Travel-docu-turned-home-cooking show Barefoot Friends gets axed
SBS is pulling the plug on its flagging variety show Barefoot Friends, and really my biggest question is how the show lasted this long in the first place. I’ve been expecting to hear news of its cancellation for months, but somehow it kept chugging along despite low ratings and changing concepts.
Barefoot Friends was on for seven months though it never built much of an audience (Real Men was the winner in that timeslot), but perhaps the broadcasters were loath to give up such a cast, since there were a number of winning personalities in the mix. Kang Ho-dong hasn’t quite recovered his old success from pre-retirement but he’s still a popular MC, and with stars like Kim Hyun-joong, Yoon Shi-yoon, Eunhyuk, UEE, and Eun Ji-won, there’s no reason the show couldn’t have been better.
We caught the show when it premiered and weighed in on the first episode, which was less than we’d hoped for. Back then Barefoot Friends was loosely conceived of as a reality travel docu show, dropping its stars off into unfamiliar waters overseas and watching them struggle in the name of entertainment. That didn’t do so well (mostly because the trips lacked purpose or direction), so then they ditched the travel concept, grounded the cast at home, and started visiting various celebrities’ homes for a home-cooking type of show. Sound confused? Yep.
Once Barefoot Friends gives up its spot on SBS’s Good Sunday lineup, audition reality show K-Pop Star 3 will take up the timeslot as the lead-in to Running Man. Audition shows have been all the rage for the past several years (and has led to a number of launched pop careers), so it seems the safe bet; it almost feels like Barefoot was just keeping the seat warm while the show was in its off-season.
Barefoot Friends’ last episode will air on November 17, and K-Pop Star 3 starts November 24.
Via Star News
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