Rating:
Average user rating 3.9
148

The Producers: Episode 1

The veil finally lifts on KBS’s hyped experimental-format variety-drama The Producers, and I’m happy to report that it’s great. I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to its hype (since there was ever so much of it), but the show delivers, and I’m pleased. One of the show’s big selling points was the incorporation of real people and names into the fictional narrative, making for a hybrid “real variety” format (which turns out to just mean mockumentary, because the characters are also being filmed by a docu team within the show)—but really, at the core you have a funny writer and great characters, acted well by a winning cast.

The tongue-in-cheek meta stuff about variety shows and celebrities is fun icing on the cake, but really, The Producers is a funny workplace comedy set in showbiz, sort of like The Office come to KBS.

SONG OF THE DAY

Lee Seung-chul – “Darling” from the Producers OST [ Download ]

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 
EPISODE 1: “The variety department, unintentionally”

At the broadcasting headquarters of KBS, a welcome ceremony is held for the newest class of employees. Just as one car parks and its driver pauses to touch up her makeup, a second car parks right next to her. The driver is new employee BAEK SEUNG-CHAN (Kim Soo-hyun), and he’s running late for the ceremony.

A producer trains a camera on him and asks a few questions, because the KBS documentary team is working on a show featuring the inner workings of their own company. Which explains the faux-reality setup of this entire show.

The producer in the first car, TAK YE-JIN (Gong Hyo-jin), opens her door and smack! She dings Seung-chan’s car and is simultaneously annoyed and worried about the ugly scratch she left on his door. You can see her considering slinking away, but she’s been caught on camera by another member of the documentary staff. Dammit.

The documentary team interviews the new employees, and Seung-chan hems and haws at the question of why he chose to pursue variety. He bashfully admits that the noona he likes works there. “I just… wanted to be near her,” he says.

A flashback to her graduation day shows just that: As the noona (cameo by Jo Yoon-hee) poses for a picture with a crowd of friends, Seung-chan sidles closer to just barely make it into frame.

The variety rookies begin their on-the-job training (OJT), led by CP (chief producer) Kim Tae-ho. That name becomes a running joke, because the real-life PD (producer-director) Kim Tae-ho is over at MBC heading the “national variety program” Infinity Challenge, while this Kim Tae-ho says defensively that he was first: “I’m the original Kim Tae-ho! Okay sure, he’s talented and all…”

It becomes clear, hilariously and by degrees, that CP Kim is a bit of a blowhard, of the most hapless sort. He talks big, but everything around him points to the contrary. For instance, he proudly presents the newbies with a book titled “What is a Variety PD?”—it’s an instruction manual, written by himself. Seung-chan tells us, however, that most people assume it’s the Infinity Challenge producer’s book, and that there are a lot of returns. But Seung-chan had already written his name on the front and couldn’t return his copy. Wah wahhhh.

As the team is shown around the various departments, we get a slew of in-jokes about various KBS variety programs. Happy Together, for instance, pulled in a low 7.0% rating for the week, and CP Kim says unconvincingly how 7% is really pretty good these days, you know, with all those cable stations and all the competition…

Seung-chan is adorably awkward, with “naive” practically stamped on his forehead over those wide, gullible eyes. Gullible eyes that are growing more disillusioned by the minute, as his expectations are crushed by the reality of the job.

More jokes: Gag Concert tickets are notoriously difficult to get, so don’t ask, says CP Kim in a tone of bewildered hurt. (Clearly he’s tried, many times.) Then he treats the Superman Returns PD’s illness as a sign of overwork and dedication, while a sardonic employee tells us that the guy actually drank up a storm last night.

Lunchtime rolls around, and CP Kim leads the rookies to the cafeteria, giving them menu tips with an air of great importance. Three SNSD idols walk into the cafeteria (Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun) and CP Kim brags that he’s sooooo tight with them, only to have Taeyeon wonder if he’s the Infinity Challenge guy.

Next, they head to the control room for Music Bank, which has a live broadcast today. This is where door-scratcher Ye-jin works, and she is grudgingly roped into taking over the OJT for the day. She does it as ungraciously as possible, griping to CP Kim about it being a rough day, what with her car door accident and all.

Like CP Kim, Ye-jin talks a big talk, but we’re shown glimpses of the chinks in her armor. For instance, it’s clear that she’s super worried about what the owner of the expensive foreign car will say, and how much she’ll have to pay for the repair, but outwardly acts like it was his fault for driving such a large car in a small nation, harrumph.

Her tirade is overheard and quickly texted to all the idol managers waiting at the coffee shop (their “home base”). They’re given a threat level for Ye-jin’s temper (moderate, don’t mess with her and you’ll be okay), and advised against introducing a rookie pop star to her today. One sighs that he wishes she hit his car, so he could use that as leverage with his idol.

Ye-jin sends a text to the owner of the car, then launches into an introduction to the variety rookies. Seung-chan receives her text a second later, but when he checks his phone, she scolds him for not silencing his ringer. He apologizes, and then she scolds him for apologizing too easily. Ha. He’s so bewildered at her contrariness, and it’s written all over his face.

As Ye-jin explains how the broadcast is run, they spot a couple sitting in the audience on the monitor. Seung-chan alerts to mention of his noona’s name… and the rumored boyfriend she’s sitting with, whose cheek she kisses. His heart sinks.

Still, when his noona notices him in the lobby, dejected Seung-chan brightens to see her. But it’s evident she barely remembers anything of him, introducing him to a colleague with all the wrong information. She walks off talking about what sounds like wedding plans, breaking his heart some more.

Seung-chan holes up in a bathroom stall to have a private cry, and the docu cameraman persistently films on, just outside. That’s when a veteran producer, RA JOON-MO (Cha Tae-hyun), enters, and Seung-chan recognizes him as his noona’s supposed boyfriend. He’s comically petty as he glares with his red-rimmed eyes, purposely flicks Joon-mo with water, then loudly uses the air dryer when Joon-mo takes a phone call. Aw, vengeful puppy.

Joon-mo is the PD of the fourth season of 1 Night, 2 Days (while we’ll all know that Cha Tae-hyun is a cast member of the third season), and he’s been summoned by the Korea Communication Standards Commission. He explains that a summons for variety PDs is usually in response to the airing of undignified behavior, though he shrugs, “It’s not like we have much dignity to begin with…”

Today’s reason is for vulgar use of language on the air, as a panel of humorless executives explains stiffly. In particular, the show used the word “boogers,” in regards to the eating thereof. Joon-mo briefly tries to defend himself before giving up and meekly apologizing. The committee appreciates the ready apology, but wonders at its sincerity.

