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U.S. Adaptation Of Korean Reality Show ‘Grandpas Over Flowers’ Is Slated To Hit American TV In The First Half Of 2016

by Diana Tomale / Dec 26, 2015 07:25 AM EST
(Photo by: Gareth Simpson / Flickr) NBC acquired format of South Korean reality show "Grandpas over Flowers." US version will be aired in the first half of 2016.

A US adaptation of South Korean reality-travel show "Grandpas over Flowers" is slated to air on NBC in the first half of 2016. Korea Joongang Daily reported Saturday that NBC acquired the TV show format in 2013, making it the first ever Korean show to be adapted for the American audience.

"NBC purchased the TV show format the year before last, and the broadcaster spent a year on preparations," producer Na Young Seok said. "It began shooting last fall, and as far as I know, they are adding final touches. It took them three years to produce the show." 

He went on, "It's hard to expect whether it will be a hit because it may not appeal to the US viewers."

Former "Star Trek" star William Shatner, Henry Winkler of "Happy Days," ex-football player Terry Bradshaw and former professional boxer George Foreman will the take the lead for the US version of the reality-travel show which will be called "Better Late than Never."

On the other hand, actor-comedian Jeff Dye was reportedly tapped to be the tour guide for the show.

The Hollywood Reporter forecasted Sep. 2, 2014 that the four actors, together with their tour guide, will travel across the Asia.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have worked together for "The Bucket List" and "Sound of Music," are the producers of "Better Late than Never."

"Grandpas over Flowers" aired its first season on August 16, 2013. Veteran actors Lee Soon Jae, Shin Goo, Park Geun Hyung and Baek Il Seob traveled to Paris, Strasbourg, Bern and Lucerne to film the first season.

According to reports, the Korean travel-reality show was well-received by the South Koreans and Asians since it started. It also received Best Entertainment Program award during the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2014.

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