CTH.
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Oh yesss....! that KISS! LOL!

and why did Seung Chan think of Joon Mo's lips as 'steamed chicken' ????

Gosh....! I can't stop laughing...!! :D

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Actually, he said in Korean that he wanted to eat "chicken asses" (you know that fatty triangular part of chicken at the tail). Maybe because CTH has such big and luscious lips, that made him think of the chicken ass

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Oh I see....! hahahaaa.....

Thank you for explaining that to me :D
Yeah... Joon Mo's lips are quite full... hehehee....

I wish they will show the BTS for that scene next week... hahahhaaa..... can't wait! :D

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In the south that particular part of the chicken is known as the Pope's nose. I thought SC drunk kiss on JN...was priceless. For an actor who is FAMOUS for his on screen kisses this one just laid me in the flood with laughter. Props to KSH!!!

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Very well said !! love the series too !!

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I think what really bugs me about this show is that I guess I came in expecting I was getting an ensemble and it mostly turned into the KSH show. The only other character who got an arc outside of the romances is Cindy, who was easily the best written character this show had. And I have no hate for KSH who is a good actor and did a good job with his character and he obviously isn't at fault here, the writer/writers are, but damn it's still frustrating (if you're not a KSH superfan anyway). I think it's obvious CTH got the short end of the stick here in terms of character and screen-time, but GHJ did too in my opinion. I'm not counting minutes or anything but in terms of screen-time, she probably has 2nd most out of the 4 leads but so much of the last couple eps centered on Seung Chan's crush on her and nothing else. I would've loved to have more scenes with her and Cindy, etc. etc. But of course they decided to drag this "love triangle" (which was never a love triangle tbh because it was always obvious that SC's feelings were never returned!) to the very last minute, when they should have spent more time actually giving CTH more to do and developing Joon Mo as a character.

As someone who was Team Ye Jin/Joon Mo all the way, I LOVED the Ye Jin/Joon Mo scene and I thought CTH/GHJ killed it but man, it also made me wish this show could've done so much more with both of them. And so much more with that relationship too. Most of what we got with their relationship these last couple episodes was mostly seen through Seung Chan's eyes and I liked so much more of what we got in the early episodes of them in their apartment drinking and hanging out and just chilling and talking.

I'm happy the ship I wanted happened and Cindy got a happy ending but overall, I mostly feel disappointed with this show. So much potential and most of it feels really wasted.

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Not that I was particularly shipping anyone, but I did feel a little disappointed with Ye-jin and Joon-mo´s "ending", it just lacked the umph! feeling that I was hoping for. They had so much potential, but I think their arc suffered from BSC puppy love. Especially Joon-mo´s character, who basically became a tiny hard boiled egg in the background for Ye-jin to cry over for, so that Seung-chan could console her. I truly suspected in the mid-run of this show that the PDs of the Producers got so anxious over the ratings that they decided to play all out on one card - KSH. You could just hear them thinking: "Why do we have to try so hard? We have KSH and everybody loves him! Let´s just show him in each and every frame!" I love him, I do, and think that BSC is by far the best he´s ever done (yet), but I couldn´t help but laugh when they turned him into the usual kdrama heroine couple of ep back: to whom will he go first? Cindy or Ye-jin?
All in all, the love lines were hardly the thing that got me hooked in this drama and I´m happy that the show still managed to balance things out pretty decently unlike some. (I´m looking at you, School. Yes, you!)

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Can't believe it's over. It's too short! T_T

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I think, Cindy's Arc saved Producer for being the Producer. They focused too much in the love triangle/quadrangle for the past episodes. I love this last episode :)

First time seeing IU in a drama. I think she's great.

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Thank you for the fast recap. I was watching the ep Live last night, and it just felt so l-o-n-g! I endured till Ye Jin found the footage to show Byun to be a liar, and just couldn't do it anymore. This recap saves me from having to watch again w subs.

I like this show, but each ep was way too long for me. Last night, I kept checking the clock. It was supposed to start at 15 mins. past the hour, but ads alone took up 15 mins; the show started at half past; all in all it was a total of 105 mins. Goodness gracious.

For once, I really like the apathetic writer. Her way of belittling ppl w/o saying much is so 'sweet' when used on CEO Byun. And KSH kissing CTH on the mouth. Ha.
Also like the PD that SC has been talking to turning out to be a "fairy". Ha ha.
JM and YJ ending up together is a matter of course.
Cindy venturing out to the ent-world on her own, Hip hip Hooray!
Puppy SC growing into his job, Yeh!
No romantic relationship between SC and Cindy for now feels right.

