Monday, June 20, 2011


Goong S (Korean: S, Hanja: S) is a spinoff of Goong. It is produced by PD Hwang with the production company Group Eight. The main cast includes Se7en (aka Choi Dong Wook), Heo Yi Jae, Park Shin-hye, and Kang Doo. The series began its season on January 10, 2007, on MBC, and airs consecutive episodes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This series is also known by the title “Prince Hours”.[1]
South Korea is a constitutional monarchy. The reigning queen (Myung Se Bin), already in her thirties, is not married yet and has no children, so the court looks for a Crown Prince. They encounter Lee Hoo (Se7en), a young man, the son of the empress’ uncle. However, another competitor arrives at the court: Lee Joon (Kang Doo), the son of another uncle of the empress. They compete for the title of Crown Prince via a trial of several tasks to determine the worthy future king of the country.
Kang Hoo/Lee Hoo: A prince raised as a commoner because his mother was thrown out of the palace shortly before his birth. His mother died sometime during his teenage years and he was raised by one of the former Palace Guards, although Kang Hoo is unaware of the real identity of his guardian. The royal family was unaware of his existence until he was twenty and he was quickly taken into the succession line by his cousin, the Queen of Korea, because she was looking for a fitting successor for her throne. His name was changed to Prince Lee Hoo and he had to learn the ways and life of a royal. At the beginning, Lee Hoo seemed to be the least likely candidate to fill the spot of Crown Prince. He was rash, lacked focus and was seemingly selfish to most but as he struggled to learn of the life he was destined to live, he turned into a considerate, mature and responsible young man. He is also fair and has a great sense of right and wrong.
Yang Soon Ae: Prince Lee Hoo’s childhood friend and one of the few that still refer him as Kang Hoo (the name he was raised as). She is a very sensible young woman who works at the palace as a palace maid. She has had crushes on Kang Hoo since they were young and has always been his friend. She seems insecure and jumpy but she has an exceptionally good heart. Prince Lee Hoo especially depends on her and she has been somewhat of his center. She kept cheering for Prince Lee Hoo for the best and later revealed her feelings and realized it is not a one-sided love. She also managed to attract the attention of Prince Lee Joon, the other candidate to fill the position of the Crown Prince of Korea, though she made it clear that her heart belongs to Prince Lee Hoo and only him.
Lee Joon: Raised by nobility, Prince Lee Joon seemed to be the best candidate to fill the position of the Crown Prince. He is exceptionally popular among the ladies and had his mind set to be the next King of Korea and seemed to be on the right path. He was shown as a calm and collective young man at first and was certain of what he wanted in life. He was to be engaged to the Prime Minister’s daughter Shin Sae Ryung and agreed to the arrangement, but later resented it as he fell for palace maid Yang Soon Ae. He tried a lot of ways to persuade her into accepting his love but none were successful and he was rejected time after time. He later refused the throne after realizing that his father’s greed was to no end and because he was tricked into believing that his father was not his biological father (in truth he is), he felt that he was not worthy to fill the position since he was not of royal blood. Later he learned the truth and was happy that he was able to pursue his own dreams of becoming a musician. He gave up on pursuing Yang Soon Ae as well seeing that she is truly in love with his cousin.
Shin Sae Ryung: The daughter of the Prime Minister, she was raised to be a proper lady and groomed to be the next Queen of Korea. She had always followed her father’s instructions and believed her mother to be the wrong one because she left her for a life of simplicity and away from greed. At first her only interest was to be the Queen and she was willing to go to extra lengths to get to the position. Though she did eventually fell for Prince Lee Hoo, she was rejected as Prince Lee Hoo was already in love with Yang Soon Ae. She was determined at first, but later learned that her mother was the one who was right and abandoned her father to chase her own dreams. She remained friends with both Princes and no longer harbours any feelings or interest in either prince.
The Queen: South Korea’s current reigning Queen. She is already in her thirties and is not married nor has any children to succeed her throne. In public, she seems to be the most well-adjusted woman with high regards, but in truth she has been concealing her feelings, and having to force herself to choose between her love and her people. She had been in love with a half-Korean, half-English professor whom she met during her studies at Oxford University. She left him to return to Korea and assume her role. Later, she was conflicted because her former love, Alexander, came to Korea to teach at the Royal Academy, and she was forced to once again choose. She chose her people even though it broke her heart.
Alexander: The Queen’s love interest. He’s half-Korean, half-English, and though unable to speak fluent Korean, he is able to understand the language. He came to Korea, accepting a job offer at the Royal Academy and at the same time seeking for an answer for the choices the Queen had made. He later backed out, realizing that he could not make the Queen chose between the people and him. He didn’t want to stay after learning that even if he did, it wouldn’t make much difference and rather would make it difficult for the Queen. He left Korea and later it was revealed that he also contributed to Yang Soon Ae’s education fund.
The Queen Mother: The mother of the current Queen, she is rather detached from the outside world from having been living in the palace for a very long time. She is unable to distinguish the difference between the latest technology. She is very fond of Prince Lee Hoo to a point where it is comical. She was the one who supported Prince Lee Hoo’s father when he chose to marry a commoner, but in Prince Lee Hoo’s case, she strongly opposed his choice, Yang Soon Ae, for fear of history repeating itself.
Although the first season of Princess Hours was a hit, Goong S has failed to attract many viewers. Overnight ratings have averaging around 10 points, about half of the original’s; the January 25 episode received a 9.3,[2] being 19th for the night. As the show aired on, the ratings decreased to 4.8%[citation needed].
Despite the low ratings, Goong S was the most searched and rewatched drama online and ranked higher than its competition: KBS2 Dal-Ja’s Spring and SBS Surgeon Bong Dal Hee.[3] The drama has also gained a wide variety of support from international fans in the U.S., Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Singapore, Philippines etc.[4]
International Broadcasting
Brunei Darussalam
  • Channel: RTB2
  • Broadcast: July 2008
  • Channel: BS Japan
  • Broadcast: August 15, 2007[7]
  • Channel: 8TV
  • Broadcast: March 26, 2008 – May 2, 2008[8]
  • Channel: Channel U
  • Broadcast: October 13, 2007 – December 8, 2007[9]
  • Channel: GTV
  • Broadcast: July 4, 2007[10]
  • Channel: Channel 7
  • Broadcast: June 17, 2007 – August 12, 2007[11]
  • Channel: Trt 1
  • Broadcast: 29 January 2009 – 25 February 2009 [12]
United States
  • Channel: LA18
  • Broadcast: February 21, 2007 – April 25, 2007[13]
  • Channel: HTV7
  • Broadcast: August 8, 2007[14]
  • Channel: Studio 23
  • Broadcast: February 15, 2010
·         Note: For some episodes the TV ratings were too low and didn’t made it into the daily Top20 ranking published by TNS Media. For these episodes the ratings of the show in 20th place is given in parentheses instead.
ep. 1
16.1 (6th)
15.3 (6th)
ep. 2
14.3 (9th)
14.3 (10th)
ep. 3
12.5 (11th)
12.3 (11th)
ep. 4
11.9 (13th)
11.7 (13th)
ep. 5
11.9 (16th)
10.3 (15th)
ep. 6
8.7 (19th)
9.3 (19th)
ep. 7
8.7 (20th)
9.0 (20th)
ep. 8
ep. 9

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