Extraordinary Attorney Woo has officially become this season’s most popular K-Drama.
The K-Drama originally began with little viewership. It is produced by a relatively unknown, new channel ENA (formerly SKY).
Yet, it quickly grew expeditiously, becoming one of the most talked about K-Dramas. It now had the Korean entertainment industry shook as the drama’s first episode had a 0.9% rating and has grown by 10x in only three weeks (The drama releases two episodes per week).
It’s even already in talks for a U.S. remake, although you can watch Extraordinary Attorney Woo on Netflix internationally. It has actually entered the Top 10 TV Shows on the streaming service in the U.S.
Overseas remake proposals are already coming in for the show due to the extraordinary momentum the show is receiving. In particular, USA agencies are especially active in suggesting a remake.
— K-Drama insider
Viewers, including the hottest K-Pop idols, have all fallen in love with the brilliant attorney on the Autism Spectrum, the show’s heartwarming storylines, and its charming cast, including Park Eun Bin, Kang Tae Oh, and Kang Ki Young.
About an autistic 27-year-old lawyer. Due to her high IQ of 164, impressive memory, and creative thought process, the brilliant Woo Young Woo graduated at the top of her class from a prestigious law school.
— IMDb’s plot description for Extraordinary Attorney Woo
With a great ensemble cast like these, we all dread the day the show will end, and we’ll have to say goodbye. At this time, Extraordinary Attorney Woo is to follow the traditional 16-episode format set by mainstream K-Dramas.
Yet, with the success of Extraordinary Attorney Woo, it seems reasonable to consider making a Season 2. So, Director Yoo In Shik has now spilled on the possibilities.
On July 26 (KST), at Seoul’s Mapo Stanford Hotel Korea, the production team behind Extraordinary Attorney Woo held a press conference, discussing a potential second season of the show.
Director Yoo In Shik explained that it is indeed a rarity for K-Dramas to get multiple seasons. So, it is seen as a blessing if there is an opportunity.
I’ve mentioned this at the premiere, too. But, for directors, having their shows go on to shooting season two, season three, and so on is a blessing.
— Director Yoo In Shik
Yoo In Shik explained that for K-Dramas to have multiple seasons, they first need to be deemed commercially worthy (worth the money). Additionally, more seasons also require a lot of schedule arrangements.
So, at this time, according to Yoo In Shik, they are not discussing any details for a follow-up season for Extraordinary Attorney Woo. Although, he emphasized that the entire crew cares greatly about the titular character.
What I can tell you, though, is that everyone involved deeply loves and cares for Woo Young Woo.
— Director Yoo In Shik
Although Director Yoo In Shik claimed that there is currently not a Season 2 in the works for Extraordinary Attorney Woo yet, we believe it could be a legitimate possibility.
While it would go against the traditional format set, we know that K-Dramas can have multiple seasons, especially when they are huge hits. Recently, Netflix’s K-Dramas Squid Game and Sweet Home were confirmed for multiple seasons.
— Netflix Korea｜넷플릭스 코리아 (@NetflixKR) June 14, 2022
You either die or survive as a monster..
The story of the people who venture outside, production of Sweet Home season 2&3 is confirmed.
— Netflix Korea
Those both are much darker, thriller K-Dramas in contrast to the heartwarming Extraordinary Attorney Woo, though. Still, it’s not unheard of for more lighthearted dramas to get multiple seasons.
TvN‘s Let’s Eat, starring Highlight‘s Dojoon, focuses on an ensemble cast and their love for food. It has three seasons, with each one featuring Dojoon’s character, Dae Young, in a different location. On average, Season 3 received 2.4% ratings, while Season 2 received an average of 1.946%.
A more recent example would be the adaptation of Webtoon Yumi’s Cells, starring Kim Go Eun. It was already different by being the first K-Drama to combine live-action and 3D animation. Its first season received an average 2.230% rating nationwide.
Last weekend, its second season concluded at 14 episodes, and based on the finale, it seemed to indicate a third season. It is staying true to its source as Yumi has three different male leads. So, each season focuses on one.
Currently, there is no holistic report for Yumi’s Cells 2, but it received good ratings worldwide, and recently, Kim Go Eun won “Best Actress” at the 1st Blue Dragon Series Awards 2022 for her role in Season 1.
We are so proud of our Kim Yumi 🥳 pic.twitter.com/Ji346xRmKZ
— Atty. Woo brain rot 🐳 (@kdramatreats) July 19, 2022
Additionally, Park Eun Bin has actually had a K-Drama receive a second season before. She was part of the ensemble cast for JTBC‘s slice-of-life drama Hello, My Twenties! (also known as Age of Youth). Its first season received an average viewership rating of 1.6%, while Season 2 boasted 3.1%.
So, it’s definitely not impossible for Extraordinary Attorney Woo to earn a Season 2. Besides, considering its format in which each episode focuses on a different case, we can definitely imagine more for it potentially following the format of more Western legal and mystery dramas.