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KBS revisits “variety drama” format with upcoming comedy The Best Hit

KBS hinted at this last year, and now we have confirmation that the station is indeed reviving its hybrid “variety drama” format, which it initially attempted back in 2015 with The Producers. The new comedy series is titled The Best Hit, and although it’s not technically a Producers Season 2, it’s being unofficially called that because the same chief producer will be in charge of the new show.

The Best Hit will be a mix of family and rom-com genres and centers around an immature father and his mature son. In the ’90s, Dad was a top star twentysomething, and recalls his glorious youth as a time when he could do anything he set his mind to. Twenty years ago, Dad disappeared from the public eye, only to reappear two decades later as the neighborhood slacker. Meanwhile, the son’s life as a twentysomething is quite the opposite of Dad’s, full of frustration and worry, and the show will follow their father-son bromance in a cheerful story of growth and maturation.

Personally, I found the variety-drama concept refreshing and loved the dry humor and mockumentary style of The Producers’ early episodes much more than its later (standard) style, so I’m looking at The Big Hit with interest. I was bummed when The Producers dropped the experimental hybrid angle after only a couple episodes, because although it’s true that audiences had trouble grasping the concept, the show abandoned it and switched over to a conventional rom-com style without even allowing viewers a chance to get used to the format. But perhaps PD Seo Soo-min, the variety veteran who initially headed The Producers, wants another shot at trying her original vision.

PD Seo has had quite successful career as director, producer, and then chief producer on a number of variety programs, among them Music Bank, Gag Concert, Happy Sunday and Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook. The writer attached to this project is Lee Young-chul, who has a number of sitcom titles to his name, including the campus comedies Nonstop 5 and Rainbow Romance, the three seasons of High Kick, and tvN’s Once Upon a Time in Saengchori and Potato Star 2013QR3.

According to Seo Soo-min, the project is still in the planning stages; aside from the writer, nothing else has been decided, such as director, cast, or scheduling. A synopsis has been completed, but is reportedly still being revised. It hopes to air in the latter half of this year.

Via IS Plus

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I love this writer. He knows how to weave humor and touching moments to build a great story from everyday events. Hopefully it will be good.

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Let's hope they actually stick to the format for more than like 3 episodes and don't cave to pressure. I was so disappointed when they changed the style in The Producers. This type of show style isn't new nor that unusual, The Office anyone? Korean audiences just need to give it a chance.

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Producers, they media play so much about 'new things' but after 3 eps, it's back to a romcom with square lovelines.

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Sechskies' Go Jiyong and his son, Seungjae, really come to mind. Superstar in the 90s, disappear from public eyes, reappear twenty years later. (Well, instead of a slacker, Go Jiyong is a director) and a clever son on top of that.

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Except the "neighborhood slacker" part, I thought the same too lol

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I'm already shopping around for Park Ji Bin's comeback role.

This sounds like it would be good.

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Ooohh... That would be a great comeback project for him.

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I liked the new format when The Producers kicked off and was sad when they abandoned it cuz people didn't get it or like it.

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I like the premise of Best Hit. hope to see this one soon.
oh Nostop days...hahaha

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Nonstop

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I loved a lot of the shows that this writer wrote (namely, Nonstop 5 and the High Kick series). So I hope this will be good! I am excited for it!

Also, the story sounds sweet and interesting! Just reading about the premise, it reminds me of both the Reply series and Twenty Again. I guess because of the aspect of hinting or showing things in the past. I really do hope they will do a good job with this drama! :)

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i quite agree with your assessment of the producers. i quite enjoyed the mockumentary style of the first episodes and missed it quite dearly in the later episodes. i really wished they had stuck it out. what worries me is that i will tune into this and be disappointed again. i mean i liked the producers but would have enjoyed it a lot more had it stuck with its original premise.

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