Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Grandpas Over Flowers’ actress spin-off secures cast
by | October 2, 2013 | 72 Comments

Okay, so I don’t think Na PD can go with Grandmas Over Flowers for this foursome, but the cast is now complete for the actress special of tvN’s hit travel variety show Grandpas Over Flowers. The as-yet-unnamed trip will feature Lee Seung-gi as Luggage(-Errand-Slave) Boy, and actresses (from left to right): Yoon Yeo-jung (age 67, Queen’s Classroom), Kim Ja-ok (age 63, Can’t Lose), Kim Hee-ae (age 47, A Wife’s Credentials), and Lee Mi-yeon (age 43, Merchant Kim Man-deok).

I wish they’d all been of a similar age, but their commonality seems to be acting chops by and large. In any case I’m really excited about Yoon Yeo-jung, who’s just sassy and outspoken and amazing, and Kim Ja-ok, whom I absolutely adore. They’re total opposites — one’s brassy and the other’s all sweetness and light, but both are hilarious. Here’s the imaginary picture I have in my head of each of them: Yoon Yeo-jung is leaning back in a chair and smoking (and silently judging), and Kim Ja-ok is wearing a tiara for no reason other than it made her feel pretty that day. I foresee some hijinks with these two.

Mostly, I just trust that Na PD will find gold in the combination, whatever it is. And it doesn’t hurt that he’ll be reuniting with 1 Night 2 Days ex-maknae Seung-gi, who judging by last week’s Grandpas Over Flowers, signed a contract without knowing what he was getting himself into. Always read the fine print when you’re dealing with an evil mastermind!

The details of the trip (like destination) are still up in the air, but they’ll start shooting in mid-October and then leave for their ten-day backpacking trip in early November. The first episodes of the series will air by late November on tvN.

Via Osen


72 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. pogo

    oooh, so he really is on the actress edition and not just the halbaes’ new slave boy?

    • 1.1 omo

      You know, I’m imagining all 4 actresses fighting over who’s to carry slave boy’s luggage.

      • 1.1.1 Cynthia

        My thoughts, exactly!

  2. redfox

    can they even do anything besides just staring with him around? he is such a puppy I wish these grannies gave him a bow tie and make him sit in a toy car and then take a hundred pictures and put them between their wallets and show every stranger that passes by.

    • 2.1 redfox

      sorry, actresses. well half are sort of grannies

    • 2.2 Arhazivory

      lol. Hahaha. I’d want one of those pics.

    • 2.3 anon

      hahhahhaha nice .

  3. kristine c.

    Yay! Totally looking forward for this. Seunggiya in my TV screen again!!!! :))))))) β™₯β™‘β™₯

  4. Mashimomo

    If Yoon Yeo-jung and Kim Ja-ok are what they are in real life as they portrayed on Worlds Within , I am so. sold. I crack up everytime Yeo-jung’s character gave Daniel Choi one heck of a time, and could totally see them bossing around Lee Seung gi! I’m really hoping one of the streaming sites pick this up and Grandpas over Flowers too.

    • 4.1 Nicole

      Yay, another person who watched The World That They Live In! Love both veteran actresses.

      “Yoon Yeo-jung is leaning back in a chair and smoking (and silently judging), and Kim Ja-ok is wearing a tiara for no reason other than it made her feel pretty that day. I foresee some hijinks with these two.”

      This made me chuckle. I wish the rest of the cast were filled out within the similar age group, but the producers probably know best.

      • 4.1.1 Mashimomo

        I love them both in the dramas that I’ve seen as well, but having watched the world they live in gave me the impression that’s really them in a meta sense. Drama was boring on some parts but I appreciated their perspective on how drama land works. Plus it helps to have Song Hye Guo and Hyun Bin for the pretty πŸ™‚

        I would imagine all of them smothering Seung-gi on one form or another, the “younger” ones would probably be noona-like and be so, so blunt with him and the older ones would definitely be more motherly and authoritative.

        • Requiem

          Heh, I was thinking the same thing. That they were playing actresses who were really playing themselves.