Outside, he runs into a reporter who marvels at the frequency of his standards committee summonses. (Fifteen and counting.) He also makes an offhand reference to the show being canceled, which is news to Joon-mo, whose first reaction is to dismiss it as impossible, since he’s never heard of this. The reporter notes that the producers are always the last to know, and Joon-mo is left with an unsettling feeling that niggles at him the rest of the day.

Joon-mo interviews with the documentary crew, explaining how 1N2D was quite the hit back in its heyday under Na Young-seok (who went on to create Grandpas Over Flowers) and Lee Myung-han (who produced Answer Me 1994). Season 2 went a bit astray, but Season 3 was great. By the time Joon-mo took over for Season 4, the show was feeling stale so he wanted to shake it up a bit.

So he recast with an all-actress cast, giving us a gem of a cutaway to Season 4’s cast of four opinionated actresses (cameos by Yoon Yeo-jung, Geum Bo-ra, Hwang Shin-hye, Hyun Young), who totally ignore the script and refuse to go on trips or participate in any of the trademark 1N2D activities. One won’t drink fish sauce (a signature punishment on the show), while another barks that she’s too old to sleep outside (another given in the premise).

Joon-mo concedes that he shook things up too much, and ratings bombed. But he tries to convince us (and himself) that it’s not all bad, that “danger is an opportunity,” and that he’s totally not nervous about cancellation. Gulp.

So when his writing team asks if he was unable to free up Miss A’s scheduling conflict with their Music Bank appearance, Joon-mo barks that of course he can get it worked out.

Unfortunately, his call to the show comes just as Ye-jin is telling the rookies that you have to be able to say no to all requests for pulled strings, even if the president were to stroll in. In fact, to make her point clear, she puts Joon-mo on speakerphone while refusing to make concessions. Her advice: You’re responsible for your own plate here, and if you run around taking care of other people’s food, you’ll find yourself with nothing to eat.

Ye-jin’s super-cool speech ends with her accidentally falling back into her chair when her purse gets caught, and she plays it off like she meant to sit back down again. I’m getting the sense that she’s competent and accident-prone in equal measure.

Joon-mo gets called in by the station director, who presents him with his miserable ratings. The director calls his “5% ratings these days are just like 15% in the old days” explanation as a cowardly excuse, and tells him the program is being canceled. Joon-mo is stung and storms out indignantly.

The director sighs that Na PD did a great job with the first season and wonders, “Can’t we bring him back here?” HA. Good luck with that, KBS.

(It’s common knowledge that Na PD left KBS after 1 Night, 2 Days to go to cable with a bunch of his PD colleagues, where they enjoy greater creative control and have been churning out hit program after hit program for tvN. It’s extra funny given that the new season of Na PD’s Three Meals a Day premiered on the same day as this drama, and Na PD has been saying all week long in interviews that he’s nervous about going up against Producers and “can’t honestly say I want them to do well.” LOL.)

Feeling like the head of a household who’s just lost his job, Joon-mo trudges back to his writers room but can’t face his team. Mustering his resolve, he returns to the director’s office, asking if he’ll be fired as well (if not, he can save his team’s jobs). The director assures him that he’ll stay onboard; all he needs to do is replace the cast and be ready with the revamp in two weeks. Oh, just that then.

The director and CP treat it like this is the easiest problem to solve, and tell him to combine their upcoming anniversary party with the show wrap party, to save costs. They aren’t willing to spend money to shoot a finale episode, but they do chatter on incessantly about dinner menu options.

The director makes a personal request of CP Kim, because he’s heard that Cindy’s appearing on Music Bank and his daughter’s a huge fan. She just so happens to be here today…

So CP Kim heads to the dressing room to ask top pop star CINDY (IU) to take a few photos with the director’s daughter and her friends. One look at Cindy’s stone face tells us she’s of the diva variety, and Cindy’s manager-oppa tries to tactfully decline the request, but CP Kim blunders forward and forces the issue before she can reject it.

Cindy remains silent and sour-faced through the encounter, then tells her manager she’s not doing rehearsals anymore, where she gets routinely accosted like this. She doesn’t care that the show’s head PD is famously difficult, nor does she intend to heed Ye-jin’s request to wear something less revealing.

Ye-jin worries at the non-response from her car-scratch victim, and sends more texts that are increasingly aegyo-filled. He’s not reading the messages, so she tries calling—and seconds later when Seung-chan’s phone goes off, she barks, “Just because I’m on the phone, do you think it’s okay for you?” She orders him to shut it off, and when she tries calling Mr. Foreign Car again, she’s affronted to find his phone shut off. Haha, I could watch this go around for days.

Ye-jin hears that Cindy won’t change out of her sheer outfit and can’t back down, not with the rookies watching her every move. So she calls in Cindy’s manager and tells him firmly to make the wardrobe change happen, and when that doesn’t work, she heads over to confront little miss diva in person. (Her staff gasps, “Are you going there to fight?” Ye-jin retorts, “I’m going to teach her a lesson.” Everyone hurries to follow, not about to miss this.)

Ye-jin storms into Cindy’s dressing room (just as Cindy’s ordering her manager-oppa out for breathing too loudly) and adopts a forceful pose. But Cindy’s just as strong-willed, and they exchanged politely barbed words for a while until Cindy says that her clothing isn’t scandalous, it’s pretty. She turns to the rookie class to back her up, and singles out Seung-chan for his opinion.

Asked directly if he agrees that it’s pretty, Seung-chan stammers in agreement, which earns him a glower from Ye-jin. Cindy says that men like what she’s wearing, although slightly older women such as Ye-jin may not.

Ye-jin takes the “this is a family show” approach, but Cindy again puts Seung-chan on the spot, asking if he ever watches the show with his mother. He ekes out a vague answer, and Ye-jin glares again.

Then Cindy says she understands—and she won’t do the show at all, if it would be such a blow to the program to have her on it.

Ye-jin orders her staff out of the room. Then she does a total turnaround to say that the clothes are totally pretty, but KBS is the problem here and won’t allow it. She tries all sorts of flattery and pleading, until finally Cindy concedes to wear a jacket. Ye-jin pours on the gratitude, praising her kindness and showering her with smiles…

And walks out of the room with a stone face, of course, and tells her impressed staff not to spread the gossip about Cindy yielding to her, to save her reputation. Then she turns on Seung-chan to say how sad he must be to have Cindy’s pretty clothing covered up. When he apologizes again, she barks again at him not to say sorry.