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Baek Seung-chan is the big winner in the kissing department, he kissed everyone from Cindy to Ye-jin with the BEST kiss with Joon-mo!

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so true lol, he's the only one who got to kiss all three of the other leads!

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Aaaah its over ! Great last episode ...my fav character surprisingly was Joon Mo. The portrayal of a passive being by CTH is perfect . I dont know why people didn't like him ..the best was that he spoke less but whenever he did it was words full of wisdom ..especially his big brother treatment towards Cindy . Apart from the other characters were brilliantly portrayed too . I'm glad that yejin got the confession she'd been waiting forever . Cindy stood up on her own and BSC became more mature . A very satisfying show . Thank you javabeans for the prompt recaps . I loved each one of them!

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Me too. or maybe because CTH played the part lol. He makes me laugh and cry. I don't watch that much KDrama but the CTH-GJH tandem was very natural and they carried their roles very well. They were not acting at all. Maybe because they are veterans. KSH was surprisingly convincing as well. Younger stars have to take a page of CTH and GJH comedic acting and natural charisma. :)

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He was frustrating in most of the earlier episodes because he was never really developed well enough for us to understand what's so great about him. I personally think he was purposefully neglected so that they can build up the YJ-SC love-line.

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My fave is definitely Joon-mo too! He's just that sweet of a person. Though he didn't really know how to show it well in the beginning, but he's always consistent in Ye-jin's life.
CTH played him brilliantly.

I was literally giggling all over when he finally made that confession. I know that it's expected that they would end up together (come on, the hints are all over the place). Never once I thought that BSC would have a chance.

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I actually watched JM's confession to YJ several times because I felt like watching CTH as Gyeon-woo once again. It was just so sincere and heartfelt that I forgave Writer Park for not utilizing CTH enough in the earlier episodes. (I'm such a sucker for love stories featuring best friends finally realizing that they're the right ones for each other.)

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CTH is definitely my most favourite leading man. He is just that good. He and GHJ made a perfect pair in term of look and experience and style. I see so much potential in their chemistry but it was neglected and although we got the confession, I still wished there would have been more.
I played that scene so many times because they delivered it so well. Their acting is really superb. Among the top of the actors in Korea for sure!

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The last scene from cindy and baek seung chan was so sweet. Finalky baek seung chan....

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When Seung Chan was imitating Ye Jin's drunken antics, I laughed so hard I honestly cried. I never knew KSY could be so darn good at comedy. The rookie music bank writer really grew one me. The actress is a hoot. Ye Jin is my mvp for all that effort to save Cindy.

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I think KSH wanted to pay GHJ back for making him NG so many times from her aegyo xD

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If you look closely at Gong hyo jin, I think she was not acting but reacting at KSH's aegyo antics for real hahaha she almost had trouble saying her lines! hahahah

KSH is simply brilliant! I did not really enjoy Moon that embraces the sun, kind of hated the ending for My Love from the Stars, so this is my favourite role of his so far...

Let's hope more great projects for this amazing talented actor!

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I really need to see the BTS for the KSH aegyo scene. In GHJ's aegyo scenes at Joon-mo's apartment, they both laughed their asses off. This one should be even better. I expect them to feature it in next week's special which I'm really excited for!

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Yeah....! Da Jung (the MU maknae writer) has finally smiled!

Thank you writer-nim!

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I loved the MuBank maknae writer's poker face, and the slightest bits of expression she allowed to break through this episode. That girl bows to no one, it's kind of irritating at first but in the end, it's awesome.

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The writer was a genius w/ DJ's character.

That aloof, not-caring attitude and poker-face paid off totally big time in the scene w/ CEO Byun in the dressing room.

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Me too. Going through all those old tapes to find the interview, that's so classy I can't believe it. Amazingly, it was so in character for her, although one might not think that after meeting her only once or twice. I loved how she would repeat compliments others gave her, as if she needed personal confirmation and also to let the moment linger, so cute.

