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Netflix reveals Korean unscripted slate

February 10, 2023

By Nik Roseveare

This year, Netflix has announced it will release at least eight Korean unscripted titles, double that of 2022.

“We’re excited to provide a sneak peek into our growing unscripted slate. The lineup includes a rich variety of themes such as dating, physical endurance, mind games and zombies, and members will be able to enjoy a new unscripted show either monthly or bimonthly,” commented Joe Cho from Netfix Communications.

Firtely, Netflix is bringing back dating reality show Single’s Inferno for a third season, with changes in rules and location to further spice up the romantic roulettes.

“When we received the proposal for Single’s Inferno at the end of 2020, there weren’t many dating programmes in Korea. We set out to close the gap locally and ended up winning fans globally. The first season became the first Korean unscripted show to debut on the Global Top 10 Non-English TV list. Following suit this year, Season 2 featured in the Global Top 10 for four weeks, and pulled in even higher viewing hours. One of the unique characteristics of our unscripted shows is that, unlike TV broadcasters that air an episode each week, the production of our entire season is complete before the drop. This enables us to deliver higher quality and provide localised subtitles, as well as dubbing in some countries, so that viewers in over 190 countries can enjoy the show at the same time,” said Cho.

“The extremely grueling Physical: 100 is currently #2 in our Global Top 10 Non-English TV series, and is featured in the Top 10 in 62 countries worldwide. We are just two weeks from finding out the winner. Following that, we’ll have Siren: Survive the Island, where teams of Korea’s fittest women with different backgrounds (occupation) fight to survive on an uninhabited island,” continued Cho,

New titles include Nineteen to Twenty – a new style of reality show that aims to evoke romantic memories of youth; The Devil’s Plan, from Jeong Jong-yeon, who pioneered Korea’s survival shows based on mind games; and Zombieverse (pictured), where contestants are fighting for survival as Seoul comes under a zombie attack.

“We’ll also be launching our first unscripted mid-form show. With a short running time of half an hour, as well as an incredibly short production time of three months, we will be able to present timely and relevant topics to our members. We’re committed to creating must-watch entertainment for a variety of audiences in Korea and around the world, and we’re thrilled to see our growing lineup of unscripted titles find new fans everywhere,” concluded Cho.

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