New Journey to the West

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New Journey to The West
New Journey to the West Official Poster.jpg
Official poster for New Journey to the West
Genre Variety show
Written by Lee Woo-jung
Choi Jae-young
Directed by Na Young-seok
Shin Hyo-jung
Starring Kang Ho-dong
Eun Ji-won
Lee Su-geun
Lee Seung-gi (season 1)
Ahn Jae-hyun (season 2-4)
Kyuhyun (season 3-4)
Mino (season 3-4)
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 4
Production
Location(s) Xian, China (season 1)
Chengdu, China (season 2)
Lijiang, China (season 2)
Guilin, China (season 3)
Xiamen, China (season 3)
Sapa, Vietnam (season 4)
Running time 5-10 minutes each video, 5 videos every release on Friday at 10:00 (KST) (season 1)
Release
Original network tvNgo broadcast via Naver TVCast (season 1~2)
tvN (season 2~3)
Original release September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04) – August 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)
External links
Website

New Journey to The West (Hangul신서유기; RRSinseoyugi) is a South Korean travel-reality show that has been broadcast online via Naver TVCast from September 4, 2015. This is the first project from “tvN Go,” a digital-content brand from cable channel tvN.

The show re-unites 2 Days & 1 Night Season 1 members Lee Seung-gi, Kang Ho-dong, Eun Ji-won, and Lee Su-geun. The four members each take one of the characters from the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West” as they go on a 5-days and 4 night backpacking trip through Xian, China, to play various games.

Cast and Characters

Cast

- New Journey to the West 5 (신서유기 5) - Airs September 2018

Characters

Story Plot

Lee Seung Gi plays Tang Sanzang (a Buddhist monk in the novel) who leads and worries constantly about the monsters hyungs (his co-cast members) who don’t listen to him. Lee Soo Geun plays Sun Wukong a monkey character with the greatest sin, Eun Ji Won plays Sha Wujing (a celestial being) who is either immature or genius villain, and Kang Ho Dong plays Zhu Bajie (a pig character) with low brain power but great strength and appetite.[1] Together, they take a journey to the west (Xi'an, China) while completing various mission to find seven dragon balls which can grant wishes for those who can collect them.

Na Young Suk PD expressed, “The four are too familiar with each other, and they know what each other is thinking just from looking at each other’s eyes. Everyone had a great and fun time during the 5 days four nights trip. We are working hard on the post-production at the moment, so that the viewers can experience the fun that we all had.”[2]

Production

This show reunite four cast members of the golden age of KBS '1 Night 2 Days'. On July 16, tvN announced that Na Young Seok PD will show a new form of variety program in fall through internet contents called "New Journey to The West". The production crew stated, "We invested [in the show] as a new format that will broadcast on the internet instead of TV. Right now, we are considering recruiting Lee Soo Geun, and Eun Ji Won in addition to Kang Ho Dong and Lee Seung Gi. There will be no more additions after four members are confirmed."[3][4][5]

A CJ E&M official told Sports Chosun on July 23, ‘New Journey to the West’ is holding the first meeting of the members.[6] On August 5, a source involved in broadcasting said that Lee Seung Gi, Kang Ho Dong, Lee Soo Geun, Eun Ji Won, and Na Young Suk leave for China on August 6 to begin filming.[7] Which later revealed that they heading to XiAn, a City in China, for 5 days filming.[8][9]

tvN announced on August 18 that "New Journey to the West" will be released exclusively through PC & mobile Naver TVCast in early September.[10] It marked this show as the first South Korean variety show created by a TV network, tvN, to be broadcast exclusively online.[11]

New Journey to the West production crew and members make their first official appearance through a press conference held at 63 Convention Center on the afternoon of September 1.[12] The press conference go live on Tuesday at 2 p.m. on Naver and V app at the same time.[13]

The show also streamed exclusively on Tencent's QQ.com in China, simultaneously with its run on South Korean portal website Naver. Seo Jang-Ho, the head of international sales and acquisitions at CJ E&M, said, "We are excited to introduce New Journey to the West to Chinese viewers through Tencent, one of the largest online platforms in the country. As the show is CJ E&M’s highly anticipated digital content of the year, we hope for its successful reception in China.”[14][15]

