‘Dr. Jin’ Caught in Extension Debate
MBC’s Dr. Jin has been trying to get through a silent scuffle regarding rumors that the drama is to be extended.
When news of the extension of Dr. Jin hit the press on July 13, producers and sources from MBC stated, “There are discussions happening on the topic, and everyone is looking at it positively,” but the actors’ agencies have said, “An extension is impossible.”
A rep from the drama’s production company Lee Kim Production told enews on July 13, “It is true that the channel and the actors’ agencies are discussing an extension. It is also true they’re showing positive reactions about it, but nothing has been confirmed.”
A source from MBC added, “It’s true that they’re talking about it. The producers are trying to persuade the actors.”
The actors’ agencies, however, have been disagreeing.
One official from the agency of an actor who appears in the drama said, “To be honest, [the drama] isn’t being received that well and viewers have been pointing out that the plot is too slow; I don’t understand why they’re talking about an extension.”
Another official from a different agency complained, “[Our] actor already has his future schedules set up. We can’t agree to such a reckless extension.”
Dramas surrounded by extension rumors sometimes end up being extended with an official announcement, but sometimes the rumors fade away as rumors if public opinion isn’t very good or the producers fail to persuade the actors.
MBC previously sent off its recent drama Feast of the Gods this way.
Feast of the Gods was rumored to be extended, but due to its low viewership ratings, future drama schedules and dissent among the actors, the extension never happened.
Light and Shadow did make it, but was criticized until the end for its slowed pace.
Dr. Jin, starring Song Seung Hun, Park Min Young, Lee Bum Soo, JYJ’s Kim Jae Joong and Lee So Yeon, started off at the same time as SBS’ A Gentleman’s Dignity on May 26 to much anticipation, but started to stumble after falling behind its competitor.
Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan
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