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Posted by ean1994 Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Where is the creativity in variety programs these days?

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Isn't it perplexing when you find yourself in a situation where, despite an abundance of shows available, there's seemingly nothing appealing to watch? This sentiment has become particularly prominent concerning Korean variety programs lately. With the genre itself being dubbed "variety," one naturally expects a rich variety of content, ranging from innovative concepts to engaging mini-games, offering fresh entertainment with each episode. However, a closer look at the recent lineup of variety shows reveals a different story.


Despite the inherent promise of diversity and originality in variety programming, many of the latest offerings seem to lack the spark that once made them compelling. This could be attributed to several factors. For starters, there seems to be an over-reliance on recycled formats and ideas. While familiarity can be comforting, too much of it can make the content feel stale and predictable, robbing it of the excitement and unpredictability that are the hallmarks of great variety shows.

Many shows have morphed into mere talk shows, focusing on interviewing guests with little else to offer. Shows like "Running Man" have strayed from their original fun-filled games to more complex, mind-based challenges with intricate rules.

Disappointment also surrounds Na PD's "Nana Tour" featuring SEVENTEEN, as viewers express frustration over repetitive gameplay, craving creativity and innovation.

In years past, variety shows like "X-Man" and "Love Letter" offered unique twists and concepts, maintaining viewer interest with their innovative games and formats. Shows such as "Star Golden Bell" and "Banjun Dramas" not only entertained but also visibly enjoyed by their guests.

"Infinity Challenge" once brought fresh challenges and missions weekly. So, we're left wondering, where did all the fun go?

Moreover, where has all the creativity vanished? It seems as though every program now mimics another. Following the success of "How Do You Play" and "You Quiz on the Block," a flood of similar concepts emerged. "Jessi's Showterview" gained international acclaim, yet now nearly every celebrity seems to host a similar show.

There were times when shows like "We Got Married," "Manwon Happiness," and Park Kyung Lim's early morning surprises at SS501's dorm pushed the boundaries of what was considered possible on variety television. It's disheartening to see a lack of such innovative programming today.

However, the challenge of innovating within the constraints of the variety genre cannot be understated. Creating content that is both fresh and engaging, while still fitting within the variety show format, is no small feat. This balancing act between innovation and adherence to the genre's expectations is crucial for keeping the audience engaged and interested.

The very nature of variety shows allows for endless possibilities in content creation. With the right mix of creativity, chemistry, and originality, the next wave of programs has the potential to reignite viewers' passion for the genre. 

But what do you think? Are you enjoying the current variety shows, or do you also feel they've become too monotonous? If given the chance, what kind of variety program would you create?

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Doxa
Doxa8,071 pts Wednesday, February 14, 2024 1
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The reason is, toxic fans are ready to "murder" hosts and co-stars of their favourite idols or actors, when boundaries that will make variety shows fun are pushed. Hence, these shows have become boring and repetitive because show producers are walking on eggshells around these actors and idols.

It's sad, but true.

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Shawolb2tyyell
Shawolb2tyyell1,364 pts Wednesday, February 14, 2024 1
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Agreed variety shows have become boring. Need more ideas...and also maybe newer people.

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