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June 17, 2018

 

‘Grandpas Over Flowers,’ first teaser released

 

 

“Grandpas Over Flowers” recently released its first teaser of the upcoming season slated to kick off on June 29. 

 

The tvN’s reality TV show revolves around grandpa-aged veteran actors fulfilling their bucket lists. 

 

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For the upcoming season, Korean actor Kim Yong-gun joined the original cast of Lee Soon-jae, Shin Goo, Park Geun-hyung and Baek Il-seob. Kim is the father of well-known actor Ha Jung-woo of the “Along With the Gods” fame.

 

In the teaser, the seasoned actors and Lee Seo-jin, an actor who serves as the travel guide to the group, promote the premiere date for the fourth season of “Grandpas Over Flowers.”

 

Meanwhile, it has also been reported that the “Grandpas Over Flowers” team visited some Eastern European countries in addition to Germany, the destination previously announced by tvN.

 

The upcoming season of “Grandpas Over Flowers” marks the show’s comeback from three-year break. 

 

By Shim Woo-hyun (ws@heraldcorp.com)

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June 27, 2018

 

Globe-trotting golden grandpas hit the road again


By Woo Jae-yeon

 

SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) -- Hit maker producer Na Young-seok brings back popular reality travel show "Grandpa Over Flowers" wherein popular senior actors go on a backpacking tour on a budget alongside a younger "luggage boy" actor.

 

Since it premiered on July 5, 2013, the program has gained huge popularity in Korea and brought forth a cultural phenomenon.

 

The show has so far had three seasons -- Europe/Taiwan, Spain, Greece -- and the latest show, "Grandpa Over Flowers Returns," was filmed in Germany and Eastern Europe. The series has been remade in multiple countries, including the U.S., where it was broadcast on NBC under the title "Better Late Than Never."

   

One big change with the fourth season is that Kim Yong-gun (72) has joined as "young blood" to the four elder original members -- Lee Soon-jae (83), Shin Goo (81), Park Geun-hyung (78) and Baek Il-seob (74) -- in addition to Lee Seo-jin (47).

 

Writer Kim Dae-joo and producer Na Young-seok pose for photos before a press event for "Grandpa Over Flowers Returns" in Seoul on June 27, 2018. (Yonhap)

Writer Kim Dae-joo and producer Na Young-seok pose for photos before a press event for "Grandpa Over Flowers Returns" in Seoul on June 27, 2018. (Yonhap)

 

Producer Na said the new season wouldn't have been possible had it not been for oldest member Lee's strong recommendation.

 

"Last year, I had a cup of coffee with Lee and he said 'We should go again,'" he recalled during a media promotion event in Seoul on Wednesday. "He still has passion for travel and wanted to go. It was as if he reminded me of something that I had long forgotten."

   

The program holds extra meaning for him, the producer said, as it was his first project after he moved to CJ E&M, which runs the cable channel tvN, from terrestrial broadcaster KBS where he made the hit series "2 Days & 1 Night."

   

"I have a personal attachment to the show. ... I've done so many other programs, but the show remains the most memorable one. I tend not to consider other factors like viewership ratings. I just want to do it whenever possible."

   

For the production crew, the most important factor was the members' health, as two were over 80 and they have aged over the six years since the program premiered.

 

"For us, the fact that Lee was very enthusiastic was really helpful. It was a huge incentive for us to plan the new season," he said.

 

This poster for "Grandpa Over Flowers Returns" was provided by CJ E&M. (Yonhap)

This poster for "Grandpa Over Flowers Returns" was provided by CJ E&M. (Yonhap)

 

"The show is a steady seller but not the bestseller for the company. But we are doing this because we know that viewers feel something that they don't in an ordinary travel show. There is something touching about the grandpas' travel."

   

During the trip to Spain, Lee said "You get old when you drop into a chair and wish for others to treat you differently. If you do it by yourself, you still can do."

   

The 6-member travel group starts their trip in Berlin, a city that was chosen specifically for its historic meaning and association with the divided Korean peninsula, he said.

