Korea Branching Into the U.S. Industry

South Korea’s culture has been spreading into the U.S. ever since Kpop has become a worldwide sensation with groups like BTS, Blackpink, and others gaining recognition. But, that has also led to an opening for other South Korean entertainment to branch into the U.S. as well.

This mainly began when Fox Broadcasting Company revealed they got the rights to remake the Korean reality show “The Masked Singer.” “The Masked Singer” is a competition where a group of celebrities compete with each other showing off their singing abilities, but also disguising themselves with full body costumes and a panel of judges trying to guess who is the celebrity behind the mask.

Ever since the U.S. remake was first broadcast early last year, the show has been a huge success to American viewers as they try to figure out which celebrity is behind the disguise. The creative concept is what makes the show more interesting than most other competition shows.

With the success of “The Masked Singer,” another Korean show has been remade in the U.S. called “I Can See Your Voice,” which aired late this September. The show is about six contestants that are only identified by their occupation, and the contestants–which are celebrity singers or musicians–need to figure out which ones are the good and bad singers. If they figure out the bad singer in each round they win $10,000, until the final round where they decide whether to keep the money they received from previous rounds or get a chance to win $100,000.

Not only are Korean competition shows being remade, but Netflix has also been producing their own original Korean dramas (also known as Kdramas). They have been capturing the attention of audiences in the U.S. and throughout the world, with their most notable Kdramas, like “Crash Landing on You,” “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,” and many more that people have been raving about. 

With many Korean shows being remade and Kdramas being produced in the U.S., it reveals the influence Korea is having in the entertainment industry.