On May 2nd KBS2 aired two recap episodes of "Doctor Prisoner" in place of the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth episodes that had been planned in the schedule. Nonetheless, "Doctor Prisoner" maintained the top spot in the ratings for the night, beating out both "The Banker" and "Big Issue" handily.
A representative from KBS stated that the reason for the schedule change was to allow viewers to better understand the drama's complicated plot going into the story's final stretch. It is unclear whether this official explanation is telling the full story.
Other possible explanations that KBS may want to keep hidden could involve problems with the production of "Doctor Prisoner". They may also be anticipating problems with getting "Angel's Last Mission: Love" ready on time. Another more mundane possibility is that they may be anticipating a special broadcast that could force "Doctor Prisoner" off the air over the next few weeks, and they want to avoid having only two episodes air during the final week rather than the usual four.
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"Doctor Prisoner" is directed by Hwang In-hyeok, Song Min-yeob, written by Park Kye-ok, and features Namgoong Min, Kwon Nara, Kim Byung-chul, Choi Won-young, Lee Da-in, Park Eun-seok. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/03/20~Now airing, Wed, Thu 22:00 on KBS.
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.
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