          If it’s going to follow Worlds Within, I wonder if there’s going to be a romance between Yoon Yeo-Jung and Lee Seung-Gi O_O.

          I also wish that the other actresses were about the same age, but I wonder if they all got snapped up by the competitor…

          Kim Hee-ae and Lee Mi-yeon look like they could be Seung-Gi’s Noonas!

    • 4.2 PlumWine

      I also feel in love with the ‘mature’ ladies in Worlds Within. I want to be like them when I grow up!

      I’m still waiting for the grandpas to be finished subbing. I hope this will be as well.

  5. Mawiie

    Yay! I just can’t wait and see how it’ll turn out! And Seung-Gi will be reuniting with his on-screen mom <3

    • 5.1 kfangurl

      Oh! I hadn’t made that connection! Aw. Cute!

  6. Shadow-chan

    Ahh, I’m really looking forward to this!
    I guess it’s too much to hope they’ll come to Europe again? And maybe really Germany this time? No? *bats her eyelashes*

  7. KDaddict

    Been waiting to hear which other two actresses they’ll secure. Can’t tell yet how they’ll all bounce off each other. From the pix, I find that these actresses look alike, esp. the 3 on the left. All of them such good-looking ppl. Lee Mi Yeon is 43? She looks 10 years younger!
    Excited to see LSG, any time! Even his CFs make me happy.

  8. celloangelninja

    I wish he could be a halbae slave boy though… Well as long as I can see Seunggi’s pretty face back in variety!!

  9. Candy

    Ahhhhh!!! Finally!! God I know it hasn’t been long but I felt like it’s been forever since this was announced. I’ve been waiting for the confirmation of actresses.

    Kinda miffed that they don’t have a young actress (say in the 20s) cz they got different aged actresses. I wanted a love line for Seung gi πŸ˜› Anyways, I really am so excited for this. I hope we get to see him suffer a bit and get pampered a bit. It’s gonna be so much fun.

    About the location: there’s no way they’d come to where I live, but I think Switzerland and Australia would be interesting and fun places to go. But then both countries are English dominant so maybe that’s less suffering for seung gi? Lol, I’m such a sadist!

    • 9.1 PlumWine

      I’m sure they’ll nag him about getting married and want to hook him up. Imagine, 4 more moms trying to get you ‘happily’ hitched. He won’t have time for anything with all the blind dates set up for him.

  10. 10 topper

    2 of them can actually be his noonas, and gorgeous noonas too.
    Yoon Yeo-jung and Kim Ja-ok on their first variety is a must-watch.

  11. 11 soprection

    Wow, I’m not familiar with Lee MiYeon but you could have told me she was in her late twenties and I would have believed you. She looks so young! I should wish to look that good at 43.

    I think having age gaps between the actresses might make for an interesting shift in dynamics. Grandpas over Flowers is great but you wouldn’t want a show that was exactly the same so hopefully this one will be just as entertaining but special in its own way. Also I’ve seen Yoon Yeo-Jung before and she is hysterical.

    Thanks for the update.

    • 11.1 chickenwing

      Oh yeah Lee Mi Yeon looks like someone I would date. Even though she’s nearly two decades older than me!

      On a side note, I think Seung Gi would have less trouble taking them around than Seo Jin did, since he’s younger and probably better able to use apps (eg Sunny). Then again, he’ll probably be much easier to bully than Seo Jin

  12. 12 Yumi

    love Yoon Yeo-jung and Kim Ja-ok.

  13. 13 Yoliz

    Oh this sounds so good! Can’t wait for the recap.

    I am totally addicted to the “Grampa Over Flowers” recaps. I just wish I could find the actual show translated!

    Has anyone found it yet. Can you point me in the right direction? **crosses fingers**

    • 13.1 petmink

      It is on hulu if you are in the US. They just uploaded episode 6.

      • 13.1.1 bbstl

        I had no idea! thank you very much!

