Broadcasters, streaming services to stop shows and dramas

Broadcasters, streaming services to stop shows and dramas

A screenshot shows a message on terrestrial broadcaster SBS's official website, offering its deepest condolences to the victims and their families after the Itaewon accident.  (SBS)

A screenshot shows a message on terrestrial broadcaster SBS’s official website, offering its deepest condolences to the victims and their families after the Itaewon accident. (SBS)

Terrestrial broadcasters, cable channels and streaming services have canceled or postponed broadcasts of weekly programs and upcoming series scheduled to air this week, as South Korea enters a week-long period of national mourning that ends on November 5.

In an effort to offer condolences to the victims and their families following the unfortunate accident that occurred in Itaewon, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on Saturday night, references to Halloween were removed from Korean creative content.

Public broadcaster KBS decided to cancel the Halloween edition of its Sunday night show “2 Days & 1 Night,” where the cast would take on special costume missions and assignments.

A screenshot shows a teaser for Sunday night's canceled Halloween episode

A screenshot shows a teaser for Sunday night’s canceled Halloween episode of “2 Days & 1 Night.” (KBS)

Terrestrial broadcaster MBC’s reality show “United Fathers,” which was scheduled to feature an episode of a British family carving a jack-o-lantern, celebrating Halloween with a costume party and playing pranks, was canceled on Sunday.

Local video streaming services Tving and Watcha also announced that they have removed their Halloween curation system, which recommends ghost-themed series and unscripted shows.

All broadcasts of South Korean weekly music programs including “Music Bank,” “Show! Music Core,” “Inkigayo” and more were canceled this week. Cable channel JTBC decided to skip this week’s episode of popular music programs “Second World” and “K -909” too.

JTBC’s Tuesday night arm wrestling competition program “Over the Top” is going on hiatus after airing just one episode until the end of the mourning period. Cable channel tvN also announced it would not air its hit talk show “You Quiz on the Block,” reality shows “Youth MT” and “Amazing Saturday” this week.

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MBC postponed the broadcast of the drama series “Can I Help You?” and the premiere of the new variety show “Top Teacher” until next week. The broadcaster’s Tuesday night unscripted show “DNA Mate” will be replaced with a debate program called “100 Minute Discussion,” which will focus on the Itaewon incident.

Global streaming service Netflix and local streaming service Coupang Play were scheduled to premiere a new drama series titled “The Fabulous” and a dating reality show called “Office Romance,” respectively, on Friday. But the projects will likely be postponed until the end of the national mourning period, according to service officials.

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])

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