Master of Trade—Inn 2015 to end with 41 episodes
First and foremost, I find it confusing and oddly funny that I can’t tell from this news whether Master of Trade—Inn 2015 is being cut or extended. Most reports call it an extension but the various articles have conflicting counts, which differ again with the news articles previously published in earlier publicity rounds.
The KBS historical drama about merchants in the Joseon era was initially announced as a 50-episode drama, and there are a whole bunch of news sources that state as much. Now, in the latest wave of news, drama producers are quoted as saying that Inn 2015 was always meant to be a 40-episode series and that this is a 1-episode extension. (I’m not saying anybody’s a liar, but anybody with a moderate sense of google-fu can easily go back and see that it was not always announced to be a 40-episode series.)
In the same wave of articles, others report that the initial episode count was actually 36, and hence this change is a 5-episode extension. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS, PEOPLE. At least get your story straight before taking it to the press. But whether Inn 2015 is getting episodes added or taken away, we do know definitively that the final episode count is now 41. At least everyone agrees on that.
In any case, Master of Trade—Inn 2015 has been performing solidly for KBS in recent weeks. It faced stiff competition early on with Yong-pal and She Was Pretty in rival timeslots, but once those shows wrapped, the drama’s numbers lifted out of the single digits; they’ve been holding steady in the 11% to 13% range ever since. The drama does have a strong cast (Jang Hyuk, Yoo Oh-sung, Han Chae-ah, Kim Min-jung) and is the kind of familiar underdog success story that audiences find comfortably satisfying, so I can see how it has picked up its modest audience. And now fans will have either 1 more, 5 more, or 9 fewer episodes to enjoy.
Master of Trade—Inn 2015 aired its 24th episode today. Its new episode count puts its finale on February 18.
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