TV Show Reviews
Late Than Never" review by Suzanne
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
Read My Exclusive Interview
with Jason Ehrlich, Executive Producer of "Better Late Than
Never" on NBC 9/12/16
Interview with Terry Bradshaw and William Shatner 9/8/16
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
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.
Please visit the official
show site at
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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