The Producers (TV series)

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The Producers
KBS The Producers promo poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre Variety-drama
Written by Park Ji-eun
Kim Ji-sun
Directed by Seo Soo-min
Pyo Min-soo
Starring Cha Tae-hyun
Gong Hyo-jin
Kim Soo-hyun
IU
Composer(s) Kim Han-jo
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (+1 special)
Production
Executive producer(s) Park Jong-min
Production location(s) Seoul, South Korea
Cinematography Ji Jae-woo
Park Ki-hyun
Editor(s) Kim Young-joo
Running time 80 minutes
Production company(s) Chorokbaem Media
Producers SPC
KBS Media
Release
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Original release 15 May (2015-05-15) – 20 June 2015 (2015-06-20)
Chronology
Related shows Hit the Top
External links
Website

The Producers (Hangul프로듀사; RRPeurodyusa; lit. Producer) is a 2015 South Korean sitcom starring Cha Tae-hyun, Gong Hyo-jin, Kim Soo-hyun, and IU.[1][2][3][4] It aired on KBS2 from 15 May 2015 to 20 June 2015 on Fridays and Saturdays at 21:15 for 12 episodes.[5][6][7]

Synopsis

In the center of Yeouido is the KBS building. On its sixth floor are partitioned offices where employees work in the network's variety department, keeping hectic schedules of filming, editing and all-night meetings.

Cast

Main

A seasoned PD who has worked in the industry for ten years. Despite working on a lot of variety programs, he has no single masterpiece to call his own.
An experienced PD who works on a long-time music program. She is smart, haughty and never holds back in letting people know what she thinks.
An aspiring prosecutor who decides to join KBS because of his secret crush on a KBS employee. He becomes a rookie PD (producer-director) with the variety/entertainment division.
A famous singer and celebrity who debuted as a trainee when she was 13 years old. She is called the "ice princess" for her poker face and complete control over her emotions.

Supporting

KBS
  • Park Hyuk-kwon as Kim Tae-ho,[20] chief producer of the variety department
  • Kim Jong-kook as Kim Hong-soon, PD of Open Concert[21]
  • Seo Ki-chul as Jang In-pyo, director of the variety department
  • Ye Ji-won as Go Yang-mi, office manager of the variety department
  • Gi Ju-bong as Park Choon-bong, the president of KBS
  • Lee Joo-seung as Kim Joon-bae, floor director of 2 Days & 1 Night. Turns out to be a legendary ghost of KBS.
  • Lee Chae-eun as Son Ji-yeon, writer of 2 Days & 1 Night[22]
  • Ko Bo-gyeol as Wang Min-jung, youngest writer of 2 Days & 1 Night
  • Bae Yoo-ram as Ryu Il-yong, assistant director of 2 Days & 1 Night
  • Shin Joo-hwan as Hyung-geun, assistant director of 2 Days & 1 Night
  • Susanna Noh as casting writer of 2 Days & 1 Night
  • Kim Sun-ah as Kim Da-jung, youngest writer of Music Bank
  • Jang Seong-beom as assistant PD of Music Bank
Byun Entertainment agency
  • Na Young-hee as Byun Mi-sook, CEO of the agency
  • Choi Kwon as Cindy's road manager
  • Jo Han-chul as Secretary Kim
  • Janey as Jini, a trainee of the agency
  • Na Hae-ryung (of Bestie) as Yuna, ex-singer of the agency
  • Jo Seung-hee (of DIA) as Yu-ju, member of Pinky4
  • Kim Soo-yeon as Christine, member of Pinky4
  • Jung Mimi (of Gugudan) as Ha-neul, member of Pinky4
  • Park Seo-yeon, young trainee
  • Lee Ji-ho as young trainee
  • Kim Ye-won as young trainee
  • Lee Seo-yeong as young trainee
Baek's Family
  • Kim Jong-soo as Baek Bo-sun, Seung-chan's father
  • Kim Hye-ok as Lee Hoo-nam, Seung-chan's mother
  • Park Hee-von as Baek Jae-hee, Seung-chan's older sister
  • Park Jong-hwan as Baek Young-chan, Seung-chan's older brother
  • Choi Sun-young as Baek Yoo-bin, Seung-chan's younger sister
  • Kang Shin-chul as Myung Ji-hoon, Jae-hee's husband
Extended
  • Im Ye-jin as Park Bong-soon, Joon-mo's mother
  • Kim Hee-chan as Tak Ye-joon, Ye-jin's younger brother
  • Jung Han-hee as Kim Tae-ho's daughter
  • Yoon Yoo-sun as Kim Tae-ho's wife
  • Kim Sa-kwon
  • Lee Du-seok
  • Jo Chang-geun
  • Jin Yong-wook
  • Jeon Heon-tae
  • Hwang Min-ho
  • Ahn Se-ha as manager
  • Lee Jeong-ho as Reporter Kang
  • Ryu Jun-yeol as Joo Jong-hyun

