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Ha Suk-jin, Yoon So-hee cast in tvN hybrid variety-reality-drama


Ha Suk-jin, Yoon So-hee

When news was first released about tvN taking on a new program in the “variety drama” hybrid format, I wasn’t quite sure what it meant by that term. Now casting confirmations are in, and I’m still not clear about After the Show Ends and what makes it variety, though my interest has ticked up a notch to hear that Ha Suk-jin (D-Day, Legendary Witches) and Yoon So-hee (Memory, Marriage Not Dating) have signed on.

The project is described as a “variety program with a unique format” in combining elements of both drama and reality. That said, it doesn’t sound like a variety program to me at all, inasmuch as it appears to be mostly scripted, and is even called a straight-up romance drama by some reports. It features a twentysomething woman who seems like an ordinary office worker during the day, but has a secret other life at night as a charismatic fighter. There’s also mention of a drama within the show titled Iron Lady, though not what it’s about.

The show does promise to show the “real selves” of the actors, and the subtle feelings and moods amongst the cast members. Moreover, it’ll be 100 percent pre-produced, which seems to me a particularly risky prospect in the variety world, where audience reactions and tastes won’t be factored into the direction of the show at all. Although, maybe that’s less important since it certainly doesn’t sound like any variety show we’re familiar with. (Every time that a variety-drama project gets announced, I wonder if Korean producers don’t actually know how to meld variety and scripted drama together, because they end up sounding just like dramas with staged “real” moments.)

Directing is Heo Cha, an assistant director on Snowpiercer, with writer Jo Sung-geol (of thriller movies The Target and Hide and Seek) set to write scripts. Furthermore, PD Sohn Chang-woo of Infinity Challenge and We Got Married is onboard in his first project for tvN after making the move from MBC.

PD Sohn said, “With After the Show Ends, we set out from the initial point of curiosity about what would happen to the real-life relationships of the leads of a drama when the cameras turn off, and whether the lovelines in the drama could come true in real life.” It’s an ambitious idea, and for the sake of fostering more creative ideas in the future, I hope it pulls off its intentions (even if I still have my doubts).

In addition to Ha Suk-jin and Yoon So-hee, the show will also feature Girls Day idol Yura (Dodohara, To the Beautiful You), model Ahn Bo-hyun (Descended From the Sun), and BtoB idol Minhyuk (Sweet Savage Family). It plans to air in July.


Yura, Ahn Bo-hyun, Minhyuk

Via MBN

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This is great! Love their interactions in Problematic Men.

https://youtu.be/xzm5Uj_4sks

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ikr? Its cute how he had crush on her, then starring in this premise (real, but not real) with her.

Anyway, isn't it just same with greatest love and producers? Story about behind the scene of reality show (wgm & 1n2d). Directed by wgm ex-pd at that.

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Idgi this drama lmao

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Everything about this show sounds contradictory. So will it basically be a scripted drama but the actors will be playing themselves? Will we see raw scenes instead of edited ones? This is so confusing, lol.

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I wonder if its simply that the show will have a mocumentary format but they are trying their darnedest not to call it that.

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Maybe the format would follow producers? Hope it's just a drama not a variety show.I do love the actress though.

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I thought that after reading more about it I would understand what they meant by "variety-reality-drama" but no, I'm just more confuse.

It's great that they are trying to be original...but what exactly are they trying to do? Hopefully whatever it is, they succeed.

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I was thinking this drama would take the producers route. I guess not.

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Variety? Reality? Drama?

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Nope. Echoing everyone's confusion from this article. Nice try though, Javabeans. Still curious at what they'd make of it. Love the cast. BTW if Producers was pre-produced it may not have changed its direction after a few of episodes.

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So maybe it's a drama about a "variety" show that's like a We Got Married sort of thing, except the main plot is following the actors as they're working on the Iron Fighting Lady show? So a meta type show like We Got Married meets King of Dramas by way of Producers with a dash of some action?

I may need to drink. Somebody get me a bottle of soju...

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That would make sense, except how would an ordinary office worker keep her life as a reality star a secret? A Luchador mask?

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Heh! I think they already made this drama.

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I think maybe the description is mixing up elements of the show-within-a-show and the meta-show wrapping around it. Like secret office worker by day, crimefighter by night really sounds like it could be the TV show being filmed by the actors, who are also doing like a WGM thing and we're watching it all.

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This year the trend is Variety-Dramas or what??? this souns really bad.

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Love both the actress and actor. In real life they both are known for having high IQ's. Looking forward to it, although I'm not sure if the show itself will bring anything new or eye catching to the table.

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Wait, so Baek Sung Hyun isn't up for a role in this anymore?

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He joined joined Doctors

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Don't really understand the show, but happy for Yoon Sohee getting a lead role (hopefully)! I thought she was so cute in Let's Eat, and she was great on Running Man too.

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So it's a variety show? Or a drama? Or drama in variety show? Variety show in drama?
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