In the show press conference, Director Na said that there was no step-by-step casting process. "It all just happened very naturally when Lee Seung-gi mentioned going on a trip with the old members over a casual dinner," Na explained. “We then talked about filming it, but because it would lack completeness as a TV show, we decided to use the Internet platform.”[16] Na stated that they wanted to make a program that is new in every ways, including genre and format. Providing busy businessmen and students with short break in the midst of their hectic daily routines. The concept about five new clips at once time release, with each clip to be about ten minutes long, make those who can't afford the time to watch all of the clips in order can just randomly pick whatever looks good for them.[17]

Episodes

Season 1

Season 1

Destinations

Xian, China

Roles
Role Member
Zhu Bajie Kang Hodong
Monk Xuan Zhang Lee Seunggi
Sun Wukong Lee Soogeun
Sha Wujin Eun Jiwon
Release Date Episode Title
September 4, 2015 1 The Beginning of a Legend
September 4, 2015 2 Find the Monkey King, the greatest sinner
September 4, 2015 3 New Journey to the West Game Instruction Manual
September 4, 2015 4 Good Things to Know Before the Race
September 4, 2015 5 Finally China! Monk Tang Sanzang Race - part 1
September 11, 2015 6 The winner is Lee Seung Gi anyway! Monk Tang Sanzang Race Part 2
September 11, 2015 7 Ho Dong does it too, part 1! Kang Ho Dong’s first ever errand
September 11, 2015 8 The Birth of Zhu Bajie
September 11, 2015 9 First Dragon Ball Mission! What happened at DeFaChang?!
September 11, 2015 10 Sleeping together after 5 years! Monsters’ First Night
September 18, 2015 11 Xi'an City Wall tour
September 18, 2015 12 Exploring The Terracotta Army
September 18, 2015 13 Second Dragon Ball Mission
September 18, 2015 14 A Trembling night with the massager!
September 18, 2015 15 Who's responsible for the missing shoes?!
September 22, 2015 11-1 (Special) Time limit is 30 minutes! Dragon Ball Individual Mission!
September 25, 2015 16 Culprit finally revealed! And breakfast at opposite extremes!
September 25, 2015 17 Relay Individual Mission! HoDong’s desperate struggle with ATM machine!
September 25, 2015 18 Extraordinary Mission! Look for KyungMo PD!
September 25, 2015 19 Guess it right to eat! Who is this person?
September 29, 2015 Chuseok Special Home Cooking Monk Lee
October 2, 2015 20 Night of Wishes! Crazy Guy Eun Ji Won’s Wish is?
October 2, 2015 21 Final Mission! Fate Up to HoDong!
October 2, 2015 22 It’s All Over But Let’s Still Do One Quiz
October 2, 2015 Final Epilogue Made to Not Waste What Was Filmed (End)
Season 2

Season 2

Destinations

Chengdu / Lijiang, China

Roles
Role 1st part Member 2nd part Member
Zhu Bajie Kang Hodong Ahn Jaehyun
Monk Xuan Zhang Lee Soogeun Ahn Jaehyun > Eun Jiwon
Sun Wukong Eun Jiwon Kang Hodong
Sha Wujing Ahn Jaehyun Lee Soogeun
Release Date Episode
April 22, 2016 1
April 29, 2016 2
May 6, 2016 3
May 13, 2016 4
May 20, 2016 5
May 27, 2016 6
June 3, 2016 7
June 10, 2016 8
June 17, 2016 9
Season 2.5

Season 2.5

Season 2.5 consisted of 7 episode internet exclusive clips familiarizing the 2 new cast members, Cho Kyuhyun and Song Minho to the show among other things.

It aired on Naver TVCast between January 5 and 6.

Season 3

Season 3

Destinations

Guilin / Xiamen, China

Roles
Role 1st part Member 2nd part Member
*new* Master Roshi Lee Soogeun Ahn Jaehyun
*new* Bulma Eun Jiwon Song Minho
Zhu Bajie Kang Hodong Cho Kyuhyun
Monk Xuan Zhang Ahn Jaehyun Eun Jiwon
Sun Wukong Cho Kyuhyun Kang Hodong
Sha Wujin Song Minho Lee Soogeun
Release Date Episode
January 1, 2017 1
January 15, 2017 2
January 22, 2017 3
January 29, 2017 4
February 5, 2017 5
February 12, 2017 6
February 19, 2017 7
February 26, 2017 8
March 5, 2017 9
March 12, 2017 10
Season 4