Seung-chan interviews to the docu crew that he isn’t allowed to apologize, but he can’t remain silent, and he can’t talk back, so… “It’s a vicious cycle.”

In the control room just minutes before Music Bank goes on air, Ye-jin overhears talk of 1N2D being in a crisis, with Joon-mo being called to both the standards commission and the director’s office. She must feel bad about that, and turns to the rookies to backtrack on her earlier words, saying that helping out your broadcast family is a win-win situation, if you wait a little to make the concession.

Then she calls Joon-mo (on speakerphone) to very generously agree to his previous request… only to have him hang up on her with a curt, “Forget it, I don’t need it.”

Music Bank goes live, and Cindy’s wearing her jacket onstage—for all of two seconds, before she peels it off and tosses it aside. Grimly, Ye-jin directs the show since there’s nothing she can do but let the cameras get all those angles of barely covered skin.

Cindy’s entourage leaves the premises immediately afterward, and for the rookies’ benefit Ye-jin plays it off like they ran scared from her. She requests a meeting with Cindy’s CEO tomorrow, who seems to have a reputation for being quite fierce. And as she does every time she’s feeling backed into a corner, Ye-jin turns on Seung-chan and accuses him of enjoying the show. She even foists off the inevitable standards commission rebuke on him, since he was sooo in favor of Cindy’s outfit.

Seung-chan just deflates even more, looking battered from all sides. When the docu PD asks how his first day was, he asks exhaustedly, “What do you think it felt like?”

It’s been an equally crushing day for Joon-mo, who stops at a convenience store and runs into Cindy’s manager oppa, whom he’s known for a while. They exchange pleasantries, and Joon-mo sees the manager buying Cindy’s dinner from the packaged aisle, which provokes a strong reaction in him. Joon-mo tells him to put those down and heads next door, where he buys a takeout dinner and gives him a message to take back to his CEO: that if you’re going to overwork your kids and make them dance and sing, at least feed them properly.

Cindy’s not at all pleased with the dinner, which is full of stuff she can’t eat. She asks for the PD’s name and hears that Joon-mo is longtime enemies with their CEO, though the manager doesn’t know why. And in a quick montage, we see the fearsome CEO Byun yelling and berating her staff, and making scenes to get her way with KBS.

Cindy wonders why their CEO’s enemy would buy her food, and the manager has no idea. “Is he crazy?” she thinks.

Ye-jin hasn’t gotten a return message all day long from her car-scratch victim, and she tries again that night in the parking lot. Finally he picks up, and she puts on her most placating voice and calls him Teacher and plays up the “we’re all family here at KBS!” angle.

She’s surprised when he says he works in the variety department, and looks up just as Seung-chan arrives. All of a sudden, her sweetness fades and she adopts her tough-as-nails stance, saying sarcastically how nice his car is and asking why he doesn’t respond to his messages.

He says she told him not to look at his phone, and only now reads the messages she left. She barks at him not to—they’re all cutesy and supplicating, full of emoticons—and downplays the scratch as minor even as she instructs him not to go easy on her because she’s his sunbae.

He says haltingly that since it’s his father’s car, he’ll have to see what he says. She agrees, then complains at how closely he parked, making an exaggerated show of how impossible it is to get in the door without hitting his car. I think we can distill the majority of their interactions to this: Yell, yell, blink, blink.

Joon-mo takes his team out for expensive barbecue, and their first reaction is to be suspicious—are they being canceled? He denies it, but has to come clean about the mandate to bring in a whole new cast. His team knows their jobs are at risk despite his assurances that they aren’t, and he reminds them that the last time he brought every one of his old staff to the new show (which is why the new show had an absurdly large writing staff of twelve, HA).

But the head writer makes a bitter observation, that PDs still get paid whether they’re on specific shows, while the rest of the staff doesn’t. Plus, there’s all this work to do now, canceling things and editing new things, and the mood quickly deteriorates into anger and tears.

It’s a despondent night for everyone as they go their separate ways, all wearied for different reasons. Ye-jin sees news of Cindy’s scandalous outfit hitting the internet, while Cindy ends up eating her dinner after all.

Joon-mo’s team drinks and disperses, and he trudges home alone and pours himself some soju.

Seung-chan stays up reading that “What is a Variety PD?” book, whose first chapter begins with the message “Beginning is not the half of it—the beginning is just the beginning.”

Ye-jin arrives home and also pours herself some soju… and then we see that she’s sitting across the kitchen table from Joon-mo. Aha. So they’re a couple?

Joon-mo tells her not to push him today, and she asks for the same.

 
EPILOGUE

Seung-chan’s family gathers that night to celebrate his first day on the job, and his father leads them all in a prayer of thanks, which informs us of his family’s situation in a hilariously offhand way. His older brother has been studying to pass the bar for twelve years and has a marriage on the rocks, his sassy sister is married to a doctor, and his younger sister (also sassy) routinely gets forgotten from the family prayers.

Dad ends on an optimistic note, saying that with a would-be lawyer in the family (byeon-ho-sa), a doctor (eui-sa), and now a producer, they’ll have a full “sa” household.

(Job titles that end in the syllable “sa” mostly indicate respectable white-collar professions.)

A sister asks how that applies to Seung-chan, and Dad clarifies, “He’s a pro-du-sa!”

(Groaaaan. Ba-dum-ching! This whole epilogue is basically a long setup for that punchline, which at least explains why the show is spelled, in Korean, pro-du-sa instead of the standard spelling of pro-du-seo. It’s a minor difference, but allows for the joke of counting a producer as a “sa” career, which it really isn’t.)

 
COMMENTS

I didn’t want to get my hopes up for this drama, because even with its strong credentials, you can never expect a new show to relive the successes of the past. I was also wary of how well the drama would incorporate the much-touted “real variety” segments, wondering if these producers would get buried in their love of meta commentary—that kind of stuff is fun for insiders, but can often lose the rest of us. So I’m glad that I could appreciate the meta references and jokes without feeling overwhelmed by them; I honestly don’t think you need to know much about the variety world to enjoy The Producers, whose sense of humor is rooted in character relationships and situational comedy. Universal stuff. You don’t need to know oodles of insider industry news, and besides, that’s what we’re here for, to point that stuff out!

