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BTS' V and Wooga Squad members are reuniting for 'In the SOOP' spin-off

By JUSTINE PUNZALAN Published Jun 15, 2022 5:29 pm Updated Jun 15, 2022 5:43 pm

Fresh on the heels of BTS’ announcement about their hiatus, the group’s vocalist and “secret weapon” V is set to reunite with the Wooga Squad for an In The SOOP spin-off series in July.

In a statement released to South Korean outlets on June 14, HYBE announced that V and fellow Wooga Squad members—actors Park Seo-joon, Park Hyung-sik, and Choi Woo-sik, as well as rapper Peakboy—will star in the series created by the entertainment company initially for its talents.

Titled “In the SOOP: Friendship Trip,” the four-episode program will follow the reality show’s format, wherein the group will head to a remote location for a four-day “healing vacation” away from their busy lives.

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Wooga Squad's friendship was formed when V, Seo-joon, and Hyung-sik headlined the K-drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, which aired from December 2016 to February 2017.

The two actors later introduced V to their other best friends and fellow actors Woo-sik and Peakboy, thus completing the Wooga Squad. 

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HYBE and its subsidiary Big Hit Music launched In the Soop as an eight-episode series featuring BTS at the height of the pandemic on August 19, 2020.

A year later, on August 29, 2021, HYBE released a spin-off show featuring the agency’s fourth generation boy group SEVENTEEN. BTS came back for the second season of their show—this time, with only four episodes—in October 15, 2020. 

It was also in the same year that the show’s filming location, nestled in the mountains and forest of Pyeongchang-gun County, was also purchased by HYBE for 1.295 billion won or approximately P54 million. 

The show has been airing on South Korean pay television network JTBC and online platform Weverse.