Na PD baits Lee Seo-jin to headline new variety show
girlfriday: Ooh, Na PD (Na Young-seok) is doing a new show! Okay, so technically he’s always doing a new show with Grandpas Over Flowers leading to Noonas and Youths and so forth, but apparently he’s switching gears with his next variety program and stepping away from the Over Flowers theme.
javabeans: Is it really switching gears, though, when he’s casting (possibly) Lee Seo-jin, aka Seo Genie, aka Seojinnie, and making it another outdoor variety show while courting other members as well? Is this really just 1 Night, 2 Days, 3 Luggage Boys?
girlfriday: Knowing Na PD, it’s entirely possible he’s lying through his teeth on purpose, just so he can trick Seojinnie into doing Cranky Oppas Over Flowers.
javabeans: Or is he making good on his joke-threat and actually planning King of Cooking where every episode Seo-jin fails?
girlfriday: That would be awesome. I guess the real genius is that he knows he can just stick Seojinnie in front of a camera and get something good, as long as there’s complaining involved.
javabeans: I love that he was actually surprised how good Seo-jin was in the first Grandpas Over Flowers, and now he just doesn’t want to let him go. Concept is irrelevant! Get Seo-jin! He knows gold when he sees it.
javabeans: It’s the birth of a new creator-muse power duo. You know, Woody Allen had Diane Keaton, Scorcese had DeNiro, Tim Burton has Johnny Depp…
girlfriday: And now Na PD has Seojinnie! Really, their bromance makes me genuinely happy, I don’t know why. Because it’s begrudging, maybe?
javabeans: There’s an added layer because Seo-jin is older and Na PD totally regards him as this older brother, and so it’s respect mixed with annoyance and pestering.
girlfriday: I also think Na PD isn’t often outsmarted by his stars, but Seo-jin is quick and it makes for a more balanced (and hilariously contentious) relationship.
javabeans: Taken at face value I can see how this untitled, undescribed variety show could be great, but when has Na PD ever announced something and then given us that? I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.
girlfriday: Yeah all we know so far is that it’s an outdoor variety show (meaning just that it’s not shot in a studio), it’s planning to air after Youths Over Flowers in mid-October, and they’re looking into other cast members, maybe. Way to be vague.
javabeans: I’m pretty sure suffering is a given.
girlfriday: Na PD wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Grandpas Over Flowers gets remade for American TV
- Youths Over Flowers: Episode 1
- Na PD’s next travel variety spin-off Youth Over Flowers sets sail
- Grandpas Over Flowers in Spain: Episode 1
- Na PD on grandpas, money, and Seo-jinnie the con artist
- Seo-jin gets cookin’ for Grandpas Over Flowers in Spain
- Noonas Over Flowers: Episode 1
- Grandpas Over Flowers (and Seo-jinnie) head to Taiwan next
- Grandpas Over Flowers: Episode 1