Who wants a second helping of Let’s Eat?
Cable network tvN does, apparently. Producers of last year’s successful foodgasmic romantic comedy series Let’s Eat are reportedly working on a second season for early next year. It’s good news, though my excitement level will be considerably higher or lower depending largely on a factor that remains undecided: whether or not the original cast will be returning for an actual Season 2 that continues the story from where we left off. If we’re looking at a continuation of Lee Soo-kyung and Yoon Doo-joon’s wacky foodie adventures, I’m in. If we’re going to re-do the same shtick with a new cast, I’m going to need some convincing to get onboard.
The 16-episode series aired once a week from November of last year until March, which gave it the strange feeling of being a much longer series than it actually was. It was admittedly not quite the seamless melding of food commercial, romantic comedy, serial killer mystery, and sitcom-style neighbor hijinks that it set out to be (arguably there IS no seamless melding of those things), but it had this strange charm, driven mostly by its cast of delightfully quirky characters. This is primarily why I’d care a lot more if the series were to go the multi-season route rather than entertain the spinoff idea.
There are now a handful of examples in either case, of cable shows that have recreated its premise with a new cast (Answer Me 1994, I Need Romance), or ones that have continued their narratives in subsequent seasons (Vampire Prosecutor, God’s Quiz). The writer and PD team behind Let’s Eat come from the comedy series Rude Miss Young-ae, which is currently in its 13th season. I’m going to count that as one more reason to hope that they don’t shy away from courting the original cast for Let’s Eat Moar.
The drama is being prepped for an early 2015 broadcast, and we’ll have to wait and see if they court Lee Soo-kyung, Yoon Doo-joon, Yoon So-hee, Shim Hyung-tak, and the rest of the gang for a reunion. Just don’t forget Vara-sshi!