The first episode was a bit slow in plot, because boy was there a dense thicket of setup and KBS-related references taking up a lot of time. I didn’t mind having a lot of cameo appearances (for once they enhance the story, since it makes the station feel real and legitimate, rather than purely fictional) but we could have skipped some of the other shows (mentions included Immortal Song, Gag Concert, Superman Returns) to cut to the chase sooner. At least the writing was funny, to keep them moving along with a steady stream of jokes. I’m glad to see writer Park Ji-eun following up You From Another Star with another bubbly comedy; she has a good sense of comedic timing and a rapport with these characters. And I see the wisdom in attaching an experienced variety hitmaker to handle the variety scenes while entrusting the scripted drama to veteran PD Pyo Min-soo, to make the best of both.

I love Cha Tae-hyun in this drama, in particular his way of making every line and joke his own—I’m sure they’re mostly scripted (though I wouldn’t be surprised if he ad-libbed up a storm), but he has a knack with comic delivery. Granted, I sometimes can’t separate Cha Tae-hyun the real person from Ra Joon-mo the character, since I swear it feels like he’s playing himself, if he’d decided to be a PD instead of an actor. But maybe that just speaks to his strength in embodying a role. And while he’s fantastic as a comedian, what really makes him stand out, for me, is how he can also be heartfelt and serious and sometimes pathetic.

Gong Hyo-jin worried me a little with pre-show comments about how mean her character was, but I was surprised at how much I love Ye-jin. I mean, not surprised that Gong Hyo-jin was great, because when is she ever not great? But the prickly character is easy to find endearing because of just how much bluster is involved, and how Ye-jin is so often wrong, but how unwilling to admit it when she is.

I’m particularly impressed with how natural the main three actors are in their roles; IU isn’t bad as the bratty idol, but you can see how she’s trying very hard, whereas the other three inhabit their personas in a way that doesn’t betray their effort. Kim Soo-hyun reminded me again why he’s so wonderful, in a way that I don’t think we saw in You From Another Star; that was a fun character, but in the scope of things, kind of straightforward to play. He’s given much more to work with here, and he cracks me up with his bewildered, overwhelmed deer-in-headlights expressions. He’s smart but totally hapless, and just doesn’t know what to make of Ye-jin. He’s pretty much her complete opposite, and it’s great.

The actual story development was pretty minimal in this episode, but at least there was a central conflict posed (with Joon-mo needing to save his show and his team), so I’m okay waiting for the next episode to get to the meat of things. Surely the episodes don’t really need to be 80 minutes long, even if that’s done to mimic actual variety programs, but on the upside those minutes do tend to fly by, just as long as you’re not the one doing the recapping. The comedy will keep the pace brisk for now, while the hints of more emotional developments (Joon-mo’s fight to stay on the air, Seung-chan’s lack of direction about wanting to be a PD) will give it heart. (It had better.)

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , , ,

148

Required fields are marked *

Honestly, It's not bad. You just need a good amount of time to get used to it. And for me, a few episodes will do.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes.. Actually. It's good. The plot, the acting, everything is organized in detail. But, maybe a lot of negative feedbacks gone because the people expected a lot from this. My expectations is like a 10 but it's only 6. But still, please,, as the episodes go By.. i still have high expectations

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes I agree. The style is very similar to the UK & US series "The Office"..
The setting and sense of humour needs getting used to.
If you loved "the office" you definitely would appreciate producer and find it funny.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The pacing was kinda slow for me but I like it. I'm waiting for the story to pick up and explain how the characters relationships are intertwined fully.
I hate that IU feels like she has to try so hard to be bratty... Its not her style but she looks cute as always.

0
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

This drama is so boring, whether or not if IU is in it or not. Its like 60 minutes full of interview (ok its not all interview, but it feels like it), so whether IU is try hard or not, the drama is still boring. I think IU was playing the extremely b*tchy superstar. I also enjoyed the Kim Soohyun-IU-Gong Hyojin fight at her room LOL. And I really like Gong Hyojin's character; or it's just that she plays every character really well but I'm dropping this drama. I shall just read recaps, just because its boasted by 4 popular stars doesn't mean its good. I want back 1 hour of my life cause this drama is so boring.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

The thing about this drama is that it won't be as entertaining to a viewer that isn't familiar with the korean language and wordplay, or for one who is simply not aware of the media culture there. This drama is fueled by realistic acting and punchlines, and so it's far from typical overly-dramatic or comedic plots seen in most dramas. I find it very similar to something like Modern Family in the US, it's really hit or miss.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I work in the US as a producer in the states on variety type of stuff and it all rings true here, too. The long hours, the BS, working with crazy celebrities-- going home to drink after another in a series of long days. People thinking it's glamorous when it's kind of the opposite.

The comedy in this drama can be really dry-- a lot more like the UK Office. I love it, but it's not everyone's cup of tea.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree. I think you have to be familiar with the korean entertainment world and understand all the meta jokes in order to enjoy this show. I understand why it be boring to some ppl.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

wow. i cant do that, haha. i assume it'll take 2-3 episodes for any show to get good because the beginning is always boring set up. i guess i waste a lot of time waiting for dramas to find their footing haha

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't think there will be much of a story since it is a mockumentary in the style of "The Office". But I guess the main characters will create a closer relationship anyways.

Did you see the British original version of "The Office"? Actually, "The Producers" seems really similar. Just, "The Office" shows BBC and has one clear main character, while The Producers has 4 protagonists.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Not enjoying 1st episode as much as I thought I would. I hope my opinion will change after a few more episodes.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeeeeees! I love mockumentary and i love kdramas, and now that they're together in one show, Im practically in heaven! The show's timing is impeccable too, airing just in time to quell my Parks and Rec withdrawal! So excited for the next episodes.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Reaaaaally love the 1st ep, very funny and sophisticated in executions. Thumbs up to writers and production.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I really enjoyed the first episode! I know the plot was a little slow but I think it will pick up. I love mockumentary style shows and Gong Hyo Jin is one of my absolute favorite drama actresses. So I think there is a lot to look forward to!!!

As always thank you Javabeans for the recap!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you Javabean for giving the explanation on the meta references and the stars who made the cameos. For someone outside Korea, I have no clues whatsoever to the references made about those variety shows or the popular real life PDs. But I hope, in the next episodes to come, the script would at least include some explanations on the screen about all these meta references, at least we (outsiders) can also enjoy the jokes.