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Such a pity because there's so many lost potentials. But still I enjoyed it and am fairly satisfied with the ending. I'm kinda wishing there's season 2 because I would like to more of Seungchan & Cindy's budding camaraderie. However, I'm not sure if I can go through this frustration again. Bahaha. Anyways if they were really going to make a season 2, I am pretty sure that it's gonna be a whole new cast with the original casts as cameos. & that would be just so meh because I love these current casts and characters so much. Lol

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Me too.. I want more of the growing friendship/relationship between Seung-chan and Cindy that I almost want a drama dedicated to them. If they are going to make a season 2, I hope they'll use the same cast and characters and sort of continue their story.

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I do 't think it will come true as KSH has a very tight schedule, his agency announced that he will join the film of "the truth" after the Producer, then I think he needs to report to military next year.

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I wonder, does someone with a heart condition like what Kim Soo Hyun has, still need to be enlisted?

I mean, isn't that dangerous?

I came from a military family. Both my dad and brother were in the army once and they always told me that they have to be really fit i.e need to go for medical check-up every 6 months. In my country, we don't have this mandatory enlisting.

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Yeah would like to see seunghchan cindy's budding friendship. Season 2on demand

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Personally I wished that BSC liked Cindy and not Ye Jin. I kind of frustrated me when the show was leading to him liking Ye Jin. I was even more disappointed when Cindy x BSC didn't happen in the end, and was not satisfied with that mere hand holding >:

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Omo 17.7% I love this drama. thank for the recap

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The best thing about this drama was that it was realistic. It didn't push love lines, like BSC suddenly liking Cindy despite liking TYJ the whole time. I'm so glad it didn't end that way. And I love all the episode titles and how they relate to each episodes message. I'm gonna miss this drama and I'm gonna miss seeing Cindy every week. This drama could easily do well with a season 2.

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I was firmly on the Cindy-BSC ship, but I can accept this ending. In spite of myself, I'm glad that the rejections in this show didn't end up with hyper embarrassed running aways and losing friendship. It's slightly awkward b/n BSC and YJ, but they're still on friendly terms and supportive of each other. Same goes for JM's earlier non-rejection of YJ. For Cindy in particular, it showed how she's able to carry on (since face is so important to her, usually) and hold herself up high even after the rejection. I loved how she was confident enough to be in her own anti-fan club, and how she thought to get advice from them without ending up grovelling, and also winning them over. I really liked the independent nature of our two female leads.

And oh Da Jung, I've such mixed feelings for your general brattiness, but I guess you've got your heart in the right place and is just way too straightforward. I love how we got to know her and manager oppa a lot more. Hooray for the moments of connection with the smaller supporting cast. (=

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Cindy unmasking herself at the anti-fan club was one of the high points of the drama imo, even higher than her moments with Seung-chan. I love that she and Ye-jin go out there and have lives and feelings independent of their crushes, it makes them more well-rounded characters.

And yes, I really liked Da-jung and manager oppa too.

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They cast one of the better known actresses as SeungChan's mom and have her have some significant run-ins with the other leads but in the end they don't do much with those run-ins (especially her mismatched perceptions of Cindy) to give the story some extra punch? Whaaaat?

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Yes, I was waiting for the Mom to meet Cindy as the woman who had her son tie her shoe and who danced suggestively. But only after remarking on how good of a housekeeper she was in the grandmother show.

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"The Producers was a strange experience where I feel like the comments from the international fanbase (like the ones here on Dramabeans) were diametrically opposite to the ones in Korea, where fans hated the docu-cam, found the awkwardness of the interviews boring instead of hilariously sardonic, and clamored for more romance."

I'm firmly in camp Korea. I found the docu-cam, mockumentary style verrrrry boring. I'm not sure that I cared about romance (it dragged out far too long), but I was very happy when characters were developed that I could care about.

Great actors - some really good production values. I wonder if they can come up with a tighter concept if it comes back for another season.

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"I’m firmly in camp Korea. I found the docu-cam, mockumentary style verrrrry boring."

Same here. Esp since the eps were so long. The docu-camera made me dizzy.

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Really strong writing, didnt mind the switch.

I was charmed throughout.

I felt like the whole drama was a giant fan service for everyone who enjoys kdramas, variety shows, and meta mirrors.

The one negative to me was that because the main actors are so A List, there was an unintentional pro feeling to the drama. The pro feeling took away from the BSC rookie awkwardness because i had a slight twinge of outside knowledge that the character was just a role. Same with Cha Tae Hyun. He was absolutely funny, but I feel like Joon Mo was Cha Tae Hyun playing Joon Mo. I could feel the pro (akin to mercenary) quality, and I felt a bit let down because it meant I was watching a drama rather than real life.