      • 13.1.2 Mashimomo

        Wait…. REALLY?! Thanks so much for the heads up, totally going to watch this now!

        • ruizhen

          i’m watching it on hulu. subbing is very accurate.

    • 13.2 Mashimomo

      Thank you SO MUCH for the heads up! Am marathoning on Hulu and really enjoying the show + old recaps of JB and GF of the first season. It’s so funny and awkward seeing Seo-jinnie so stressed! The magic of the show is really on editing and setting up situations that make for good TV, so I’m hoping the halmoni/noon version would be the same too. I also really hope they upload the Taiwan season and this upcoming shows as well.

  14. 14 BattleAngel

    I’m a little sad that Seung Gi won’t be with Halbaes this time. The funny thing about Grandpa over flowers was that the halbaes gave Seo Jin a lot of grief…most of the time not on purpose but the fact that they were halbaes that were mostly helpless with high expectations was enough for Seo Jin to run around with his head cut off.

    I have a feeling if the format is the same with the older actress special it won’t be has difficult or funny with Seung Gi because the older ladies most likely will think Seung Gi is adorable and treat him with kid gloves. I think Seung gi would the most be trying to navigate for the elders and carry their luggage. But if he makes a mistake I don’t think the ladies will give him as much of a hard time (especially if he gives them sad apologetic puppy eyes) and the ladies would probably they will be the ones cooking for Seung Gi if it’s needed…instead of when Seo Jin that had sweat it out when he was forced to cook for the Halbaes in the hotel room.

    I don’t know…for some reason I don’t think it’ll be as funny if it’s the same format. BUT I will wait and see if Na PD has something diabolical hidden up his sleeves with this new one before I judge. Can’t wait for the recaps (?…pretty please dramabeans?)

  15. 15 callmeadreamer

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Lee Seung-gi and Yoon Yeo-jung together since they’ve played a mother-son duo before I’m hoping they are already familiar enough to be really adorable.

  16. 16 RockPaperScissors

    If I remember correctly, it’s Geum Soon’s grandmother and mother-in-law together again. Can’t wait for this!

    • 16.1 Shikurai17

      LOL! You’re right. I forgot those two were in that show together.

  17. 17 cd

    Oh can’t wait.
    In my imagination Yoon Yoo Jung is all ‘get off your hands of MY son!’ to other ladies. Hehe.
    I’m so excited. Seung Gi yaaa..

  18. 18 mysticmalady

    Looking forward to this already!!! Just can’t wait to see Seunggi with 1 of my favourite k-drama mums Yoon Yeo Jung ^^

    For some strange reason, I’m hoping that this trip would be a caravan roadtrip. Imagine heodang seunggi getting lost in a foreign country with 4 ahjumma-ish backseat drivers nagging him PLUS him wanting to cook his ‘famous’ beer-can chicken. Oh the hijinks….

  19. 19 Anonymous

    I liked Kim Hee-ae in Midas, but IDK what her variety chops will be like. Does anyone know what her real personality is like?

    • 19.1 dukdam

      KHA was the one of the Korean actresses of the 90s. She wasn’t just a pretty face but could properly act and took on a lot of meaty roles. She then went on to marry, not a Jaebeol, but the Korean equivalent(ish) of Bill Gates (but a bit handsomer I think) and took some time off to raise two boys. So she’ll definitely know how boss around Seunggi. It’s actually quite amazing that Na PD was able to get her appear on a variety programme.

      • 19.1.1 hanhan

        i’m like her acting since i watched a wife’s credentials. yeah, she’s equivalent to someone like Chae Si-ra and Choi Jin-shil in terms of age, acting skill, and popularity on their prime time. She’s also one of the most daesang winner in korea (3 or 4 daesangs in many korean channel). but i don’t know about her variety aspect. that’s why i really want to watch this edition. beside that, i also want to watch seunggi, Yoon Yeo-jung, and Kim Ja-ok in same program.

  20. 20 maldita

    I loooooove Yoon Yeojung and Kim Jaok. My fave drama moms/grandmas. I’m excited to see them interact with Seunggi. And I bet he’ll have stars in his eyes for Lee Miyeon, who he probably grew up crushing on.

