Kang Ho-dong and Na PD get the 1N2D crew back together for tvN
Eeeeeee! Are we getting the band back together? Cable’s on a roll in varietyland these days: Right on the heels of the news that Yoo Jae-suk will be making the move to cable for a new variety show on JTBC, tvN has announced that they’re rolling out the reunion of reunions, between MC Kang Ho-dong and PD Na Young-seok, of the golden years of 1 Night 2 Days. Oh, but it gets better: Fellow 1N2D cast members Lee Seung-gi, Eun Ji-won, and Lee Su-geun are considering offers to join them for one big reunionfest. Cue happy dance.
Kang Ho-dong and Na PD worked together back at the very start of KBS’s outdoor travel variety show 1 Night 2 Days, and took it from meager beginnings in 2007 to a nationally beloved program that topped 40% ratings in its heyday. I still miss the magic of the old cast and crew, which is a big part of why I continue to follow Na PD’s shows. A tax evasion scandal took Kang Ho-dong out of showbiz for a while in 2011, shortly after which Na PD wrapped the first season of 1N2D and left KBS for cable network tvN.
Na PD went on to create a string of hits for tvN (Grandpas Over Flowers and all of its spinoffs to Three Meals a Day), and was the first variety producer to win the grand prize at the Baeksang Arts Awards earlier this year. Kang Ho-dong returned to the limelight in 2013, but faced an uphill battle in trying to return to his national MC status.
His fledgling shows Moonlight Prince, Gazing at the Stars, and Transparent Person all failed to take off and were quickly canceled. His lone success since his comeback has been Our Neighborhood Variety Sports for KBS, which I find fun whenever they’re covering a sport I enjoy.
Lee Seung-gi, Eun Ji-won, Lee Su-geun
Lee Su-geun has recently made his comeback to television on tvN’s SNL Korea, after a gambling scandal took him off the air as well. Eun Ji-won has had small roles on variety shows, and Lee Seung-gi has mostly focused on dramas, save for a season of Noonas Over Flowers with Na PD.
The new show is still in the works, but it’s being planned as an outdoor variety program (which, duh), likely with overseas travel. So it sounds similar to Na PD’s Over Flowers series, except that this time the central concept is basically one big 1N2D reunion, for cast and crew alike.
Na PD said, “I’ve met often with Kang Ho-dong and Lee Seung-gi and we’ve always said that we didn’t know when it would be, but we should do variety together again. We kept saying it, and naturally came to plan a new variety show.” Yes, please, and thank you. As long as Na PD is there, I’m pretty sure you could just put these guys in one room and turn the cameras on and get a show, but travel’s okay too.
Answer Me, 1N2D (or whatever it’s called) plans to start shooting in August.
- 51st Baeksang Arts Awards
- Three Meals a Day: Episode 1
- Grandpas Over Flowers: Episode 1
- Variety Roulette: Our Neighborhood Variety Sports
- Ex-1 Night 2 Days cast and crew reunite for new tvN variety show
- 1 Night 2 Days: Episode 375 (Season 1 Finale)
- Kang Ho-dong takes break from showbiz, 1N2D to shoot farewell episode?
- 1N2D (as we know it) to come to an end
- Na PD rumored to leave 1 Night 2 Days
- Kang Ho-dong to quit 1 Night 2 Days?