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Major tvN drama has bumpy start

Dec 27,2017

Cable channel tvN’s new drama “A Korean Odyssey” featuring actors Cha Seung-won, Lee Seung-gi and Oh Yeon-seo had some technical difficulties during the airing of its second episode on Sunday.

The long-awaited drama, a modern adaptation of “Pilgrimage to the West,” drew complaints from viewers after airing an incomplete episode on the show’s night.

The 90-minute drama suddenly stopped in the middle of the show and went straight to commercial. About 40 minutes into the program, the show went to a normally-scheduled commercial break. But instead of a 60-second advertisement, 10 minutes of promos for the network’s programming played.

Although the drama resumed again, it stopped again at 10:20 p.m., and repeated the same advertisement for 15 minutes.

The drama came back on at 10:35 p.m., but at 10:41 p.m., the drama ended without any notice.

The footage that aired appeared to be incomplete - CG effects had not been finalized and in a scene where monsters were flying around, wires supporting the actors could still be seen. The channel apologized and aired the complete version of the second episode Monday evening.

By Hong You-kyoung