Park Ki-woong joins the variety ranks with Beating Hearts
Park Ki-woong, doing variety? *braces ears for the chorus of squeals*
SBS is prepping a new variety program for fall titled Beating Hearts (the more literal translation is The Heart Beats, which rolls less smoothly off the tongue), and has rounded up a trio of men for its pilot program: Park Ki-woong, familiar dramaland teddy bear Lee Won-jong (Mandate of Heaven, Vampire Prosecutor), and Jo Dong-hyuk (Brain, Yacha).
Beating Hearts will be a “real variety” program that’ll follow the cast as they undergo the process of becoming firefighters. The poetic explanation for the show’s title is that through this process of sacrifice and endurance, they’ll learn to make their hearts race again.
That sounds a lot closer to the Real Men approach (where they dump a cast of celebrities into army life) than, say, the games and talk and funny stories of much of varietyland. And yes, I guess it was inevitable that we’d have more shows following in the mold after the success of Real Men. There’s a certain uniqueness with the army experience that you can’t quite replicate with any other profession, though, so there’s no guarantee that this will stir the same response.
Still, I like the guys they’ve picked so far and hope it does well. (Okay, I love Park Ki-woong and Lee Won-jong; I know little about Jo Dong-hyuk.) Park is a surprise pick for me because I never thought of him as a variety kind of guy—his real-life personality seems so reserved and serious from interviews—but I can see a quasi-docu format working for him. And Lee Won-jong just seems like he could turn anything into a barrel of laughs.
Beating Hearts will begin filming on August 13 and will premiere in September. There will be six cast members total, so they’ll be filling out the rest of the members soon.
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