Season 4

Destinations

Hanoi / Cat Ba /Hai Phong / Sa Pa, Vietnam

Roles
Role 1st part Member 2nd part member
*new* Piccolo Lee Soogeun Lee Soogeun > Song Minho
*new* Krillin Song Minho Song Minho > Lee Soogeun
Zhu Bajie Kang Hodong Cho Kyuhyun
Monk Xuan Zhang Ahn Jaehyun Ahn Jaehyun
Sun Wukong Eun Jiwon Kang Hodong
Sha Wujin Cho Kyuhyun Eun Jiwon
Release Date Episode Recap
June 13, 2017 1 Arriving in Hanoi, Vietnam.
June 20, 2017 2 Arrival at the Army Hotel and Dragon Ball Games
June 27, 2017 3 Let's go to Cat Ba Island
July 4, 2017 4 Cat Ba Island: Cone Game and Guess Who Quiz
July 11, 2017 5 The city of water- Hai Phong and The first Worlds' Best Martial Arts Competition
July 18, 2017 6 Part 1 Ending, Dragon Ball Game
July 25, 2017 7 Part 2 Beginning, Murder mystery train to Sa Pa, Vietnam
August 1, 2017 8
August 8, 2017 9
August 15, 2017 10 Part 2 Ending, Individual Dragon Ball Game
August 22, 2017 11 Director's Cut

Ratings

Season 2

Episode # Broadcast Date AGB Ratings [18]
1 April 22, 2016 2.7%
2 April 29, 2016 2.6%
3 May 6, 2016 2.7%
4 May 13, 2016 5.0%
5 May 20, 2016 3.6%
6 May 27, 2016 3.4%
7 June 3, 2016 2.8%
8 June 10, 2016 3.6%
9 June 17, 2016 3.8%
Average 3.36%

Season 3

Episode # Broadcast Date AGB Ratings [18] TNMS Ratings [19]
1 January 8, 2017 3.6% 3.8%
2 January 15, 2017 3.5% 3.6%
3 January 22, 2017 3.6% 3.9%
4 January 29, 2017 3.1% 3.3%
5 February 5, 2017 3.5% 3.4%
6 February 12, 2017 3.1% 3.8%
7 February 19, 2017 3.5% 4.8%
8 February 26, 2017 3.7% 4.2%
9 March 5, 2017 3.4% 4.1%
10 March 12, 2017 2.8% 3.7%
Average 3.38% 3.86%

Season 4

Episode # Broadcast Date AGB Ratings [18] TNMS
Ratings [20]
Nationwide Seoul
1 June 13, 2017 3.299% 3.194% 5.3%
2 June 20, 2017 2.766% 2.354% 3.6%
3 June 27, 2017 3.534% 3.526% 4.5%
4 July 4, 2017 3.762% 3.828% 4.8%
5 July 11, 2017 3.244% 3.258% 4.0%
6 July 18, 2017 4.329% 4.605% 5.9%
7 July 25, 2017 3.474% 3.106% 5.5%
8 August 1, 2017 4.423% 4.430% 6.3%
9 August 8, 2017 4.624% 4.461% 5.9%
10 August 15, 2017 5.119% 5.164% 5.9%
11 August 22, 2017 3.921% 3.789% 5.2%
Average 3.863% 3.792% 5.17%

Reception

In a survey done prior to the program’s airing, 62.5 percent of the recipients knew about the new program, while 76.9 percent indicated that they would watch the program.[21] The first trailer of the show which was revealed on August 25 via Naver TVCast exceeded more than 1 million view in less than 24 hours and became a hot topic among netizen.[22]

The first five episodes, each spanning between five and ten minutes, were uploaded at 10 a.m. Five hours after it release, more than 50,000 people had subscribed to the channel on Naver's video streaming website TVCast, where the show is broadcast. The first episode has been viewed more than 700,000 times, with the five together recording a combined 2 million views. After 12 hours after release, the five episodes almost hit 5 Million views.[23]

It has received positive response from the public. The show’s network tvN revealed that the first five episodes, released through Naver TV Cast recorded 6.1 million hits on the first day of its release. If the trailer and the video unveiled in production presentation are also included, the number adds up to 11.5 million views as of the morning of September 5.[24] In 3 days after its release, the first five episodes hit 8.7 million views and reach 14.4 million views altogether (including views for press conference and trailer clips ).[25]

On September 8, 'New Journey the West' has accumulated 15 million views on Naver TV Cast since its release. In the day of the second five episodes release, September 11, the Show already attracted more than 20 million combined views online with its trailer and first episode.It made "New Journey to the West" as the first online broadcast to reach the break-even point with only advertising revenues in South Korea. Executive of CJ E&M stated “We are likely to reap the profits earlier-than-expected thanks to a surge in viewers. Online broadcast is emerging as a new cash cow with TV ad revenues declining.”[26][27]

