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Saimdang, Light’s Diary pushed back to next year

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SBS has finally confirmed a time slot for its much-anticipated historical drama Saimdang, Light’s Diary. It will be broadcast starting in late January 2017 on Wednesday-Thursday, rather than on weekends as originally planned. The time slot is currently being occupied by Jealousy Incarnate, and will be followed by Jeon Ji-hyun’s Legend of the Blue Sea, after which Saimdang, Light’s Diary will air.

The 100 percent pre-produced Saimdang, Light’s Diary is about an art historian (played by Lee Young-ae) who comes across an old Joseon relic in Italy that contains the hidden secrets of Saimdang, arguably the most revered female poet-philosopher in Korean history. Lee Young-ae also plays the part of the ancient poetess in prolonged flashback sequences that slowly reveal the mystery behind the artifact. Song Seung-heon co-stars as a man in love with Saimdang.

Originally, the drama was supposed to start airing in October on the weekends after Second to Last Love finished its run. However, SBS made the final decision to move Saimdang, Light’s Diary to weekdays because “a miniseries format suited the nature of the drama” more than the already planned weekend drama special format. But now, there is an empty hole in SBS’s broadcasting schedule, where Saimdang, Light’s Diary was supposed to go. The network is currently thinking over its options, but there is a high chance that the weekend drama slot might go to a variety program instead. Many pilot variety shows aired as specials during the Chuseok holiday period, and there’s talk that one might be chosen as Second to Last Love’s successor.

Saimdang, Light’s Diary has been in the works for nearly a year already. The filming finished this past June, and it has received much attention because it will be Lee Young-ae’s first comeback to the small screen since her Hallyu-fame-launching drama, Dae Jang Geum. According to reports at the moment, the production team is in a flurry of activity, editing and revising to create a polished finished product. It was supposed to be broadcast simultaneously in China and Korea, and the bidding war over broadcasting rights in China was fierce. But there’s been a slight hitch, which some speculate may be due to souring Chinese-Korean relations because of the recent THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) installation. Negotiations are still underway, but it looks like Saimdang, Light’s Diary will air later than expected in China.

This modern-day and sageuk combo drama will start airing on SBS in Korea next January on Wednesday-Thursday after Legend of the Blue Sea ends.

Via Star News, Korea Times

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If they are portraying her as a poet-philosopher, rather than a poet-artist, they are stretching the poetic license. I can't think of one philosophical thing she came up with.

I have a feeling that this might end up being another Moon Lover in terms of a lot of pre-hype focused on the Chinese market failing spectacularly in the domestic market.

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Wow, Song Seungheon. I haven't seen him in forever.

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ugh...A bit disappointed as it's the one drama I was looking forward to. I guess as long as we get a better finished product. I'm in need of a good sageuk to fill that hole left behind by SFD.

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Well, I'm glad they changed the time slot at least. That SBS time slot is mostly dead and it would be a shame to risk putting this drama in it. Hopefully they can make spend more time making the drama better.

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Sageuks are boring for me

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Generally for me too, I can only finish the movies of that era.
The history in sageuks is interesting but I almost always drop them in the beginning. However "Moonlight Drawn By Clouds" is changing that, currently on ep 9.

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:O Have you seen the fun ones like Sungkyunkwan?

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I have :) but I only got to episode 6. I tend to not finish them for some reason.

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Wow pushed back again? I hope that this would be the last postponement of this drama, it has been pushed back since forever. I've always wondered why SBS initially scheduled this on Saturday-Sunday to begin with; thought that a weekday primetime slot would have been more fitting (although, I thought Mon-Tues would be more appropriate since SBS has been airing sageuks on Mon-Tues)

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When I saw on my Twee today that this was airing in over 100 days rather than the previous less than 3 weeks, I was sad. My second sageuk ever maybe be replaced. Well, it's not like I don't have anything to watch. I'm already waiting on 4 other dramas to start.

I'm really look forward to this highly edited show though. I feel like it's going to be fantastic!

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But what drama will air after 'Second To Last Love' ? Just one month to go and don't have any project.

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I'm hoping they'll use the extra time to go over the product they currently have and maybe check that it's, y'know, watchable on a technical scale (no jarring music, no weird editing, etc)

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Totally agree. Editing of Moon Lovers make I feel so disappointed with the big budget (10 billion won).

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I absolutely agree.

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Why is she always so stunning!!!!

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It definitely makes more sense to move this show to weekdays. I can't wait to see this!! Loved DJG so much an would be awesome to see LYA in a drama again!

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