Korean Sitcoms/Variety Shows

Casting news and episode recaps of sitcoms and variety programs -- reality, game, and talk shows (i.e., Running Man, 1 Night 2 Days, Grandpas Over Flowers).
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Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Reality-variety program Beating Hearts adds to cast
by | August 10, 2013 | 18 Comments
I’m not one to follow varietyland too closely, especially shows that aren’t even on air yet, but chalk it up to the curiosity factor of shows experimenting with format, as with the upcoming Beating Hearts (and, fine, also Park Ki-woong may have something to do with it). This is the upcoming reality-docu show where a... More »

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KBS copycats Grandpas Over Flowers with grandma edition
by | August 10, 2013 | 90 Comments
javabeans: Oh, KBS. *shakes head* Are you really so hard-up for ideas that you’re just going to steal them from everyone else now? So get this: Hot on the heels of Grandpas Over Flowers’ success for tvN, KBS is planning a show that’s basically Grandmas Over Flowers. *shakes head harder* girlfriday: It’s so shameless. I... More »

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Running Man: Episode 157
by | August 9, 2013 | 64 Comments
A crime has taken place in varietyland and four suspects face trial at the Running Man Courthouse. It’s a twist on the classic whodunit game as both sides argue that the other is in the wrong with pseudo legal terms flying around in all directions. Someone in this courtroom is a liar, and it’s your... More »

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Grandpas Over Flowers: Episode 5
by | August 3, 2013 | 40 Comments
EPISODE 5. Broadcast on August 2, 2013. girlfriday: We resume the trip in Strasbourg, where the group makes the ten-minute walk back to the cathedral they saw yesterday. This time Soon-jae halbae totally waits to walk with Il-sub halbae, and a new loveline is born. javabeans: Aw. I don’t know what number day we’re on... More »

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Park Ki-woong joins the variety ranks with Beating Hearts
by | August 3, 2013 | 26 Comments
Park Ki-woong, doing variety? *braces ears for the chorus of squeals* SBS is prepping a new variety program for fall titled Beating Hearts (the more literal translation is The Heart Beats, which rolls less smoothly off the tongue), and has rounded up a trio of men for its pilot program: Park Ki-woong, familiar dramaland teddy... More »

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Running Man: Episode 156
by | August 2, 2013 | 54 Comments
The 2NE1 members come to play with our Running Man cast to acquire a precious resource in order to save their planet. Who knew that one could have this much fun on this third rock from the sun? You might just say that this episode is out of this world. EPISODE 156. Broadcast on July... More »

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Grandpas Over Flowers: Episode 4
by | July 27, 2013 | 74 Comments
EPISODE 4. Broadcast on July 26, 2013. javabeans: Last week’s episode was rather epic, so I’m all eyes-n-ears to see how this leg of the Grand European Adventure* shakes out. After braving the streets of Strasbourg in a rental car he can barely drive, on roads he can barely navigate, Seo-jin hauls luggage to tiny... More »

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Running Man: Episode 155
by | July 26, 2013 | 82 Comments
What better way to cool off in the summer with a horror story that ought to send chills down your spine? The cast travels down memory lane when they relive their school glory days in search for their destined match. But beware of looking too far back into your memories—you may just find that not... More »

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Grandpas Over Flowers: Episode 3
by | July 20, 2013 | 92 Comments
EPISODE 3. Broadcast on July 18, 2013. javabeans: After the trip to the Arc de Triomphe and the (curtailed) promenade down the Champs-Elysees, the halbaes make it back to their boardinghouse in good spirits. Probably because Na PD sprung for that car ride back, knowing when not to push a good thing. girlfriday: I think... More »

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Running Man: Episode 154
by | July 19, 2013 | 69 Comments
Our cast continues to prepare for the Asian Dream Cup for the chance to play alongside soccer sensation Park Ji-sung. Not only that, a new guest comes to play in varietyland, and let’s just say, he’s awesome. And why yes, that is how Kwang-soo smiles in photos. That is, whenever there’s a soccer ball flying... More »

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Grandpas Over Flowers (and Seo-jinnie) head to Taiwan next
by | July 18, 2013 | 66 Comments
javabeans: New variety show Grandpas Over Flowers is already a hit for tvN, with smash ratings (above 4%), but it’s a little jarring to hear producers already talking of a Season 2. Ah, so this entire Paris/Europe trip must be the first season, then, which would have been helpful to know up front. It makes... More »