First Impressions – Talk Club Actors: Ep. 1 – 3 – 토크클럽 배우들: 1회 – 3회


Following the cancellation of Come to Play, it was replaced with a new variety show called Talk Club Actors where actors sit around and talk about the day’s topic and their personal experiences.  The actors are: Hwang Shin Hye, Shim Hye Jin, Ye Ji Won, Song Sun Mi, Go Eun Ah, Shin So Yul, Min Ji, Park Chul Min, Jung Joon Ha and John Park.

So this show hasn’t been doing well in ratings since its premiere particularly due to the undefined format of the show.  Most of these actors are veteran character actors with big personalities that would be suited for Variety TV.  The issue is that there isn’t really any variety to the people who appear week after week.  There actually aren’t any guests on the show.

The first episode was terrible as they were all pretty awkward with each other.  Sure, there were moments when I laughed but it was slow going.  However, the 2nd episode picked up steam with its topic of mothers.  Each member shared stories and experiences about their mothers and what it was like to grow up in their household.

In some ways, the show reminded me of The View a little bit as a variety of ages are represented here so you hear a story of Park Chul Min and his mother who has Alzheimer’s or you hear Shim Hye Jin telling a story about how her mother used to discipline her when she was young or Hwang Shin Hye talking about how she feels as a mother.  I’m sure there is a wide variety of stories to tell but I’m not sure how I’m going to feel several weeks down the line when I get bored of seeing this group just sitting around talking.

For episode 3, Jung Joon Ha joins the group and he added some more color.  Previously it was pretty much Park Chul Min adding a male perspective to the group.  However, because of his previous experience on variety television, he was able to lead the discussions and direct the pacing of the show and its conversations.

John Park is very, very quiet for most of the time and I’m not sure how he qualifies as an “actor”.  I would have dismissed the non-actor thing if he actually did more singing and playing on the show but he doesn’t.

I really wanted this show to be more like Dinner for Five.  For those that are not aware of this program, it ran on the American network IFC for 4 years starting from 2001.  Jon Favreau hosted the program and it revolved around him having dinner with 4 other celebrities.  They would eat, drink and talk about the business and their lives ranging from their most famous roles to tabloid rumors and etc.  Nothing was really off topic and it was enlightening as you got to see these celebrity figures being themselves in this intimate setting.

We get a bit of that in this program.  I have laughed, cried and when I got bored I played games on my phone.  As for right now, I’m sure this group has a wealth of stories to share but without a revolving guest list I don’t see how this show will be able to continue.  And if they do decide to change up the actors, how different will this show be from Strong Heart?



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