Ex-1 Night 2 Days cast and crew reunite for new tvN variety show
This is some crazy news. First: three of the original members of hit variety show 1 Night 2 Days — Lee Su-geun, Eun Ji-won, and Kim Jong-min — will be reuniting to star in a brand new variety reality show on cable network tvN called Three Fools. It’ll be helmed by some very familiar producers, for those of you who have followed 1N2D for as long as I have. But here’s the crazy part: It’s LIVE. Like live-live. No cuts, no edits, no mistakes. Just three guys with cameras rolling, and whatever gets filmed gets aired. WHAT?
Okay, backing up a bit. So way back in the days of the original 1N2D, PD Lee Myung-han helmed the show (he was essentially Na PD’s boss, to put it simply) and then left Happy Sunday and KBS to develop shows for CJ Entertainment. And since then, many of the old 1N2D crew have jumped ship to CJ as well — like PD Shin Won-ho and writer Lee Woo-jung who just completed the hit show Answer Me 1997, raking in stellar ratings for tvN. And writer Kim Daeju who was on camera a lot as the 1N2D maknae writer. Anyway, these four are now going to helm this live variety show, starring three old school 1N2D members. Basically, it’s a big ol’ reunion.
The format is the completely insane part. It’s a zero-edit live shoot of these guys just being themselves. Listen, I love these guys, but these PDs and writers should know better than anyone how heavily edited 1N2D is, to bring the funny. How long they shoot for just two hours of airtime. What if they just sit around and have awkward silences? What if it turns out that they’re not funny without well-timed edits? What if it’s painful and boring? Aaaagh, it’s stressing me out!
Obviously, they’ll script an agenda, have a plan, and a contingency plan, and another. And these guys think on their feet. But still. There’s also going to be a live SNS component to the show, where the audience can actually interact with them, and send ideas. Like improv theater? The whole thing is totally ballsy and completely insane.
I do think it’s interesting that tvN is making such huge leaps forward as the leading cable network, the first to actually give the Big 3 (KBS/SBS/MBC) a run for their money. It’s not surprising, given that tvN has had a really amazing year of original programming (Shut Up Flower Boy Band, Queen Inhyun’s Man, among others). Now it’s time to take on Sunday night variety, which is a big move, and obviously having the old Happy Sunday crew to lead the way is a smart strategy. I just don’t know if 1N2D: Live and Uncut is going to be so crazy it works, or so crazy it burns.
Either way, we find out soon: Three Fools premieres Sunday October 7 on tvN.
Via E Daily