Interest in the new seasons of well-made dramas that will save the stagnant Korean drama market is rising. As these dramas have already built a huge fandom with the success of the previous seasons, new of their comeback alone is expected to breathe fresh air into the drama market, which is struggling with 1 percent viewership.
First of all, KBS2’s Doctor Prisoner, starring Nam Goong Min, is preparing its second season. It recorded 15.8 percent viewership (based on Nilsen Korea) in the final episode with its unique setting of a medical drama set in prison. This is the best record among all the dramas that have aired on KBS in the first half of 2019. As Meow, the Secret Boy, which aired around the same time this year, recorded the lowest viewership of 0.8 percent in the history of terrestrial TV networks, the thirst of Doctor Prisoner is even greater.
The critical point is whether Nam Goong Min will participate in the sequel. Nam Goong Min showed impeccable performance as he played the role of Na Yi Je, a doctor with outstanding skills. An official from Jidam, a production company of season 1, “There have been many voices wanting the sequel as soon as the first season ended. The basic work of the production of season 2 has already been completed. Sooner or later, we will formalize the production schedule of the second season.”
MBC’s Partners for Justice, which had finished its second season, are also flooded with requests to make season 3. Season 2, which aired last year, recorded 9.9 percent viewership, the best record set among dramas aired on MBC in 2019. Writer Min Ji Eun, who wrote both seasons, was well-received for presenting hot social issues, including drugs and sexual harassment at offices that have stirred the entire nation at the time of the broadcast. Also, in the final episode of season 2, the main character, who believed to have been dead, reappeared, leaving a lingering impression and raising expectations for season 3.
tvN, which has recently swallowed its pride as A Piece of My Mind was cut down by four episodes, is also seeking to rebound. Stranger, which was aired in 2017 and was praised as a “masterpiece,” will return with season 2. They have already started filming, and the original cast, Cho Seung Woo and Bae Do Na, have joined once again.
Signal, which can be called the beginning of writer Kim Eun Hee’s craze, will also return with the season 2. It has been about four years since the first season ended in 2016. Since writer Kim Eun Hee has already expressed positive signals after receiving related questions in an interview about Kingdom, speculation is mounting that the sequel will be produced in earnest as early as the second half of this year.