I’m not one to follow varietyland too closely, especially shows that aren’t even on air yet, but chalk it up to the curiosity factor of shows experimenting with format, as with the upcoming Beating Hearts (and, fine, also Park Ki-woong may have something to do with it). This is the upcoming reality-docu show where a group of celebrities will train to become firefighters, and in addition to the three actors initially announced (Park Ki-woong, Lee Won-jong, Jo Dong-hyuk), the program has now also added Jeon Hye-bin (God of the Workplace, Yacha) and Choi Woo-shik (Rooftop Prince, where he was the adorable Yellow Joseon Ranger, also of Ten 2) as the maknae.
Given that the program that Beating Hearts sorta-maybe-unofficially models itself after is called Real Men, I’m glad to see a woman up in this mix, and not just as pretty wallpaper but participating in all the hard training with the rest. Not unlike Real Men, this show will throw the cast off the deep end by making them live a firefighter’s life for six straight days. They’ll be boarding at a firefighters’ school in Busan, and while one week isn’t a terribly long time, I do think that immersing yourself in hardcore training without time off could make for a pretty grueling experience. And pain is always great for variety!
The show is currently only slated for a pilot run on SBS with two episodes scheduled to air in early September, so we’ll have to wait and see if it’ll be enough of a success to merit a full-fledged run.