The Producers

The Producers (2015)

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The drama is set in the backstage world of broadcasting industry. The story revolves around the dynamic work and life of people who work in entertainment division of television network.
Ra Jun Mo, a 10-year veteran PD of variety shows. He’s described to have a long list of variety shows credit but without a notable program under his name.
10-year veteran music show PD, Tak Ye Ji, is described to started out read moreas an innocent and smart young rookie but the harsh working competition has changed her personality. She now become a sharp and prideful woman who says whatever is on her mind, even in front of her bosses.
Rookie variety show PD, Baek Sung Chan who leaves a bright path as a prosecutor for a career in broadcast industry because of love.
Diva-like top celebrity singer name Cindy, who began as a trainee at the age of 13 and has been in industry for 10 years. She’s known as an ice princess because she never lets herself feel deep affection for anyone. She experienced a lot of betrayal in the past that cause her to keep everyone at a safe distance.

  • Native title:

    프로듀사
  • Also Known as:

    Peurodyusa; Producer;

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khjfan01
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Jun 22, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Two words to describe this drama: completely unsatisfying. Let me give you two more: too short.

First of all, this drama had the workings to be something really great. It wasn't terrible, wasn't even bad, it's just I expected so much more from The Producers and it didn't deliver at all, but it could of and that's what kills me!

Majority of viewers hated the first two eps, but I absolutely loved read more them! I didn't love Kim Soo Hyun's character (Baek Seung Chan) as much as I did in the first two eps. He is completely lovable and adorable, and I honestly just wanted to jump into the drama and give him a big hug. But as the episodes progressed, little by little my love for him slowly started to dwindle, that eventually I just found him annoying (still cute but I didn't care about giving him hugs).

I loved every moment highlighting the PD's struggles, and I didn't think there were enough of them. I also really enjoyed Cindy's character arc and anything that had to do with her. I loved her storyline, and it was my favorite part about the last ep.

Where this drama went wrong is that it felt rushed. The last episode was completely rushed. Come on now, this is a kdrama, why was it only 12 eps. I'm left feeling so unsatisfied because there was so much more to the story. Yeah, Cindy's stuff was concluded, but what about everything else? I would have loved to see more about the struggles for female PD's, I would have loved loved loved it if they fleshed out and built a strong solid friendship between the four mains. I would have loved even more if Baek Seung Chan and Ra Joon Mo became best friends. I would have really appreciated it if they fleshed out Ra Joon Mo's character more, period, because I really loved him omg. I feel like there wasn't even enough of Ra Joon Mo and Tak Ye Jin scenes.

If this drama had delved more into the lives of PD's and worked on building friendships and establishing relationships instead of wasting all their time on a romance no one even really took seriously, then it would have been tremendously better. I think with 16 episodes this drama could have been perfect. But eh, what do i know.

The cast was honestly the best aspect of this drama. I couldn't have asked for better casting myself. I fell in love with these characters and I cared about them, which is why I'm so disappointed because I wanted and expected so much more. But listen, all my complaining shouldn't stop anyone from watching this drama. I still enjoyed The Producers, it was really fun and entertaining. Is it a must-see? Eeehhhhhh, i don't know about that. Depends, do u love the actors in this? For example, Kim Soo Hyun? Then yes, I'd say get your butt in gear and watch it. But honestly, this drama is just one to help u pass the time. It isn't thought provoking, and definitely not a 10. It could have been, but it's not. So it just is what it is. And nothings wrong with that. Now, would I watch it again? Well, maybe if I was bored, yeah sure. But considering how I just finished it, I don't think I'll be doing a rewatch any time soon.
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Tani
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Jun 21, 2015
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
I had high expectations for this drama due to the cast and the seemingly different storyline and style of editing, but I guess I shouldn't have because it's one of those dramas that changed according to the viewer response each week. I mainly ended up continuing with this drama because of the diversity of the side characters and the overall comedic timing.

Kim Soo Hyun was downright hilarious and really showed his read more worth and growth as an actor. IU was excellent as well, and even though I didn't expect much from her, I can totally see why they cast her; she was perfect. Cha Tae Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin didn't get to do much with their characters after all, as the focus was increasingly put on Kim Soo Hyun and IU due to viewer response and a commitment to fan service. Kim Soo Hyun ended up with the majority of the screen time, followed by IU and Cha Tae Hyun.

Gong Hyo Jin's character is surprisingly irrelevant for most of the drama, except the romance. This drama seemed to concentrate too much on the story of a pop star (IU), and any work-related problems for the female PD (Gong Hyo Jin) were relatively nonexistent for a drama about the work environment of PDs.

I don't have much to say about the romantic scenes; I ended up skipping most of them because I just wasn't entertained (and this is coming from someone who barely watches anything but romantic dramas). The acting, the comedy, and the sound track are on point so I gave this drama a pretty good score, but I wish there was more of the unique documentary-style editing which they decreased once they switched directors. I expected something fresh and different, but this ended up being pretty stale and it gave in to cliches. I think someone commented somewhere about how the world in which the characters live is pretty boring and slow-paced, and I would have to agree.