  21. 21 jomo

    I haven’t really ever watched many of the shows like this before, but you know, THIS has all the signs of MAGIC.
    Like you said the teaming of two of GHJ’s moms makes me so excited with those other lady actresses.

    The fact that Puppy is aboard is simply amazing.

  22. 22 lemondoodle

    Soo excited for this! I do think the actresses will be nicer and less demanding to him than the Halbaes to Seo Jin, but that works with Seunggi’s personality totally. He’ll insist on doing things for them even if he shouldn’t and it’ll end up in (hilarious) disaster.

  23. 23 snow_white

    Lee Seung Gi and Yoon Yeo Jung were together in The King 2 Hearts….that makes this exciting…..I also like Kim Ja Ok….she is so sweet..

  24. 24 the68monkey

    This looks like fun, but there had BETTER NOT call it Grandmas Over Flowers, or anything slightly related to the term grandma with two actresses still in their forties! πŸ˜€

    • 24.1 hanhan

      maybe they will change the title to Moms Over Flowers or Ahjumma Over Flowers

  25. 25 geese

    i am so waiting for the hilarious disaster that will come and the unending argument with PD NA and i agree to everyone there will be a lot of cute motherly here and there…lets just see how will PD NA react if the 4 beautiful ladies/moms/grandmas will grill him just to save some space and favor for Seung gi and we already know Seung gi he’ll trade till you do it….1n2d season 1 days with so Seung gi I’m missing it…head back to re-watch season 1..

  26. 26 reina

    omo omo omo…
    I am excited about this. first because of Lee Seunggi.
    You can’t get wrong with him,
    Next because its the reunion of queen mother and his son, the king. Oh i love them so much in k2H.. they made my heart bleed all kinds of blood.
    then there is na PD, evil mastermind it his most evil plots.
    and the actresses. Oh, I cant just see them loving Seunggi. And I am seeing rating rating rating..
    It would be so funny to have SeoJin oppa-haggard-demanding grandpa trips to Seunggi all-women loving comparison

  27. 27 sweetspring

    awww Seung Gi’s dimple makes a appearance, that little cutie is enough to make most women swoon, old or young.
    I’m thinking the lucky 4 women that do get to go on a trip with Seung Gi will be making the most of their master powers over ‘slave’ Seung Gi, I know I most certainly would! In fact I could probably give Na PD a run for his money muahaha

  28. 28 adette

    Oh my God, Lee Mi-yeon, though. Can I look that great in my 40s, pls? o____o

  29. 29 J

    Please tell me how to watch subbed Halbae over Flowers coz I cant access HULU (Not living in USA). Or, anyone can teach me how to crack hulu also welcome. Please, anything to watch the show! >.<

    • 29.1 aeroja

      I’m not sure if it is on Hulu, but, if you use Chrome you can get an extension called ‘Hola Unblocker’ that let’s you unlock any site from any country so you can use different versions of Netflix and Hulu.

    • 29.2 ruizhen

      first you need to download mediahint extension. once downloaded, open google chrome browser,click the icon underneath the close button at the top right-side of your screen.its a drop menu. click settings. then click “extensions”. open the folder where u saved your downloaded media hint file. drag it on the extensions area of you browser and install. you can now got to hulu and watch gof.

  30. 30 Zashi

    This will be a good special. Na PD and LSG will be reunited cant wait to see what they end upbwith. Should be fun.

  31. 31 Noelle

    I really thought the cast would be older considering all the Grandpas were in their 80s. Still love the cast though. But I don’t think there will be that sense of urgency or stress with LSG. He’s a puppy and they will all adore him too pieces.

  32. 32 darksilvercloud

    Yoon Yeo-jung! Kim Ja-ok! SUPER looking forward to seeing this cast!

  33. 33 emma

    its amazing hw kim hee ae looks at 47!even with lasers,face lifts,i think veru few women can look so good at that age naturally. in the drama midas,there was a point where the character by janghyuk(36) contemplated a relationship with her,n it even seems plausible for me!

