Yeah, so this sucks: Two dramas that were given upcoming timeslots
have had them yanked, meaning the university-musical-theater drama What’s Up
and the hot-guys-at-sea drama Poseidon
are both adrift once more. Thanks, SBS.
(By which I really mean: fuck you.
No Eric, Im Joo-hwan, Im Joo-eun, or Kim Kang-woo
? *rages ineffectually*)
It was announced just a week ago that What’s Up
would be on the air next month, but contrary to those reports, an SBS
rep, CP Kim Young-sub, stated on the 20th that it’ll no longer get the
If you’ll recall, SBS had announced cancelling the 9pm drama hour just days before the What’s Up
announcement, and they’re close to deciding to cancel it after all.
They’re still debating, according to CP Kim, who said, “The 9pm drama
can be considered a failure,” but that as regards the format, “I think
we need challenge and a change.” Another possibility on the table for
that 9pm hour is to attempt a new format akin to the Friday dramas
(one-offs, one-acts, and the like).What’s Up
began filming in July 2010, and is currently 90% done with shoots.
Then there’s Poseidon
, the maritime police drama starring Eric
and Kim Kang-woo
as frenemies at sea. It has also been cut loose by SBS, which had had
it on its slate for a May broadcast as a Monday-Tuesday series.
Alas, the SBS drama department decided last week in internal meetings
to go with a different drama instead, and announced on the 20th that it
had never fully committed to Poseidon
in the first place (BS, I be calling it), and that it therefore hadn’t strictly cancelled
it, merely decided not to air it. Oh, okay then. Then you were an idiot for giving an airdate for a drama you hadn’t strictly decided on
, is that it?Poseidon
had begun shooting with the May premiere in mind,
but now is looking at continuing its shoots with the pre-produced model
in mind. (Not that it has much choice; it’s either continue filming and
hope for an airdate later, or just give up now, wasting all that time
and money.) One broadcast rep stated that because the drama has already
invested a sizable amount into the large production budget, it has a
good chance of getting a broadcast as a pre-produced series that has had
the time to take advantage of high production values.
In order to continue the production, the drama will have to work with
the actors’ schedules, because some shoots have been delayed. Combined
with the above issue, there’s a chance the drama may lose some of its
cast. One rep from one of the actors’ agencies stated, “The actors [Eric, Kim Kang-woo, Kim Ok-bin, U-know Yunho
are big stars, and if they get offers from other companies, they can’t
just be held back thoughtlessly. It looks like the production company
will explain its position within the week, which we’re waiting for.”
(Uh-oh. Looks like someone wants out?)
rep took an optimistic approach to the pickle
they’re in, saying that despite SBS dropping the drama from its
schedule, because of Eric’s popularity as a Hallyu star and the interest
from foreign markets, there’s a likelihood that the drama will manage
just fine, regardless.
You know what else it sounds like? SBS doesn’t know what the hell
it’s doing. And here I thought MBC was the station o’ desperation.
Via TV Report, Hankook Ilbo