I wouldn't rewatch it as a whole, but some scenes are good enough to go find to make GIFs for tumblr, if you know what I mean (lol). Basically, I don't recommend this drama unless you're a die-hard Kim Soo Hyun or IU fan.

BUT THAT'S JUST ME...maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did!
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Pinocchio was actually the opposite of this series, but both were talking about media.
-So I think if you're seeking a more serious drama that tackles about media industry, I strongly suggest you watch this after. :)
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    DeepKahk 19 days ago

    IU was the best in this.

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    Chuu Jan 21, 2017
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    risaruart Dec 21, 2016

    sadly i dropped this wanted to give it a try at first but dropped it and dropped it again, i do like the actors just the storyline wasn't really good enough for for me. I did enjoyed pinocchio since it felt like it had that same vibe but it had that fantasy thing in pinocchio

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    minam Nov 26, 2016 - edited

    at first i dropped it by the first episode because it just wasn't my thing and everyone was really annoying. a year later i had watched some variety shows (including 1n2d) and saw IU in moon lovers, so i decided to give producers another shot. i actually understood the references this time around (which i think is necessary to enjoy the show). and by the end of it i liked and was rooting for every single annoying character in the show (excluding ceo byun) so i would say: success! i tend to dislike shows where i have to "give it a few episodes and it gets really good!" but i really did like this show lol. tbh i haven't really liked kim soohyun or IU since dream high (but she was great in moon lovers!), never got cha taehyun until i watched 2d1n and that movie he did with park boyoung, and this was one of gong hyojin's more annoying characters (i love her though) but by the end of it i ended up embracing and loving the flawed and frustrating characters they all played so i think it was really well done!

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    It's been a month since I dloaded the first couple of episodes, still not finished second episode. I really really wanted to watch this one cause of GHY and KSH but dont thik it's my cup of tea. No offence but paced SO slow. Dropping it :(

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      namopanik Nov 20, 2016

      I swear it gets better. I myself barely went through first 4 eps or so and was about to drop it, but later it bacame one of my favourites. It takes some time to adjust to this format and episodes are longer than usual, but around 1/3 it takes some shape, the pacing evens out and relations between characters keep you waiting for next episodes.

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    rm2627 Nov 3, 2016

    I am fan of Kim Soo Hyun. I know he can act, but man.... his acting in this drama was on another level. He was too cute to handle whenever he was taking his revenge in his own naughty way. I enjoyed the drama.

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    mssarahlm Oct 17, 2016

    i enjoyed watching this drama. the setting is in the world of broadcasting. just something different. big thumbs up here ;) :) xxxx

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    KoriNeko18 Sep 18, 2016 - edited

    I always get kind of upset at how many people find this drama boring and stuff. It's just so realistic? I mean a "slow-paced world"? Kinda like my life, lol.

    It just has a really "real" feel to it, and I think that's what makes it great... If you can't deal with anything other than romance or over-the-top drama, don't watch it.

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    lea Jul 26, 2016 - edited

    After watching this drama I understood why some people felt it fell short of expectations. It's because they were comparing it with other dramas done by the cast and were expecting candy floss romance.

    There's no doubt this one is a cut higher than them it was very unique, real and refreshing.
    If you've seen any of The Office series there are similar things. What makes it special is the way it's written very real dialogue and slice of life feel mixed with humor.
    And Seung Chan's little passive aggressive actions were hilarious!

    I think the length of the drama was just right it's good to leave the viewer contemplating what "Ifs" instead overdone endings that are forgettable.

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    Sharn Jul 24, 2016 - edited

    Before I became a fan of 2D1N season 3, I had a hard time finishing the first few eps of this drama. On top of that, there are lots of bad comments down here so I put it on hold quite a long time. My first impressions: it was hella boring, dislike the documentary style, and the female leads characters (Ye Jin and Cindy) were annoying.

    For the future viewers, all I can say to you is that you have to be patient to get the good things from this. I admit, even though I like this drama, the first few eps were not so good. Butttt believe me, it will get better along it if slice-of-life is your cup of tea. I really love and appreciate that this drama shows reality side of people, and it was warm watching this drama. Just like life, it is made of blood, tears, sweat, but we experience lots of great moments too.

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    SheilayariMartinez Jun 26, 2016

    was very disappointed with this drama very boring i even dropped it a couple of times

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    dramaholic_piglet Jun 12, 2016

    What i really love in this drama is.. the guest appearance of lee seung gi (as himself). Cute~~

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    ilovemassu May 14, 2016

    i didnt know Ryu JoonYeol was in this! but i still remember the extra(i thought) playing another rookie pd, who said something but kim soo hyun character was blamed. it was him! XD

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    HaylieCharmz May 11, 2016

    I started it a few months ago... couldn't compete 2nd episode... it was boring and the entire camera angles... the production and other stuff , I did not understand...

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    Rain Feb 24, 2016

    Ergh. What a disappointment. Could have done more with less forced love lines. Period.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    12
  • Aired:

    May 15, 2015 to Jun 20, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 20 min.

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  • Score:

    7.7 (scored by 5,414 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1078
  • Popularity:

    #55

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