WUT? Cha Tae-hyun is joining 1 Night 2 Days: Season 2? After the hit variety show finally announced that three of the current members — Lee Su-geun, Kim Jong-min, Uhm Tae-woong — would be staying on for the second season, KBS has followed up with the first confirmation of the entire cast, including the three names that have been rumored for a while now — Kim Seung-woo, Sung Shi-kyung and new maknae Joo Won — and has added a surprise seventh member in funnyman-turned-movie-star Cha Tae-hyun. Color me floored.
They really should’ve led with that story from the get-go, don’tcha think? Then no one would’ve been spouting the widespread panic that’s been running rampant these days: namely, Who’s gonna bring the funny? For the first time, I’m convinced that Season 2 might be worth checking out. I know that the five current members have done a commendable job holding up the show without mat-hyung Kang Ho-dong around, but without that larger-than-life personality, it was admittedly a subdued version of the show it used to be. Cha Tae-hyun isn’t Ho-dong (he’s probably going to be more like Ji-won, actually), but he’s got the outlandish comedy persona and instant-recognition factor to anchor the show.
Suddenly I’m excited for Season 2, maybe for the first time ever. Seven’s an odd number, but now Kim Seung-woo can just be the straight-up MC and mat-hyung, and leave Cha Tae-hyun to be the new choding wild card. His variety persona is delightfully immature and notoriously lazy, which is why I see him filling Ji-won’s role more than anything. THANK YE GODS. It’s a giant relief that someone figured out that you can’t do 1N2D with a bunch of nice guys who say yes to everything. Imagine the show if Ji-won never complained. Exactly.
There’s still the big question mark of cast chemistry, which will be the make-or-break-it thing, but now I’m excited to see what the outcome will be. It’s kind of like taking an otherwise predictable dish with standard ingredients and adding a dash of crazy. It could derail faster than the speed of light, but perhaps now it’ll be a crash worth watching. Many of you have asked whether we’ll be recapping Season 2, and the only answer we have is the one we always give, lest we finally get that crystal ball from Santa: We’ll see when we get there.
The second season of 1 Night 2 Days sets sail next weekend, and the first episode airs March 4 on KBS.
Via Star News
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