While the commercial breaks are normally only supposed to last a minute, they went on for an unexpected long amount of time [over 10 minutes] during this broadcast, showing trailers for upcoming drama “Mother” and variety program “Youn’s Kitchen”. In addition to these commercials, clips from script reading sessions for “Mother” and “Youn’s Kitchen” were shown instead of returning back to “Hwayugi.” During all of this, there was a caption that read, “The broadcast is being delayed due to internal issues within the broadcasting company. We ask for your understanding as the broadcast will continue shortly.”
While “Hwayugi” eventually began airing normally again, the broadcast was abruptly cut altogether at around 10:38 p.m. KST with an announcement from tvN through a caption. It read, “We will be ending this broadcast due to internal issues.”
There were also problems with the episode itself. Viewers noticed several issues that were not resolved in post-production. During the scene where Oh Yeon Seo‘s character is auditioning, wires holding up the “demons” could still be seen, although such things are normally erased through CG. Other examples include visible wires holding up picture frames, and a green screen that was not edited out.
tvN officially apologized for these issues, stating, “The broadcast of the second episode of ‘Hwayugi’ on December 24 did not go smoothly due to delays in post-production. We would like to sincerely apologize for making viewers feel uncomfortable, and we will do everything possible to make sure an incident like this does not happen again.”
Explaining how the production crew has been giving it their all while filming and editing in order to make a high-quality drama, tvN continued, “While they tried their best to complete everything within a short amount of time, the production crew’s passion and ambition unfortunately led to the huge mistake that was [today’s] broadcasting accident. We will learn from today’s mistake and make sure to make it up to the viewers with better broadcasts.”
As it was cut and did not air fully, the second episode of “Hwayugi” was reedited and rebroadcast on December 25.
tvN’s latest Saturday-Sunday drama “Hwayugi” premiered this weekend with highs and lows.
After a strong start with its first episode, many viewers looked forward to watching the second. However, the second episode aired with numerous issues that resulted in the episode being cut from air altogether during the second half of its broadcast.
tvN issued an apology and announced that the re-edited second episode would be broadcasted on December 25. On December 25, tvN issued an official press release regarding the broadcasts of episodes 3 and 4.
After reiterating their apology, tvN said, “‘Hwayugi’ began filming at the beginning of October, and we are currently in the process of filming footage for the sixth episode.”
“We are currently using a system of working on CG [computer graphics] as fast as we can for footage that has already been filmed and edited. However, as ‘Hwayugi’ involves a lot more monsters and exorcisms compared to other productions, there is a lot of footage that involves high-level CG. The broadcasting accident occurred because the CG work for the second half of episode 2 took more time than originally scheduled.”
tvN announced, “We have decided to push back episode 4, which was originally scheduled to air on December 31. Episode 3 will air on [December] 30 at 9 p.m. and episode 4 will air next week on January 6 at 9 p.m. KST.”
Sources: Soompi/Naver/tving | Soompi/Nate
What a mess. They obviously should have pushed back the premiere if they weren't ready to air. It's worrying that this is already happening in the first week. I'll put up a discussion post for the first two eps in the next day or two if you guys want one.