‘variety shows’


Drama Casting & News
Cha Tae-hyun joins variety drama The Best Hit as actor and director
by | March 23, 2017 | 24 Comments
Actor Cha Tae-hyun (The Producers) will be co-producing upcoming KBS variety drama The Best Hit with 1 Night 2 Days PD Yoo Ho-jin, serving as both director and actor on set. That’s super interesting, as it will be Cha’s first attempt at taking on a directorial role. From the current plot description, it sounds like... More »


Drama Casting & News
News bites: March 18, 2017
by | March 18, 2017 | 19 Comments
Kang Haneul, Yang Dong-geun Fun cameos are in store for Bride of the Water God: Making pop-up appearances are Kang Haneul (through his Misaeng-connection with writer Jung Yoon-jung) and Yang Dong-geun (through his Three Musketeers-connection with PD Kim Byung-soo). The fully pre-produced show will begin filming on March 22 and is expected to air in... More »


Drama Casting & News
News bites: December 31, 2016
by | December 31, 2016 | 16 Comments
Ha Jung-woo, Lee Min-jung It’s still very early on in the project’s life, but Ha Jung-woo (Tunnel) is considering the lead in Seoul, a film about the city hosting the 1988 Olympics. He’s received the screenplay for the film, which will be directed by Kim Joon-sung (Lucid Dream), and is reviewing it favorably. The movie... More »


Drama Recaps
After the Show Ends: Episode 1
by | July 4, 2016 | 28 Comments
The experimental hybrid reality-variety-drama project After the Show Ends premiered this weekend on tvN, and I was eager to check it out—mostly because I’ve been curious to see exactly how the show would pull off its genre-crossing format: There’s the show-within-the-show, Iron Lady, which is a fully produced mini-drama of its own, and then there’s... More »


Drama Casting & News
Answer Me’s team reunites for new drama
by | June 5, 2014 | 54 Comments
The wonder team that created tvN’s pop-culture sensation Answer Me 1997 and its follow-up Answer Me 1994 is reuniting to produce a new drama, so naturally the big question is: Will we be getting another Answer Me? That is to say, more youthful fervor seen through a nostalgic lens with insight and heart and lots... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Seo-jin gets cookin’ for Grandpas Over Flowers in Spain
by | March 4, 2014 | 41 Comments
Reminding us that the show is only a few days from its premiere, we have new teasers and a poster out for tvN’s upcoming reality-variety show Grandpas Over Flowers: The Spain Trip. (I’m not totally certain how they’re counting “seasons” of this show with all the various trips and spin-offs going on — some places... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
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 »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
More crackling wit from Grandpas Over Flowers
by | June 20, 2013 | 62 Comments
The more promo I see for this show the more excited I get. tvN’s new travel variety show Grandpas Over Flowers is gearing up for its premiere in just two weeks, and things are looking good. First, there’s just a whole lot of Na PD (Na Young-seok, of 1 Night 2 Days) in front of... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Jang Hyuk goes variety for Real Men
by | May 21, 2013 | 43 Comments
Jang Hyuk (IRIS 2) is the newest star to expand his repertoire with variety, and has announced he will be joining the cast of Sunday variety program Real Men, which basically drops its members into army boot camp and makes them suffer for our entertainment. Current cast members include Ryu Soo-young (Ojakkyo Brothers, Kim Su-ro... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Barefoot Friends logs perilously low ratings
by | May 6, 2013 | 108 Comments
javabeans: New Sunday variety show Barefoot Friends premiered to lowish numbers three weeks ago, but the real test was whether it would be able to climb up from its initial 5.6% numbers to challenge Dad! Where Are We Going?… but instead the numbers have dropped. Yesterday’s Episode 3 pulled in a frankly shockingly low 2.9%.... More »