On April 23rd jTBC announced a change in the suggested viewer rating for the last eight episodes of the hit drama "The World of the Married". Up until now the drama had screened with an age 15 advisory rating. But going forward, the drama's episodes will now carry an age 19 advisory rating.
The changes are in response to criticism of violence in the drama's eighth episode, wherein lead actress Kim Hee-ae is violently assaulted in a scene described by many as uncomfortably voyeuristic. jTBC was careful to avoid mentioning the scene directly in its statement, merely saying that the drama, which up until now had largely been psychologically themed, was going to escalate in intensity in the second half.
Indeed, the phrasing of the statement almost made the decision sound like a marketing tactic. But in any case in the near-term the drama's ratings are unlikely to be affected by the change, as "The World of the Married" was already airing late at night. However, the drama may fall afoul of syndication requirements going forward, as age 19 advisory programming faces more limitations in regards to daytime rebroadcasts.
Written by William Schwartz
"The World of the Married" is directed by Mo Wan-il, written by Joo Hyeon-I, and features Kim Hee-ae, Park Hae-joon, Han So-hee, Park Sun-young, Kim Young-min, Chae Gook-hee. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/03/27~Now airing, Fri, Sat 23:00 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 email@example.com.
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