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I ask ncos I honestly have no idea what you mean. Would it be better if the chars were played unprofessionally? By whom, e.g.? Which non-A-listers would make you see the chars instead of the actors?

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awww love this. i am gonna miss seung chan

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Holy crap the Ratings shot up for this episode.

Having seen the finale now, I am impressed given the timeline they shot this at, that they it ended as is.

We all figured RJM and TYJ will get tied, that was a given, the question was whether there will be development between BSC and Cindy in the last 2 episodes.

The ending they had together, is satisfying. They didn't force the two of them to get together within 2 episodes and gave us an open ended view on how their relationship will develop in the future, which seems pretty positive given the ending. The epilogue also shows that Cindy is having a tough but fun time with BSC so if things went the way it is, I'm pretty sure those two would be tied together.

Overall nicely done, though I kind of wish they put as much effort as they did for story development earlier in the drama, like around ep 7 as I really thought with a casting group as such, the rating they got on their finale could of easily been something they could of obtained mid way through this drama.

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Why does the FD have to not be real? What was that all about.

Beyond that, was really relieved they didn't try to go all wish-fulfilling happy ending and have Cindy and Seung Chan together as like a consolation prize for losing Ye Jin to Joon Mo. I like how Javabeans puts it in her comments "In Seung-chan’s case, he frames his experience of heartbreak as part of a learning process, as part of the time he spent putting one foot in front of the other, figuring things out from the ground up. He describes relationships as the result of a bunch of little incidences rather than meaning something specific from the start, and that’s a lovely sentiment to end on. Turned around, it becomes an empowering thought, really: that you find the meaning in things, rather than meaning being prescribed to you from the start, weighing on your shoulders like a burden you’re fated to carry. Life gains meaning through living it—nothing means everything, but everything can mean something."

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I knew it! Jun-moo became a producer not because it was his dream but because of his long-hidden love for Yejin. (I was thinking that it would parallel Seung Chan's decision to become a producer because of his noona crush.)

Many have expressed their dissatisfaction at Jun-moo because of his passivity but now that the show has ended with this reveal, I think it would be interesting to watch the show again with the knowledge that it was Jun-moo all this time who had the unrequited love for Yejin for 25 years.

Again shoutout to the actor who plays Cindy's manager. from his first appearance in the show, he had always managed to steal the scene from the main actors. I would be interested to see a sequel/spin-off to this show entitled "Managers."

Thank you dramabeans, not only for the recap but for providing us with this venue to share our thoughts.

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Haha sequel Managers, now that would be interesting since they'd know all the juicy everything, Cindy's manager really was a scene stealer, I agree.

Jun-moo was my favorite, and his reasons for becoming a Producer in the end were so endearing, truly.

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The episode was so long that it took forever for subs to come out lol. Firstly before anything, the ratings! Producers shot up to 17.7 which is truly and utterly impressive. As far as my memory goes no miniseries since (ironically) YFAS has broken 15%. Its fitting that its another KSH’s show ends up breaking that curse. Congrats to the whole cast and crew of Producers, it must’ve been so difficult shooting for such long episodes for weeks, but the efforts paid off. Be proud of yourselves, you guys were amazing!

The finale was extremely solid and I loved mostly everything about it from the focus back on work to Seung-chan’s eventual reflection of his journey in this new world. But before I get into that, I just wanted to say I find it ironic that every couple was somewhat developed other than the one that ended up together. That is just so sad. Before this episode, I thought I’d be questioning why Joon-mo didn’t confess earlier. But after seeing it, I thought, why did he confess now? There was no real push, a trigger of sorts. It just randomly happened because the drama was ending? That's kinda lame, but I’ll take what I get I suppose. I really think Ye-jin and Joon-mo’s relationship is the most underdeveloped and uninspired one in the drama but its all water under the bridge now.

I personally feel this four-lead-format doesn’t exactly work if one of them has the kind of global star power and influence that Kim Soo-hyun has. There’s no doubt whatsoever that he shone too brightly in the drama so I’m definitely not demeaning him. But I do feel as a costar, he’s not the best to have purely for that very reason. I somewhat blame his dominating presence (not him obviously!) as the reason why CTH was shafted and given such limited screen space for most of the drama. Joon-mo, as a character had as much potential to develop as the younger characters but that wasn’t to be because the writer focused on Seung-chan who in turn, stole it. I feel sorry for CTH and hope he can come back to dramaland with a drama that does him justice instead of leaving him behind.

