Better Late Than Never is an American reality-travel show that airs on NBC and is produced by Universal Television (under its Universal Television Alternative name), in association with Storyline Entertainment. The series is an adaptation of the South Korean Grandpas Over Flowers series. The cast includes four "seasoned" North American celebrities William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw, accompanied by younger comedian Jeff Dye, as they travel overseas without luxuries, experiencing new cultures and checking off their bucket lists. The series started productions in August 2015 and premiered August 23, 2016.
On September 22, 2016, NBC renewed the series for a second season, set in various European countries, which premiered on January 1, 2018. A special preview aired on December 11, 2017. On July 16, 2018, the series was cancelled after two seasons.
|Better Late Than Never|
|Based on||Grandpas Over Flowers|
by Na Young-seok
|Directed by||Troy Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||12 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Phuket, Chiang Mai|
|Running time||43–45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Storyline Entertainment|
Small World International Format Television
Universal Television Alternative
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||August 23, 2016 –|
February 5, 2018
|Related shows||Grandpas Over Flowers, South Korea|
In late 2014, NBC bought the remake rights for the South Korean series Grandpas Over Flowers from CJ E&M. The original show was one of the first successful programs for cable tvN and had two spin-off shows. It premiered in 2013, reached a high local rating of 12.5 percent, and became popular in other Asian countries, with the combination of veteran actors in their seventies and a popular young actor attracting a wide demographic range of viewers for a reality show.
The show is being produced by cast member Winkler, along with Jason Ehrlich, producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Tim Crescenti, of I Survived a Japanese Game Show and Storyline Entertainment's two producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, of The Bucket List.
Plans for the series were announced in June 2015. Productions started in Japan in August, and on August 12, 2015, the cast was interviewed by comedian Bibiru Ōki on Japan's Nippon TV talk show PON!, and filmed for the NBC show with the Japanese cast. Also in August, the cast visited South Korea, arriving in Seoul on August 20 for a three-day trip, including a visit to COEX for filming with cameo guests, K-pop girl group Girls' Generation, and trips to Hwaseong Fortress, Caribbean Bay, Itaewon, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone
According to NBC, the five cast members will rely on each other for support and encouragement and demonstrate that friendship is the ultimate gift. While filming the show in Southeast Asia, Shatner, the oldest cast member at age 84, became interested in Buddhism and meditation after spending time with a Buddhist monk. He said, "The disaster of death is encroaching so I’m more and more aware of how beautiful it is to be alive."
The cast includes actor, producer, writer and director Henry Winkler, best known for his character The Fonz from the series Happy Days; actor, director and writer William Shatner who starred as, among other roles, Capt. James T. Kirk in Star Trek; four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and current football broadcaster Terry Bradshaw; and former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman. Like the original show, the older cast will be accompanied by a younger cast member, comedian Jeff Dye, from NBC's Last Comic Standing, who will take on the equivalent role as Lee Seo-jin’s, as "bag carrier and human navigator."
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||4||August 23, 2016||September 13, 2016|
|2||8||December 11, 2017||February 5, 2018|
|Title||Original air date||Prod.
|1||1||"Welcome to Tokyo"||August 23, 2016||101||7.35|
|2||2||"Kyoto and Hong Kong: Less Talky, More Sake"||August 30, 2016||102||7.33|
|3||3||"Seoul Brothers"||September 6, 2016||103||6.91|
|4||4||"A Thai Goodbye"||September 13, 2016||104||7.64|
|Title||Original air date||Prod.
|5||1||"Munich"||December 11, 2017||201||5.47|
|6||2||"Sweden: I'm a Viking!"||January 1, 2018||202||4.31|
|7||3||"Lithuania: I'm King of the Castle!"||January 1, 2018||203||4.10|
|8||4||"Berlin: How Do You Say Roots in German?"||January 8, 2018||204||4.14|
|9||5||"Barcelona: If Terry's Not Naked, Who Is?"||January 15, 2018||205||5.53|
|10||6||"Madrid: Matador Training"||January 22, 2018||206||4.92|
|11||7||"Moroccan Wishes and Camel Dreams"||January 29, 2018||207||4.78|
|12||8||"To the Sahara and Back"||February 5, 2018||208||5.31|
This is the first time a South Korean local variety program was adapted by a North American national broadcast network. During production time, the show's sponsors, Korea Tourism Organization, anticipated the advertising effect of the airing of the Korea episode on NBC prime time to amount to as much as 11 billion won ($9.2 million dollars).
Better Late Than Never may refer to:
Jeffrey Dye is an American stand-up comedian & actor.Jonas Čepulis
Jonas Čepulis (11 August 1939 – 28 May 2015) was a Lithuanian amateur heavyweight boxer who won a silver medal at the 1968 Olympics. He won his first three bouts by technical knockout (TKO), and lost in the finals by TKO to the eventual gold medalist and future professional world champion George Foreman.Čepulis never won a Soviet title, placing second-third in 1965–66 and 1968 and therefore was not selected for the world and European championships. He won Lithuanian titles in 1963–1964, 1966–1967 and 1969–1970 and retired in 1970 with a record of 203 wins out of 230 bouts. He later worked at a Pergalės factory in Kaunas.In episode 3 of season two of Better Late Than Never (TV series) the family of Čepulis has a reunion with George Foreman.