‘New Journey to the West’ season 2 premiers online
Jullie Jung, April 19, 2016, 10:23 a.m.
Cable network tvN’s Web variety show “New Journey to the West” second season premiered Tuesday at 10 a.m. Cohosted by comedians Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-keun and Eun Ji-won and model-turned-actor Ahn Jae-hyun, the show revolving around their trip to China will be available through Naver TV Cast.
Naver TV Cast, which also aired the first season, is an online video streaming service by local search engine provider Naver. Ahn replaces actor Lee Seung-gi, who enlisted in the military February after filming for the first season ended. Lee reportedly recommended Ahn to production staff of the second season. They costarred in SBS action TV series “You’re All Surrounded.”
“The production team thought finding another Lee Seung-gi was virtually impossible,” said Na Young-suk, director of the show. “We rather wanted someone fresh. Then we interviewed Ahn (after Lee talked about him), and we liked his personality.”
The second season is not a Web-exclusive, in contrast to the first season. It is set to be aired on the small screen through tvN on Thursdays at 9:45 p.m.