Ever since the final episode of K-Drama Extraordinary Attorney Woo, fans of the drama have been hoping for a second season.
Though not unprecedented, a second season for a K-Drama is very rare. A K-Drama miniseries usually run for 16-20 episodes, with weekend and morning novellas being an exception.
There has, however, recently been a few dramas that had a second season. K-Drama Yumi’s Cell had a second season, while the drama Penthouse finished its run with the ending of its third season.
On August 16, it was reported that Lee Sang Baek, the CEO of the drama’s production company Acetory, confirmed they would be producing a second season. Fans’ celebrations were muted shortly after, however, when the production team denied anything was definite.
On August 31, Yonhap News reported that the director of the drama, Yoo In Sik, while speaking at this year’s BCWW ’22, a forum for Asia’s largest broadcasting content market, stated a second season was anything but definite.
It will be difficult for a second season to come out anytime soon. Unlike in America, where several seasons of a show are ordered in the beginning, actors in Korea aren’t contracted for several seasons at a time. Although the staff and actors all want to participate, it will take time to figure out a schedule that works for everybody. We are hopeful and working towards the goal, but it is hard to confirm a second season at this time.
— Yoo In Sik, Director
Giving credence to the director’s assessment is the fact that the CEO of Acetory, Lee Sang Baek, who confirmed the second season a mere two weeks ago, was also in attendance.
Despite fans wanting a second season, the actor’s conflicting schedules and actor Kang Tae Oh‘s enlistment may prove to be too great of a hindrance. Hopefully, this isn’t the case, but it seems fans may have to hope and wait a while longer for a second season.