tvN follows Ramyun Shop with Flower Boy Band
As announced at the outset, tvN’s Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is just the first in its planned series of youth-targeted programming branded under the Oh! Boy Project label, which means there are more shows in the pipeline.
(Trivia: The Oh! Boy Project is headed by a former manager who has worked with Kim Hye-soo in the past, which explains Kim’s random cameo in Ramyun Shop playing a tarot card reader.)
Now that Ramyun Shop has proven to be a hit — it topped 2% in the ratings, which is notable for cable, and has been sold to Japan for an all-time cable-drama high — tvN will be working on its next show, titled Flower Boy Band: Eye Candy. One thing’s for sure: tvN really knows its audience. (Its numbers are particularly high among females in their teens and twenties.)
For Flower Boy Band: Eye Candy, the premise will take on a slightly different brand of pretty boy, skewing more rugged. Mrwar. I guess if you’ve covered the traditional flower boy already (chic, urbane), it’s time to expand on the concept. I am all for expansion. Expand away!
Producers have been on the lookout for fresh faces to cast in Band (can I just call it Band Candy?), and are teasing that they’ve got one idol boy and one “strong actor” in contention for the roles. Up for two of the supporting roles will be two of the participants in tvN’s companion competitive reality show, Oh! Boy Audition.
Flower Boy Band is being planned for a January premiere. Let’s see if they can replicate Ramyun Shop’s success. And if not, well, it’ll be pretty to look at.