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Pre-emptions in store for Chicago Typewriter, Rebel, Tunnel, Whisper

The South Korean presidential election is coming up in under two weeks, which means that this is probably just the first wave of drama pre-emptions in store for us. With debates and other election-related news specials popping up in the days leading up to the election, we have quite a few dramas already announcing programming changes. I know, it’s never good news for a drama addict! But on the upside, we’ll probably get a bunch of hilarious memes out of it.

tvN’s Chicago Typewriter will not air this Friday, April 28 due to presidential debates. Thankfully you won’t have to wait too long, because both Episodes 7 and 8 will air as a double-header on Saturday, April 29. I was just starting to get invested in the 1930s friendship and love triangle between Yoo Ah-in, Im Soo-jung, and Go Kyung-pyo, so this comes at a very inopportune time, but surely I can wait one day.

MBC’s Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People will be pre-empted twice over the next two weeks: There will be no episodes aired on Tuesday, May 2 for presidential debates, and then again on Tuesday, May 9 for Election Day. That means the show will conclude a week later than expected, on May 16. This one is a little more disappointing, given that I’m already feeling some strain in the pace of the last few episodes. I know, I know—a peasant rebellion doesn’t happen overnight! But some of us have been waiting for 26 episodes and could use a pick-me-up like a husband-wife reunion, is all I’m sayin’.

OCN’s Tunnel will take a break next weekend on May 6-7, which means that Episodes 13 and 14 will air a week later on May 13-14. I’ve been seeing some fan wall posts from beanies wailing about having to wait for the next episode of Tunnel just after a normal cliffhanger, so I can’t imagine this news will go over well. I’m sorry? Time travel sure would be useful right about now.

Last but not least, SBS’s Whisper will be pre-empted on May 9 for Election Day. Producers are still considering a 1-episode extension for the series to make up for it, so I suppose in the case of Whisper, we might end up ahead. Unless the extension somehow causes the plot to derail completely, because the average ratio of betrayals to episodes is about 17:1.

Fingers crossed that there won’t be any more pre-emptions ahead.

Via E Today, Herald Pop, Joy News, Star News

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Noooo Chicago Typewriter and Tunnel are the only dramas that I'm watching right now ?

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Me, too.

Dear new president: please be a good one so that in the future our dramas can run as scheduled. (Er, and for the good of everyone who lives in Korea, too, of course. :) )

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and Tunnel and Rebel are killing me softly ...they are so good... OMG

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At the moment, I'm only watching Chicago Typewriter and I'm grateful it's delayed only a day with back-to-back (if I got it right) episodes the next day! Nobody likes extended waiting time after cliffhangers so I hope this week whizzes to the following week for my fellow beanies! On the other hand, this may be a good time to sart watching Tunnel. Hehe. Thanks for the update @girlfriday!

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If you put it that way, I might as well start watching Whisper..... or even try Defendant.

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I think that Defendant is the better choice. Not to say that Whisper is bad, but I just can't get invested in the drama with so many betrayals. Each week I watch the show with a mindset that there will be another betrayal so it didn't even shocked me when the betrayal happens. Because it always happens

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Defendant is better than whisper

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way better...

I am considering dropping whisper from my watching list... the drama is too serious for my life right now. unlike Defendant where the bad guys stays bad, and being genius in their way, with whisper i cannot say the same.

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Thank you guys for your recommendation. I started Defendant ep 1 last night and I think I'm gonna spend my long weekend with it while waiting for my beloved weekend dramas because I can't watch them until Tuesday :(

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I like Defendant more. I dropped Whisper after 4 episodes. Might watch it again if there's nothing else good to watch. Currently watching: Rebel, Chicago Typewriter and Man to Man.

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DEFENDANT IS FREAKING EPIC

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Defendant!!! Ji sung is a winner!

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I know, right?! I watched the first episode and realized how much I missed him. I didn't watch Entertainer fully so it's such a bliss to have him on my screen again.

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

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Now where are those preemption memes by my fellow Beanies? ^__^

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LOL I just visited the Beanies page and it's full of sad memes XD

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Chicago Typewriter: Ohthankgoodness.
Rebel: Just stab me now, will you?
Tunnel: that's my medical conference weekend (and week) so I will (pretend) to be busy.

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Wasn't Tunnel already not going to air next week in order to improve the quality story, though ?

I'm glad to see Chicago Typewriter will be airing the two episodes back to back. We're getting into the heart of the story and there is nothing worse than pre-emption to make you disinterested in a drama. But what can we do, Elections are a priority indeed!

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Almost freaked out about Chicago Typewriter because it's the only show I'm watching right now. Glad it was only a day. But it's gonna be one veeerryyyy looongggg dayyyyy.

