Answer Me’s team reunites for new drama
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 of pop-culture references from the nineties?
PD Shin Won-ho has announced his intentions to prep a new show for early 2015, and has got his old team back, notably Answer Me (and Grandpas Over Flowers, Noonas Over Flowers, 1 Night 2 Days) head writer Lee Woo-jung. He hasn’t nailed down the details yet, but confirmed that it would be a drama rather than a variety program, and that he is busily discussing the possibilities with the writer. Crazy to think that they’d be great at either format, and that the excitement would greet whichever choice they went with.
Asked for details, PD Shin said, “From the producers’ standpoints, we’d like to work on a new project each time, but we are considering the requests from fans for another sequel and also the company’s stance. We’re deliberating over both possibilities—whether to leave behind the Answer Me brand or to continue with it.”
There must be something in the water over there at tvN/CJ, and with this particular cadre of producers, which includes Grandpas Over Flowers evil mastermind Na Young-seok (aka just Na PD). In recent months, tvN has been snapping up talent left and right in the producer/director ranks, with a number of names jumping ship from their Big Three jobs to the cable station. Seriously, I’d put my money on them as the next big broadcasting force.
Na PD recently confirmed that he is planning a new backpacking travel program (which won’t be part of the Flowers series) along with—who else?—another 1N2D alum who jumped to tvN, PD Shin Hyo-jung. I just hope writer Lee Woo-jung won’t have to write two shows at once (and while traveling abroad with one of them) as she did with Answer Me 1994 and Noonas Over Flowers; it’s a wonder she managed the workload, much less produced two really well-done programs. But the drama appetite waits for no one, apparently, not even exhausted creatives. Moar, moar, moar!
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