|"The Uncanny Counter" scriptwriter Yeo Ji-na was replaced during the mid-show running. Courtesy of OCN|
By Lee Gyu-lee
The head writer of OCN's hit series "The Uncanny Counter" has abruptly left the production in the middle of the series after having a disagreement with other staff over how the show should end.
The network confirmed Monday that scriptwriter Yeo Ji-na resigned after finishing episode 12 of the hit show, which scored OCN's highest viewership rating at 10.6 percent on Jan. 10.
"Yeo and other staff in the production team had different opinions on the series' final storyline," OCN told local news outlets. "So she decided to leave the show on a mutual agreement."
After Yeo's departure, director Yoo Seon-dong took over the script for episode 13, which aired on Saturday.
Scriptwriter Kim Sae-bom also joined the show starting with Sunday's episode and will replace Yeo for the 16-part season's finale.
The fantasy action series, based on Jang Yi's web-comics "Amazing Rumor," revolves around a teenager So-mun (Jo Byung-gyu) who joins a group of exorcists with special abilities to fight evil spirits.
The Korean superhero show has garnered popularity with its realistic special effects and cathartic vigilante storyline.
The series started with a 2.7 percent viewership rating in November, but has since climbed steadily, reaching a two-digit rating for the first time in the network's history. However, with the absence of the head writer, the rating slipped ― hitting 9.4 percent ― for Saturday's episode.
With the show's popularity, OCN is in final talks to make a second season.