On March 17th persons close to "Itaewon Class" confirmed that the popular drama's closing rollout would be significantly downscaled due to COVID-19. Originally "Itaewon Class" was going to hold a special closing event to celebrate the drama's completion. Press, among others, were to be invited to partake in the festivities.
However, fears of infection due to mingling have prompted "Itaewon Class" to instead make this a closed event that will only be attended by cast and crew relevant to the production. The final episode of "Itaewon Class" is scheduled to air on March 21st and is expected to broadcast as planned.
"Itaewon Class" is not the only drama forced to alter plans as a result of COVID-19. "Dr. Romantic 2" and "The Game: Towards Zero" also ended up closing off parties to celebrate their completion for the same reason earlier this year. Meanwhile, "Itaewon Class" has been a stupendous success for jTBC, with its latest 14.8% ratings now the second highest ever held for a drama on the network. "SKY Castle" from last year remains in first place on that metric with an all-time high of 23.7%.
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"Itaewon Class" is directed by Kang Min-goo, Kim Seong-yoon, written by Kwang Jin, and features Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung, Kwon Nara, Kim Dong-hee, Ahn Bo-hyun. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/01/31~Now airing, Fri, Sat 22:50 on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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