Hooray, Three Meals a Day is coming back! Na Young-seok PD has announced that he will again be helming the fourth season of this outdoor cooking variety program (alongside PD Lee Jin-ju, who co-directed on Youths Over Flowers in Africa), which will return to Friday nights on tvN. The format of Three Meals a Day is as follows: actors are dropped off in a rural area with no delivery food or restaurants nearby, and are tasked to cook all three of their own meals for that day.
Despite the deceptively simple premise, Three Meals a Day became an unexpected hit. Seasons 1 and 2 featured grumpy Uncle Seojinnie (Lee Seo-jin, Marriage Contract) and reliable 2PM leader Ok Taecyeon (Assembly) with guest celebrities like Park Shin-hye and Choi Ji-woo often stopping by to “help” with the cooking. Season 3 was a spinoff taking place in a fishing village, and it featured Chajumma (Cha Seung-won, Hwajeong), Yoo Hae-jin (Veteran), and Sohn Ho-joon (Mrs. Cop) as the main cast.
While there have been subtle hints about a possible Chajumma-Seojinnie meeting for the upcoming season, nothing has been confirmed. Literally, nothing. We don’t know whether this new season will take place on a random island in the sea (Season 3) or in the countryside in the middle of nowhere (Seasons 1 and 2) or whether it will be somewhere entirely different. We don’t know if the cast from any of the seasons are coming back or whether we’ll be seeing a completely new set of actors.
We don’t even know when it will premiere, just that it will be sometime after Na PD’s current web variety program New Journey to the West finishes its run. However, if past seasons of Three Meals a Day are any indication, Na PD will create a warm funny show filled with cute pets and laughs, extracting something extraordinary from the mundane.