Special appearances

Production

The Producers was described as the first ever "variety drama," not only because of its subject but because it was produced by KBS's variety department instead of the drama department. Director Seo Soo-min's past experience has been on variety shows, having worked on Gag Concert, 2 Days & 1 Night and You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook (she is currently the CP, or chief producer, for KBS's Happy Sunday programming block). It was also the first terrestrial network drama to air in the Friday-Saturday time slot, a slot usually reserved for late-night comedy shows; network dramas had previously been strictly divided into weekday and weekend programs.[3]

This is the second collaboration between actor Kim Soo-hyun and screenwriter Park Ji-eun after working together in the 2014 hit series My Love from the Star.[30] It is also the second time Kim and IU have starred together, after Dream High in 2011.

On 23 March 2015, the cast and crew gathered for the first read-through at the Raum Art Center Social Venue in Gangnam District, Seoul. It was held in private with no media presence.[31][32]

The first shooting day was held on 2 April 2015 on the 6th floor of the KBS building in Yeouido.[33][34]

Reception

The Producers drew a solid average viewership rating of 12.5% and topped the Contents Power Index (CPI) rankings.[35] But it also received criticism from entertainment industry insiders regarding its verisimilitude, particularly in the drama's depiction of producers as the weaker party in dealing with celebrities, which they claimed is "highly unrealistic" unless top stars are involved.[36]

According to broadcaster and industry sources, The Producers has earned ₩8.4 billion (US$7.5 million): ₩3.8 billion from TV commercials, ₩2 billion from product placement and other sponsored advertisements (well above the ₩1-1.5 billion typical for a 16-episode series), and ₩2.6 billion in overseas sales to China. Despite its domestic and international popularity, however, KBS officials say it may log lower-than-expected profits due to the rising production cost, with the original budget at ₩400 million per episode and ₩4.8 billion for the whole series, plus additional costs when Pyo Min-soo replaced Yoon Sung-ho as one of the directors.[37][38]

Ratings

  • In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
Episode # Original broadcast date Episode title Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[39] AGB Nielsen Ratings[40]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 15 May 2015 The Variety Department, Unintentionally 10.5% (10th) 11.8% (8th) 10.1% (11th) 10.5% (9th)
2 16 May 2015 News of Quitting, Unintentionally 11.2% (4th) 12.3% (5th) 10.3% (6th) 10.7% (5th)
3 22 May 2015 Pheasant Instead of Chicken, Unintentionally 9.6% (15th) 10.8% (10th) 10.2% (10th) 11.4% (6th)
4 23 May 2015 Acting That Way, Unintentionally 13.5% (5th) 13.3% (5th) 11.0% (5th) 11.3% (5th)
5 29 May 2015 Understanding Editing 10.8% (10th) 12.3% (8th) 11.2% (8th) 12.0% (6th)
6 30 May 2015 Understanding Broadcasting Accidents 12.8% (4th) 14.4% (5th) 13.5% (3rd) 14.5% (3rd)
7 5 June 2015 Understanding How to Play the Media 11.8% (9th) 13.4% (5th) 11.7% (7th) 12.3% (6th)
8 6 June 2015 Understanding Love Lines 13.8% (3rd) 16.7% (4th) 13.4% (3rd) 13.7% (3rd)
9 12 June 2015 Understanding Cancelled Broadcasts 11.7% (10th) 13.3% (3rd) 12.6% (3rd) 13.5% (3rd)
10 13 June 2015 Understanding Previews 13.8% (3rd) 15.6% (4th) 14.6% (3rd) 15.4% (3rd)
11 19 June 2015 Understanding Ratings 13.3% (4th) 15.3% (3rd) 13.4% (3rd) 14.5% (3rd)
12 20 June 2015 Understanding a long-running program 18.2% (2nd) 20.4% (2nd) 17.7% (2nd) 17.9% (3rd)
Average 12.4% 14.1% 12.5% 13.1%
Special 26 June 2015 Understanding NGs 7.9% 7.9% 5.5% 7.5%
Ratings in the Philippines

The drama began airing on GMA Network on December 21, 2015 as part of its GMA The Heart of Asia primetime block. It aired weeknights at 17:45 PST replacing StarStruck 6.[41] The entire series was dubbed in Filipino. It ran for 6 weeks having 30 equivalent episodes. Each episode runs 45 minutes including commercial breaks. It was re-aired on GMA News TV from July 11 to August 5, 2016.

