KBS Moves Flower Boy Sageuk Hwarang Back to December 2016 for Simulcast in China

There’s movement on the scheduling front for upcoming fall 2016 dramas. Big budget flower boy driven sageuk Hwarang: The Beginning has been moved from the fall after Uncontrollably Fond to December with a different drama on KBS to bookend the two. It would seem odd to move Hwarang since it’s been filming already and will be done by early summer with principal production, but the drama is being marketed to China for simultaneous airing much like Descendants of the Sun and soon Uncontrollably Fond, hence the delayed airing date in Korea so Hwarang can be submitted for Chinese broadcast approval. KBS really is taking the lead on pre-producing dramas this year and working on the simulcast with Chinese streaming sites, and who can blame them after the runaway success of DotS. This new drama scheduling means Moonlight Drawn by Clouds will stay on Mon-Tues to air in August after Beautiful Mind.


With SBS winning the rights to Incarnation of Jealousy with Jo Jung Seok and Gong Hyo Jin, KBS will likely air On the Way to the Airport after Uncontrollably Fond and before Hwarang. Odd title notwithstanding, On the Way to the Airport has offers out to reunite Choi Ji Woo and Lee Sang Yoon, a good of a reunion as any successful onscreen coupling albeit a tad too soon after Second Time Twenty Again.


KBS Moves Flower Boy Sageuk Hwarang Back to December 2016 for Simulcast in China — 4 Comments

  1. I guess this new law of n China is kinda a blessing in disguise for the entertainment industry in South Korea if it encourages more pre-production. It would put much less stress on those involved in the production.

  2. Now I’m really interested in checking out any pre production in line, just curious to see if pre production really makes K drama better.

  3. Someone needs to remind KBS that the success of DotS didn’t necessarily come from pre-production nor even from the fact that it was streaming simultaneously on Chinese sites. Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Gi made the drama a hit.

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