Upcoming Variety Shows: May 2017

*Note: I’ll be updating this post throughout the month as I find information for new shows. 

SECRET VARIETY INSTITUTE  (비밀 예능 연수원)

Broadcast Date: Friday May 5, 2017 @ 6:20 PM (two episode pilot)

Broadcast Channel: MBC

MCs: Noh Hong-chul, Haha

Cast: Lee Guk-joo, Solbi, Jung Jin-woon, Song Min-ho, Lee Soo-hyun, Lee Chan-hyuk, Yook Sung-jae, Lee Chang-seob, PO, Yoon Bomi, Hani, Yerin, Ha Dong-geun, and Cha Eun-woo

Producer: PD Lee Ji-hyeon

Synopsis: Popular idols enroll in a training institute to receive lessons in variety show skills such as games, talk, dance, etc.

SUDDENLY A MILLIONAIRE  (어느날 갑자기 백만원)

Broadcast Date: Thursday May 11, 2017 @ 8:20 PM

Broadcast Channel: O’live

MCs: Kim Gura, Hani (EXID), Yoon Jung-soo, and Byeon Woo-seok

Producer: PD Park Joo-mi

Synopsis: A reality show that follows the question, “What would you do if you had 1,000,000 won?” The MCs will play the role of money lenders to celebrity guests and then observe how they spend the money.

OUR LIFE SCHOOL (우리들의 인생학교)

Broadcast Date: Saturday May 13, 2017 @ 11 PM

Broadcast Channel: tvN

Cast: Kim Yong-man, Jeong Jun-ha, Ahn Jung-hwan, Jeon Hye-bin, Lee Hong-ki, and Kwak Dong-yeon

Producer: PD Son Chang-woo

Synopsis: In each episode, a teacher visits the cast members in a unique classroom and takes them on a field trip to learn about things they didn’t get a chance to learn about in school. A lecture + real variety show.

CHANGE OUR CLASS (수업을 바꿔라)

Broadcast Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 8:20 PM

Broadcast Channel: tvN

MCs: Kim Seong-joo and Lee Juck

Producer: PD Moon Tae-joo

Synopsis: A program where the cast try to change the curriculm of Korean classrooms after observing schools abroad. The first episode will focus on education in Northern Europe where Lee Juck travels to Finland, Denmark, and Sweden.

OPPA’S THOUGHTS (오빠생각)

Broadcast Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Broadcast Channel: MBC

Cast: Tak Jae-hoon, Lee Sang-min, Yoo Se-yoon, Solbi, Lee Kyu-han, Heo Kyung-hwan, Lee Mal-nyeon, Lee Sang-joon, Kangnam

Synopsis: The cast creates promotional clips for celebrity guests.

MY DAUGHTERS’ MEN: DAD IS WATCHING (내 딸의 남자들 : 아빠가 보고 있다)

Broadcast Date: Saturday May 20, 2017

Broadcast Channel: E Channel

MCs: Shin Hyun-joon, Lee Soo-geun, Lizzy

Cast: Kim Tae-won, Choi Young-rak, Ahn Ji-hwan, Jeong Sung-mo + daugheters

Synopsis: Fathers watch their daughters date. Kind of like “My Ugly Duckling” with reversed genders. 

ISLAND TRIO (섬총사)

Broadcast Date: Monday May 22, 2017 @ 9:40 PM

Broadcast Channel: tvN, O’live

Cast: Kang Ho-dong, Kim Hee-sun, Jung Yong-hwa

Producer: PD Park Sang-hyuk

Synopsis: A reality show where the cast lives like locals on various islands.

DJ SHOW TRIANGLE (DJ쇼 트라이앵글)

Broadcast Date: Sunday May 28, 2017

Broadcast Channel: SBS

MCs: Kim Yoona (Jaurim), Park Jin-young,

Cast: Brave Brother, Rhymer, Yoon Il-sang, Day Walker, Park Dal-rak, Shaun, Smasher, InsideCore, Joon Koko, Conan, Goosebumps, etc

Producer: Lee Kwang-ho

Synopsis: Various artists try their hand at EDM.

ALL BROADCASTS IN THE WORLD (세상의 모든 방송)

Broadcast Date: Sunday May 28, 2017

Broadcast Channel: MBC

Cast: Song-hae, Lee Sang-byuk, Heo Cham, Lim Baek-chun, Park Myung-soo, Nam Hee-seok, Park Soo-hong, Kim Soo-yong, Sleepy, Henry, Go Young-bae

Synopsis: A show that talks about tv shows.

TRUTH SCIENTISTS (밝히는 과학자들)

Broadcast Date: Monday May 29, 2017 @ 8:30 PM (ten episodes)

Broadcast Channel: XTM, tvN

Cast: Seo Jang-hoon, Won Jong-woo, Lee Jung-mo, Kim Bum-joon, Lee Jong-pil, Han Jae-kwon

Synopsis: A talk show that fact checks hot social issues like the recent presidential election and fine dust pollution issue.
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