 

"Recently there has been more talk about reunification amid better relations with the North. And the members have vivid memories of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. So we thought it would be good to start there," he said.

 

Garrulous newcomer Kim, the youngest of the elderly stars, vitalizes the whole group, the producer said, while porter and travel guide Lee has noticeably "aged" over the three years.

 

"Lee's physical strength seemed to have declined. He complained to me that he would come along as grandpa, not a guide, next time," he joked.

 

The fourth season will air its first episode at 9:50 p.m. on Friday on tvN.

 

jaeyeon.woo@yna.co.kr

 

Source: tvN @tvn_joy

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June 27, 2018

 

‘Grandpas Over Flowers’ with average age of 78.8 to return


Channel tvN’s all-time favorite “Grandpas Over Flowers” is to make its return after three years. 

 

“Grandpas Over Flowers” is a travel-reality show that features veteran senior actors go on trips abroad. The cast members’ average age is 78.8. Actor Lee Seo-jin, in his 40s, helps them travel. 

 

The show is in its fifth season now, traveling through Eastern Europe.

 

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“The show is actually not my best work in viewership ratings,” producer Na Young-seok said at a press conference held in western Seoul on Wednesday. 

 

“But the show’s impact is different from others. Viewers, including the production staff, are touched by the cast members’ passion, how they make an effort to see everything and enjoy traveling,” he said. 

 

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The megahit producer is especially affectionate about the show. 

 

“It’s my first show after I moved to CJ E&M. It is the most memorable work. Other productions include some thinking and hesitation, on profit or viewership rating. But this show is more naive, not requiring much thought,” he said. 

 

The show will air its first episode this Friday at 9:50 p.m. 

 

By Im Eun-byel (silverstar@heraldcorp.com

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Lee Soon Jae sunbaenim would totally feel at home in Germany since he studied the language. Perhaps PD Na & the production picked Germany to visit because it was the Senior Lee who suggested they continue with Season 5. ^_^

 

June 29, 2018

 

'Grandpas over Flowers' returns with bigger cast

 

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Cast members of the travel reality show "Grandpas over Flowers" pose during a trip to Germany. Courtesy of CJ E&M

 

By Kwak Yeon-soo The Korea Times

 

Star Korean producer Na Young-seok is back with a new season of his travel reality series "Grandpas over Flowers" after a three-year hiatus. 

 

The show stars five veteran actors in their 70s and 80s. This time, Lee Soon-jae, Shin Goo, Park Geun-hyung, Baek Il-seob and new cast member Kim Yong-gun go on backpacking tours abroad with actor Lee Seo-jin as their travel guide.

 

Its previous seasons, which were filmed in Spain, Greece, Taiwan and other stops, received high ratings and spawned spinoffs and remakes. 

 

Riding on the success of "Grandpas over Flowers," Na has produced follow-up series "Sisters over Flowers" and "Youth over Flowers" that also became big hits in Korea for their heartwarming cultural experiences and lesser-known but spectacular sightseeing spots. Moreover, the show was remade in the U.S. under the title "Better Late than Never." 

 

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Star Korean TV producer Na Young-seok speaks during a press conference at a cafe in western Seoul, Wednesday. Courtesy of CJ E&M

 

"To be honest, I wasn't planning on producing a new season until Lee (Soon-jae) suggested we should go on a trip again," said Na during a press conference at a cafe in western Seoul, Wednesday. "His words and passion spurred me on to planning a new trip to Germany and Eastern Europe."

 

Na said he chose their first destination as Germany because it holds historic significance. "With the recent rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula, we thought visiting Germany, a country that shares a similar experience of division, would be meaningful," he said. 

 

Regarding new cast member Kim Yong-gun, Na said that Kim would be a mediator between the original cast members and the younger Lee. Kim is the father of well-known actor Ha Jung-woo, who has starred in many Korean blockbusters, including "The Chaser," "The Handmaiden" and "Along with the Gods"

 

"Lee (Seo-jin) is the youngest among the cast, but he's 47, a middle-aged man, and he has lost physical strength over the three years," Na said teasingly. 

