The Last Empress (TV series)

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The Last Empress
The Last Empress (TV series).jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asAn Empress's Dignity
Genre
Created byPark Young-soo
Written byKim Soon-ok
Directed byJoo Dong-min
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes48[a]
Production
Executive producer(s)Kim Young-min [ko]
Producer(s)Lee Hee-soo
Running time35 minutes
Production company(s)SM Life Design Group[b]
DistributorSBS
Release
Original networkSBS TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseNovember 21, 2018 (2018-11-21) – present (present)
External links
Website
Production website

The Last Empress (Hangul황후의 품격; RRHwanghuui Pumgyeok; lit. Empress's Dignity) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Jang Na-ra, Choi Jin-hyuk, Shin Sung-rok, Lee Elijah and Shin Eun-kyung. It premiered on November 21, 2018 and airs on SBS's Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 KST time slot.[2][3]

Synopsis[edit]

The Last Empress is set in a hypothetical constitutional monarchy in 2018, and follows the story of a musical actress who marries the emperor. She searches for true love and happiness as she fights her way through palace life, and gets entangled in the murder of the emperor’s grandmother, leading to the demise of the imperial family.[4]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

An aspiring musical actress who, in reality, is an understudy shunned by directors. She married the Emperor and became the Empress of South Korea.
A bodyguard who serves the imperial family with unrivaled fighting skills. However he secretly harbors a desire for vengeance on the imperial family.
A powerful ruler who is well-respected by the people. He is talented and eloquent, but beyond his pleasant appearance lies an ugly personality.
Imperial head secretary. She is quick-witted, decisive and trusted by the Emperor.
Lee Hyuk's mother. A fearless and powerful woman who holds absolute authority in the palace, and is fiercely protective of her children.

Supporting[edit]

Imperial Household[edit]

Sunny's Family[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Kim Myung-soo as Teacher Beun
  • Yoon Joo-man as Ma Pil-joo[17]
Right-hand man of the Emperor.
  • Hwang Young-hee as Baek Do-hee
  • Lee Soo-ryun as Choi Tae-jung
  • Oh Han-kyul as Na Dong-sik
  • Kim Yoon-ji as Hyun-joo[18]
Sunny's junior colleague and a fellow musical actress.
  • Tae Hang-ho as Na Wang-sik (Ep 1-6)

Special Appearances[edit]

Production[edit]

The first script reading for the drama was held on September 6, 2018 at the SBS Ilsan Production Center with the attendance of cast and crew.[20] [21]

On November 19, 2018 actor Choi Jin-hyuk suffered an injury while filming an action scene that required 30 stitches.[22][23]

Working condition controversy[edit]

On October 25, 2018 SBS signed individual contracts with the staff of The Last Empress to ensure better working conditions. However, according to the Hope Alliance Labor Union (HALU), the network and the production company SM Life Design Group (SMLDG) violated the contracts when they continued to extend work schedules without consent from workers and ensuring better working conditions.

The HALU also alleged that "from November 21 to 30, the staff (of The Last Empress) had to undergo ten consecutive days of intense filming schedules that lasted for many hours without a single day of rest".[24][25]

On December 17, 2018, HALU filed a bill of indictment with the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) against SBS and SMLDG.

Original soundtrack[edit]

The Last Empress
OST
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released2018 (2018)
Genre
Language
LabelVlending, SBS Contents Hub

Part 1[edit]

Released on November 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."What Would It Be" (어땠을까)Kim Ho-kyung1601Jang Deok Cheol3:56
2."What Would It Be" (Inst.) 1601 3:56
Total length:7:52

Part 2[edit]

Released on December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Not Over" (끝이 아니길)Park Sung-ilPark Sung-ilGaho3:30
2."Not Over" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:30
Total length:7:00

Ratings[edit]

In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS[26] AGB Nielsen[27]
Nationwide Nationwide Seoul
1 November 21, 2018 7.4% 7.2% (14th) 7.7% (12th)
2 8.1% 7.6% (11th) 8.6% (8th)
3 November 22, 2018 8.0% 7.6% (13th) 8.6% (9th)
4 8.5% 8.5% (9th) 9.3% (8th)
5 November 28, 2018 5.9% 5.7% (20th) 5.8% (17th)
6 7.0% 7.9% (10th) 8.4% (9th)
7 November 29, 2018 7.2% 7.6% (13th) 8.0% (11th)
8 8.2% 9.3% (7th) 9.9% (5th)
9 December 5, 2018 6.8% 6.1% (18th) 6.8% (13th)
10 9.2% 9.3% (7th) 10.1% (5th)
11 December 6, 2018 8.3% 7.9% (12th) 8.3% (9th)
12 10.1% 10.5% (6th) 11.5% (3rd)
13 December 12, 2018 6.8% 8.2% (10th) 8.6% (10th)
14 9.1% 11.5% (4th) 12.3% (3rd)
15 December 13, 2018 9.6% 11.0% (8th) 12.4% (4th)
16 12.3% 14.0% (3rd) 15.4% (2nd)
17 December 19, 2018
18
19 December 20, 2018
20
21 December 26, 2018
22
23 December 27, 2018
24
25 January 2, 2018
26
27 January 3, 2018
28
29 January 9, 2018
30
31 January 10, 2018
32
33 January 16, 2018
34
35 January 17, 2018
36
37 January 23, 2018
38
39 January 24, 2018
40
41 January 30, 2018
42
43 January 31, 2018
44
45 February 6, 2018
46
47 February 7, 2018
48
Average % % %

