The sudden termination of filming by MBC hit drama The Moon Embracing the Sun not only caught MBC off guard, but the two main competitors KBS and SBS have also been affected. It is learned that in order to avoid head-on battle, the SBS’s Rooftop Prince and KBS’s Man from the Equator which originally scheduled to debut on March 14th, 2012 may be delayed.
MBC originally planned to broadcast the grand finale of The Moon Embracing the Sun on March 8th, 2012, and begun broadcasting The King 2Hearts from March 14th, 2012. But because of the sudden announcement by PD of The Moon Embracing the Sun to quit filming, the broadcast plan of The Moon Embracing the Sun was forced to adjust. Instead, MBC is broadcasting special feature of drama highlights in lieu of the final 2 episodes. The last 2 episodes may be postponed to next week.
The Moon Embracing the Sun is currently the most popular drama in South Korea with highest ratings, the ratings of the ending will certainly usher in the climax without any doubt. If the finale of The Moon Embracing the Sun is postponed to next week, while SBS and KBS also begin airing new dramas next week as planned, the ratings of the premiere will certainly squeeze by the finale of The Moon Embracing the Sun. Therefore, after SBS and KBS learned that the finale of the possibility for The Moon Embracing the Sun may be postponed to next week, e “moon embrace of the sun or be postponed until next week, the emergency meetings were held instantly to discuss countermeasures.
Currently SBS TV has planned to delay the debut of Rooftop Prince which originally scheduled next week to the week after, and temporarily broadcast a 2-episode drama to fill in next week. KBS has not yet announced any specific measure, but there is high possibility that it will decide the premiere date of Man from the Equator based on the broadcast date of grand finale of The Moon Embracing the Sun.
An official in the South Korean TV industry said that in the past, South Korea’s three major TV stations often have conflict because of sudden decision by a popular drama to extend. This time all three new Wednesday and Thursday drama series from three broadcasters are set to debut at the same time on March 14, 2012 can be said as some kind of understanding reached by the TV stations. Unexpectedly, the finale of The Moon Embracing the Sun was forced to delay the broadcast, messing up the original plan of three broadcasters. As for how the three broadcasters will adjust the premiere date of new dramas, for the time being, it all depends on confirmation of broadcast date for the last 2 episodes of The Moon Embracing the Sun.