Ratings in the Philippines
Episode #
(in PH)
Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[42] Kantar Media[43]
Mega Manila Nationwide
1 21 December 2015 15.6% 11.6%
2 22 December 2015 14.9% 12.4%
3 23 December 2015 13.0% 10.7%
4 24 December 2015 10.7% 8.8%
5 25 December 2015 10.4% 8.5%
6 28 December 2015 12.5% 10.0%
7 29 December 2015 11.9% 11.4%
8 30 December 2015 10.8% 11.2%
9 31 December 2015 10.0% 9.3%
10 1 January 2016 13.0% 10.4%
11 4 January 2016 11.4% 11.4%
12 5 January 2016 11.5% 10.1%
13 6 January 2016 11.5% 11.1%
14 7 January 2016 12.1% 11.3%
15 8 January 2016 14.3% 11.6%
16 11 January 2016 11.9% 10.6%
17 12 January 2016 12.6% 10.6%
18 13 January 2016 12.6% 9.5%
19 14 January 2016 12.8% 10.9%
20 15 January 2016 11.2% 9.3%
21 18 January 2016 13.7% 9.9%
22 19 January 2016 13.0% 10.2%
23 20 January 2016 11.4% 9.6%
24 21 January 2016 11.1% 8.9%
25 22 January 2016 12.0% 10.2%
26 25 January 2016 12.2% 10.3%
27 26 January 2016 11.8% 10.2%
28 27 January 2016 10.6% 11.2%
29 28 January 2016 11.1% 8.9%
30 29 January 2016 12.6% 9.5%
Average 12.1% 10.3%

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015
8th Korea Drama Awards[44]
Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Soo-hyun Won
Best Drama The Producers Nominated
Best Production Director(s) Seo Soo-min, Pyo Min-soo Won
Excellence Award, Actress IU Nominated
Hallyu Star Award Kim Soo-hyun Won
4th APAN Star Awards
Daesang (Grand Prize) Kim Soo-hyun Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries IU Nominated
KBS Drama Awards[45]
Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Soo-hyun Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Cha Tae-hyun Won
Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
IU Nominated
Netizen Award, Actor Kim Soo-hyun Won
Popularity Award, Actor Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
IU Nominated
Best Couple Award Kim Soo-hyun, Cha Tae-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin Won
Cha Tae-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Kim Soo-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Kim Soo-hyun and IU Nominated

International broadcast

Country Network Airing dates
South Korea South Korea KBS2 May 15, 2015 - June 20, 2015 (KBS金土连续剧 /한국방송공사 금토드라마)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Korean Drama (韓劇台) May 19, 2015 - June 24, 2015 (Tuesday, Wednesday 18:30 - 20:00 and 23:30 - 01:00, May 19 18:30 - 19:45 and 23:30 - 00:45, June 24, 18:30 - 20:30 and 23:30 - 01:30)
TVB Window (綜藝台) September 13, 2015 - November 29, 2015 (Sunday 11:30 - 13:00, 16:30 - 18:00 and 21:30 - 23:00, October 11 11:30 - 13:00, 17:00 - 18:30 and 21:30 - 23:00, November 22 17:00 - 18:55 and 21:30 - 23:10, November 29 11:30 - 13:30, 16:30 - 18:30 and 21:30 - 23:30)
TVBTVB J2 March 9, 2016 - April 7, 2016 (Monday to Friday 23:05 - 00:00)
Taiwan Taiwan Star Chinese Channel March 17, 2016 - April 18, 2016, April 19, 2016 (Monday to Friday 22:00 - 23:00)
Star Entertainment Channel, SEC (星卫娱乐台) April 12, 2016 - May 12, 2016 (Monday to Friday 20:00 - 21:00)
FOX (台灣頻道), FOX HD January 6, 2017 - February 7, 2017 (Monday to Friday 20:00 - 21:00)
 Thailand PPTV HD February 13, 2016 - March 26, 2016 (Every Saturday and Sunday at 09.05-10.30)
Channel 9 MCOT HD May 27, 2018 - August 11, 2018 (Every Saturday and Sunday from 22.10 to 23.00.) (30 June, 1,7,8,14,15 July, No broadcast)

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External links

  • Official website (in Korean)
  • The Producers at KBS World
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