“My Goddess, My Mother” is a Chinese-Korean collaborative drama that was shot last year featuring Korean actress Lee Da-hae. However, THAAD tension halted the broadcast of the series. Now, with reconciliation by Chinese and Korean officials the drama is scheduled to air in 2018.
According to an announcement made on November 5 by a Chinese agency official, the Chinese drama “My Goddess, My Mother”, is expected to air next year. The agency official said, “The drama production company has recently reached out to coordinate the schedule for local promotions.”
South Korea’s decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), activities related to the drama were postponed indefinitely. In response, China employed a Hallyu ban, or Korean cultural products.
The decision to go ahead with the broadcast appears to be influenced by the joint announcement made on October 31. On October 31 South Korea and China agreed to improve cooperation and normalize relations between two countries. “We have not been able to broadcast for over a year because of THAAD. But we feel a bit better and believe we’ll be able to solve it gradually” said a Lee Da-hae representative.
The postponement of the drama also made it difficult for producer to offer proposals for programming to broadcast companies.
However, the October 31 announcement has certainly given hope to the situation. In particular, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China announced that is agreed to “promote the development of strategic partnership with Korea and to restore exchange and cooperation…as soon as possible” on its website.