The Musical inches closer toward securing a timeslot
The latest news about The Musical
, the drama that’s
been in limbo for nearly a year, is that broadcasters are in still in
talks regarding a possible premiere. There has been some unconfirmed
talk about the drama getting a timeslot on SBS following Miracle Audition
which is scheduled to go off the air in October. However, SBS has
countered those rumors with the statement that they haven’t decided
So, ultimately the news is that there’s no concrete news yet. But any
talk is better than the months of radio silence we’ve had, right?
Interestingly, though, the rumored premiere would put The Musical
in an unusual timeslot: Rather than joining the regular weekly prime-time lineup, it would broadcast on Fridays at 11pm.
The talk was likely spurred by the fact that there are two months of unclaimed airtime between the end of Miracle Audition
(which wraps October 14) and the beginning of another reality show, Survival Audition K-pop Star
which is set for December. But it’s a curious choice, since dramas
don’t currently air on Fridays outside of cable television and one-acts
like KBS’s Drama Special
On one hand, putting a miniseries like The Musical
Friday slot can seem like an experiment in “reviving the Friday drama”
(as some reports put it); there were a few Friday shows in years past
that did pretty well with audiences, such as My Sweet Seoul
and Scales of Providence
. But it can also seem like it’s just shoving it off in the corner to burn off the episodes.
It’s similar to Birdie Buddy
being picked up by cable
channel tvN after languishing for a year; it’s great that the drama will
finally see the light of day, but the victory is qualified since it’s
heading to a less-watched, less visible platform.
The drama is mostly done with production, though I’m surprised to hear that The Musical
currently has four episodes left to film. The thing began shooting a
year ago, but with no premiere date pressuring them and stars busy with
other projects — Gu Hye-sun
has her feature film and Daniel Choi
shot Baby-Faced Beauty
in the interim — I suppose they’ve taken their time. Let’s hope it pays off.
Via Hankook Ilbo, Star News