Answer Me franchise returns this fall with same parents, new year
After the longest development tease ever, PD Shin Won-ho and writer Lee Woo-jung of the Answer Me franchise (that’d be Answer Me 1997 and Answer Me 1994) have finally announced that the team will definitely be returning with a new installment of the stand-alone spinoff series this year, and as previously teased, this time we’ll be heading a little farther back in time with Answer Me 1988. More importantly, some key story changes are also in store.
First of all, parents Lee Il-hwa and Sung Dong-il will be returning for their THIRD run as Mom and Dad. I don’t know how many bizarro moms and dads you can create in the same dramaverse without making the world implode on you, but they sure are testing the limits. It already weirded me out when they had Jung Eun-ji’s dad meet Go Ara’s dad in Answer Me 1994; now they want a third Sung Dong-il running amok? Granted, I love love love these guys and they play the best parents in dramaland… but c’mon, there have to be other actors that wouldn’t require bending the space-time continuum for?
Answer Me 1988 will shift the franchise’s focus from first love to family, and the central concept this time will be three families under one roof and the relationships that develop between neighbors. They’ve also promised that there won’t be any husband-hunting mystery this time. THANK GOD. I’m pretty sure that was a collective sigh of relief that I heard going ’round the world.
Honestly, that was my biggest hangup with the team returning with another Answer Me series (they were debating a whole new drama concept altogether, which I’m still hoping that we see after this third drama). But not having the who-is-the-husband mystery opens us up to so many new possibilities, and lets the story focus on the things I love best about the franchise — family, friendships, and their patented brand of feel-good nostalgia.
Casting is now underway for the leads, and Answer Me 1988 is planning to air on Fridays and Saturdays in October on tvN.
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