2:18 am - 12/09/2012

MBC cancels variety show Come to Play

Wow, someone’s gone trigger-happy over at MBC — right on the heels of the network’s sitcom cancellation (What Is a Mom? and the sitcom time slot along with it) the broadcaster has announced the sudden cancellation of Yoo Jae-suk talk show Come to Play, after eight years on the air as a variety mainstay.

The Monday night multi-guest studio talk show co-hosted with Kim Won-hee is eight years in the running and was just about to hit the 400-episode mark. It’s also had a stable of rotating guest hosts, and is the show Eun Ji-won joined post-1 Night 2 Days. The ratings are the biggest reason for the cancellation, as they’ve been regularly dipping below 5% against SBS talk show Healing Camp and KBS talk show Hello.

An underperforming show getting the axe isn’t unusual, but Come to Play was cut with no warning to producers and stars, and will not be given a chance to shoot a farewell episode. They’re just going to air what’s in the can and let it quietly fade out, which is a really strange way to handle a show that’s headlined by star MC Yoo Jae-suk, and been on the air for so long. The fan reaction seems decidedly shocked and upset at the way the cancellation was handled.

Losing the show itself doesn’t come as a huge shock, since it’s been a long time since I’ve thought it interesting enough to watch unless they scored a particularly rare set of guests, and it’s got a pretty nondescript concept, inasmuch as these things are all window dressing for guest-centric studio talk shows. (Happy Together, for instance, despite its low-rent sauna locker room concept, is more distinctive despite the slight changes in format over the years.)

It’s just that combined with MBC’s recent sitcom-axing, it indicates some significant and abrupt changes at the network. Who knows, maybe it’ll be on to better things, but you’d think they would want to say farewell to their standby shows with a little more grace.

Come to Play’s remaining episodes will air till mid-December, and then be replaced by new variety programming.

Via Newsen, E Daily, Star News Shared by Dramabeans 

Wow at the way they're handling this. 
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gacchiri 9th-Dec-2012 04:25 am (UTC)
yeah, i find this show really boring, but it deserves a proper farewell episode.
asnindie 9th-Dec-2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Umm nope, it's still a great show but it's been on for too long and I guess people want something new.
tlict 9th-Dec-2012 04:33 am (UTC)
ok um wow, what's with mbc lately, they've just gotten rid of the sitcoms, now this? major revamp huh
tempestdance 9th-Dec-2012 04:35 am (UTC)
MBC is such a shit show right now with Kim Jae Chul ruining everything. I can't wait for him to get kicked out after the election.

Come to Play was getting so much better! They kept changing PDs every other month because the ratings were low - you need to give it more than few weeks when they're changing a program format, man.

I'm upset because the True Man Show was starting to do well and Eunhyuk seems to have a lot of potential when he started out last week.

anconeous 9th-Dec-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
I haven't seen this show in ages, and the only episodes I've seen were the ones that had people I wanted to watch, but damm! Canceling it just like that?! Without even a proper farewell episode?! It's been on the air for 8 years, and with freaking Yoo Jaesuk as its host. The least they can do it let the show end well.
sub_divided 9th-Dec-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
the only episodes I've seen were the ones that had people I wanted to watch

Same, but I enjoyed those episodes. I liked the show best when they had a current idol group and an older, veteran act on at the same time, so there was a bit of cross-generational dialog.

If it's not doing well in the same time slot as Healing Camp, why not move the show to another time slot?
jenna_lovesyou 9th-Dec-2012 04:42 am (UTC)
wow, that's really sudden.
anconeous Fave episodes? :)9th-Dec-2012 04:44 am (UTC)

Their Old Idol special back in 2008 with all the 1st gen idols. :)
honeyfunnybunny Re: Fave episodes? :)9th-Dec-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Those two episodes, and the fashionista ep where the super models, and my favorite bbs from antique guested!
kris_kt 9th-Dec-2012 05:15 am (UTC)
awww :( it deserves a farewell episode, it's kinda shitty that they cancelled it without telling no one, I'd be so upset :/
obviousgirl 9th-Dec-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Wow what a slap in the face for a show that's been on that long.
dysphoriia 9th-Dec-2012 06:24 am (UTC)
what? no farewell episode, that's harsh.

speaking of, can someone sub the oldd bigbang episode where top cries? tyvm.
hipployta 9th-Dec-2012 07:07 am (UTC)
WTH? No farewell episodes? This is a motherfucking Yoo Jae Suk show and you didn't even call him or the PDs!

I still watch this show man...WTF? MBC you fail at life...I FEEL MORE STRIKES COMING
uglypricetag 9th-Dec-2012 07:55 am (UTC)
kim jaechul's a fucking nut
junhos_butt 9th-Dec-2012 11:02 am (UTC)
still peeved abt this ¬¬
exo_cath 9th-Dec-2012 11:17 am (UTC)
The only episode I've seen of Come To Play is the SM special (after their SMTOWN Paris concert) that I only watched 2 days ago. I really liked it and was planning to watch other episodes with the idols I like. Even if it's a variety show I don't want, I don't think they should be cut just like that :/ They should still get a farewell episode. What were MBC thinking?
miwa201 9th-Dec-2012 11:30 am (UTC)
wtf. The only episode I've seen was the Movement special, and Tiger JK and Gary were hilarious in it. What a shitty way to handle this.
chibiyunie 9th-Dec-2012 11:45 am (UTC)
Never really watched it unless there was a interesting guest, but if the ratings are low - no surprise it gets cut. The fact that this hasn't been announced to the people involved earlier is what is so strange.

Edited at 2012-12-09 11:46 am (UTC)
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