To me, the episode is fun to watch. KSH as always was successful in portraying a character (Baek Seung Chan is a bit naïve like Sam Dong but Sam Dong is playful and someone who knows what he wants whereas... BSC is really a lost soul) ..... hahahaa.... I LOL watching BSC's expression when he saw his first love kissed PD Ra... he was literally crushed... hahahaaa....

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well I'm glad that the couple is cha tae hyun with gong hyo Jin, at least I hope so and that their living arrangement isn't merely a buddy buddy roommate kind of situation. though I wonder why GHJ's character doesn't ask him what's up with the kiss he got from that other lady.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

i know right?? I think they do actually have a buddy situation going on though ...

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next episode. I love fake documentary style shows and was pleasantly surprised to see that format here.

Great recap!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Another shit like Heirs

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm so hoping you're wrong!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Not even close...different genre, different actors' status including older but super talented ones, people with everyday problems and an idol who's not so bad. How could you compare an orange with an apple just because they're both fruits? It's beyond my comprehension...

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Kinda scared to watch it now. I have a feeling it will be a disappointment. K-netizen comments arent really praising it either.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

This drama does not give CHILLS even for a typical drama viewer, NEED NOT to be a drama expert/addict. BUT PLEASE I will support this for Cha Tae-hyun. JUST THAT, I'll keep in mind!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It wasn't bad but certainly not that great either. Perhaps it has to do with my expectations. I do love Gong Hyo Jin and Kim Soo Hyun so I am not wavering in my support. Good luck!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The veil finally lifts on KBS’s HYPED experimental-format variety-drama The Producers...

"Hyped" can never be a truer word. I wasn't as entertained as much I expected to. I think I'll be one of the BLAMED ONES because I highly rode and supported the hype wave. I kinda agree with JustForLaughs, but giving this a chance, because I REALLY LOVE Cha Tae-hyun and Kim Jong-kook.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm glad I'm not the only that actually enjoyed it. Well, I didn't enjoy it like your typical drama but it was never intended to be enjoyed in the same way. And of course, I can always trust Javabeans to write a great recap.

I'm still hoping that it'll pick up though because there is always a chance that it could crash. Although a bit uncertain, the pilot was not bad at all.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i felt like i was Suzy last night. to pick between KSH and Taecyeon.
unlike her, i chose 3 meals...

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

YAY! I'm so glad to you liked it as well JB! I was hearing some negative feedback on twitter and was afraid to see it. But when I did, I definitely felt assured. It's not your typical k-drama, but I think that's what made it so much fun and interesting.

I love the chemistry between everyone and particularly found Cindy interesting as a character. Unarguably, IU is the weakest in terms of acting, but she successfully shows a glimpse of the innocent girl hidden behind Cindy's bitch-face mask. I love the moment she decides to eat the dinner, pretending she had no choice but actually touched that someone cared enough for her health. It's a sweet moment and in ways, she's so much like Ye-jin too. I'm don't remember if her manager mentioned Joon-mo's name or just said "1N2D PD". If he didn't, she might assume the PD is actually Seung-chan.

I love Cha Tae-hyun but I really have to admit that I too don't see Ra Joon-mo but rather him playing himself. It's not an acting defect per se, but maybe because the way he speaks/acts is so similar to his persona in varieties, Im finding it difficult to separate reality from fiction. Not that that's an issue whatsoever lol.

And the best for last - call me bias or whatever, but Kim Soo-hyun's Sung-chan is just so adorable, he was instantly my favourite! There's something so childish yet heartbreaking with the way he took 'revenge' on Joon-mo in the washroom. I was so sad for him even as I laughed haha. I also really love his chemistry with all the leads, particularly with Ye-jin who's such a bully. I love her but it doesn't stop me from wanting to lock her up in a dungeon so she wouldn't hurt the poor puppy lol. I don't think they're headed for romance atm, but depending on the knetz reaction, they might just. For now, I'm liking Seung-chan with Cindy. They'll be so cute!

This comment is way too long, but I really loved the first episode for daring to be different and succeeding to create relatable and endearing characters. I do hope the pace picks up in ep 2 so we have a nice set-up for the upcoming weeks. Thanks for the speedy recap JB!

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I thought CTH using his personality on his character was brilliant. I love him here already. Looking forward to the character development.....I don't know what to expect with the story, but I'm open to anything and i have confidence that the writer will deliver some interesting story lines.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agree with you 100% !!!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree so much with all of this! Like, this is literally everything I felt about this episode!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

So what was so great about Gong hyo gin, she totally acts the same wAy. Same line delivery, no new nuances or quicks that at least will delineate her role from the rest of her characters she played. The only difference is her shoulder length hAir. She has had always safe roles where she does a lot of talking. The rest of the cast were amazing and IU was scary good. I did not even think or feel that he was trying hard at all.

0
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Who is Gong Hyo Gin? wkwkwkwk.. U really are so funny hater on the earth.. And whats happen with your 'a' capslock? Please fix it up

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hahaha chill mate

What Maria said was right about Gong Hyo-GIN (did I say it wrong?). Maria merely states a constructive criticism. I commend her for the boldness to state her honest and accurate observation, and what I have been meaning to say about Gong Hyo-GIN for many years already. Read it again, chingu chabelchan. ;-) Gong HyoGIN. Gong HyoGIN. Maybe u dont know Gong HyoGIN? Hehehe

I think I have to say these two things:
1. IU was a brilliant diva-idol. She is a great TREAT and SURPRISE. I am personally shocked!
2. BEST thing about this whole drama is the overly-unique Ahjummas in 2 Days 1 Night. Cha Tae-hyun is hilarious as daebak! Hah!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

what the heck is wrong with u??
if u hate n so pissed with GHJ why u keep watching it!!
ur so funny always comments in all her dramas as if u re watchin all of them, so funny.

P.S i think most actress n actor in SK often acts in similar way, n mostly becoz the plot that dont develop that much that they cant show the range of their acting tho..

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

what the heck is wrong with u??
if u hate n so pissed with GHJ why u keep watching it!!
ur so funny always comments in all her dramas as if u re watchin all of them, so funny.

P.S i think most actress n actor in SK often acts in similar way, n mostly becoz the plot that dont develop that much that they cant show the range of their acting tho..

btw i like this drama, its so refreshin n excitinG cant wait for next ep!!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

What a sad hater.

GHJ was the best part of ep 1.

While CTH was good, too - GHJ was the one who really brought life to the ep and most of the laughs.

IU was OK (not that she had to do much; the fact that you tout her as being "scary good" says a lot about your ability to evaluate acting).

