A representative from tvN has responded to news spreading on social media sites claiming that a season 2 of its hit crime-thriller drama, Signal, will be produced by the cable network. On July 28, the representative said that the network is not discussing the production of a new season and that the news spreading online is unfounded.
According to the news spreading on SNS, Signal 2 will be produced and is slated to air in 2018. It also says that the main cast of the drama—Lee Je-hoon, Kim Hye-soo, and Cho Jin-woong— will be reprising their roles in the new season.
Signal is a fantasy crime-thriller drama about a profiler living in 2016 who gets to communicate with a police detective from the past, from 1989 to 2000, using a mysterious walkie-talkie. The two police officers then work together to solve crimes that have turned into cold cases by 2016. The drama received critical acclaim and high viewership ratings, became popular abroad, and won the Best Drama prize at Baeksang Arts Awards in 2016. It is the first cable drama to win such recognition from the prestigious award ceremony.
The drama’s ending hinted at the possibility of a sequel, so avid fans of the show have expressed their desire for a new season. Screenwriter Kim Eun-hee did promise in December 2016 that she will write a new season and mentioned that she likes to work again with the three main actors but since then no significant developments regarding the plans for actual production was heard.
Writer Kim Eun-hee is currently working on her next drama project titled Kingdom, a Netflix’s 8-episode sageuk set in Joseon where a mysterious zombie apocalypse spreads across the country. The writer had been working on this drama since 2011, aiming for a story that will reflect the “fears and anxiety of modern times but explored through the lens of a romantic fascination of the historical Joseon period.”