Kim Nam-gil’s upcoming drama Bad Guy
has hit a bump in the road, because it has failed to secure a spot on
the upcoming broadcast schedule. Producers had been planning to premiere
the series in May on SBS, but against their expectations the show has
not managed to snag a slot in SBS’s new drama lineup.
Until recently, it had been planned for the next midweek spot on the
SBS schedule. However, Lee Beom-soo’s Giant has been
given one of the station’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday slots (to follow Jejoongwon),
and Kang Ji-hwan’s Coffee House has taken the other
(to follow Oh My Lady). The Wednesday-Thursday slot following Prosecutor
Princess is going to Kim Sun-ah’s I Am Legend.
And weekends are tied up with longer-running shows like Life Is
A source with Bad Guy’s PR team said to the press, “At
first, Bad Guy was planning to air beginning May 26 on SBS, but
those plans have changed. It’s disappointing, but SBS decided to air I
Am Legend first. However, we are not thinking of moving to another
station or a cable channel just because Bad Guy hasn’t been
given a timeslot. SBS is currently looking favorably into matters and
when they decide, the official schedule will be announced.”
Bad Guy has been attracting interest due to its PD (Lee
Hyung-min of I’m Sorry, I Love You) and its star, Kim
Nam-gil. Interest is also high in Japan, as the drama is being
co-produced by Japan’s NHK TV.