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Hawaii picked as setting for new reality program

By Jeff Chung

LAST UPDATED: 10:20 a.m. HST, Apr 21, 2011

Korea Broadcasting System will be filming a reality show in the islands soon. Hawaii was chosen as the location for "Challenger" because of its historical significance with the first Korean immigrants arriving in 1903, and for its variety of filming locations, such as volcanoes, beaches, mountains, forests and skyscrapers. Participants will go through tests of social, physical and intellectual skills, and one contestant will be eliminated weekly. The broadcast in Korea is scheduled for June.


"Paradise Ranch"
Episodes 11 and 12

Today, 6:45 p.m.: Jin-young goes to the ranch to ask Dong-ju to marry her, but finds Dong-ju and Daji in the middle of a heated argument. She finds out Dong-ju and Daji were once married. Mil-hea comes back to return the money Yun-ho gave her, and Yun-ho asks her to stay. Daji accidentally overhears their conversation.

Today, 7:45 p.m.: Dong-ju and Yun-ho are in the middle of a business meeting when Dong-ju's assistant runs in to tell them Daji's been in an accident. Yun-ho tries to run to her side, but Dong-ju stops him. Daji only suffers a broken arm, but Dong-ju stays by her side helping her.

"Smile, Mom"
Episodes 30 and 31

Tomorrow, 7:45 p.m.: Bomi's past comes back to haunt her when a photograph of her and an ex-boyfriend is delivered to the house. She tells Mo-roo they were just friends, but love letters and ultrasound pictures arrive, too. Mr. Koo announces his engagement to Dallae at a press conference. Yeon-woo tells Shin-yong how he feels about her, but she rejects him.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Dallae starts getting threatening mail telling her to confess to Baek Jang-mi's elevator accident. Mee-so finds out that she doesn't have a cold, but that she's pregnant. Bomi's trying hard to get pregnant, but her chances are looking slim. Dallae wins the best-actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. Mr. Koo wants to announce their wedding at the celebration party.

"49 Days"
Episodes 1 and 2

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Ji-hyun has one week left until her wedding and is working to make the event distinctive. One thing keeps bothering Ji-hyun: Min-ho's close friend Han Kang still hates her although it's been 10 years since they broke up. Ie-gyung visits a crime scene and waits to throw herself at a car. Cars get into a collision because of Ie-gyung, and Ji-hyun ends up crashing into a pole.

Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Ji-hyun comes back to life, and a scheduler tells Ji-hyun three things she needs to keep in mind. The scheduler gives Ji-hyun $49 and an iPhone to contact her. Han Kang is shocked by Ji-hyun's accident. Ie-gyung suddenly appears and asks Han Kang for a job.

"New Tales of Gisaeng"
Episodes 13 and 14

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Eo-san's parents are relieved when Eo-san tells them a fortuneteller said they'd find their granddaughter. Sura's worried his son Damo might be gay, but is relieved to find out he's not, and decides to let him marry any girl he wants. Eo-san's parents remember that one of Ra-ra's friends looked a lot like Grandma and decide to invite her over.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Damo takes Sa-ran to a fancy Chinese restaurant when he hears she's never tried bird's nest soup. Damo brings a tea set from home and makes puerh tea just for Sa-ran. Damo takes Sa-ran's advice and takes his mother out to dinner and persuades her to rebel against his father.

Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. Reach him at 521-8066 or

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