Executive producer and director Jo Eun Jung shares with us the secret behind the Korean variety show, Love Letter which always have 20 cameras positioned around to capture every exciting moment that happens on set…
Q：Does the program have a script?
A：Yes, there is, mainly it’s about the program flow, the timing that the guests appear and the opening and ending performances, at this point, I would get together with Kang Ho Dong (host) to brainstorm ideas and then rehearse it once with the involved guests.
Q：Are the guy-girl couples decided before the show?
A：Yes, before everything begins, we would gather photos of all the guests and let them take a look. We will then say, “Is there anyone in particular that you are interested in?” these sort of questions to them, this is to make it easy for us to arrange for program scheduling. Once the program starts recording, it would be up to them to develop those relationships, there are also instances where they would change their targets midway through the recording too.
Q：Are there instances where the guests request specially that they would want to couple with someone?
A：Yes, for instance, they would say, “If so and so were here the next time, that would be great!”, these kind of quotes. The most popular female guest is Han Chae Young while for the guys, its Min Kyung Hoon. There are also times where some guests would say if they knew Junjin, U-Know Yunho or Micky Yoochun was here, then they would also come then for that recording.
Q：Is it true that during the segment where the girls throw the flower bouquet, the most occurrences of NGs are here?
A：There is really nothing about it usually, but once you stand on that platform, it’s a whole new ball-game all together. Bin would get all nervous when she is on it. And sometimes, the girls would throw the bouquet too far or in some obscure direction, so NGs in this segment are very commonplace.
Q：We always see how competive it can be during the couple games and competition, is it really like that?
A：When we use celebrities, it does really get very edgy during recording. Althought knowing that all this coupling aren’t real at all, but when it comes to the real selection at the end, their hearts would beat really fast and if you don’t get picked by the one you like or when the one you like doesn’t pick you, some do get hurt at the end.
Q：Do those guests who get coupled meet up after the recording ends?
A：This I am unable to confirm for you. But as far as I know, there are people who aren’t really close at first, but after recording the show together, they become extra close and they would leave each other their numbers after the recording so that they can keep in contact again in future.
Q：Does everyone eat together during break time and meal time?
A：Although everyone eats in the same building, but often you would see guests that are in the same company eating together, also their agents/managers and crew would also eat together. Guests who have a lot of fans is another matter altogether. For example, fans would send Min Kyung Hoon ginseng chicken soup while Dong Bang Shin Ki would have fried rice cakes sent to them, at times like this, everyone benefits from it.
Q：During the couple selection time, will there be feelings of uneasiness or sympathy?
A：The guys are always very calm and collected, if they don’t like the girl, they wouldn’t step out.
Q：In those triangle relationships, the person that doesn’t get picked, isn’t she very sad at the end?
A：There can only be one couple and thus one of them would definitely not be picked, we only hope that she wouldn’t feel too sad about it. But if you are talking about people like Jang Young Ran, she is on good relations with practically most of the guys, so there is really no worry about her getting hurt.
So there you have it, all the speculation over whether Love Letter is scripted or not, it’s quite clearly indicated in the above-mentioned interview. This was published in a magazine in the early days of Love Letter Season 2.
So the final verdict is Love Letter is a semi-scripted variety show and this is likely to be true for all other variety shows like Xman, etc.
(originally posted @ Coolky forums)