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I heard this drama got so many negative feedback from K-netizens so i don't think i will watch it.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah, because k-nets are known for being always right and rational about everything right? They're one of the most petty and mean online communities in the world, I wouldn't base watching this drama or not on their opinion if I was you

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

So The Producers is basically a Korean version of The Office... but less funny. I plan to stick with it; good thing it's only 12 episodes, but today's episode length is Reply 1994 all over again. I enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry and the show poking fun at KBS' strict regulations who literally ban everything. Every time they talked about 1N2D being cancelled, I wondered if this was foreshadowing of the real 1N2D's fate. I also enjoy all the celebrity cameos, which looks like every episode will be chock–full of them. Thanks for the recap, javabeans!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

U are soooooo right on mate!!

I was figuring out a series similarity, and YES it is an imitation of The Office minus Steve Carell and all the laughters I had from that show. Sigh.

But this has Cha Tae-hyun. I am having a ray of hope. Ep 2 be subbed fast! After that I can sense a drama continuing or a drama dropping.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I've read a lot of responses describing the show as boring and a snoozefest but it's only episode 1 and a lot of netizens had been wrong with their initial first impressions before. I'm not new to Kdramas so I'm hoping that Producer with improve in the next episodes.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Javabeans, who do you think will end up together? Just a hunch. Who do you think it will be?

I am soooo wishing it'll be hyo-jin and tae-hyun then IU and soo-hyun.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like that pairing too, but I feel like none of them will end up together.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This drama is exactly my type. I love mockumentary and I love meta and I'm so happy the first episode lived up to my expectations. And of course the cast is a major bonus!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me 2!! Waiting for ep 2.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It just first episode, lets see next episode. Even this not like expectation, but Kim Soo Hyun and GongHyoJin drama never disapointed me.

If this drama end up like Heirs lets just watch because of Kim Soo Hyun, Gong Hyo Jin, Cha Tae Hyun and IU.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Episode 1 is so boring, but I know the director for 2nd episode is different person, so I put my hope on this show.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I gave up after struggling through 20 min of this, which is sad as I was only planning on watching this and Descendent of the Sun. (In Time With You is now officially messed up with the PD dropping out). The worst thing in this drama is that totally useless documentary camera. The 4th wall is so often being broken with very weird transitions, that it prevents the audience from believing the actors' acting. I always thought KSH as overrated, but this time I actually feel like throwing something at the screen when he came on. It feels like he doesn't really know what he's doing. GHJ's acting is credible, but I wished they hadn't started with her screaming and ranting (which was what delayed me from watching IOIL for so long), but she seems like the only one with signs of life in this drama so far...

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

"It feels like he doesn’t really know what he’s doing" Well, of course. That's what his character is supposed to be like, being new to the company and all. He's supposed to look lost and confused.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I liked it, it's different, fresh, exciting, and interesting. And most of all, it staves off the boredom I had begun to feel with kdramas in general, they were all getting depressingly similar. The mix of mocumentary and variety show concept of this kdrama is a breath of fresh air.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'd give Episode 1 a pass since it was more of an introduction episode. The only downside is that this drama is not for the newbie watcher. Most of the jokes will not connect if you have no clue about korean variety shows or personalities. KSH's acting is awesome. The rest were par for the course.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have no clue about Korean Variety, and I was disappointed about the premise when it was announced.

However, I found episode 1 extremely hilarious. I don't understand why people don't like it, but the situations the characters are put in are subtly funny and I kept laughing from start to end. From Cha Tae-Hyun's selfishness and hypocrisy, to KSH's inadvertently getting the bad end of the straw because of his being a doormat to GHJ's pride ending up getting the better of herself, to IU's trying-hard-to-be-cool act. Then everyone else is so flawed to a point, and the show is distinctly making fun of that.

It paints the people within the show as awful human beings and makes fun of it unabashedly.

It probably helps that I've seen and loved Modern Family and The Office. Probably, most fans of kdramas aren't familiar with them.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You took the words out of my mouth. I thought this episode was hilarious, and the interviews were really adding an extra dimension to an otherwise relatively normal comedy.

For EG Seung -Chan's interview where he felt caught in a situation with Tak PD, or Joon-Mo's repeated tries at explaining the letter from the KCC... I couldn't stop laughing.

I think the negative reactions from the K-netizens might be just that they're really not used to such a format. It reminds me of Parks and Rec or Modern Family, both of which I love, and both of which are definitely apart from the normal class of Korean comedies.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have never watched Korean Variety either and it's possible I missed some of the meta... but I really enjoyed the first episode. Quite a bit different from the norm – but different in a way that's totally up my alley.

Loving GHJ's character to bits already and KSH great too – their characters are a fab combo. IU's character is the least interesting to me so (the other three would have been enough for me.... but let's see how that continues).

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Looks like they're trying to replicate "The Office" pseudo-reality show. But not sure if they have to right cast for this show. Not enough Steve Carrell or Rainn Wilson types on this show. Everyone is waaay to likable and actly a little too wooden. Only person, who seems to be relaxed is Gong Hyo Jin.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love this drama already. Well this episode.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

KSH is precious here. He's always been a great actor, but he shines a tad bit more in endearing roles than he does in Do Min Joon type characters. Just a liiiiitle bit more :P I freakin love how awkward and naive he looked and that was almost all courtesy facial expressions instead of lines. Shows how brilliant the guy is.

I liked the first ep a lot. Its all set-up but done very well and now I want t see where the main conflict arises. #excited

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agree with you Klaus. It's amazing how he has the same expression in MLFAS yet he exudes indifference there when here he exudes naive uncertainty and confusion.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

love, love, love, LOVE.

i actually had zero qualms regarding whether or not the show would deliver. the writer has delivered solidly for a few years now (i've genuinely enjoyed each thing [minus queen of reversals] she's ever written). plus, with such a great cast, how could you possibly go wrong?

although, i didn't like IU. i didn't like her casting, but was willing to give her a fair shot just because i loved the idea of the show. i get that she's playing a haughty diva, but she's coming across wooden. a good actress would have been able to produce uniquely hilariously bored/annoyed facial expressions in the scene where the schoolgirls are taking selfies with her. imagine if it had been chun song-yi!, but it was only funny in concept, because the execution by IU was pretty lukewarm as a result.

if they were going to make IU's character a dance/pop singer, and not a true vocalist (like IU is in real life), did they really have to cast her? i always thought she was selected because they needed a girl who acted who could also really sing...

