Cha Seung-won, Jang Geun-seok, Yoo Hae-jin for Three Meals spinoff
Na PD strikes again — tvN variety show Three Meals a Day is getting a spinoff series, and an unexpected trio has been gathered to headline. Actors Cha Seung-won (You’re All Surrounded), Jang Geun-seok (Pretty Man), and Yoo Hae-jin (Tazza 2) have signed on to become the newest troop of Na PD’s voluntary slaves, in the as yet untitled Fishing Village spinoff of Three Meals a Day. I have no idea how this combination of personalities is going to work, but I can’t wait to watch the reactions on the veteran actors’ faces at pretty much everything Jang Geun-seok does.
You could call Three Meals a Day a country-living cooking show, but it’s really just a show about Lee Seo-jin ordering people around on a farm. The show is bizarrely successful (8.7% ratings, on cable, on a Friday night!), especially in light of the fact that the concept is self-proclaimed to be boring. It’s quite literally just Seo-jin and Taecyeon making three meals a day, with random celebrity guests popping by to eat and/or help with farm labor.
To this day, Seo-jin insists the program is doomed, though that’s already completely untrue. Sometimes it really does seem like they do nothing but eat, work, and sleep, with a funny sense of futility about the whole thing — as Seo-jin often says on the show, “It’s all meaningless.” Case in point: Lee Seung-gi was a guest in the last episode, and they sent him to slave away in the sorghum fields the second he arrived, and he spent the whole day looking back and forth from Seo-jin to Na PD, baffled at the experience of coming on a variety show and doing nothing entertaining whatsoever.
All we know for now is that the spinoff will be set in a fishing village, and basically just takes the Three Meals concept to the water. There aren’t plans yet to turn this second series into a year-long project like the original, but Na PD stated that the door would remain open for that possibility. I foresee a little more suffering in this version — no catch means no dinner, whereas on the farm they don’t really run out of vegetables to cook, and Na PD’s always extorting them for meat.
The real question is whether this cast will click. Cha Seung-won is no stranger to suffering for variety (Did anyone else watch him go into the coal mines with Yoo Jae-suk a few weeks ago on Infinity Challenge? That was hardcore.) but I wonder if he’ll be too good-natured. I really don’t think Three Meals would be half as popular if Seo-jin weren’t such a whiny city boy. Yoo Hae-jin does have some 1 Night 2 Days experience under his belt, but I’m most interested to see what off-the-wall shenanigans Jang Geun-seok will bring. In this case, the weirder the better.
Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village plans to start shooting at the end of the month, for an early 2015 premiere, date and time to be determined.
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