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In order to circumvent Korean laws that prevent commercial breaks in the middle of an episode, what would previously have been aired as single 70 minute episodes are now being repackaged as two 35 minute episodes, with two episodes being shown each night with a commercial break between them.[1]
  2. ^ Formerly KD Media and FNC Add Culture.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park, Jin-hai (May 16, 2017). "Drama viewers angry over commercial breaks". Press Reader. The Korea Times. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "[단독]장나라·신성록·최진혁 '황후의 품격' 확정 "6일 리딩"(종합)". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). September 3, 2018.
  3. ^ ""Empress's Dignity" confirmed the main cast". JTBC. September 4, 2018.
  4. ^ ""The Last Empress" Jang Nara and Shin Sung-rok Ready to Tackle Modern Day Monarchy". Hancinema. November 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Hwang Soo-yeon (30 October 2018). "'황후의품격' 산타요정 장나라, 황후의 옛 직업은 뮤지컬 배우". Newsen (in Korean).
  6. ^ Lee Ye-eun (13 November 2018). "SBS '황후의 품격' 최진혁이 황실경호원으로서 열정적으로 훈련에 임하고 있는, '하드트레이닝' 현장이 포착됐다". iMBC (in Korean).
  7. ^ "[단독] 신성록, 김순옥 신작 '황후의 품격' 주인공 출연 확정". My Daily (in Korean). August 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "[공식] 이엘리야, SBS '황후의 품격' 출연···매력적인 악녀 변신". Seoul Economic Daily (in Korean). October 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Kim Mi-jung (16 October 2018). "'황후의 품격' 장나라-최진혁-신성록, 대본리딩 현장 공개! 품격 다른 드라마 탄생 예고". iMBC (in Korean).
  10. ^ "오승윤 '황후의 품격' 출연…"극중 중요한 열쇠 된다"". Sports Donga (in Korean). October 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "'황후의 품격' 장나라-최진혁-신성록-신은경-이엘리야, 열정 충만 첫 대본리딩". Herald Pop (in Korean). October 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "'황후의 품격' 오아린, 앙증 이목구비+ 미소로 '엄마 미소 유발'". Sports Chosun (in Korean). November 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "'황후의 품격' 신은경-박원숙-이희진-오아린, '황실의 여인들'". My Daily (in Korean). October 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Cho Eun-sool (10 November 2018). "21일 첫 방송 '황후의 품격' 이희진, 파격 '하이패션' 공주로 변신!". iMBC (in Korean).
  15. ^ "윤다훈, '황후의 품격' 합류…장나라 아버지 役". Kyeonggi (in Korean). November 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "'황후의 품격' 장나라-최진혁-신성록-신은경-이엘리야, 열정 충만 첫 대본리딩". Herald Pop (in Korean). October 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "'황후의 품격' 윤주만, 잔인무도한 '극강 악역' 마필주로 돌아온다... '존재감 甲'". iMBC (in Korean). 11 November 2018.
  18. ^ "NS윤지, 활동명 '김윤지'로 변경 후 SBS '황후의 품격'으로 배우 활동 시작". SE Daily (in Korean). October 4, 2018.
  19. ^ "'황후의 품격' 박규리, 짧지만 강렬 임팩트…절절한 눈물연기 '시선집중'". Korea Times (in Korean). December 13, 2018.
  20. ^ Kim Mi-jung (16 October 2018). "'황후의 품격' 장나라-최진혁-신성록, 대본리딩 현장 공개! 품격 다른 드라마 탄생 예고". iMBC E-news (in Korean).
  21. ^ "'황후의 품격' 장나라-최진혁-신은경, 대본리딩만으로 높인 기대감". Newsen (in Korean). 16 October 2018.
  22. ^ "[공식입장] 최진혁 측 "눈 주위 부상으로 30바늘 꿰매…제발회 참석 추후 논의"". Xport News (in Korean). 19 November 2018.
  23. ^ Hwang So-young (19 November 2018). "[단독] 최진혁, '황후의 품격' 촬영중 부상…긴급 치료行". IS Plus (in Korean).
  24. ^ ‘황후의 품격’ 측 “29시간30분 연속촬영? 이동+휴게시간 포함된 것”(전문)
  25. ^ [공식 노조"'황후의품격' 근로시간위반+추가수당無, 내일 증거공개"]
  26. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings at Naver". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  27. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved May 9, 2018.

External links[edit]

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