Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim in talks for extension
There’s a possible extension in the works for SBS’s hit Monday-Tuesday drama Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, which will (sadly) be pre-empted next Monday, December 26 for a special broadcast of SBS’s Award Festival music program. Because of the pre-emption, the drama is considering a 1-episode extension to even out the broadcast schedule, which would bring the total episode count to 21.
The series is a huge hit for SBS, as it more than doubled its opening 9.5% ratings and the numbers have stayed higher than 20% for the last four weeks straight (last week it reached 23.8%). There obviously wouldn’t be talk of an extension if it hadn’t been performing well, though the default plan is to air the final two episodes as a double header on the last day, if the extension falls through.
Though I’m never one for stretching out a show, Romantic Doctor is fairly procedural and could probably introduce a new accident, disease, or disaster of some sort and not really change the overall pace too much. Admittedly, the medical cases are the part I like least, but this show usually finds a way to integrate character arcs with the cases in an interesting way. Also, I wouldn’t be opposed to an episode where Yoo Yeon-seok and Seo Hyun-jin get trapped in a mountain cabin for a day and night and have nothing else to do but bicker and make up, over and over. Okay fine, they can maybe stop to save a random hiker’s life or something.
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on SBS, and is currently scheduled to end January 10, to be followed by Ji Sung’s legal thriller Defendant.
Via Star News
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