Broadcasters, streaming services to stop shows and dramas

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

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

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

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

Public broadcaster KBS has decided to cancel the Halloween edition of its Sunday night show 2 Days & 1 Night, in which the cast were supposed to take on missions and quests with special costumes.

A screenshot shows a teaser for the canceled Sunday night Halloween episode of

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

Over-the-air 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 they have removed their Halloween curation system, which recommends ghost-themed series and unscripted shows.

All broadcasts of South Korean weekly music shows, including Music Bank, Show! Music Core”, “Inkigayo” and more have been canceled for this week. Cable channel JTBC has decided to skip airing this week’s episodes of popular music shows Second World and K-909 as well.

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

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

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

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])



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