I thought this was a great episode tying in relationships and work so efficiently and with purpose. I also love how smoothly they transitioned from Seung-chan and Ye-jin’s story to a possibly Seung-chan and Cindy pairing. I love their conversations which are deep and meaningful –KSH and IU have some intense chemistry going on for sure. I think this relationship depends on what road Seung-chan chooses to walk on, but I think this time - if Cindy is the right one for him - he’ll fall in love with her in earnest and depth. It's a great and happy note to end off their love story and gives us a hopeful view of what they could be and most likely will.

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I’ve always wanted Kim Soo-hyun to do an almost straight up comedic role after his more trendier/cooler drama characters in the past years. He was just hilarious today letting himself go in the drunk scenes and really shining. I love how brilliantly KSH is able to differentiate Seung-chan’s deadpanned expressions to that of Do Min-joon’s, its such an admirable trait in an actor. I really could write a whole dedication on how much I enjoyed this drama because of what KSH has managed to bring on. He was truly phenomenal in a character that was well defined but not exactly easy to portray on screen. Seung-chan could have looked like a puppet or a caricature, but there was just so much life and energy and zest and earnestness in him; he ran away with my heart right from the word Go.

I thought IU managed to turn a leaf and really step it up on her acting. She wasn't great initially which made Cindy very unlikeable, but that changed and I felt she did great learning from her sunbaes and bringing in the vulnerability in her character to make Cindy extremely relatable and real. I also loved GHJ even if it wasn’t exactly a challenging character. She did manage to bring in a little something special which is always her trademark. CTH was good but so underutilized. I felt he got the short end of the stick by not being able to romance Seung-chan. However, Joon-mo got Seung-chan’s last kiss so he wins over the ladies :P

Overall, it was a great drama managing to be awesome in both formats it tried out. I can’t blame it for not sticking with its original plan because ratings are such a huge aspect of how K-entertainment works. Its easy to talk, but I’m not the one losing money when numbers dip. Thankfully it maintained its quality and I'd call it an overall success story for most of the cast. I’ll miss it a lot, and Seung-chan in particular who I feel quite attached to. But all in all, I had a great time, show; so for everything, thank you!

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What a messy show! It was ok but could have been really good.

I liked KSH a lot on this role but I was often confused by him. It was odd how fast he forgot about his first crush. He was such a rational guy and he was madly following this person just because she was pretty. Later he fell completely for YJ, but he was so observant, I wish he had remarked on her bad traits as part of his love for her.

Her character changed quite a lot, she was kind of mean and manipulative in the early eps and later became much softer. I liked both versions, I just think the change was too sudden and also prompted by the korean audience wishes. Also he was this very sensitive guy most times and then later he was totally dumb. No way that guy would have said those harsh words at Cindy after her confession at her house. Totally absurd reaction too, everybody knows the varieties lie a lot, he acted surprised she was faking a friendship, rude and illogical behavior.

Every time the show tried to show the everyday routine of the PDs was very boring and sometimes even absurd like again, Cindy, their star, being made to starve and nobody asking the main PD what to do. When the show tried to show the tough side of the business like CEO Byun and the ratings craze it was good.

It could have been much better if it had a regular one hour 12 eps, no boring scenes about their routine if they add nothing to the story. More development for CTH's character, for instance we had no idea he followed YJ in anything until the last minutes of the last episode. It was a sweet confession but felt out of the blue, his reasons for editing her drunken confession were much better. There was also no reason to drag SC crush for so long, the result was obvious and if he was to give Cindy a chance even if it was just a hint of something, it could have been better explored way earlier.

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Sorry, this should be below, please delete moderator. :)

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Seeing that open ending for cindy and seunghchan made hungry for more of their moments. Really wish for their union someday.

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I had this goofy grin on my face last night when i watched the raw and thought happily "there sails my (previously-sunken) ship"... I know its open ending, but I won't have it any other way.... A fast romance at the end would have felt too forced and unrealistic...

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Exactly, I do hope to see SC confess his feeling to Cindy one day!

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I agree that Kim Soo-hyun probably did cause the distribution of screentime to go off-balance in the later eps, but I really feel like the ratings success of Producer is a one-off.

Don't get me wrong, it's been a huge success, but the combined firepower of four leads who are individually hugely popular in Korea (and in Kim Soo-hyun's case, abroad as well), is going to be very hard to replicate. And KBS isn't even following up Producer with another drama in the Fri-Sat time slot, they're just going back to airing Entertainment Weekly.

