Yoo Jae-suk Variety Show On Disney+ Aims To Reverse The Trend

The Zone: Survival Mission, the second Korean original variety show from Walt Disney Co. Korea, will premiere on September 8.

The next series, which also features actors Lee Kwang-soo and Kwon Yuri, a member of the K-pop girl group Girl’s Generation, as well as comedian Yoo Jae-suk, aims to delight with a format uncommon in Korean variety programs.

While many survival shows have adapted escape room-style activities, “The Zone: Survival Mission” follows three celebrities through eight different crisis scenarios over the course of four hours.

From left: Comedian Yoo Jae-suk, singer and actor Kwon Yuri and actor Lee Kwang-soo pose for photo in “The Zone: Survival Mission” (Walt Disney Co. Korea)
From left: Comedian Yoo Jae-suk, singer and actor Kwon Yuri and actor Lee Kwang-soo pose for photo in “The Zone: Survival Mission” (Walt Disney Co. Korea)
In order to develop “Running Man” for SBS from 2010 to 2014 and the Netflix variety show “Busted!” (2018), star TV director Cho Hyo-jin has teamed up with Yoo.

Disney thinks that Lee, a fan favorite and founding member of the “Running Man” cast alongside Yoo, will draw in new viewers. Yoo left the show in June 2021.

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“The Zone: Survival Mission” (Walt Disney Co. Korea)

One variety show, “Outrun by Running Man,” and three original series, “Rookie Cops,” “Grid,” and “Kiss Sixth Sense,” have been made available on Disney+ since it launched in Korea last year. Domestic viewers’ interest in each season has been less intense than anticipated.

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Disney+’s “Outrun by Running Man” fell short of expectations while local streaming services Tving and Netflix established themselves in the South Korean entertainment sector with their respective variety shows, “Girl’s High School Mystery Class” and “Busted!” both of which received renewals for additional seasons.

Many viewers thought “Outrun by Running Man” wasn’t much different from the original, despite the fact that it was developed by one of the original directors of the program, I’m Hyung-taek, and featured several of the cast members, including Jee Seok-jin, Kim Jong-kook, and Haha.

Expectations are high for “The Zone: Survival Mission,” as director Cho and comedian Yoo have collaborated on a number of successful series since 2006, including “X-Man” (2006–2007), “Family Outing” (2008–2010), “Running Man,” and “Busted!”

Although the show is set to debut on September 8, the streaming service informed The Korea Herald that it has not yet been decided whether Disney+ will offer all the episodes or release the show on a weekly basis.

“The Zone: Survival Mission,” an eight-part variety program, is only accessible on Disney+.

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