We Got Married PD directs new variety-drama for MBC
The dynamically changing K-entertainment market has prompted much innovation in the last couple years, from pre-produced dramas to the increasingly popular web dramas. With KBS having the first experimental variety-drama The Producers under its belt and one more (The Best Hit) on the way, it’s no surprise that other channels are looking to take their own shots at the format. MBC recently announced that their Pilot Development Department has begun a new project called Our Mother is Recharging, which will be a variety-drama show.
The topic of the plot has been vaguely described as the strange ongoings of a bizarre neighborhood, where the main characters are schoolparents who each have unique quirks in personality. I’m envisioning an Answer Me 1988 crossed with Modern Family-esque vibe, and instead of everyone being related by blood or marriage, they’ll just inhabit the same street.
PD Sun Hye-yoon (who is more well-known as comedian Shin Dong-yup’s wife) will be helming this new project; it’ll be her comeback after a brief hiatus she took from work due to personal reasons. From 2012 to 2016, she was the main PD on the long-running popular reality show We Got Married, which took fake couples and put them in newlywed-life scenarios. So I’m hoping there will be some cute romance incorporated in her new project.
The variety-drama format hasn’t been very well-received by domestic audiences so far: The Producers was only a modest success despite big names such as Kim Soo-hyun and Cha Tae-hyun being attached to the project, and tvN’s After the Show Ends had a disappointing run last year. But I’m glad that the networks are still trying to make this work, because there have been successful examples of the mockumentary format (e.g., The Office, Parks and Rec) that show that it can be done.
Our Mother is Recharging has yet to be secure a broadcast time on the MBC schedule, and is in the beginning of the casting phase.
Via IS Plus
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