Time I’ve Loved You swaps writers (again)
I really wish I could be a fly on the wall behind the scenes of SBS’s weekend romance drama The Time I’ve Loved You, because there’s way more drama offscreen than there is on. The production has already had an eventful string of PD and writer changes before ever going on the air, and now the drama is onto its THIRD writing team beginning with Episode 5 which aired this past weekend. What is going on over on that set to send writers packing every few weeks?
The remake of Taiwanese drama In Time With You stars Ha Ji-won and Lee Jin-wook as best friends of seventeen years who keep dancing around the possibility of romance but keep missing their timing. (Orrrrr, Lee Jin-wook just needs to spit it out before I sock him in the unmentionables, is what it’s about.)
The drama encountered its first wave of problems when PD Jo Soo-won (Pinocchio, I Hear Your Voice) left the show after a disagreement with the production company on the direction of the script. Soon after that, PD Jo was brought back, and writer Min Hyo-jung (Full House, Attic Cat) was swapped out.
That’s when a new pair of writers — Jung Do-yoon of Gumiho: Tale of the Fox’s Child and Baby-Faced Beauty, and Lee Hana of Sly and Single Again — were brought on to replace the original writer. They were able to rewrite the show from the start before the premiere, but it pretty much put the series on the live-shoot schedule from Day One.
The show has lingered in single-digit ratings (currently hovering around 7%) during its first three weeks on the air, and SBS decided that they weren’t happy with the way the show has been performing and opted to swap out the writers yet again. New writing team Ga Il (Ji Go, Ji Soon, In Hae) took over beginning with Episode 5, though so far there hasn’t really been a huge difference in the show’s performance over the weekend.
Honestly, I see why it’s not a huge ratings winner, despite its starpower and high expectations — not a whole lot happens in any given hour, though the overall mood and performances are well executed. At least with the introduction of big rival Yoon Kyun-sang, there’s some drama in this drama? I worry about how many writers have cycled through this show, but who knows, maybe the third time’s a charm?
The Time I’ve Loved You airs on Saturdays and Sundays on SBS.
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