KBS Happy Sunday will be heading for a major revamp following the subsequent cancellations of two programs, Schoolympic and Kko Kko Single in recent weeks. 1N2D will continue to headline Happy Sunday.
Schoolympic started off in mid-September where Korean Olympians and celebrities compete in a series of games in a studio. But viewers didn’t quite like the idea because it was neither challenging nor funny enough. I have seen just 1 episode and I wasn’t impressed by it much frankly. To take a quote from Lee Soo Geun, the trend now is reality variety like Infinity Challenge, 1N2D, We Got Married and Family Outing, studio game shows are quite off the radar for Korean viewers. Low ratings led to it being cancelled after just 7 episodes.
Kko Kko Single gets single celebrities to go on a tour (overseas) where they get to know more about each other through games and then go off on a 1:1 date. It’s like a hybrid of SBS Love Letter and MBC We Got Married. I have seen all the Saipan episodes and the only thing that registers in my mind is the 1:1 date between Minwoo and Amy who have just that little bit of chemistry. Otherwise, the other celebrities were kind of lacklustre and uninteresting. The program will be taken off-air because of it’s low ratings also and because it simply costs too much to produce (logistics must be a nightmare!).
It’s a pretty intense and tough battle to get high ratings if your program doesn’t have a Daesang MC in Yoo Jae Suk and Kang Ho Dong. We Got Married is doing a fairly good job against tough competition because it’s the first of it’s kind (genre) in Korea. Times are bad and variety shows aren’t exactly revenue churners like dramas. Here’s wishing that they can get past this difficult time, especially the celebrities who have one less program to go on.