Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Thoughts on 1 Night 2 Days Season 2
by | January 24, 2012 | 87 Comments

So there’s been a whole lot of speculation about the future of Korea’s most beloved variety show, 1 Night 2 Days, since it announced it would be ending with its current cast by the end of February. There was a time KBS considered going in a whole new direction altogether for the timeslot, but did as expected and went with the safe route, and began planning for a Season 2. I actually consider that choice more daunting, since second seasons with new casts rarely do well, and usually spin their wheels being compared to the first season and eventually die out. I’d almost rather have a clean break and give a new show a chance. But then again, my job isn’t dependent on ratings. And since Season 2 cast contender Kim Seung-woo finally opened his mouth about the possibility of joining the show, I figured it was time to weigh in on all the speculation.

1 Night 2 Days has been running for six years, for over 200 episodes, with the majority of time spent with some grouping of: Kang Ho-dong, Lee Su-geun, Eun Ji-won, MC Mong, Kim C, Lee Seung-gi, Kim Jong-min, and most recently, Uhm Tae-woong. There was originally some speculation that a few cast members might stay on for the second season, though that’s never been confirmed, and doesn’t seem to be a very serious consideration. Currently three people are headlining the Season 2 cast headlines: actor-turned-MC Kim Seung-woo, currently hosting KBS talk show Win Win, ballad singer and radio DJ Sung Shi-kyung, and actor Joo Won from Ojakkyo Brothers and Baker King. It’s an odd lineup, for sure.

The thing is, I love each of them separately, but when you consider them together, they’re the unlikeliest of trios. And more importantly, I don’t see where the funny is going to come from. Kim Seung-woo spoke up about the casting call for 1N2D on today’s episode of Win Win for the first time, when co-host Lee Su-geun asked him about his decision. He confirmed that he has been asked, but then answered cheekily, “I’ll decide depending on what Su-geun does.” Ha, it’s the same answer Uhm Tae-woong gave when asked if he’d be willing to consider joining Season 2: that he would if Su-geun would. Perhaps the linchpin to a successful transition is Lee Su-geun?

I don’t know why, but I have the hardest time picturing Kim Seung-woo doing anything 1N2D-esque. He’s a good show host, and you guys know I have a weird ajusshi crush on him, but he doesn’t strike me as 1N2D-compatible. Would he really give up his bowties and his three-piece suits for sleeping in a refrigerator box in the woods? Sung Shi-kyung, on the other hand, would be pretty damn awesome. His stint on the Viewer’s Tour was the most memorable guest appearance they had in a long string of specials, and he’s hilariously dry and witty. And then Joo Won is even more out of left field, since I have no idea what he’s like outside his characters. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite up-and-comers, but is he funny? Even mildly amusing? Does he talk? I’m sure people would tune in just to stare at the pretty, but that doesn’t exactly make for an entertaining show.

But my biggest worry is actually that Na PD has graduated from the show, because I’m pretty sure he’s as much the reason I’ve stuck with the show for as long as I have, even through all the cast changes. On the one hand, it’s a pretty secure structure that’s easy for a younger PD to follow and maintain. On the other, without the evil genius, will it just be paint-by-numbers and a shadow of its former self? I guess there’s only one way to find out. The current season of 1N2D will air through the end of February, *sniff* and then I’ll be in rehab for a while. Stay tuned for more thoughts as speculation turns to solid casting.



87 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 51 Kamalia

    Not sure about Joo Won in Variety Show.. but if its a drama or film… COunt me in!

    But Joo Won is quite goofy… Check out this one.. Its before his debut in Baker King..

  2. 52 Yaqi

    Honestly speaking, I think it would be refreshing to see these 3 guys in the Season 2 of 2d1n. Lee Seunggi started off in the show as the cute and good looking magnae who was in charge of the “looks” in the show, but he became really fluent in talking and is now capable of hosting his own variety shows with his wits. Probably Joowon is capable of that as well?

    Sung Shikyung would totally do well in this show, but yes I have doubts for Kim Seungwoo too… 2d1n’s teamwork is probably the one of the best teamworks I’ve ever seen in variety shows and I think it would be almost impossible to surpass them, but I’m hoping to see something new from the new members!

    Oh well I’m going to miss 2d1n… I still miss seeing MC Mong, Kim C and Kang Hodong. They were the best!

  3. 53 arina

    I watched 1n2d for five yrs and I would rather the show ended with the original members..and since PD Na wont also be around, the best thing is to come up with a new name and maybe a slight change of that 1n2d wont receive the same fate as FO2..1n2d will always be my no 1 variety show…

  4. 54 Stephanie

    Hmm, I don’t think Na PD is THAT much of a genius. It would be a good marketing strategy to find someone wittier with more schemes and genius and a sense of good, innocent fun; Hide him for at least 3-6months, hope and pray people ask him to show himself, and then do so. Actually, I think it would be fun to find a new Lee Seung gi, a group with different dynamics and characters.

    The show should remember to be ahjumma-friendly, have a sense of brotherhood kinda fun and emphasize on the quirks of its characters. Honestly, I’m sure they could make this a 10-year show like friends or something but it’d be good if they change cast so that they can last even longer.

  5. 55 kimjandi

    my birthday is on february, i hope i hear some good news by then *sniff* don’t know how life goes without 1N2D.

    hope that most of the original members and of course the very cruel, mean but super genius director NA stays on board. he maybe behind the camera but he is 1/2 of the whole heart of the show (the other 1/2 of course are the hosts).

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