KBS gives Producers-esque variety dramas a second try
Looks like KBS is ready to give its experimental variety-meets-drama format another go, despite meeting with mixed reviews (some of that very critical) the first time with The Producers. I’m surprised to hear of it, since it seemed like they were so quick to give up on the idea at the first resistance it got, but the broadcaster has announced that they will be creating a brand-new variety-drama team within KBS’s variety department, with plans to produce a project this year.
If you’ll recall, Korean audiences were pretty turned off by the deadpan, hybrid drama-mockumentary style of The Producers when it premiered, and panned the efforts of chief producer Seo Soo-min in her first drama-directing project (after spending most of her career as a KBS variety PD). KBS swiftly brought in a veteran drama director, Pyo Min-soo, who turned The Producers into a conventional romantic comedy, and the show made it through without further incident. The show was modestly popular, in large part thanks to Kim Soo-hyun’s charm as the bumbling rookie PD, but not the runaway success it had hoped to be.
Despite that hiccup, CP Seo Soo-min will be at the center of the new team, which will be working to produce a new “variety drama” to release this year. According to a high-level rep at KBS’s variety department, the decision was made after considering The Producers’ favorable reception and the variety department’s need to develop new content. He stated their hopes to come up with “a project like a second Producers,” adding that it isn’t decided yet whether the new project will be a Producers 2 or a new drama entirely. (I wouldn’t hold my breath for a Producers 2, myself. Just reuniting that cast would be a scheduling feat in itself.)
It sounds a bit like they’re revising history, conveniently forgetting that the fresh hybrid format was essentially abandoned two weeks into the drama’s run. But be that as it may, I’m all for producers experimenting with formats and thinking up new ways to develop dramas and scripted programming, so I’d rather hear about movement like this than not.
Via Yonhap News
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