but i loved everything else. loved the interactions between gong hyo-jin and kim soo-hyun and busted out laughing several times. i find kim soo-hyun is better here than he was in you from another star. i've always thought you from another star was his "worst" performance out of everything he's done.

i DON'T mean to say that he was bad in you from another star—i loved that drama and i totally loved him being in it. but compared to what he'd done before, i'd always felt that his performance fell a little short. i actually think do min-joon was a pretty tricky part to play, requiring a lot of subtle expressiveness—outwardly he had to be cold and stoic, but at the same time he had to convey the deep loneliness he carried inside, through facial expressions and other gestures. i'd thought kim soo-hyun was a bit lacking facial expression wise, and at times seemed slightly wooden. but kim soo-hyun's "worst" was still good—and he's just enormously likeable in anything he does so i still loved him like crazy anyway.

and in producers, i'm already so fond of his character. i can't wait to see more of him.

by the way, i totally squee-ed when i saw the actor playing cindy's manager. he and kim soo-hyun were in kimchi cheese smile (2007) together! in the sitcom, they were part of their university's swim team and always had scenes together. i loved that sitcom to bits, so was delighted to see the mini reunion.

the other squee was when the triplets were mentioned—i'm such a fan!! i could skip a week without dramas, but i tell you, i'd die of despair if superman skipped a week (which it did exactly once since the triplets started appearing on the show last summer).

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lmao! After 25 min of this, I cant believe... i fell asleep on my desk. It's really bored oh "God.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Me too! I couldn't believe it myself!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow the comments from netizens are soooo bad. Almost everyone thought it's boring.. Anyway, i think ill pass since i only like cha tae hyun but he is not enough

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the recap! This looks like it will be an interesting show :D I hope subs get posted online as the KBS World time slot isn't going to work for me.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I felt like the concept was really inconsistently executed. The genius of mockumentaries like The Office (either version), for instance, or Spinal Tapp, is that the camera becomes a character in itself, a constant, silent presence that provides something of a metanarrative and gives an editorial spin to the whole thing, breaks the third wall at key moments to cue the audience, and lends the production an intimate, low-key and yet completely ridiculous feel. Here, the joke was hardly ever on the subjects themselves--we were supposed to laugh at jokes written in, or at ironic meta references (meta in regard to the real world production, not the production-within-the-production). The drama seemed to be suffering from an identity crisis. There were some great moments shot with handheld cameras and allowed to trail off and run long (ie, achieve the effect of an "unedited" live shoot), but for the most part the camerawork was extremely stagnant and stationary, and scenes were cut together stiffly. The whole point of a mockumentary is for it to feel messy and organic, sort of incomplete, as-it-happens, which of course would require quite a bit of ingenuity and commitment from the writer and PD (neither of which have any experience with variety programming since they demoted the first PD, afaik, and neither of which are particularly talented in the first place). The talking heads were by far the best part (KSH was especially awesomely awkward), but even those felt sort of staged and gimmicky. Also, little things like how the characters were followed home/on the road (ie, away from the camera crew's natural arena, even though "followed" is an extremely generous term because the camerawork, again, was all kinds of faily), or even the montage w/ music at the end, really broke the spell and deconstructed the entire concept. Or what I was led to believe was the concept--this wouldn't be the first time a drama is not what it says on the tin...

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's not meant to be a full-on mockumentary -- sorry if my intro comments were misleading! It's mostly a conventional drama, but cuts in the documentary bits to punctuate and undercut certain moments. I would prefer if they'd committed to a full-on mockumentary, but it was never presented as that.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh okay! That makes a LOT more sense. Maybe if I watch the second episode with a fresh perspective I'll come out of it with a better impression...

Thanks for taking the time to clarify! I should learn to read descriptions more carefully haha.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like it. I think people were just expecting too much because of the hype but I like mockumentary type shows and it's kinda like The Office mixed with 30 Rock. It's just the first episode so far so good.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have a riddle for you guys (aka "find the missing item"), what's wrong here? ^_____^
http://www.dramafever.com/drama/4670/Producer/

0
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

DramaFever decided to cut one of the main actors (Cha Tae Hyun) out of the main cast photo?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow! This is a new level of low. Shame on them!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

why oh why would df do that? nope ah. 'can't solve it.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks for the riddle kakashi.
SMH...
What a shame...That's Dramafever for you!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Downloading sites are even worse. In one poster and stills were all IU. For a moment there I thought I was checking the wrong show.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Whaaat. CTH is the bigger star of the bunch.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love IU's part in this, it was the highlight for me. People might expect her to be like Jun Ji Hyun in YFAS but I'm glad she creates one for her own. I wish her sexy performance in ep 1 would have better directing and editing though, or maybe that's just me.

Happy birthday, IU!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm hoping for that too. It seems like it was leaning towards that but then the ending threw me off.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I was nervous after hearing about the negative knet reactions but omg I am so glad I didn't have to be. I absolutely loved it! Maybe the negative response is because they haven't done anything like this for a drama..i think (I've only been watching kdramas for 2 years now..) It also gave me a misaeng vibe..any way maybe it will just take time for people to warm up to it or just give it a try..I really hope more people will like this show.. Anyways I love the characters, IU being my least favorite because I always hate bratty characters but i guess she has some hope..though I didn't catch it..and kim soohyun..<3 that's all.lol

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I thought the drama was boring but I'm hanging on. I've never been hooked on a show until at least four episodes in actually.

I'm sorry IU and IU fans but I cringed watching her in some of the scenes (especially where she's taking photos with the fans). Her voice acting is rather good though. Fighting IU! Fighting Producers!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Before I say anything else I just want to say IU has grown into a very lovely young woman.

Personally I completely loved the first episode, though I can see how others could find it boring. I have a tendency to love things others find boring.

Is it odd I kind of love Cindy?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Nope....I think her character is the most interesting...it'll be like peeling onions!mtgere has to be a rationale around her cold icy portrayal

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think this drama it's off to a great start. I have to admit that I was a bit bored after thirty minutes, but I stayed until the end and I'm not disappointed.

This episode is like documentary style and there is also OJT scheme where newbies get introduced to their new workplace. I think those aspects what makes it boring, but I think it's a great way to introduce the whole characters, their relationships and also their interactions towards each other.

I also agree that it's going to be a bit hard to enjoy the meta jokes if the people watching the drama don't even realize that it's a joke (because they don't watch the variety programs on the real life or else). But I'm being positive again as this would be an opportunity to introduce KBS variety shows to those who don't watch it before, because theirs are as good as the other broadcast station have.