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They'll be airing a variety pilot on Friday, and yes, EW regularly on Saturdays. I'm a little surprised KBS didn't try establishing the slot since very recently there were talks of shuffling the usual weekday air time due to poor ratings. I thought they had the golden opportunity to do something they'd have an advantage of over the other public networks. They are still experimenting which is impressive but Spy's previous schedule of 2 episodes a day or OM's crappy short episode a week format is really not sustainable in the long run. The Fri-Sat slot was realistic and I could see it working for them the way it does for tvN. Oh well.

But back on topic, yea I agree. I don't think we are going back to the pre-YFAS-rating days just because Producers was so successful. I just meant to say it has been a very long time since a miniseries achieved ratings worth boasting. In contrast to other hyped up and great quality dramas in the past year - like IOIL, KMHM, Healer, etc - this one actually managed to reflect it in the all important numbers. It's something I'm sure the cast and crew are extremely proud of.

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That is true, it's definitely a credit to the cast and crew that the drama pulled in numbers that haven't been seen since the end of Empress Ki last year. Though I wish KBS hung on to the Fri-Sat slot for dramas, more short dramas would have been welcome.

The weekday public broadcast dramas are all competing against each other so they end up cutting into each other's numbers, but KBS had the field open and clear to establish a new slot here. Though it's weird to think their main competition - and very legitimate competition at that - is tvN (I believe Three Meals A Day airs in the same time slot, and picks up double digit ratings. On cable......)

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KBS really could have ridden on the drama's success. If they stick to 60 instead of 80-90 min on fri-sat, they'd only have to compete with the other two stations for 15 and 20 min. Producers had to compete with regular shows because it ran for too long. To add on, this gruesome live shoot for essentially 3 episodes a week is just too insane. They can't keep that up and expect things to go down smoothly. I can't even believe it was a possibility, but I hope this stops right here.

As for TMAD, it airs around 30 min after Producers' slot, so it definitely competes with the drama. Though to be fair, they haven't done better than 8% this season when the previous ones reached 13% (!!!!) consistently. Of course I expect things to change now that the competition was wrapped up.

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yeah I found Cindy's story more engaging than the others. and I think there could have been more to this show.... but I don't know, I'm not s PD
XD still nice though. great ending.
Thank you!

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I am satisfied with ending coz cindy ended up being happ which she deserved.

To be honest about the loveline writer should have focused on bsc-cindy and RJM-TYJ instead of Bsc tyj. I loved seunghchan cindy moment till the last ep. The way cindy looks at Seung-chan gives me butterfly all the time. If there's season 2 I would like to see cindy Seung-chan further lovestory without any frustrating love triangle. Or I would like to see iu and ksh in love story someday where love is mutual from both side.

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I laugh out with baek seung chan drunk scene:)
All my frustrations with the lovelines has been well paid off, especially with JM and YJ.
...though I thought they're going to use Joon Mo's mom in the end 'cause I wanted to see her reaction.

In turn, Joon Mo turn out to be the real puppy in here following Tak Ye Jin for all of those years.

I also love Cindy's ending...<3

I did not expect the pd ghost coming:)

all in all I love the show. thanks for giving a very satisfying ending. :)
can't wait for next week special bts ep:)

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aw! i don't want it to end! i am going to totally miss this show a lot. it has been entertaining, and i am happy that at last, TYJ and RJM is together! muahahahah..

oh! with jh interview.. is that a hint that office nazy is actually the president's daughter??

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Im really happy that I decided to watched this drama. I love realistic story and char. so I love It!!
and Im happy that Joon Mo and Ye jin End together. Kyyaahhh!!I know why they are not kissing because their love story/relationship is realistic. because in real life, if you confess you feelings to her, you don't need to kissed her to proved that you love her. LOL

But I'm sad.. because I will miss them... The whole cast... ??

