3:51 am - 12/11/2012

KBS tries to recreate Answer Me’s success in new variety drama


I know what y’all are thinking: What the heck is a “variety drama”?

To be honest I’m not sure I understand it either, but that could be because it’s one of those terms people started using ’cause it sounded good, not because it made sense. And dramaland sure understands that concept, doesn’t it? (LOL)

Thanks to the unexpected success of tvN’s Answer Me, 1997 earlier this year, PDs elsewhere are looking to replicate that with projects of their own. No surprise there, since people will be chasing success with imitators for the rest of time. What does stand out as being unusual is that it’s not drama PDs who’re planning the next such show, but variety PDs.

One of Answer Me, 1997′s notable achievements (aside from the whole pop-culture phenom thing, and the breaking ratings records thing) is that it crossed that line keeping variety producers on one side of the biz and drama writers on the other. It was directed (well, I might add) by a former PD of weekend mainstay 1N2D and another with Gag Concert credits. It was written (very well) by a team of writers formerly with 1N2D. Prior to Answer Me, it seemed odd — even unheard of — for variety producers to cross over into scripted programming, much less do it with such aplomb. Even now I’m surprised at just how their experience didn’t seem to play a factor in the show.

Currently KBS is in early planning stages to slot a “variety drama” as a replacement for Love and War 2, the Couples Clinic show on Friday nights. They’d once discussed putting in the Drama Special anthology series there, but those talks faded after Love and War 2 recently got extended for another 20 episodes, and now the variety-drama is the likely successor.

So the variety-drama term really seems to just mean drama, made by people who formerly worked in variety. O…kay. Guess that doesn’t quite have the same ring, though. But I’m all for crossing over and breaking down boundaries, so kudos for that. And while this new program won’t be competing directly against the Answer Me sequel, that’ll be the show to catch for all the imitators who I’m sure will be cropping up on the horizon. The sequel will try to recapture the same lightning in a bottle with 1994 as its backdrop, and I’ll be crossing my fingers for it to do just that.

Source TV Report via Dramabeans
b1gay4 11th-Dec-2012 07:39 am (UTC)
watch the show only bring in 0.3% ratings
allegsiseu 11th-Dec-2012 08:08 am (UTC)
would the 2nd season be about seo taiji & boy?
aleash1989 11th-Dec-2012 09:02 am (UTC)
Oh so they're making a sequel to Reply 1997? Cool beans. I hope it's just as good.
bababerry 11th-Dec-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
so they're on KBS, not tvN now?
perfect drama should be left alone as good memories
but NGL i'm curious to see a 94 backdrop
ceecile 11th-Dec-2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
No the sequel will be on TvN, the other variety-drama will be on KBS.
ayumikoshiro 11th-Dec-2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
I don't know about this but new is always promising. I hope it turns out great I loved Answer 1997 you can tell the variety writers have a better handle on comedy there were a lot of natural funny moment in Answer 1997. And then there was that comedy turned tearjerker moment that was the drama protest.
xalter_egox 12th-Dec-2012 07:18 am (UTC)
The very first thing that got me into Answer Me 1997 was the cast. If they can produce that amazing chemistry without using the typical and overused actors, then I think that'd be good~ I mean, who ever expected Inguk and Eunji and Hoya to create so much hype for a show, right? I'm glad we've discovered new talents :D

Everything about Answer Me 1997 was amazing and so beautifully directed~ <3
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