Some of the weekend variety shows were preempted this weekend due to the breaking news of the South Korean’s president leaving the Blue House. Other shows were preempted due to the finale for other shows taking up the whole Sunday night variety show spot. Regardless, I have to admit that I’m a little glad since I didn’t realize how hard it would be to catch up on all these shows. I’m literally going show by show so there are still shows I haven’t caught up on and others which I am up to date on, including New Journey to the West 3.
The boys are back causing mischief and chaos in the West and they’ve got two more members to join in the fun. New Journey to the West made its debut last week on Navercast with a preview into the new season and more specifically the new members that will be joining them, WINNER’s Song Mino and Super Junior’s Kyuhyun. Clearly, the two new members worried about joining the show because this type of variety show was new for them. They might be good at games but they have no idea how to be underhanded and sneaky.
When I first heard the news that Ahn Jae Hyun would be on New Journey to the West 2 to fill in for Lee Seung Gi who is in the army, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it. However, the episode that aired this past week had me laughing so hard that I couldn’t breathe that it’s totally worth sharing. (Also, later the new season of Show Me the Money.)
I have to admit that I’m not all up on the Web-TV format as I’m more of a traditionalist when it comes to TV. I supposed that’s going to change big time with more and more shows choosing to distribute via the internet and, what we in the industry call, over-the-top service (OTT). However, I couldn’t resist not watching New Journey to the West. In some ways, the show doesn’t feel like a TV show at least when you consider how it’s edited. Rather, it’s a bunch of web shorts chronicling the group’s trip to China. In other ways, there are elements that are classic Na PD such as beautiful aerials of the city they’re visiting and games. Of course, you can’t leave out the most important part, the camaraderie between the cast members.
Ja Mezz, Andup, Song Mino [WINNER] – 거북선 (feat. 팔로알토) (Turtle Ship (feat. Palo Alto))
With the World Cup going on, I have to admit that most of my attention is focused on the various matches and how well I’m doing in my pool. Plus, there’s hasn’t been a lot of interesting things going on the entertainment-scape or not related to the World Cup. However, I did happen to catch Kang Ho Dong’s new variety show, Stargazing. As a fangirl myself, I wondered if I would have the same zeal as some of these diehard fans. (Answer: not even close.)
I had slowly been growing tired of Our Neighborhood Variety Sports. The ping pong and badminton matches were a bit long and yielded few wins. There must be something in the air in regards to Basketball. After all, the lead in Answer Me 1994 is a basketball fanatic and there’s a drama called Basketball about how the sport got started in Korea and lead to their first Olympic team. But would this also work for Our Neighborhood Variety Sports?