The Producers (TV series)

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The Producers
KBS The Producers promo poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Written byPark Ji-eun
Kim Ji-sun
Directed bySeo Soo-min
Pyo Min-soo
StarringCha Tae-hyun
Gong Hyo-jin
Kim Soo-hyun
ComposerKim Han-jo
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (+1 special)
Executive producerPark Jong-min
Production locationsSeoul, South Korea
CinematographyJi Jae-woo
Park Ki-hyun
EditorKim Young-joo
Running time80 minutes
Production companiesChorokbaem Media
Producers SPC
KBS Media
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Original release15 May (2015-05-15) –
20 June 2015 (2015-06-20)
Related showsHit the Top
External links

The Producers (Korean프로듀사; RRPeurodyusa; lit. Producer) is a 2015 South Korean television series starring Cha Tae-hyun, Gong Hyo-jin, Kim Soo-hyun,and IU.[1][2][3][4] It aired on KBS2 from 15 May to 20 June 2015 on Fridays and Saturdays at 21:15 (KST) time slot for 12 episodes.[5][6][7]


In the center of Yeouido is the KBS building. On its sixth floor are partitioned offices where employees work in the network's variety department, keeping hectic schedules of filming, editing and all-night meetings.



A seasoned PD who has worked in the industry for ten years. Despite working on a lot of variety programs, he has no single masterpiece to call his own. A two-faced senior.
An experienced PD who works on a long-time music program. She is smart, haughty and never holds back in letting people know what she thinks. She uses her high position to abuse newbies.
An aspiring prosecutor who decides to join KBS because of his secret crush on a KBS employee. He becomes a rookie PD (producer-director) with the variety/entertainment division.
A famous singer and celebrity who debuted as a trainee when she was 13 years old. She is called the "ice princess" for her poker face and complete control over her emotions. As the drama progresses we see hints of a fragile Cindy, she has been keeping for all these years.


  • Park Hyuk-kwon as Kim Tae-ho,[20] chief producer of the variety department
  • Kim Jong-kook as Kim Hong-soon, PD of Open Concert[21]
  • Seo Ki-chul as Jang In-pyo, director of the variety department
  • Ye Ji-won as Go Yang-mi, office manager of the variety department
  • Gi Ju-bong as Park Choon-bong, the president of KBS
  • Lee Joo-seung as Kim Joon-bae, floor director of 2 Days & 1 Night. Turns out to be a legendary ghost of KBS.
  • Lee Chae-eun as Son Ji-yeon, writer of 2 Days & 1 Night[22]
  • Go Bo-gyeol as Wang Min-jung, youngest writer of 2 Days & 1 Night
  • Bae Yoo-ram as Ryu Il-yong, assistant director of 2 Days & 1 Night
  • Shin Joo-hwan as Hyung-geun, assistant director of 2 Days & 1 Night
  • Susanna Noh as casting writer of 2 Days & 1 Night
  • Kim Sun-ah as Kim Da-jung, youngest writer of Music Bank
  • Jang Seong-beom as assistant PD of Music Bank
Byun Entertainment agency
  • Na Young-hee as Byun Mi-sook, CEO of the agency
  • Choi Kwon as Cindy's road manager
  • Jo Han-chul as Secretary Kim
  • Janey as Jini, a trainee of the agency
  • Na Hae-ryung (of Bestie) as Yuna, ex-singer of the agency
  • Cho Seung-hee (of DIA) as Yu-ju, member of Pinky4
  • Kim Soo-yeon as Christine, member of Pinky4
  • Jung Mi-mi (of Gugudan) as Ha-neul, member of Pinky4
  • Park Seo-yeon, young trainee
  • Lee Ji-ho as young trainee
  • Kim Ye-won as young trainee
  • Lee Seo-yeong as young trainee
Baek's Family
  • Kim Jong-soo as Baek Bo-sun, Seung-chan's father
  • Kim Hye-ok as Lee Hoo-nam, Seung-chan's mother
  • Park Hee-von as Baek Jae-hee, Seung-chan's older sister
  • Park Jong-hwan as Baek Young-chan, Seung-chan's older brother
  • Choi Sun-young as Baek Yoo-bin, Seung-chan's younger sister
  • Kang Shin-chul as Myung Ji-hoon, Jae-hee's husband
  • Im Ye-jin as Park Bong-soon, Joon-mo's mother
  • Kim Hee-chan as Tak Ye-joon, Ye-jin's younger brother
  • Jung Han-hee as Kim Tae-ho's daughter
  • Yoon Yoo-sun as Kim Tae-ho's wife
  • Kim Sa-kwon
  • Lee Du-seok
  • Jo Chang-geun
  • Jin Yong-wook
  • Jeon Heon-tae
  • Hwang Min-ho
  • Ahn Se-ha as manager
  • Lee Jeong-ho as Reporter Kang
  • Ryu Jun-yeol as Joo Jong-hyun

