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'Arthdal Chronicles' likely to have second season

All Headlines 16:33 September 23, 2019

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- The blockbuster TV fantasy series "Arthdal Chronicles" will likely come back with a second season despite its lower-than-expected viewership, its broadcaster tvN said Monday.

"We're positively considering making a second season," an official from tvN said. "The decision has not been finalized yet, but the possibility is high."

Details of the second season's filming and airing date, staff and cast have not yet been decided, she noted.

"Arthdal Chronicles" is about people living in the ancient city of Arthdal in a mythical land called Arth and their power struggles for the throne of the first nation founded on the continent.

The 18-episode drama, also available on Netflix, wrapped up its first season on Sunday.

Its all-star cast, including movie stars Jang Dong-gun and Song Joong-ki, and its huge production budget, reportedly 40 billion won (US$33.7 million), had attracted high expectations among Korean drama fans at home and abroad.

But its viewership ratings hovered around 5-6 percent since its first episode was shown on June 1. Its final show reached 7.4 percent.

This combined image provided by tvN shows scenes from the fantasy drama "Arthdal Chronicles." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

brk@yna.co.kr
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