    • 33.1 hanhan

      can’t agree more. at first, i thought she and jang hyuk have a romance line because her appearance wasn’t really that old compared to jang hyuk.

      sometimes i wondered why someone like her, Chae Si-ra, and Kim Sung-ryung can become really youth looking and still amazing in their fourties.

  34. 34 Kitzeekat

    Seung-giyaaaah I can’t wait! November please come faster. I can finally see him again on screen πŸ™‚ <3

  35. 35 anon

    That is awesome lineup.

    I am just glad we will get to see jae ha and his mom reunion. πŸ™‚

    I just wish november to come closer. πŸ™‚

  36. 36 bd

    Yoon Yeo-jung is a hoot and Kim Ja-ok, notwithstanding the reference to Kim Hae-sook in a recent ep of RM, is to me, the actress who is synonymous w/ “Korea’s mom.”

    Otoh, LSG w/ his “aww shucks” act – ugh.

  37. 37 fan

    I wish all of them were like Yoon Yeo-jung and Kim Ja-ok. Kim SooMi would’ve been great! Why Lee Mi-yeon? I still remember reading the article (and her picture) at the time of her divorce from Kim SeungSoo (Kim NamJu’s husband) ages ago (damn me reading all those junks! -oh I also read Kim Ja-ok has had hard time because of spouse’s illness which you would not never guess since she always looks like a princess!) . But I like Kim Hee-ae. I remember Yi SoonJae halbae said in his interview long time ago that best male actor he thinks was Kim MyungMin, and best female actress was Kim Hee-ae. She got my admiration in her acting in ‘my husband’s woman’.

    • 37.1 fan

      would never guess – no edit button πŸ™

  38. 38 lemondoodle

    They are going to Spain, which should be interesting considering I doubt LSG knows the language, though I wouldn’t put it past him to learn in the next month.

  39. 39 Rovi

    Love this. XD

    Seung-gi has no idea what he’s got himself into. XD

    Yoon Yeo-jung is gold, after rediscovering being the best in K2H & YWRIU (Husband’s Got a Family).
    Kim Hee-ae is perpetually beautiful no matter how much her numbers add up.
    Lee Mi-yeon is forever beautiful, and I will always remember her as “Empress Myeongseong” (step aside Choi Myeong-gil & superbitchSu Ae…hm, except of course Kang Su-yeon). And who would’ve thought she’s Seung-woo’s first wifey.

  40. 40 aeroja

    Flawless women. Very excited to see how the chemistry an antics compare to GoF.

  41. 41 Mia

    I’m so excited for this ep! I love all 4 actresses! but I was kind of shocked since the younger 2 looks so much younger… still can’t wait!

  42. 42 Abbie

    The last two actresses I can’t see as “grandmas” because they’re both younger than my own mother, who’s 50, and not even a “grandma” yet. So, that’s a strike against the show for me. But I’ll trust in Na PD’s evil-genius/mastermind-y ways, and just see what we get.

    I adore Lee Seung-gi, so I’ll be rooting for him as he plays Errand/Slave/Luggage Boy. Heh. I also enjoy it to no end.

    I’m not really familiar with the actresses, but I’ll look forward to this show and the trip!

  43. 43 commentPasserby

    It seems some people are hoping for “grandma” edition, but actually from the first announcement it has already been said that actresses will be in different age groups. PD Na want to try something different in this second project.

  44. 44 the68monkey

    Kim Hae-sook would have been awesome in this. She’s probably too busy to commit to it.

  45. 45 ladida

    Omg, this show sounds AMAZING. I don’t know of the last two actresses, but the first two are some of my favs!

  46. 46 KDR


  47. 47 Sarah

    Yeah, I also wish they got women who were closer in age. Since a 20-year gap seems large enough for the younger women to be more “respectful” towards the older ladies.

    So I feel you wouldn’t get as much fun bickering like you did with the grandpas.

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