MBC orders more ‘Princess Aurora’
Broadcaster MBC’s daily soap opera “Princess Aurora” has scrapped plans to add 25 more episodes on top of the 150 that had previously been decided.
However, it will add five episodes - just enough to extend the series by a week, taking it through the holiday season to the end of the year.
The idea of adding more episodes created a buzz on the Internet, as some reports said the soap’s writer, Yim Sung-han, would have earned up to 5 billion won ($4.7 million) for the full extension.
Yim, who also wrote “New Tales of Gisaeng” and “Dear Heaven,” has been criticized for being too controlling with her series, keeping actors and even the broadcaster in the dark about the direction of her shows. She also is rumored to have forbid the broadcaster from airing previews at the end of each episode, usually a standard practice in Korea.
The drama is now scheduled to end on Dec. 27.
By Lee Sun-min