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8.10.2015 Press Video. New Journey To The West team arrives at Incheon Airport in Korea, returning from their 4 nights – 5 days filming trip to Xi’an, China. Na PD looks exhausted and Seunggi looks radiant, per press headline and per usual lol. Na PD said the guys and crew had a great time, as if time really hadn’t passed. Aw. And that ajusshi at 0:50~ finding his way to Seunggi to shake his hand in a job well done and pat him on the back^^
Seunggi seems like he had a great time filming! Ya know, since our guy knows how to enjoy everything he does! Thanks to all the amazing Airens who supported him while he was there. I’m sure Seunggi felt so touched and proud. Plus, gave the rest of us 5 days of fun fanpic/fancam online stalking^^
So this is my first post for New Journey to the West – upcoming variety show, to be webcast on Naver in early September.
Some early thoughts — It will be interesting to see how they roll-out and promote the show, given the webcast format and public context surrounding the members:
Hodong – past tax evasion. He returned to TV but his programs haven’t fared too well. Sugeun – gambling. This is his very first return after leaving the industry. The public reception so far, unfortunately, though hasn’t been too positive. Jiwon – he’s been on a lot of variety programs since 1n2d but some have called out recent/past inappropriate behavior. And there’s his divorce, which is seriously no one else’s business. EVERYONE deserves a second chance, so I hope especially Sugeun finds a good balance of not being too over-the-top, his tendency since 1n2d days.
For Seunggi, as everyone knows, he still enjoys a high degree of public favorability. The main thing some people (and Antis) knock him on is when he will do his military service. That is, despite other actors and entertainers older than him or same age as him, not serving yet. On top of that, the public expects him to serve in the Marines, which is considered the most rigorous of the military service divisions. Again, despite other celebs serving in other units, and some not participating in ‘active duty’ miltary service. Expectations… what to do? I guess, it’s something to be thankful for?^^
Also, as is quite evident now, his public status and image took a bit of a hit, or moreso, became far less idealized by the public after Jan 2014 up through now. But knowing Seunggi – who has a very realistic and disciplined mentality about the K-entertainment industry, just like Airens! – he’ll definitely be A-okay fine^^ Which is why grounding and love/support from parents, family, mentors, close friends is like EVERYTHING. And of course super supportive fans^^
tvN is a notorious promotion machine, sometimes to a fault. They promoted Noonas Over Flowers early on, but that wasn’t too hard since it involved a beloved group of 4 actress noonas and Seunggi. However, given the public sentiment toward some of the NJttW guys, tvN seems to be treading pretty carefully for now.
Through all this, hope Seunggi gets to remain and come out just Seunggi^^ And frankly, all I ask is fair editing of the footage/episodes and related promotions.
Hard to believe we’re a few weeks away! It’s going to be fun!!! Some links for now~~
► Tryp96 – New Journey To The West posts
► [Dramabeans] Na PD’s 1N2D reunion journeys to the west
► Naver Post – tvN homepage
This is where the NJttW spoiler pics commentary were posted.
I’m assuming they’ll post mere here since NJttW will be webcast on Naver.
► New Journey to the West – facebook
► tvN – instagram
► tvN – facebook