Special appearances[edit]


Development and Filming[edit]

The Producers was described as the first ever "variety drama", not only because of its subject but because it was produced by KBS's variety department instead of the drama department. Director Seo Soo-min's past experience has been on variety shows, having worked on Gag Concert, 2 Days & 1 Night and You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook (she is currently the CP, or chief producer, for KBS's Happy Sunday programming block). It was also the first terrestrial network drama to air in the Friday-Saturday time slot, a slot usually reserved for late-night comedy shows (network dramas had previously been strictly divided into weekday and weekend programs).[3]

This is the second collaboration between actor Kim Soo-hyun and screenwriter Park Ji-eun after working together in the 2014 hit series My Love from the Star.[30] It is also the second time Kim and IU have starred together, reuniting again after Dream High in 2011.

On 23 March 2015, the cast and crew gathered for the first read-through at the Raum Art Center Social Venue in Gangnam District, Seoul. It was held in private with no media presence.[31][32]

The first shooting day was held on April 2, 2015 on the 6th floor of the KBS building in Yeouido.[33][34]

Original soundtrack[edit]

The Producers: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released23 May 2015
1."Love begins with a confession" (사랑의시즤은곱개에서부터)Kim Bum-soo3:44
2."And...And (Ost ver.)" (그리고)Baek Ji-young4:06
3."To be with you"Hyun Woo3:43
4."Darling (Ost ver.)" (달링)Lee Seung-chul3:00
5."The two of us" (우리돌)ALi3:22
6."Palpitations" (두근두근)Ben3:22
7."Soul Mate" (소울메이트)Kihyun3:51
8."If you really me" (정말로사랑했다면)HAELL3:47
9."Love Suite" (러브스우시)Sol Ji(EXID2:55
10."Spring Snow" (봅는)Lucid Fall3:28
11."TV Show" (Ost ver.)Zitten3:00
12."ZigZag Step" (지그재그스템)Jang Jiwon2:19
13."Could we?"Various Artists1:49
14."Reunion"Various Artists2:25
15."Way to Work"Various Artists2:08
Total length:42:28
The Producers: Original Soundtrack Special Edition
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released19 June 2015
CD 1
1."You and I"Taru3:15
2."Love begins with a Confession"Soul Cry3:41
3."I Like you"Kihyun3:46
4."Because of you"Jung Kyul3:42
6."And...And (Ost ver.)"Baek Ji-young4:06
7."To be with you"Hyun Woo3:43
8."Darling Ost ver."Lee Seung-chul3:00
9."The Two of us"ALi3:22
10."If you really me"HAELL3:47
11."Love Suite"Sol Ji(EXID2:55
12."Love begins with a Confession"Kim Bum-soo3:44
Total length:36:51
CD 2
1."When Spring Comes"Kim Tae-hyun3:15
2."Like a Star Coffee"Kang Mi-yun1:32
3."You're mine"Choi Sung-ho1:15
4."Your Love"Choi Ga-rum2:29
5."After a Long time"Park Dong-il2:24
6."The Two of us" (Inst.)Various Artists3:22
7."Palpitations"Pour planet3:22
8."To be with you"Kim Eui-sul2:02
9."Way to Work" (Piano ver.)Park Seung-jo2:07
10."Lolly"Various Artists0:55
11."Truly"Various Artists1:45
12."Love, precisely Love"Various Artists2:55
13."Fishbowl"Various Artists1:45
14."And..." (Inst.)Various Artists3:55
15."Love begins with a Confession" (Inst.)Various Artists3:44
Total length:30:58


The Producers drew a solid average viewership rating of 12.5% and topped the Content Power Index (CPI) rankings.[35] But it also received criticism from entertainment industry insiders regarding its verisimilitude, particularly in the drama's depiction of producers as the weaker party in dealing with celebrities, which they claimed is "highly unrealistic" unless top stars are involved.[36]

According to broadcaster and industry sources, The Producers has earned ₩8.4 billion (US$7.5 million): ₩3.8 billion from TV commercials, ₩2 billion from product placement and other sponsored advertisements (well above the ₩1-1.5 billion typical for a 16-episode series), and ₩2.6 billion in overseas sales to China. Despite its domestic and international popularity, however, KBS officials say it may log lower-than-expected profits due to the rising production cost, with the original budget at ₩400 million per episode and ₩4.8 billion for the whole series, plus additional costs when Pyo Min-soo replaced Yoon Sung-ho as one of the directors.[37][38]


