Amid high expectations, the production team of the upcoming drama “Good Job” disappointed fans with a sudden decision.
“Good Job”, which is drawing attention as the follow-up drama to ENA’s Wednesday-Thursday series “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, is suffering because of the controversy over changing director right before its official broadcast. In particular, rumors of a conflict with the actors are circulating as the reason for the replacement of the director despite the production company’s explanation, causing inevitable damage to the image of the work.
“Good Job”, which is scheduled to air in the second half of this year after “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” ends, is a hero + romantic investigative drama that centers around two people with special abilities: chaebol detective Eun Sun-woo (Jung Il-woo) and Don Se-ra (Kwon Yu-ri) who has a super vision. Jung Il-woo and Kwon Yu-ri, who worked together in the historical drama “Bossam: Steal the Fate” that aired in 2021 and recorded the highest viewer rating of 9.8% on MBN, reunited in this modern drama.
Above all, “Good Job” is also attracting keen attention as the follow-up series to Park Eun-bin and Kang Tae-oh’s drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, which is currently a hot topic with an impressive viewer rating of more than 13%. Since Jung Il-woo and Kwon Yu-ri also went beyond the limit of the small channel MBN with a low recognition like ENA and gained box office success with “Bossam”, they are raising drama fans’ expectations for the performance of “Good Job”.
However, “Good Job suddenly sparked controversy over the replacement of its director right ahead of the official broadcast. JTBC Entertainment News reported on July 20th that director Ryu Seung-jin had dropped out of the project and director Kang Min-goo would join and direct the filming. A staff member of “Good Job” production team confirmed, “Director Ryu Seung-jin will change his position to be a creator and work on the script to improve the overall quality of the work. Kang Min-goo has just been appointed as the new director and he is leading the filming.”
The problem is the backstory of Ryu Seung-jin’s withdrawal from the director position. Korean media raised suspicions that the reason might be a conflict between the director and the actors. However, the production team revealed that they made the decision to change the director after careful discussions and denied the suspicions, saying “As we reported earlier, the change was not due to any conflict with the actors”.
The explanation from the production team still leaves a sense of discomfort. It is because the filming has begun for a while, and it is not common for the main director to leave the drama scene in the midst of the process. It is unusual for the main director to move to the creator position when it is only a short time until the broadcast date.
In the past, many directors have been excluded from the filmings both officially and unofficially. Among them, in the case of the director having a conflict with the actors, such as disagreements in opinions, the director focused on working on writing the script for the second half of the work instead of going to the scene to direct.
Therefore, not many fans have complete trust in the production team of “Good Job” although they already issued an explanation. Upon hearing the news, netizens responded, “Is it a common thing to have the director changed?”, “The broadcasting and production companies might have different opinions”, “I’ve never seen any drama with such an issue succeed”, “From the very beginning, it’s already so noisy”, etc.
Whatever the reason for the replacement is, the burden of “Good Job” is definitely huge. Currently, director Kang Min-goo, who was behind the success of dramas “Itaewon Class” and “The Goddess of Revenge” is holding the megaphone for “Good Job”. Expectations and concerns are mixed over whether director Kang will be able to overcome the controversies to finish the rest of the shooting safely and create a work that is comparable to “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”.