Updated December 25 KST:
tvN’s “Hwayugi” has released a second apology through an official statement ahead of the second broadcast of the second episode.
They stated, “We would like to sincerely apologize for causing a disruption in episode 2 on December 24 as we experienced a delay in the computer graphics process. We would like to once more apologize to our viewers ahead of today’s broadcast of the finalized version of episode 2.”
“Hwayugi” also revealed that the upcoming broadcast will be shown without commercial breaks in order to not interfere with the viewers’ experience and concluded with, “We would like to once more bow our heads and apologize for the problems that occurred; we have no excuses for it. We will work even harder to make sure such a problem does not occur again.”
The finalized version of episode 2 is set to air on December 25 at 6:10 p.m. KST on tvN.
UPDATE: tvN has announced that the re-edited Episode 2 will be broadcast on December 25 at 6:10 p.m. KST.
Following numerous issues during the December 24 broadcast of “Hwayugi,” tvN has apologized to its viewers.
While the commercial breaks are normally only supposed to last a minute, they went on for an unexpected long amount of time during this broadcast, showing trailers for film “Mother” and variety program “Youn’s Kitchen” as well. 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” will be reedited and rebroadcast.
In the meantime, check out the first episode below: