Following the disappointing performance of "Different Dreams" it was little surprise that the drama's successor, "Golden Garden", would try to do something more well worn and traditonal in its Saturday night time slot.
The tonal change has paid off. While "Different Dreams" ended at 4.3%, having achieved a high of only 7.1% at its peak, in its first night "Golden Garden" started at 4.5%, but closed the night with an episode at 7.3% - beating "Different Dreams" at its very best on its very first night.
The success of "Golden Garden" is all the more surprising because the drama was not widely marketed. Its concept of melodramatic secrets and scam artists is relatively generic. Still, considering the drama's low expectations it's already a strong success in an extremely competitive market.
Written by William Schwartz
"Golden Garden" is directed by Lee Dae-yeong, written by Park Hyeon-joo, and features Han Ji-hye, Lee Sang-woo, Oh Ji-eun, Lee Tae-sung, Jung Si-ah, Kim Young-ok. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/07/20~Now airing, Sat 21:05 on MBC.
"Different Dreams" is directed by Yoon Sang-ho, written by Jo Gyoo-won, and features Lee Yo-won, Yoo Ji-tae, Lim Ju-hwan, Nam Gyu-ri, Lee Hae-young-I, Lee Young-sook. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/05/04~2019/07/13, Sat 21:05 on MBC.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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