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

Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[39] TNmS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 15 May 2015 The Variety Department, Unintentionally 10.1% (11th) 10.5% (9th) 10.5% (10th) 11.8% (8th)
2 16 May 2015 News of Quitting, Unintentionally 10.3% (6th) 10.7% (5th) 11.2% (4th) 12.3% (5th)
3 22 May 2015 Pheasant Instead of Chicken, Unintentionally 10.2% (10th) 11.4% (6th) 9.6% (15th) 10.8% (10th)
4 23 May 2015 Acting That Way, Unintentionally 11.0% (5th) 11.3% (5th) 13.5% (5th) 13.3% (5th)
5 29 May 2015 Understanding Editing 11.2% (8th) 12.0% (6th) 10.8% (10th) 12.3% (8th)
6 30 May 2015 Understanding Broadcasting Accidents 13.5% (3rd) 14.5% (3rd) 12.8% (4th) 14.4% (5th)
7 5 June 2015 Understanding How to Play the Media 11.7% (7th) 12.3% (6th) 11.8% (9th) 13.4% (5th)
8 6 June 2015 Understanding Love Lines 13.4% (3rd) 13.7% (3rd) 13.8% (3rd) 16.7% (4th)
9 12 June 2015 Understanding Cancelled Broadcasts 12.6% (3rd) 13.5% (3rd) 11.7% (10th) 13.3% (3rd)
10 13 June 2015 Understanding Previews 14.6% (3rd) 15.4% (3rd) 13.8% (3rd) 15.6% (4th)
11 19 June 2015 Understanding Ratings 13.4% (3rd) 14.5% (3rd) 13.3% (4th) 15.3% (3rd)
12 20 June 2015 Understanding a long-running program 17.7% (2nd) 17.9% (3rd) 18.2% (2nd) 20.4% (2nd)
Average 12.5% 13.1% 12.4% 14.1%
Special 26 June 2015 Understanding NGs 5.5% 7.5% 7.9% 7.9%

Ratings in the Philippines[edit]

In the Philippines, The Producers was aired on GMA Network on December, 21 2015 every weeknights at 17:45 (PST).[40] The drama was dubbed in Filipino and ran for 6 weeks having 30 equivalent episodes. It was later re-aired on GMA News TV from July 11 to August 5, 2016.

Ratings in the Philippines
(in PH)
Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[41] Kantar Media[42]
Mega Manila Nationwide
1 21 December 2015 15.6% 11.6%
2 22 December 2015 14.9% 12.4%
3 23 December 2015 13.0% 10.7%
4 24 December 2015 10.7% 8.8%
5 25 December 2015 10.4% 8.5%
6 28 December 2015 12.5% 10.0%
7 29 December 2015 11.9% 11.4%
8 30 December 2015 10.8% 11.2%
9 31 December 2015 10.0% 9.3%
10 1 January 2016 13.0% 10.4%
11 4 January 2016 11.4% 11.4%
12 5 January 2016 11.5% 10.1%
13 6 January 2016 11.5% 11.1%
14 7 January 2016 12.1% 11.3%
15 8 January 2016 14.3% 11.6%
16 11 January 2016 11.9% 10.6%
17 12 January 2016 12.6% 10.6%
18 13 January 2016 12.6% 9.5%
19 14 January 2016 12.8% 10.9%
20 15 January 2016 11.2% 9.3%
21 18 January 2016 13.7% 9.9%
22 19 January 2016 13.0% 10.2%
23 20 January 2016 11.4% 9.6%
24 21 January 2016 11.1% 8.9%
25 22 January 2016 12.0% 10.2%
26 25 January 2016 12.2% 10.3%
27 26 January 2016 11.8% 10.2%
28 27 January 2016 10.6% 11.2%
29 28 January 2016 11.1% 8.9%
30 29 January 2016 12.6% 9.5%
Average 12.1% 10.3%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
8th Korea Drama Awards[43]
Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Soo-hyun Won
Best Drama The Producers Nominated
Best Production Director(s) Seo Soo-min, Pyo Min-soo Won
Excellence Award, Actress IU Nominated
Hallyu Star Award Kim Soo-hyun Won
4th APAN Star Awards
Daesang (Grand Prize) Kim Soo-hyun Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries IU Nominated
KBS Drama Awards[44]
Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Soo-hyun Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Cha Tae-hyun Won
Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
IU Nominated
Netizen Award, Actor Kim Soo-hyun Won
Popularity Award, Actor Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
IU Nominated
Best Couple Award Kim Soo-hyun, Cha Tae-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin Won
Cha Tae-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Kim Soo-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Kim Soo-hyun and IU Nominated


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