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.


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Wow at the way they're handling this. 
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?
steelsigns 9th-Dec-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
It's been on the air for 8 years?! Oh, I didn't know that. Yup, definitely a douchey move to end it just like that.
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