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Luckily we will still get two epi this week! although yes one day, gonna be very long day..

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Haha for me I really don't mind, because work has exhausted me this week and delaying a day gives me time to catch up on sleep, before I marathon the 2 episodes. And become sleep deprived again! ?#lifeofadramaaddict

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True!

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Am I the only one that's watching all four shows? Well, great!
On the plus side, I can now focus on my assignment instead of waiting for the eps to come out! Because seriously, actually watching it is one thing...but waiting for it is part of the 'whole drama experience'.

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I guess its a good thing then.. I can catch up on my american shows! And also finish binge watching old kdramas. Haha

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I am okay with Chicago Typewriter because it's just one day and back to back episodes don't hurt but give me my Gil Dong and Ga Ryung please. Am so waiting for their reunion next episode.
Also, why drama broadcast suffers because of any major sports or political event. Isn't there separate channels for just sports or just news to broadcast related events?

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I saw on Instagram that Ssam My Way will air the first episode on May 22. After read this news, now its kinda make sense. Because Ssam will air simultaneously with MBC Lookout and only face up with the last two episodes of SBS Whispers. Yeah with Perfect Wife rating that only give 5% to its successor, I think KBS wouldn't take much risk...
But still take it with a grain salt...

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Whisper dropped 4-5% this week...viewers are tired of serious dramas and Lookout seems like a serious drama with not so popular cast & My Sassy Girl looks fun and all but it's another historical with lots of drama behind the drama...
If Ssam My Way pulls a strong pilot, it will have a great chance to ace the ratings.

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Hehehehehehe. I love how Girlfriday just casually slotted in the reminder about the memeing competition. Nice. Very nice. Off to make some more memes.

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Her reminder made me go off in search and I saw yours - ??‍♀️!!!

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"The average rate of betrayals to episodes is about 17:1"

LOL! So true. I'm glad it seems like it'll work out for whisper but pity about tunnel. Maybe it's a good time to start marathoning it!

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Good that the 2 Chicago Typewriter episodes will air on Saturday!

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LOL at the smiley photo for Whisper, so different from the current mood in the drama. If the extension helps slow things down a smidgen and allow for better character development, then that would be good.

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I need some time travel mojo for next week then. I'm glad they won't pre-empt Tunnel this week. But I'm 99.99% sure I'll eat my word next week.

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I haven't seen the 2 latest episodes of Chicago Typewriter yet so I'll think of this positively and use this opportunity to catch up.

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You are going to love them! Best episodes yet.

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Rebel thief im not watching
& whisper I feel a little pissed after watching the show.
So my only regret is tunnel which
thankfully is there this week

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Chicago Typewriter is the only one of these dramas I'm watching right now, so as long as I get my two episodes back-to-back I'm good. I'm busy this weekend anyway.

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How am I gonna survive with ONLY one episode of Rebel the next two weeks? I'm honestly only watching this atm and all I want is to have everyone reunited soon. *goes into Mighty Child blast of rage mode*

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*after calming down*
Btw, I love how you put Lee Bang Won's and Moo Hyul's pictures side by side, girlfriday! All them SFD feels are rushing back.

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after the intense and satisfying episodes Rebel had this week, I don't I can survive with just one episode for the next two weeks but hey, at least I could catch up with other dramas.

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Just think of the election as a drama special. So what if it doesn't have subtitles and we have to (gasp) READ the news instead of watching.

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You know, I try not to make a big deal out of politics, but you're right--these days they're almost as convoluted as a first rate drama.

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Initial reaction : NOOOOOO
After reading about Chicago Typewriter: Phew, it's just one day. calm down heart. You can wait a day.

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I was so looking forward to this friday just for Chicago Typewriter. But better one day late than next week! As for Tunnel, I'll just have to cross the tunnel to get to those episodes....did someone locate that tunnel yet? I'm still searching for it...Better yet, can you find me a walkie-talkie? The signal is much more reliable.

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But walkie talkie can only make you 'heard' the drama. You should get on a subway..subway the metro not the sandwich joint that dramaland loves so much...

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Oh thank goodness it's just a preemption--I accidentally read the header wrong and thought it meant they were all getting episode cuts. I nearly jumped out of my skin!

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I'm okay with CT's one day delay, but Tunnel's break is gonna hurt. ;A;
At least I will be busy with CT and Man To Man.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

GILDONG AND GARYUNG TOGETHER ON MY SCREEN AGAIN, IS THAT SO DIFFICULT.

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TWO pre-emptions for Rebel?! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

I wanted that Gil-dong/Ga-ryung reunion but I have a bad feeling that that flash-forward in ep 1 is going to be the next time they're face to face.

