COVID-19 crisis drives CJ ENM to stop prod. of tvN, OCN dramas; KBS2 to postpone premiere plans

With the sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in South Korea and its recent spread within the entertainment industry, CJ Entertainment and Merchandising (CJ ENM) has decided to suspend its production of tvN’s ongoing drama Flower of Evil and OCN’s upcoming series Missing: The Other Side. For the same reasons, major Korean network KBS2 has also postponed the forthcoming premiere of its drama Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol.

CJ ENM, the entertainment and retail giant slash parent company of CJ Entertainment and Media (CJ E&M), a division that operates cable networks tvN and OCN, has shared in an official announcement, “Following its discussion with Studio Dragon, CJ ENM has decided to stop producing tvN and OCN dramas starting August 24 until 31 for the safety of their respective cast members and production crews.” Specifying which programs, the statement continued, “If there will be any changes to the broadcast dates of Missing: The Other Side and Flower of Evil, they will be announced separately. Dramas that have wrapped up filming prior to their premiere dates, such as Stranger 2 and Record of Youth, will air as scheduled.

Flower of Evil, Stranger 2, and Record of Youth are all tvN dramas, but the last one is still gearing up to make its first broadcast. Flower of Evil, starring Lee Joon-gi and Moon Chae-won, airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:50 p.m. KST, whereas Cho Seung-woo and Bae Doo-na’s Stranger 2 runs during the Saturday-Sunday, 9 p.m. KST time slot. Record of Youth, which is headlined by Park So-dam, Park Bo-gum, and Byun Woo-seok, is slated to premiere on September 7 at 9 p.m. KST as a Monday-Tuesday drama.

Meanwhile, Missing: The Other Side is OCN’s upcoming Saturday-Sunday drama that features Go Soo, Heo Joon-ho, Ahn So-hee, Ha Joon, and Seo Eun-soo. It targets to air this August 29 at 10:50 p.m. KST.

Also affected by the current setback is Go Ara and Lee Jae-wook’s new KBS2 series Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, which was originally announced to premiere on August 26 at 9:30 p.m. KST and air every Wednesday and Thursday. The drama has put a pause on its filming activities since August 19 after learning that some of its crew members were around an actor who was suspected (and was later on verified) to have contracted the virus. Upon receiving confirmation on August 20 that one of its own cast was diagnosed with the disease, the drama has now come to a decision to postpone its highly anticipated first broadcast.

On August 23, an official from the series shared, “All actors and staff who have undergone COVID-19 tests received negative results, but their safety and our goal to prevent any further spread of the disease are our top priorities at the moment, so we intend to reconvene after completing a determined period of self-isolation. The premiere on August 26 will not be pushing through. We will notify you of the new schedule soon.”

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Aurora Bae

Aurora Bae is a news and feature writer for Kdramapal. She first fell in love with Kdramas by watching Winter Sonata as a kid but it wasn’t until Secret Garden that she became an official fan. Now, she spends more time watching Kdramas in her home in Cebu and Kdramapal provides her a platform to write about them as a means of living. How cool is that? And oh, she obviously loves the northern lights too! | email: [email protected]

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