"Hi Bye, Mama!" will take a break on April 4th and April 5th this week. According to tvN, the drama would be taking a rest to insure the safety of the cast and crew. Though COVID-19 is suspected as a possible reason for the delay, tvN did not mention it specifically to explain the break.
Preemptions of this nature are not new, especially not for tvN in recent days. "Crash Landing on You" also suffered from preemptions, which were explained as being for the safety of the cast and crew. While some have suggested this could be evidence of poor working conditions, others have suggested the opposite - that thanks to the increasing importance of secondary streaming and revenue, it's no longer as important for dramas to stay on schedule as used to be the case.
Officials from tvN were dismissive of the idea that the apparent increase in recent preemptions was due to any kind of greater policy direction or dysfunction. They stated that the network took the screening schedule and the promises made to viewers to stick to it very seriously and that preemption decisions are not taken lightly in this context.
Written by William Schwartz
"Hi Bye, Mama!" is directed by Yoo Je-won, written by Kwon Hye-joo, and features Kim Tae-hee, Lee Kyu-hyung, Go Bo-gyeol, Seo Woo-jin-I, Kim Mi-kyung, Park Soo-young. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/02/22~Now airing, Sat, Sun 21:00 on tvN.
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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