Variety drama After the Play Ends up for July premiere on tvN
Hm, I’m still not entirely sure I know what dramaland means by “variety drama”—and that’s after seeing some, even—but they keep giving them a try, and a new one is in the works at tvN called After the Play Ends (working title). Two actors, Baek Sung-hyun (Hwajung, Beloved Eun-dong) and Minhyuk of idol group BtoB (and drama Sweet Savage Family), are currently in talks to star.
The one-line premise for After the Play Ends tells us it’s about a twentysomething female office worker who has nothing special to recommend her, and her non-ordinary double life. Baek Sung-hyun’s role would be of a fashionable branch director of a clothing brand, and Minhyuk is up to play a rookie employee at a large advertising agency.
That all sounds scripted and conventional so I’m curious to know where the variety element comes in—other than the fact that one of its producers will be PD Sohn Chang-woo of long-running MBC variety program Infinity Challenge (he was at MBC for many years, but has now moved over to tvN). Co-directing with him will be PD Lee Tae-kyung, who’s also contracted with tvN. The show promises to combine elements of reality into the program, though it doesn’t specify how. Will you sneak in backstage footage, or just make them ad-lib a lot? Does anybody know what a variety drama actually does?
Perhaps the most well-known one out there is KBS’s Producers, which is a bit ironic since that drama quickly yanked the variety part of the drama when the public had mixed response to it, making it a conventional drama in the end. (KBS is still giving the format another attempt, though.) The production for After the Play Ends stated the possibility of going for a season format if the project is successful.
The variety drama will air eight to ten episodes, and plans to premiere in July.