 

Meanwhile, Na praised Lee for his contribution by saying: "It's a huge privilege for us to have Lee in our show. He's been very helpful and enthusiastic about the show throughout the seasons." Lee has starred in Na's other reality shows, including "Three Meals a Day" and "Yoon's Kitchen." 

 

The megahit producer shared his wish to make "Grandpas over Flowers" into a steady seller. "It's neither the high rating nor the concept of the show that makes it special," he said. "The viewers are touched by the grandpas' sympathetic words and wisdom."

 

Na said the veteran actors' passion and adventurous spirit always take production staff by surprise. "The viewers would be able to see how the elderly cast members make humble efforts to take in everything as it is and enjoy traveling," he said.

 

The first episode of the new season will air at 9:50 p.m. Friday on tvN.


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Hoping.. hopefully, these upcoming new episodes of GOF will be aired on tvNAsia just like Youn's Kitchen and Little Cabin in the Woods with a kind soul uploading the subs to share. th_pwettybunny.gif

 

June 29, 2018

 

“Grandpas Over Flowers Returns” Is Off To Strong Start As Most-Watched Show In Its Time Slot

 

Source: Soompi by J. Lim

 

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tvN’s “Grandpas Over Flowers Returns” is back and is stronger than ever with impressive viewership ratings.

 

“Grandpas Over Flowers Returns” premiered on June 29 and scored nationwide ratings of 9.2 percent, peaking at 12.4 percent in real-time ratings, making it the most-watched program in its time slot. The show also topped its time slot for its target 2049 (people between the ages of 20 and 49) audience, coming in at an average of 5.2 percent and peaking at 7 percent.

 

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The first episode followed the beginnings of the cast’s trip to Europe with the five elderly cast members and Lee Seo Jin as their guide. The person who stood out was Kim Yong Gun, a new addition to the team and the youngest of the five elderly members despite being in his seventies. He was brimming with energy and had everyone laughing with his energy and humor. The cast members bonded as they looked back on their long and illustrious careers and shared stories from their pasts.

 

Lee Seo Jin returned to the series better than ever. In order to ensure that the elderly cast members have a fun and comfortable trip, he spent a lot of time planning and even packed food to eat. He focused the trip on things that people in the cast’s age bracket would enjoy, rather than more popular tourist spots visited by younger generations.

 

“Grandpas Over Flowers Returns” airs every Friday at 9:50 p.m. KST.

 

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Hi everyone, its been awhile. :)

 

Just want to share that GOF Returns is already available with english subtitles on VIU Premium or you can wait until Tuesday when it becomes available for regular subscribers.

 

Happy watching!

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loving the halbaes!  Its actually really tiring for LSJ.  He's not young anymore and having to take care of the halbaes, their needs and luggages… *kowtow*  He hardly got time to rest himself after the long flight.

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July 4, 2018

 

'Grandpa Over Flowers Returns' debuts at No. 6 on TV chart

By Woo Jae-yeon

 

SEOUL, July 4 (Yonhap) -- The new season of the popular variety-travel show "Grandpa Over Flowers" got off to a strong start by debuting at No. 6 on the weekly TV chart, data showed Wednesday.

 

"Grandpa Over Flowers Returns," which aired its first episode Friday, garnered a score of 223.1 on the weekly Content Power Index (CPI) for June 25-July 1. It also recorded a high viewership rating of 9.2 percent, according to Nielsen Korea.

 

The first episode showed its original four senior actors in their 70s and 80s and a younger "luggage boy" actor in his 40s, joined by a newcomer, packing and leaving for Berlin, a destination specifically chosen partly to reflect on the divided peninsula and ignite discussions on reunification with North Korea.

