We Got Married

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We Got Married
Wgmseason1.jpg
We Got Married logo
Genre Variety, Reality
Opening theme Season 1 : "Only You" by Kim Jong Wook
Season 2 :
Season 3:
Ending theme Season 1 : "100% Romantic" by Min Sul
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 4
Production
Executive producer(s) Im Jeong-ah
Producer(s) Jeon Seong-ho
Broadcast
Original channel MBC
Original run 16 March 2008 (2008-03-16)  – present
Chronology
Related shows Hello Baby
Family Outing
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja 우리 했어요
Revised Romanization Uri Gyeolhon Haesseoyo
McCune–Reischauer Uri Kyŏlhon Haessŏyo

We Got Married (Hangul: 우리 결혼했어요) is a South Korean reality variety show, one segment of the Sunday Sunday Night program. First broadcast in 2008, the show pairs up Korean celebrities to show what life would be like if they were married.[1] Each week, couples have assigned missions to complete, with candid interviews of the participants to reveal their thoughts and feelings.

The Hosts[edit]

The pilot episode that aired as a special on New Year's Day was hosted by Lee Hyuk-jae, Hyun Young and Oh Sang-jin. The first season, only Hyuk-jae remained among the original hosts. He was joined by Kim Won-hee, and Lee Hwi-jae for the first 8 episodes until Lee Hwi-jae replaced Jeong Hyeong-don as one of the grooms in episode 9. Kim Won-hee later left to film a movie after episode 12, and Park Myeong-su was then introduced as host in episode 13. After episode 17, Lee Hwi-jae resumed his position as MC, and the latest addition of Kang Soo-jung, now the only female, brings a total of 5 hosts. Lee Hwi-jae officially left the show after Episode 30 in order to make time for other programs. In preparation for its new format in addition to budget cuts, the MCs and live studio recordings were officially dropped after Episode 36.

In Season II, the series consisted of three permanent hosts Park Mi-sun, Jo Hyung-gi and Kim Na-young, and guest commentators from different age groups appearing every few weeks. The studio was replaced by a smaller room with no live audience where the progress of the marriages is discussed. As of episode 78, host Jo Hyung-gi no longer appears on the show. In Episode 80 and 81 where the husbands and wives were separated into two groups, the couples watched the footage along with the hosts in the studio. From episode 100 and above, Im Seulong and Jeong Jinwoon of 2AM become regular commentators along with Park Mi-sun, Kim Jung-min, and Kim Na-young.

In 2013, the hosts are Park Mi-sun, Kim Jung-min, Lee Ji-hye and Danny Ahn.

2008 Lunar New Year Special[edit]

This special pilot episode aired on February 6, 2008. The four arranged couples must prepare dinner with a fixed amount of money.

Couples

Season 1[edit]

With a new format and slightly different couples, newlyweds are given a mission to complete each week. As during the special pilot episode, interviewed participants provide a unique perspective on the ongoing relationship conflicts and developments. All of the recorded material is then played in front of the participants, MCs, and audience who add commentary or clarification.

Beginning with a Lunar New Year's Special in 2009 with three new couples, a new format is introduced into the show, first forecasted through the addition of Kangin and Lee Yoon-ji. Each couple is given a concept to portray; in Kangin and Lee Yoon-ji's case, a college couple living with a limited income. The show now consists of more special effects and editing in order to show each couple in a set atmosphere and theme.

Original couples
Additional couples

Season 2[edit]

New opening promo

As of May 2009, the producers announced another change in the format with all four couples departing, cutting down to just one couple and shortening the show to just 60 minutes. The show will now portray a more realistic side to what a marriage is, instead of "the painted image of marriage based on romance". For the first time, a real couple is cast in the show. Guest celebrities are invited to be show's commentators for each episode so that they can share their opinions on marriage on behalf of their age group. Kim Yong Jun and Hwang Jung-eum also do the interview room together dressed in wedding attire.

