|William Shatner, Jeff Dye, Terry Bradshaw, Henry Winkler and George Foreman|
star in season two of Better Late Than Never. (NBC)
TVAfter a great first season of fun and surprising warmth, NBC is finally presenting season two of Better Late Than Never beginning on January 1, 2018. Better Late Than Never was the #1 new series for the summer of 2016 and the network quickly announced that a second season was being planned, but for some reason, NBC has been dragging their heels bringing the show back. After a year and a half, the five globe-trotting stars (Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Jeff Dye) are back setting off for a new journey, this time to Munich, Berlin, Lithuania, Sweden, Barcelona, Madrid and Morocco.
“Better Late Than Never has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to travel all over the world with four incredible guys,” said Winkler, who also executive produces. “I can’t wait for viewers to join us for season two and experience all the laughs and adventures we have in each of the spectacular cities we visited.”
Navigating their way through seven cities and five countries, the five friends will immerse themselves in the culture, customs and traditions of each new destination. They will sample crazy culinary delicacies, participate in Oktoberfest in Munich, celebrate World Pride Day, ride camels in the middle of the Sahara Desert and face off against a bull in the oldest matador ring in Madrid.
Trip highlights also include meeting popular ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus in Sweden and joining him for a surprise performance for hundreds of adoring fans, exploring the African gateway city of Morocco by motorbike, leaving their mark on the historic Berlin Wall, parasailing in Barcelona and much more.
While the first season of the show was a delight, I have my doubts for the second season. The first episode features the Fab Five recreating their own “Julie Andrews – The Hills Are Alive” moment from the iconic scene in The Sound of Music, which is just as “hilarious” as it sounds. Another scene features the group on a picnic at a nude park in Munich. Had the guys really stumbled there by mistake, it would have been a very funny scene, but unfortunately, it is obvious that this isn’t the case even though they pretend to be shocked by what they see. And of course, Bradshaw can’t help himself by joining in and disrobing. Then, there is a scene where the guys (sans Foreman) drink too much at an Oktoberfest event. And with the promise of the group attending "World Pride Day," who knows what will happen.
What made the show so charming the first time around was seeing these guys’ natural reactions to their surroundings. This time it feels too rehearsed and the group is trying too hard to be funny. It doesn’t help that NBC continues to throw in scenes from the group’s first trip which are better.
However, the scenes from upcoming episodes does look promising. NBC states that they include “moving and heartfelt moments” as a few cast members reconnect with their pasts, from Winkler retracing the path of family members in Berlin (some of whom were killed in Auschwitz) to Foreman’s emotional meeting with the Lithuanian family of the man who launched his legendary career. This season is also peppered with a few special guest stars too including David Hasselhoff and Al Roker and others.
The two-hour season two premiere of Better Late Than Never airs Monday, January 1, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.