 

These still images provided by tvN are part of "Grandpa Over Flowers Returns." (Yonhap)

These still images provided by tvN are part of "Grandpa Over Flowers Returns." (Yonhap)

 

"Recently there has been more talk about reunification amid better relations with the North. And the members have vivid memories of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. So we thought it would be good to start there," the producer Na Young-Seok said at a recent media event.

 

Garrulous newcomer Kim Yong-gun (72), the youngest of the elderly stars, vitalized the whole group, as the producer said, while porter and travel guide Lee Seo-jin (47) struggled to take care of five senior actors, carry their luggage, road maps and food.

 

Since the first season started July 5, 2013, it has gained huge popularity in Korea and brought forth a cultural phenomenon.

 

The show has so far had three seasons -- Europe/Taiwan, Spain and Greece -- and the latest show was filmed in Germany and Eastern Europe. The series has been remade in multiple countries, including the United States, where it was broadcast on NBC under the title "Better Late Than Never."

   

"The show is a steady seller, if not the best-seller for the company. But we are doing this because we know that viewers feel something that they don't in an ordinary travel show. There is something touching about the grandpas' travel," Na said.

 

Meanwhile, cable music channel Mnet's new idol competition show, "Produce 48," claimed the top spot on the chart.

 

The project is aimed at auditioning talented performers from South Korea and Japan to put together a girl group through audience voting. The show premiered June 15 on Mnet and Japan's BS Scapa simultaneously.

 

The program, first unveiled in "2017 MAMA in Japan" in November, is a collaboration between Mnet's popular audition program "Produce 101" and Yasushi Akimoto, who produced AKB48.

 

The CPI, created by CJ E&M and Nielsen Korea, measures the level of popularity, social media trending and influence on consumer behavior of entertainment TV programs aired on three major terrestrial networks -- MBC, SBS and KBS -- and seven cable channels owned by CJ E&M, including tvN, Mnet and OCN, during prime time. JTBC, another cable network that airs some highly popular entertainment shows and dramas, was not included in the survey.

 

jaeyeon.woo@yna.co.kr

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So happy! :w00t: This is the first time I'm able to watch the current GOF episode with good English subs! :w00t: For years and many seasons before we never ever had complete subs or most of the time no subs  at all to watch the show. This time, we don't even have to wait for a week.. just a mere 4 days, Hooray! Thanks so much @feignedreality for the highlight, waves to @calypso73 and @emmie. Good to see all of you here!

 

I agree that Kim Yong Geon-Geon is great addition to GOF. It's a genius idea and a win-win.. probably not so much to Seojinnie (yet) but he's an eager  beaver and so happy to be in the group. It's awkward of course for Seojinnie, he was obviously expecting someone like Park Seo Joon. Instead he got a "junior" (in terms of show appearance) but still a halbae that makes everyone else laughed so much seeing his initial reaction.

 

Can't help but agree as well that it's a non-stop "work" for SJ. He's clearly already looking tired at the airport, even before they left. He's got to be a step or two ahead of everything, so there's no time to relax at all. Maybe he needed glasses to read.. maybe it's just the super stress of being the 'one & only seasoned' porter. 

 

Tonight's episode the Porter will be in some kind of crisis :sweatingbullets:... stay calm, our Genie.

 

July 4, 2018

 

TV show starring grandpas traveling in Eastern Europe debuts strongly in Korea

 

Jonah Hicap Metro News UK

 

A travel TV show starring grandpas debuted strongly in South Korea, indicating that they’re still a group to reckon with.

 

In the new season of Grandpas Over Flowers, the veteran stars will be touring Germany and Eastern Europe on a budget.

 

For the new season, original cast members Lee Soon-jae, who is 83; Shin Goo, 81; Park Geun-hyung, 78; and Baek Il-seob, 74, are back together with new member, 72-year-old actor Kim Yong-gun, and chaperone Lee Seo-jin, 47.

 

The show got a rating of 9.2% for its first episode based on Nielsen ratings and debuted at no. 6 with a score of 223.1 on the weekly Content Power Index (CPI) for 25 June to 1 July period, according to K-pop Herald.