However, due to low ratings, the show returned to its old format with the addition of a make-believe couple actor Park Jae-jung and After School member Uee on August 2, 2009. For the Chuseok special, Brown Eyed Girls' Gain & 2AM's Jo Kwon and SG Wannabe's Lee Seok-hun & host Kim Na-young appeared as two new couples. The episode achieved Season II's highest rating, and Gain and Jo Kwon were announced to be a permanent couple.

Original couple
Additional couples

Season 3[edit]

Further information: We Got Married (Season 3)

Season three officially begins on April 9, with two additional couples upon the departure of Yonghwa & Seohyun, as well as a new format. Park Hwi-sun and K.Will are added for Season III to the cast as MCs.

Original couples
Additional couples

Season 4[edit]

Original couples

Additional couples

Controversies[edit]

In 2009, Lee Si-young and Jun Jin were the first couple to officially have a real relationship outside the show. However, they broke up after a 6 month relationship.

In late March 2010, MBC stopped broadcast of new episodes due to labour strikes, with repeats airing instead.[4] This event, compounded with the ROKS Cheonan sinking incident, which caused cancellation of most variety shows at the time, resulted in backlogged of recordings for Jo Kwon & Gain and Yonghwa & Seohyun couple. With the contents of their latest episodes which were recorded from a few months previously, instead of regular 1–2 weeks from the original.

During Lee Joon & Oh Yeon-seo's season 4 tenure (broadcasting from September 2012 through February 2013), Oh Yeon-seo was observed meeting in public with Lee Jang-woo, her male co-star from the drama series, Here Comes Mr. Oh.[5] When pictures and videos were released in January 2013, media and WGM fans surmised Oh Yeon-seo and Lee Jang-woo, formerly of WGM (Season 3), were in a romantic relationship. Because Oh Yeon-seo and Lee Joon were in the midst of filming WGM at the time this news was released, the integrity of their virtual marriage was questioned by fans.[6] The negative reaction was further exacerbated by Oh Yeon-seo's multiple declarations of romantic interest in Lee Joon (e.g. as her "ideal type" and wanting to meet with him outside of filming).[7] This backlash and perceived broken trust resulted in fans voicing their desire for Yeon Seo to exit WGM.[8] Shortly after the rumors of Oh Yeon-seo and Lee Jang-woo's relationship surfaced, Lee Joon publicly expressed his frustration about not having his voice heard, with online fans suggesting it was due to his overbearing workload and/or Oh Yeon-seo's alleged relationship with Lee Jang-woo.[9] A few weeks later, Lee Joon and Oh Yeon-seo ended their tenure on WGM.[10]

Spin-Off[edit]

Pit-a-Pat Shake[edit]

MBC has announced a new show to be based off We Got Married. The emphasis of the show is not on married life but rather dating life. The producer taking charge is the original producer of We Got Married, circa couples Seo In-young and Crown J, and Shin Ae and Alex. The success of the earliest and most memorable couples has given people high hopes for the pilot. A Lunar Year Special will be done as pilot.[11]

The female idols to be in the spin-off, now revealed to be called Pit-a-Pat Shake, are KARA's Seungyeon, After School's Lizzy, SISTAR's Hyorin, and SECRET's Sunhwa.[12] Super Junior's Sungmin, is to be partnered with Hyorin.[13] MBLAQ's Lee Joon was confirmed as Lizzy partner. Actor Lee Tae Sung will pair up with Kara's Han SeungYeon.

Chinese version[edit]

The Chinese version of We Got Married paired Korean and Chinese celebrities. Two out of three pairings were international: T-ara's Hyomin and Super Junior's Kyuhyun. It was produced by MBC to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of South Korea’s diplomatic ties with China. It aired as a Valentine's Day special in China on an entertainment channel of Shanghai Media Group and on MBC on 25 February but with only the Korean segments.[14]

Couples

Global Edition[edit]

A global edition spinoff of the widely popular We Got Married, get to see how the on-screen virtual marriage between idol celebrities from different countries work out through weekly missions and candid interviews. Couples are paired from Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Couples

1st Season

2nd Season

Awards[edit]

  • Kim Hyun-joong and Hwangbo won Best Couple Award at the 2009 MBC Entertainment Awards.
  • Jo Kwon and Gain won Best Couple Award and Best Newcomer in Variety at the 2010 MBC Entertainment Awards.
  • Yonghwa and Seohyun, and Nichkhun and Victoria both won the Popularity Award at the 2010 MBC Entertainment Awards.
  • Kang So-ra and Leeteuk won the Popularity Award at the 2012 MBC Entertainment Awards.

