Yay, let’s toast! Funny slice-of-life comedy Drinking Solo just ended its run yesterday on tvN, and already there’s talk of a second season for the show. It’s great news in my book, since I already miss the quirky characters and the lovely realism of the stories, and thought the drama felt short at sixteen episodes. While it’s still too early for definitive answers, producers are promising to make a second season happen somehow. Seeing as how the drama comes from PDs and writers of the Let’s Eat and Rude Miss Young-ae franchises that have succeeded in both the spinoff and multi-season formats, I think it’s safe to say they can make it happen.
Despite being advertised as the drinking counterpart to Let’s Eat, Drinking Solo was far more focused on the lives of teachers and students in the academy-central district of Noryangjin than it was ever about drinking. And because the show was about characters either teaching or studying for the civil service exam—an ever-growing trend these days among college grads because of job scarcity—the show was praised for its relatable portrayal of young adults just struggling to get by. It premiered to 2.9% ratings and doubled its share to 5.8% by the finale, and the cast and crew were rewarded with a vacation.
Drinking Solo’s Chief Producer Ahn Sang-hwi stated in an interview, “There has been talk back and forth about Season 2. I think we’ll definitely find a way to do it somehow. Of course once we begin planning it concretely there will be many things to work out like the actors’ schedules, but because the producers and tvN are certain, the chances are high.”
According to CP Ahn, most of the actors have expressed the desire to return for a second season as well, which I don’t doubt since it was a positive boost for Ha Suk-jin and Park Ha-sun, and breakout roles for many others, like Gong Myung, Key, Hwang Woo-seul-hye, and Min Jin-woong.
Reps from tvN were more cautious about giving a statement, and said that concrete plans haven’t been made yet because the first season just ended, but since cast and crew have expressed interest, the network is leaving the door open for a sequel. As far as the story goes, there’s plenty more to explore with these characters, and because of the transient nature of exam-cramming gosiwon life, you could cycle characters in and out for years if you really wanted to. Although really, who could ever replace the Noryangjin idiot threesome, and why would anyone do such a crazy thing?
Okay, Drinking Solo, I’m ready for 2-cha now!
- News bites: October 22, 2016
- Drinking Solo: Episode 1
- Raise a glass (or eight) to Drinking Solo’s drink enthusiasts
- Ha Suk-jin, Gong Myung join tvN’s Drinking Solo
- Let’s Eat spinoff Drinking Solo lines up its drinkers
- Let’s Eat spinoff Drinking Solo comes to tvN this fall
- Let’s Eat spinoff about drinking in the works at tvN