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"Better Late Than Never" review by Suzanne 8/25/16
Airs Tuesdays 10/9c on NBC

I don't watch any reality shows. In fact, I rarely watch anything that's not fiction. I did watch some of William Shatner's last reality show, "Invasion Iowa," because I'm a huge fan of his and will watch anything he's in. That was a pretty funny show. This one is also very funny! Plus, it has Henry Winkler! He's another one of my favorites.

I'm Facebook friends with Carol Leifer, who's one of the writers of this show. Last year she was posting photos of herself and Winkler all over Asian, so we were all wondering why they were traveling together. Now we know! 

Although this is a "reality show," it's first and foremost, a comedy. Shatner and Winkler, along with George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw, travel to Asia, along with a young comedian I've never heard of (Jeff Dye).  Whether scripted or not, it's very funny. These guys are playing themselves, but it's hard to know who's acting or not.

Don't forget that with any show like this, not only is it apt to be scripted, as well as heavily edited, there are cameras everywhere (we just don't see them). So it's not just five guys traveling around...they have writers, cameramen and other parts of their entourage.

I'm not saying this is the best or funniest show in the world, but I enjoy it. It definitely makes me laugh out loud at their antics, whether they're eating funny food, or getting drunk, or arguing with each other.

The show is based on a very popular Japanese show...Henry Wrinkler is one of the show's Executive Producers as well as the show's star.

I would say that it's probably aimed at young people because it moves a lot, the cameras go very fast, and there is a lot of noise and loud music. I guess anyone can enjoy it.

Read My Exclusive Interview with Jason Ehrlich, Executive Producer of "Better Late Than Never" on NBC 9/12/16

Here's our Interview with Terry Bradshaw and William Shatner 9/8/16

MORE INFORMATION:

NBC is taking five celebrated men from across genres on an epic adventure throughout Asia with its new alternative comedy series “Better Late Than Never.”

Award-winning actor, producer, writer and director Henry Winkler (“Royal Pains”), Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor, director and writer William Shatner (“The Practice”), celebrated football legend and NFL analyst Terry Bradshaw (“Fox NFL Sunday”), boxing Hall of Famer and gold medal winner-turned businessman George Foreman and comedian Jeff Dye (NBC’s “I Can Do That”) will embark on the ultimate international excursion with no assistants, no limousines and no lattes, in search of an intimate life-changing experience.

The one-hour series will travel to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Hong Kong; and Phuket and Chiang Mai, Thailand before heading home. The five will navigate their way through each city — communicating with the local population, immersing themselves in local traditions and enjoying exotic food — all the while dealing with the unexpected twists and turns that any trip presents.

As they check off items on their own personal “bucket list,” the five will rely on each other for support and encouragement and, in the process, demonstrate that friendship is the ultimate gift.
 
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, Henry Winkler, Jason Ehrlich, Stephanie Chambers, Alex Katz and Tim Crescenti executive produce. “Better Late Than Never” is produced by Universal Television in association with Storyline Entertainment, Small World IFT and CJ E&M.

The successful original series “Grandpa Over Flowers” is produced by CJ Entertainment & Media and currently airs in both China and South Korea.

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FIRST STOP: TOKYO, AS FOUR ICONS AND THEIR COMIC SIDEKICK TRAVEL ACROSS ASIA IN NBC’S COMEDY EVENT SERIES ‘BETTER LATE THAN NEVER’ AUGUST 23

Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman And Comedian Jeff Dye Also Visit Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Engaging and Fun Adventure Series 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.  – August 15, 2016 – The adventure of a lifetime for five celebrated men from across different genres kicks off in Tokyo on Tuesday, August 23 (10-11 p.m. ET) with the premiere of NBC’s addicting new series “Better Late Than Never.”  A fun and entertaining show for all ages, this fish-out-of-water comedy follows Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and comedian Jeff Dye as they travel across Asia on a life-changing international excursion.  

Navigating their way through six cities and four countries, the five men make connections with the local population, immerse themselves in local traditions and sample exotic food -- all the while dealing with the unexpected twists and frequently hilarious turns that any trip presents.  Checking off items on their own personal ‘bucket list,’ the men will also reveal different sides to their personalities as they support one another and find themselves bonding in surprising and meaningful ways.   

The August 23 premiere kicks off in Tokyo, Japan, where they are immediately out of their element and can’t even find their way out of the train station. Highlights of their Tokyo visit include staying at a capsule hotel, appearing on a popular Japanese game show, trying crazy culinary delicacies and visiting the top of the world-famous Tokyo Tower. Then they are off to see Mt. Fuji on a fun karaoke bus trip that completes the first leg of their incredible journey.

The fun continues Tuesday, August 30 (10-11 p.m. ET) as the adventure seekers visit Kyoto, Japan, a magical ancient city where William is determined to “find his Zen.” They begin with a trip to a Geisha house, where they eat and drink and drink some more, and later they visit a Samurai warrior school as well as a no-nonsense monk who whips the guys into shape. Then they’re off to Hong Kong, where they experience the “high life” and stay at one of the top hotels in the world, rent a yacht and have custom suits designed by the very best tailors. Later, they visit an ancient Chinese medicine shop for some unusual culinary offerings before hitting the streets for a little song and dance.

South Korea sets the stage for the third episode airing Tuesday, September 6 (10-11 p.m. ET), and the guys arrive there with one mission in mind – to rediscover their youth!  Their first stop is a K-pop school where young hopefuls learn how to be Korean pop stars.  There they learn fun dance moves from the hit K-pop band Girls Generation and shoot a music video with them. After living the high life the week before in Hong Kong, they are back to sleeping on floors when their sidekick, Jeff Dye, arranges for them to stay at a classic Korean spa that only costs $6 a night – and for good reason. Then they get more adventure than they bargained for when Jeff tells the guys he’s taking them to the DMZ, the demilitarized zone that serves as the border between North and South Korea, considered one of the most dangerous place on Earth. Later, still determined to do what the young kids do, they eat at a restaurant that serves live octopus, and visit a nightclub where each of the guys try to help Jeff get a girl. 

Their international adventure concludes in Phuket and Chiang Mai, Thailand in the final episode airing Tuesday, September 13 (10-11 p.m. ET).  It’s the last leg of their trip, and their first stop is Phuket, where the five take part in a wild water fight before celebrating Terry’s 67thbirthday.  Jeff takes Terry to get his first ever tattoo, while William and Henry get bent into all different directions with a not-so-relaxing Thai massage.  George takes the gang to watch Thai boxing before stepping into the ring with William, and later, Terry gets serenaded by a special guest at an unforgettable birthday dinner. 

Then it’s off to Chiang Mai, their final destination, for a luxurious stay at an amazing hotel which even provides butlers for the men.  In one of the most moving experiences of their trip, they spend the day at an elephant sanctuary and then visit the women and children of the long neck tribe.  The five friends later reflect on their extraordinary adventure while enjoying their final dinner together and a beautiful lantern-lighting ceremony before heading home.

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, Henry Winkler, Jason Ehrlich, Stephanie Chambers, Alex Katz and Tim Crescenti executive produce. “Better Late Than Never” is produced by Universal Television in association with Storyline Entertainment, Small World IFT and CJ E&M.


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