Affiliated works[edit]

  • Alex's rendition of Loveholic's "화분" ("Flowerpot") was released as a digital single on May 6, 2008 and was included on his solo album.
  • Aside from "Too Much", Crown J also featured in "I Like That" on Seo In Young's album. He made a cameo appearance in Jewelry's "모두 다 쉿!" ("Everyone, Shh!") MV.
  • Lee Si-young featured on Jun Jin's 2nd solo album "Fascination" in the track "바보처럼" ("Like A Fool"). She starred in his "Hey Ya!" MV and its sequel "지지리" ("Awfully") by Beige.
  • Kim Yong-jun released a song "커플 (Couple)" featuring Hwang Jung-eum in June 2009.
  • Jo Kwon and Gain released a duet titled "우리 사랑하게 됐어요 (We Fell in Love)" on December 16, 2009.
  • Jo Kwon released "고백하던 날 (The Day I Confessed)", which was partially composed during broadcast, on June 30, 2010.
  • On August 29, 2010, Yonghwa and Seohyun performed a medley of Run Devil Run and Love Light on Incheon Korean Music Wave 2010.
  • Nichkhun & Victoria performed a dance stage for MBC Gayo Daejun 2010.
  • Yonghwa & Seohyun uploaded their song Banmal Song on YouTube on 26 December 2010.
  • Yonghwa & Seohyun performed For First Time Lovers as a duet on "K-POP All Star Live in Niigata" in Niigata, Japan on August 20, 2011.
  • Jang Woo & Eunjung was featured in Zia's MV The Way I Am, and was released on September 29, 2011.
  • Adam, Khuntoria, WooJung, and Dimples couples were MC at 2011 MBC Music Festival (or 2011 MBC Gayo Daejun Festival) on December 31, 2011.
  • Taecyeon & Gui Gui composed "Global We Got Married" first logo song, "I Love You Forever" and was released on June 14, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "한국일보: PD가 말하는 '우리 결혼했어요'의 진실 혹은 거짓" Hankooki News. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-01 (Korean)
  2. ^ "New stars join ‘We Got Married’ show". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hong Jin Young and Nam Goong Min meet for the first time on 'We Got Married'". allkpop. 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "‘우결’ 조권 가인, MBC 파업 중 발리行 가능했던 이유? (We Got Married continues to Bali, Indonesia despite Labor Strike)" Nate News. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-01 (Korean)
  5. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/01/breakingvideo-of-lee-jang-woo-and-oh-yeon-seo-on-alleged-date-surfaces
  6. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/01/viewers-find-it-hard-to-watch-lee-joon-and-oh-yeon-seo-couple-on-we-got-married
  7. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2012/12/02/oh-yeon-seo-proposes-to-lee-joon-for-real/
  8. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/01/some-viewers-demand-oh-yeon-seo-leave-we-got-married
  9. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/01/mblaqs-lee-joon-expresses-his-frustration-on-his-official-fancafe
  10. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/02/lee-joon-and-oh-yeon-seo-say-goodbye-on-we-got-married
  11. ^ MBC, 설특집 ‘우결’ 스핀오프 제작…연애판 '우결' 나온다 (We Got Married Spin-Off)" Naver News. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-01 (Korean)
  12. ^ "한승연·리지·효린·한선화, 우결 연애판 두근두근'출연" [Lizzy, Sunhwa, Hyorin, and Seungyeon confirmed for We Got Married spin-off]. Naver News (in Korean). 6 January 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "우결 스핀오프 두근두근 흔들려 성민-효린 국립극장 촬영 완료 (Hyorin's Pit-a-pat Shake partner revealed to be Super Junior's Sungmin)" Nate News. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-29 (Korean)
  14. ^ "Chinese version of WGM, which stars T-ara’s Hyomin and Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, airs in Korea". Star News. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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