‘SNL Korea’ revamps for 5th season
“There will be some changes in the cast, as well as the general concept of the show,” said CJ E&M, the entertainment giant that runs tvN.
Sexy icon Clara (whose real name is Lee Seong-min) is out, to be replaced by Brown Eyed Girls singer Narsha (Park Hyo-jin). Narsha was considered a very popular guest when she appeared on “SNL Korea” in season three.
“She is candid, talented and sexy,” said CJ E&M in a statement. “We hope she will go well with our original female cast, such as Ahn Young-mi and Jeong Myung-ok.”
In addition to Narsha, Seo Eun-kwang, from the boy band BTOB, will also join the show as a regular member.
“Our visit to NBC inspired us a lot,” said comedian Shin Dong-yup excitedly, when he arrived at Incheon International Airport on Feb. 3, back from a visit to the original production team in New York City.
CJ E&M said it will no longer have a Korean version of the fake news segment Weekend Update, but will instead feature a mini-talk show led by veteran singer Yoo Hee-yeol.
The first episode of the new season will air on March 1. The rest of last season’s cast, including Jay Park, Yoo Se-yoon and Kim Min-kyo, will all be back for season five.
By Kim Hee-eun, contributing writer