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Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman visited South Korea over the weekend for NBC’s upcoming travel show Better Late Than Never, South Korean entertainment company CJ E&M announced on Monday.
Over the next month, the veteran U.S. actors will go backpacking across Asia, making stops at countries including Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. Korea was the second leg of their journey following Japan. Jeff Dye also came on board as the younger guy who does chores for the elderly cast.
Produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Better Late Than Never is the first unscripted Korean format to be adapted by an American broadcaster. The original series by CJ E&M, Grandpas Over Flowers, premiered in 2013 and proved to be popular not only in Korea but other Asian countries, reaching the highest local rating of 12.5 percent.
The show was an unprecedented hit that diversified the demographic range of reality shows, starring veteran actors in their 70s accompanied by a popular young Korean actor. It has since spawned two successful spin-off series, called Sisters over Flowers and Youth over Flowers.
Seo Jang-Ho, head of International Sales and Acquisitions at CJ E&M said: “We are thrilled to welcome those four honorable actors and their filming in Korea. We cannot wait to see how CJ E&M’s originality and creativeness gets adapted into an American version. We’re dedicated to producing content that is attractive to a more global audience.”
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