It also receive good response in China. On September 5, 'New Journey to the West' first on QQ video real time chart, and fourth in overall QQ vidoes site. On September 7, the first 5 episodes of this show already got more than 10 million views on QQ Video in China. The Second 5 episodes (episode 6-10) which released in following week, got 10 million just 2 days after its release.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016
tvN10 Awards
Best Content Award, Variety New Journey to the West Won
Variety Icon Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun,
Eun Ji-won and Ahn Jae-hyun
Nominated

References

  1. ^ "“New Journey to the West” Trailer Revealed" "Soompi" . 25 August 2015
  2. ^ "‘New Journey To The West’ drops first teaser" "Kpopfigting" . 25 August 2015
  3. ^ "Lee Seung Gi and Kang Ho Dong to reunite in Na Young Suk PD's new variety show!" "Allkpop" . 16 July 2015
  4. ^ "Lee Seung Gi Confirmed to Join Kang Ho Dong and PD Na Young Suk in New Variety Show" "Soompi" . 16 July 2015
  5. ^ "Kang Ho Dong & Lee Seung Gi coming up with a new variety program" "StarN" . 16 July 2015
  6. ^ "CJ E&M측 "'신서유기' 멤버 오늘 사적인 회동, 촬영은 안해"" "Sprorts Chosun" . 23 July 2015
  7. ^ "Lee Seung Gi, Kang Ho Dong, Lee Soo Geun and Eun Ji Won Head to China to Film New Show" "Soompi" . 5 August 2015
  8. ^ "The cast of upcoming variety show 'New Journey to the West', Lee Seung Gi, Kang Ho Dong, Eun Ji Won and Lee Soo Geun head to China for filming" "Allkpop" . 6 August 2015
  9. ^ "Kang Ho-dong, Lee Seung-gi to shoot new show in China" "KoreanTimes" . 6 August 2015
  10. ^ "'신서유기', 네이버 TV캐스트서 단독 공개…여행+게임쇼 접목 '기대↑'" "StarN" . 18 August 2015
  11. ^ "South Korean Variety Show ‘New Journey to The West’ Off to a Strong Start" "koogle.tv" . 4 September 2015
  12. ^ "'신서유기' 팀, 첫 공식석상 확정…1일 제작발표회 개최" "OSEN" . 25 August 2015
  13. ^ "[V Report Plus] ‘New Journey to the West’ to go live on Tuesday" "KpopHerald" . 30 August 2015
  14. ^ "'New Journey to the West' to be shown on Chinese portal" "KoreaTimes" . 31 August 2015
  15. ^ "CJ E&M Reality Show to Stream on Tencent in China" "Wordscreen" . 31 August 2015
  16. ^ "Exploring a new frontier in content" "Koea JoongAng Daily" . 3 September 2015
  17. ^ "Kang Ho Dong & Lee Seung Gi coming up with new variety program 'New Journey To The West'" "StarN" . 3 September 2015
  18. ^ a b c https://search.naver.com/search.naver?where=nexearch&sm=tab_jum&ie=utf8&query=%EC%8B%A0%EC%84%9C%EC%9C%A0%EA%B8%B0
  19. ^ http://m.entertain.naver.com/tvBrand/4140385#storyCard
  20. ^ http://m.entertain.naver.com/tvBrand/5524511#storyCard
  21. ^ "‘New Journey To The West’ variety program is already drawing much popularity prior to airing" "KpopFighting" . 18 August 2015
  22. ^ "'New Journey To The West' reveals official poster featuring the main cast" "dkpopnews" . 26 August 2015
  23. ^ "'New Journey to the West' off to strong start" "Kpopherald" . 4 September 2015
  24. ^ "‘New Journey’ hits 6.1M viewers" "Korea JongAng Daily" . 7 September 2015
  25. ^ "[TV톡톡]'신서유기' 전.성.시.대! 공개 3일만에 870만 뷰…누적 1440만" "OSEN" . 7 September 2015
  26. ^ "‘New Journey to the West’ paves way for Web entertainment" "Kpopherald" . 9 September 2015
  27. ^ "'New Journey to the West’ exceeds 20 million views" KpopHerald . 13 September 2015

External links

  • Official website (in Korean)
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