For me, the funniest character so far is Seungchan. He's so naive and sincere and that what makes him very funny. I laughed so hard at the bathroom scene when he sorted of getting his revenge on Joonmo. It's just so funny that his face was so sad and his eyes were so red.

I also like Joonmo. I have to agree with JB that it actually what Taehyun will like if he's a PD not an actor. I think it is a right role for him and I can't imagine someone else for this role.

I decided to watch this drama until the end and I think I will keep up to my promise. I just hope it won't disappoint me. I always believe that 'good' actors and actresses choose their works for a 'good' reason, and that's what makes their 'good' reputations. So... I hope this drama will live up to our expectations :)

Ah, and as a hardcore 1N2D fan, I became a bit upset when Taehyun as Ra PD said that the last season (which means the 3rd season) last episode was filmed in Jejudo. Well, Taehyun is the member of the 3rd season and I don't think I'm ready if there is going to be season finale soon and the topic was brought up (even if it's only fictional) so I was sulken a bit. But looking that 1N2D is going well nowadays makes me feel better.

Sorry again for spazing Cha Taehyun and 1N2D so much >_<

ProduSA fighting! :D

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I loved it! Gong Hyo Jin was so amazing and kim soo hyun was just so adorable! <3
Figthing Produsa!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ah NOOOO! Now I wanna watch it. But my plate's full. And an episode a week is torture. Sigh. Have. To. Wait. ;)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

My first thought after watching this is ---> a Kdrama version of The office + 30rock and I LOVE the office, and 30rock !!!! ThankU KBS for bringing something different to the table !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It also reminded me of the movie "actresses" (I think it's the title). I totally like this format, yes it's slow , which may have put people off, but the format calls for a slower pace.
People were going in on IU and her acting, yes she is not THE greatest actress yet I did not find her out of place or odd, I rather like the way she played Cindy (I actually think I quiet like the character all together ^^).
And this drama, put KSH in a new light for me, I've never been on the KSH cheering team , rather thought he was over-hyped , but I quiet like him here... maybe I will end up part of his cheering team after this drama.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I read initial reactions about the drama and I was worried. But I actually like the first episode. It's definitely setting its premise. This is like the office where they act and also get interviewed. It's interests and new, I'm warming up to it by I've never watched a Korean drama like this before.

So far I like GHJ and KSH's interactions. Their storyline is already interesting. Although the ending threw me off because is CTH and GHJ living together as friends or are they a couple? Not sure but I am rooting for KSH and GHJ because they definitely have something going on.

I can't stand Cindy's character. IU is not convincing at all. She is trying too hard to play this role. She's the only one that's bland although I do like the snipet of her song. So far she's the weak link.
Can't wait for episode 2.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

KSH and GHJ have nothing going on except she looks like his aunt!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

some may find variety shows to understand but I loved every part of this episode.
Its a different genre from the ones we are used to,so I'm happy to watch.Hoping for more good stuffs from this show.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

What's up with knetz?

Bad news: Producers got negative feedbacks.
Good news: It's only episode one.

When the production team first broke the casting news, I already told myself not to expect anything. The pressure will always be there. People know Screenwriter Park Ji Eun because of the hit series You Who Came From The Stars. Kim Soo Hyun, IU, Cha Tae Hyun and Gong Hyo Jin are all talented actors. But....wait KBS?

Execution. I think this is where all our feedbacks are coming from.

Dear KBS, wow. You got an amazing team right there. Four big actors and creative production team working for an experimental variety drama. You're not a cable channel like tvN, but you know what? times like this, I wish you are. We are all thrilled with how you decided to put on a variety drama in attempt to save the ratings. We're not asking for too much. We appreciate Producer's creative storyline but at this time we just want to see a fast-paced drama with a better execution. It's too early to jot down the things that the drama lacks since it's just starting. But we're hoping for that "on point" approach: right scoring at the right time, and for the drama to have a HEART (can make us weep and realize life lessons) and HUMOR (i know they can give us this so just make sure it'll be balanced) I wonder how PD Pyo Min Soo will make things more interesting. Ho Goo's love was on point. His previous drama didn't disappoint so i hope he'll be more creative w/ this one. *ITS KBS. ITS KBS* break the walls, be more unconventional. We hope you won't control them that much KBS, you want to have a friendly competition with tvN right? Be experimental.

Another thing, I'm also getting Answer me feels from this drama. In 1997 & 1994 we're fed with pop culture references, kpop culture and even k-entertainment stuffs. Meta/inside jokes were there, cameras were also shaky at times and cameos were big too but you see KBS, there's something about the editing, pacing, cinematography or maybe the whole EXECUTION of a tvn drama. I'm still positive about Producers, this time we'll have an inside-look at the world of entertainment industry. Just go on with that "time-stamp" style in every scene. PD Shin Won Ho came from 1 Night 2 Days too so come on, KBS! I know you can do better. Fighting! :)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i also liked the 1st episode. others may not be their cup of tea due to a different concept (variety, mockumentary). this drama is an experiment of course there will be consequences whether the audience liked it or not.

about RJM-TYJ, i think they're living together as friends. also, i read that TYJ's young brother also lived with them. (i think). they have a 25 years of friendship (according to a chart, they're the OTP, https://instagram.com/p/2udt5Dx5iD/)

the drama PD (Full House PD. forgot his name lol) that the formula of the show is..

1st ep - intro of the characters
2nd ep - possible lovelines
3rd ep+ - show actually starts

remember the beginning of the ep, they're filming "3 day documentary team"? that's why the cameramen interviewed the PDs. i think the docu style will remain until 3rd ep.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

let me rephrase the 2nd paragraph lol. RJM-TYJ have a 25 years of friendship + roommates. i read in some sites that her younger brother also lived with them.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's only the 1st ep, so let's see if the plot and writing can stand on its own. I do like the meta jokes because I like to watch variety shows. I laughed at the jokes on 1n2d.. oh when can we see cameos from the cast members? and i'm waiting for a yoo ho jin pd cameos hahaha.
Thanks for the extra information on Na Pd interviews, Javabeans. It's great, we get even more insider info hehehehe.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Target audience are people like me who follow k-variety shows especially ones on KBS feverishly. Looking forward to this and getting its inside jokes. Plus CTH what a bonus.Looking forward to many cameos for sure.Especially Kim JongMin.So meta if he comes to 1N2D S4 meta set and wants to be part of its cast.

I guess k-variety still not commercially available like k-dramas.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *