BY Adrienne Stanley | Jan 06, 2016 09:56 AM EST
"Descendants of the Sun" the most talked about Korean drama of 2016, leading trending topics, prior to its February 24 premiere.
On January 6, Sports Today reported statistics published by Good Data Corporation, a firm who specializes in television topic analysis.
According to Good Data Corporation, "Descendants of the Sun" is ranked first as the most topical drama of 2016. The highly anticipated series accounted for 31.2 percent of its market share, making it the most talked about drama of the new year.
Critics have commented about the realistic on-screen chemistry of stars Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, as exemplified in the first full trailer released by the production during the 2015 KBS Drama Awards.
"Descendants of the Sun" is notable as one of the first Korean dramas to air post-production, which is a stark contrast to the live filming model that was once an industry standard.
The action-packed romantic drama could become a game-changer for Korean entertainment as KBS continues to follow the post-production model with the Kim Woo Bin, Suzy drama, "Uncontrollably Fond."
Several factors could contribute to KBS' decision to move away from live-taping. However, the transition is likely precipitated by its struggle with disappointing ratings for star-studded dramas including the lackluster reception of several hyped 2015 series including "Blood" and "Orange Marmalade."
Under the direction of Lee Eung Bok, "Descendants of the Sun" promises to deliver the cinematography of action series like "IRIS" and "City Hunter."
Anticipation for the drama is also driven by the talented screenwriting duo of Kim Eun Sook and Kim Won Suk.
Kim Eun Sook is previously credited as the screenwriter of popular series, "The Heirs" and "Secret Garden," while Kim Won Suk is responsible for "The Queen's Classroom."
The series will air 16 episodes on KBS2, with its premiere scheduled for February 24.
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