(but if you deny me husband-wife reunions, I will accept a triple dose of wily subversive siblings wreaking havok on everything)

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I can live with the one day wait for CT but the waiting will be hard for Tunnel. Not looking forward to interrupting the flow since the suspense is mounting. That's one of the minor downsides to watching dramas as they air though! I still say it's worth it :) I enjoy getting to join in on the discussions while it's on going .

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Why is that photo of YAI so hot?

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I know right?! I hadn't planned on watching this, though I AM a fan of YAI, but that picture has kinda sorta changed my mind!

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I need to catch up Chicago Typewriter or I can start watching Rebel. There is also Surgeons Chinese drama. Oh yeah, there is Across the Oceans Chinese drama that I have not finished yet. However, real life takes over drama addict. =(

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I have to prepare myself when Tunnel take a break, but at least this weekend will air normally.
About Chicago Typewriter i can wait a day, at least it'll air two episodes back to back.

Thanks for the notice girlfriday.

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Please not Tunnel please!!!

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NOOOO REBEL! I'm sad because I follow Rebel in real-time so my Tuesday nights are going to be extra dark for the next two weeks. Sobs. On the other hand, this will be a welcome break for our actors and staff. The staff particularly need a break, I'm starting to spot editing mishaps here and there. Also, I hope they compensate with lots of behind-the-scenes videos and crazy edits in their naver tv site instead (seriously, go to their naver tv site guys, the editors are high on drugs for sure cuz they keep making crazy edits there).

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My heart skipped a beat when I saw the title, but phew it's fine now to know I will still have my dose of Chicago Typewriter both episodes this week ? Perfect chance to stop procrastinating on my assignment, too... ?

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As a international drama viewer this is the worst news ever!!!!Got lucky waiting one day for now with Chicago Typewriter yet Tunnel having o wait two weeks after without a doubt a stunning cliffhanger,that is bloody!!!

Hope this time SK will indeed choose a better person for the position....

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This is great news for me! I have not been able to watch any of this shows but now I'm basically done with school and can actually catch up!!! ?

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When I saw the title of this article,
I seriously thought I might cry at the prospect of no Chicago Typewriter this week. Last week's installment made it my favorite show on air right now. So thank goodness we still get two episodes . I also hope that Whisper doesn't get an extension, it never seems to end well.

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aaaaaaaaaaaa that dimple is back! whisper's BTS photo looks great >/////<

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wow that really sucks. the three dramas i'm watching right now are chicago typewriter, rebel, and tunnel...

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oh shit i misread it, at least i'll get my full chicago typewriter fix then

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Omo, I'm glad CT is just delayed by a day. I don't think I can go a whole week without Yoo ?

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My reaction meme for the week:
https://media.giphy.com/media/3oKIPwox8L67yOk4gg/giphy.gif

Enjoy!

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tunnel my love, having to wait for another week is pain in the a**. i just hope they will not give a terrible cliffhanger that make me go crazy waiting for new episode.

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I still can't believe that's a wig on Yoo Ah In >.< Suave.

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am I the only one who noticed BANG WON x MOOHYUL (SixFlyingDragons!) in the header pics? :D *kyah* why did i get so excited all of a sudden? (amidst the bad news... T___T nooo i need more gildong & the puppy from CT)

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I've been waiting and dreaming about a husband and wife reunion on Rebel. I'm so pissed even though it's for the good of the country.

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Though I don't watch dramas live as I don't know Korean, the thought of having to wait one more day before I get to see CT makes me a bit sad. . hehe That shows how much I love CT.

Yoo Yoo come to me *giggles* but not the in the ghost version ofc.

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Thank goodness for chicago typewriter...and tunnel..i am alive and most happy on sunday morning ???

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This is agony. How can they do this to us??? I won't see Yoon Kyun Sang for two weeks? T_T

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Tunnel and Rebel OMGGGGGGGGGGGG i guess is time to catch up with my other dramas ..but seriously i really really need Rebel episodes 27 and 28

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Thanks for the heads up GirlFriday. Missing CT tonight is no big deal as I have plans and wouldn't be able to watch it anyway. So tomorrow I get to binge for 2 hours! I'm loving this show.
Rebel was so good this week so I'm sad about missing one ep next week.
And Tunnel - what can I say - it is such an AWESOME show!!!!! I'll wait patiently *with clenched fists*.

In truth, kdramas are my release from reality, and so to miss one or two episodes a week is okay in the grand scheme of things.
I do hope the best for these elections in South Korea. So much hangs on them. Please pay attention, vote well and elect a good leader!!!
So here's to you Korea fighting (or is it hwaiting?)!!!!! You give us the best dramas around - thank you!

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