U.S. remakes ‘Grandpas’ reality show
The show will be titled “Better Late Than Never,” with the aim to launch early next year, CJ E&M said.
“Grandpas Over Flowers,” which first aired last year, followed five actors in their 70s leaving Korea for a backpacking trip around the world with the help of a younger actor. National viewership ratings were so high that a spin-off featuring four top actresses was created last November. The show will be the first local entertainment program to be exported to a major U.S. network, the broadcaster said.
“Better Late Than Never” will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who formerly worked on the movies “The Bucket List” (2007), “Chicago” (2002) and “Hairspray” (2007), as well as the TV series “Happyland” (2014) and “Smash” (2013). Casting is under way.
Negotiations for the export have been ongoing since a year ago, the producer of “Grandpas Over Flowers” said in an interview with local news outlet Newsen, adding that he didn’t expect the idea to become a reality.
“When I first received the offer from NBC, I laughed it off,” Na Young-seok was reported to have said in the interview.
“Now that I see some progression, I’m psyched.”
BY LEE SUNG-EUN