 

The first episode saw the stars leaving for Berlin, Germany and the episode evoked the ongoing relations between South and North Korea.

 

Source: Star News

 

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its hard not to be stressed when the halbaes have different characters... especially with the Go-go-go Grandpa Soon jae and the no-need-see-everything-this-trip Grandpa Il-Seob  :joy:

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Just learnt that skechers sponsored the halbaes shoes... they are wearing the same shoes on holidays!  so fun!

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Glad to see the hale and hearty grandpas again. They were almost like teenagers ready for an adventure....albeit not Seo Genie. Luggage boy's wince when Kim Yong-gun appeared was so funny...it really reminds me of the first season prank when he was promised a trip with k-pop girls.  And why was the youngest person the last to arrive at the airport???

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21 hours ago, rubie said:

So happy! :w00t: This is the first time I'm able to watch the current GOF episode with good English subs! :w00t: For years and many seasons before we never ever had complete subs or most of the time no subs  at all to watch the show. This time, we don't even have to wait for a week.. just a mere 4 days, Hooray! Thanks so much @feignedreality for the highlight, waves to @calypso73 and @emmie. Good to see all of you here!

 

Can't help but agree as well that it's a non-stop "work" for SJ. He's clearly already looking tired at the airport, even before they left. He's got to be a step or two ahead of everything, so there's no time to relax at all. Maybe he needed glasses to read.. maybe it's just the super stress of being the 'one & only seasoned' porter. 

 

Tonight's episode the Porter will be in some kind of crisis :sweatingbullets:... stay calm, our Genie.

 

 

Thanks for the warm welcome @rubie!!! I can always count on you for NaPD show updates! :)

I too have a feeling this might be the last GotHalbae unless NaPD recruits an assistant for Seojinnie that's truly porter material. I watched the pre-show special for GotHalbae 4 and it showed LSJ from the first trip and comparing him to now it's obvious he's tired. My husband sent me a pic he took of LSJ at LAX when he was travelling with friends not long ago and I was a bit confused because it almost didn't look like him but realised he has gotten older - like we all have. On top of this it's getting more difficult for him to round up the halbaes with two extremes with different needs and expectations. I could totally feel his stress when they were on the bus and the group was divided in different sections while it was fully packed with people.

 

That said, I'll enjoy this season like I have the earlier ones and hope NaPD gives LSJ a break (NJTTW or Kang Shikdang pleaaaaaasssseee!) before he kidnaps him for another project. :heart:

 

 

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@calypso73 LSJ have been on back-to-back tvN shows since last year with 3MAD Sea Ranch followed by Youn's Kitchen and now GOF Returns. 3MAD has the most laidback concept, YK could be a bit stressful but LSJ is already the executive manager in the show with 2 younger assistants...GOF however, needed his sole (or rather 'soul' :P) & full attention right from the start. Could be the reason he's always the last to arrive at the airport because the moment he steps in, his "non-stop role" begins taking care of everything till the very end. As @Blizzardistkaputtnoted, he'd always be the last to appear... could also be that he wanted to stand back and let the Halbaes have the full media attention at the airport. This is sure the total opposite from Season 1 when he arrived too early to wait for the supposedly 'girl-group' only to be surprised by the seniors. Seems the most bittersweet moment to reminiscence.. how LSJ being famously-tricked to join GOF, and became the start of Porter 101.:lol:

 

 

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agree with @calypso73, this might be the last one with the original 4 halbaes as they are ageing.  Plus LSJ is getting ready to step into his fifties.  Finished watching epi 2... can't help but feel that LSJ is doing the show more for the halbaes.  I feel that Na PD is less stringent on the 'backpacking' concept this round.  Love that he actually accompanied Il-Seob halbae on the 'trishaw' tour.  And very proud of Il Seob halbae who purposely learn how to say 3 in German so that he can buy drinks/ice-cream for his accompanying camera-man/ companion

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