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What a great ending!!!! SC was pee-your-pants funny in his YJ imitation. He was an amazing char to play and glad to see his essence and innocence remained intact till the last second. Woot to Cindy’s new life, but the highlight is definitely that knee-weakening KISS! HAHAHAHA. Loved all the actors, even KJK who I cant believe is this good!!!! How is it his first drama in 20 years??? He’s natural and funny too. I want to see him in many more dramas, movies and stuff but maybe its just my fangirl self talking hehe. And while we are at it, can he pair up with SJH and have epic kiss scenes?? ;)

Huge shout out to KSH who has proven yet again that just because he’s currently the biggest Hallyu star, doesnt mean he is a flowerboy who cant impress the heck outta me. Aced it, killed it, murdered it, so bravo KSH! Now can you pair up with PSH or MCW and give us an EPIC love story before you enlist??? Melo, rom-com, healing, whatever would do!! Pretty please???

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OMG, I love KJK in his role too (not that I didn't like the rest of the characters) and was sad no one wrote about him. Until I read your comment!!!

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I'm with you guys! KJK was really impressive and so not awkward. I expected some Taecyeon level acting from him, but he really surpassed all my expectations! Hong-soon's turn in the end of choosing love and giving up something he 'worked' for - relatively, lol - was a fun and satisfying conclusion.

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Let's vote for Kim Soo Hyun and The Producers at KDrama Stars Vote poll !

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Awesome finale!! I love that ye jin and joon mo end up together and thank you drama you gave budding love to our immature pd aka seung chan and brave cindy!!!
Every things settled perfectly in final episode. Good bye drama thanks for your lovely times with us, and thank you for your recaps javabeans and girlfriday!! Finally DRAMA 사랑해!! :-)

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Thanks for recapping The Producers Javabeans and GirlFriday. Enjoyed the wit, humor, cameos, characters, and the chance to spend time with Kim Soo-Hyun, IU, Gong Hyo-Jin, & Cha Tae-Hyun. It was like a nice summer read.

Last time the satirical dramedy The King of Dramas offered viewers a revealing look into the world of drama series production. This time around The Producers enlightended and entertained us with all the meta, a behind the scenes look into variety tv production and programming, celebrity and the life of an idol, and a peek into other aspects of the entertainment industry.

IU as Cindy :)
Kim Soo-Hyun as Baek Seung-Chan :)

The Producers = a show-within-a-show full of metaphors + a variety drama + mockumentary + heartfelt rom-com + coming-of-age story.

Can I just say for the record, I'm impressed by the fact that an actor with the starpower and fanbase of Kim Soo-Hyun was willing to accept a role where his confession was rejected more than once and he didn't succeed at getting the girl in the end. Someone of KSH's stature in a drama actually losing out character wise to the other male lead in the romance department - this is such a rarity indeed!

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P.S. Glad that Ra Joon-Mo & Tak Ye-Jin finally opened up to each other about their romantic feelings for one another and are now together.

Glad that Cindy had a happy ending too.

Glad that Baek Seung-Chan embraced being a PD.

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I think KSH won in everything other than Seung-chan not getting the girl so it was a fair deal. He got to play the much better and developed character, got a largely significant amount of airtime and knetz praising him in the whole of the dramas run. CTH unfortunately got pushed in the background for so many episodes, which was just so unfair. As a fan, I feel cheated because we hardly see him in dramas at all, and then this happens. But of course I’m also a KSH fan, so I can’t say I’d rather have less of him instead. Its a win-win, lose-lose situation lol.

Still, I totally agree that it is not common practice for someone as huge as KSH to accept a character that would lose the girl to a co-lead. I think he wanted to shed his Do Min-joon persona that was so present before this and felt Seung-chan was the perfect character for that. He was right in taking the career risk, as he always is.

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I'm impressed by both Kim Soo-hyun and IU putting aside any starry ego they might have had and committing to a drama where neither of them gets their love interest.

(especially when so many idols even below IU's level won't touch anything less than a lead role in a drama. Kim Soo-hyun at least had the star power to guarantee some serious screen time, but she didn't have the same bargaining power as an actor re: previous successes.)

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'especially when so many idols even below IU’s level won’t touch anything less than a lead role in a drama.'

is this really based on fact, or just an assumption seeing some not-so-popular-idols(not that many though) getting lead roles? just wondering...because it sounds pretty specific n accusative that it made me curious enough to want to know a list of that said low level idols who 'won't touch anything less than a lead role in drama'...n maybe the source of said 'information'.

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This is the reason why KSH is so popular and successful ! He does not count himself as flower boy, he really likes acting, honests to the story board. Actually you cannot say himself handsome especially when you see his pictures without make-up, however, he doesn't mind those photos being posted to public, as he never says himself handsome, he has confident that he attracts viewers by his acting. His dream is to become a reliable actor !

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