The show, which was created by the Sex and the City creator and stars Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, is the latest high-profile U.S. show to be remade on the continent after How I Met Your Mother scored a remake deal in China and Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing was picked up to remake in India. It comes during the week of the Asia Television Forum in Singapore.
The comedy drama, which is based on a book by Pamela Redmon Satran, tells the story of a recently divorced 40-year old mother, who is forced to get a job after her ex-husband gambled away her money. She lands a job in publishing, but has to start at the bottom, and is forced to keep her age a secret from those who work with her and potential paramours.
Season five premiered in the U.S. on TV Land on June 5 with the sixth season set to move to the Paramount Network.
The deal marks Endemol Shine International’s first scripted adaptation deal in Korea. The distribution arm of the superindie distributes the show, which is produced by TV Land in association with Darren Star Productions and Jax Media, outside of the U.S. and is one of its most popular third-party acquisitions, selling into 160 countries.
It will be adapted into 16 episodes by the Korean company, which is also known as Dramahouse, and the deal was negotiated by Endemol Shine International’s Senior Sales Director – Asia, Daryl Kho and Head of Acquisitions Simon Cox.
Dramahouse’s Joonsuh Park said, “We are very thrilled for this chance to recreate Younger for the Korean audience. Its strong characters and structure are great foundation to build and expand upon and will appeal to the local audience, as well as worldwide. The show’s universality – regarding women in workplace, friendships, work ethics, the issue of age in love – was a great source of inspiration and we hope it will add to the library of JTBC’s successful dramas.”
Cathy Payne, Chief Executive of distributor Endemol Shine International added, “The US version of Younger is extremely watchable and has drawn a loyal audience and we expect the Korean adaptation will be equally popular. The light-hearted comedy is ideally suited to JTBC’s audience and we are delighted to be working with them on our first scripted format adaptation in Korea.”