Following the announcement that Seo Ji-suk will replace Kang Ji-hwan in the leading role on "Joseon Survival", TV Chosun also announced that the episode run would be reduced. "Joseon Survival" was planned to run for twenty episodes, and will now only run for sixteen.
Given Kang Ji-hwan's arrest his replacement on "Joseon Survival" was unavoidable. The cutting down of episodes even given his replacement was a more open question. While TV Chosun would no doubt prefer to finish the drama they had already started, the future of the drama has been tainted by Kang Ji-hwan's association. Its ratings had been holding steady at about 1.4%, but it is unclear whether viewers will want to return to it now.
"Joseon Survival" is set to begin airing again on July 27th. The episode reduction might also be a matter of long term scheduling. Due to Kang Ji-hwan's arrest it did not air on the previous weekend and will not air on the coming weekend, so it will have already missed four episodes in any case.
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"Joseon Survival" is directed by Lee Hyeong-seon, written by Kim Sol-ji, Park Min-woo-II, and features Seo Ji-suk, Kyung Soo-jin, Song Won-seok, Park Se-wan, Lee Jae-yoon, Han Jae-suk. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/06/08~Now airing, Sat, Sun 22:50 on TV Chosun.
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 email@example.com.
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