On January 22nd jTBC announced that the final two episodes of “Snowdrop” would air back-to-back on January 30th, starting at 10 PM Korean time. Previously, the presumed final episode of “Snowdrop” was scheduled to air on February 5th. The two-episode-a-week order became unsynced last year when an extra episode aired on December 24th, a Friday. “Snowdrop” airs on Saturdays and Sundays.
The reason for the rush to end “Snowdrop” stems from the controversy the television drama has long been embroiled in regarding the story’s depiction of eighties era politics, with some alleging that “Snowdrop” buys into right-wing propaganda about North Korean spies. Originally “Snowdrop” had a twenty episode production lineup. This has since been reduced to sixteen.
For South Korean television dramas to have expedited broadcasts are quite unusual. They’re far more likely to suffer delays due to preemptions from sports game or breaking news stories. The fact that Disney+ licensed “Snowdrop” Internationally may have saved the drama from outright cancelation due to the controversy, as jTBC would likely have faced hefty fines for breach of contract had they tried to cancel it. “Snowdrop” had ratings of 3.017% in its most recent episode which aired on January 16th.
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“Snowdrop” is directed by Jo Hyeon-tak, written by Yoo Hyeon-mi, and features Jung Hae-in, Jisoo, Yoon Se-ah, Kim Hye-yoon, Jung Shin-hye, Kim Mi-soo. Broadcasting information in Korea: 12/18/2021~Now airing, Sat, Sun 22:30 on Disney Plus, jTBC.
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. 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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