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KBS in talks to extend Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho is performing well for KBS as the ratings leader on Mondays and Tuesdays, having just hit the 15% ratings mark this week. So it’s no surprise to hear that KBS is considering a 4-episode extension for the legal/underdog/human drama, and it seems easy enough to give it a few extra hours; the drama is feel-good and pretty straightforward as a procedural, so an extension wouldn’t disrupt the show’s pattern too much. In Jo Deul-ho time, I’d say that converts to about an extra case and a half.

That being the case, it seems a reasonable supposition to attribute this extension more to the following drama, Beautiful Mind, which seems to be struggling to pull together in time for its premiere. (Beautiful Mind, why can’t you pull it together? I want you to be good, if just for Jang Hyuk and Park So-dam’s sakes!) A source with Neighborhood Lawyer did state that an extension had been under consideration for several weeks and that Beautiful Mind’s schedule was “absolutely not the reason” for it, so there is that.

I have a hard time believing that since Beautiful Mind has had a rough time of it, taking a long time to secure its leads and having to delay shoots more than once. There was also a scheduling conflict with its leading lady, Park So-dam, who is still filming her prior commitment, pre-produced drama Cinderella and the Four Knights. KBS even scheduled a four-part miniseries, Baek-hee Has Returned, which gave Beautiful Mind an extra two weeks of lead time, which it dearly needed because it had planned to begin filming at the end of May for a June 20 premiere, which seems nuts. An extension here would earn Beautiful Mind another two weeks and push it to early July.

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho has not given the final confirmation yet and is reportedly in negotiations with its cast and staff, but an extension looks likely at this point. This would extend the drama from its originally planned 20 episodes to 24, to be followed by Baek-hee Has Returned, and then Beautiful Mind.

Via Asiae, TV Daily

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This means another 2 weeks wait to see Jang Hyuk.. hopefully he can wrap up his Chinese drama soon.

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I like Park So Dam and all, but why were they so fixated on having her as the female lead? If casting her caused filming delays (or was one cause, at least), why not simply move on to another actress?

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Originally there wouldn't have been any problems, but Complications Happened.

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This also bumps the premiere of Moonlight Drawn by Clouds to August 29, which means it will now go head-to-head with the premiere of Scarlet Heart.

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My thought exactly! Ugh, as much as I want Park Bo-gum's drama to be a ratings success, Scarlet Heart: Goryeo has much more buzz and anticipation. Though personally, I would go for Moonlight Drawn By Clouds.

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Now that you guys mention it, I just realized these two dramas have similar plot set-ups and will air during the same time. Damn.

Park Bogum is a pretty big deal in South Korea right now. He's only second to Song Joongki in regards to being the current obsession / 'it boy'. People think Scarlet Heart is going to get the ratings, but I have my bets on Moonlight.

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Oh wait, but isn't it still up in the air on which timeslot Moonlight gets? I thought I heard about Moonlight possibly airing after Uncontrollably Fond since Jealousy Incarnate is gone.

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MDBC is on the KBS Mon/Tues slot :) Uncontrollably Fond is Wed/Thurs slot :)

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Yeah I know, but I thought I read that they were thinking of changing it from Mon-Tues to Wed-Thurs. I'm looking at Korean sources and it still says Mon-Tues though, so nevermind lol.

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Nooooo I want to watch Moonlight Drawn By Clouds as early as possible.

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Me too >< My Bogummy

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Is Jo Deul Ho any good? Haven't watched any lawyer drama since Remember and the last time I have fun with a lawyer drama is with A New Leaf.

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It is a SuperHero action drama where Makjang plays an important role.
Predictable but fun. It lacks logic and is too idiotic but if you want to see Justice served then this show does the job.

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Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho is both fun and smart; my favorite show every week and am glad to hear it may go another 4 episodes...I wasn't ready to let it go.

I felt eps 7&8 were not up to snuff, but it got right on board again afterwards.

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I found myself rolling my eyes at times, due to some absurd situations. I know nothing about law, but I do find myself questioning how legit some of the legal processes were.

Yet... just the performance of Park Shin Yang is enough for me to call this drama fun. The way he acts is just captivating. So if you can really turn on your suspension of belief for majority of the scenes, and just wants to see good acting, then you'll like it.

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I still cannot bring myself to watch this drama even I do love legal & prosecution drama. But I heard Park Shin Hyang is doing fantastic job.

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Whether it's a good or bad drama, it's solely up to personal preference. You gotta watch it yourself. For me this drama is good and it's my fav Mon/Tues drama. It's a fun drama but sometimes it make me cry.

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Beautiful Mind sounds like a production mess. Hopefully they can pull their heads out of their ass and make a good drama.

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Okay. so when will the DVD of this drama will be available?

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I always hate it when they do these extensions (even with dramas I like), but I especially hate when it's for the obvious reason of just giving the next drama more time. It feels unfair to the current one. Jo Deulho has multiple cases so it probably won't matter, but extensions do tend to affect the flow of dramas... and it's not even for the sake of the drama but for the next one, I'd feel pissed if I were the writer.

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So where the hell are they gonna pull villains from now? I guess there'll be an episode for Michael Jung, then for Jang Shin Woo, then for Kim Kap Soo's character?

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But where the heck is Kang Sora?? in the show, as well as now even in the lead photo! What happened to her character?? [Speculation] - was there supposed to be a loveline with JDH that wasn't going to go over well, so there's nothing else the writer can think of for her to do in the drama?? Or is she not well? Why so criminally (ha) underutilized?!

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I just hope she doesn't have similar faith with Park Min Young in A New Leaf & Remember. Just a filler. I am not watching so I don't know.

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Happy news for me!

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I think Neighborhood Lawyer is lots of fun and I'm enjoying it immensely. I'm happy to see an extension!

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