Cast finalized for 1N2D Season 3 (almost, maybe)
Kim Joo-hyuk, Min-ho, Jung Joon-young, John Park
KBS made the official announcement today for the cast of 1 Night 2 Days’ third season, which was immediately met with a flurry of stories contradicting one member’s casting and the another flurry of stories suggesting that the show might be bringing back original host Kang Ho-dong.
I don’t know why, but 1N2D can never just issue a statement and then stick to it; it always has to go through multiple rounds of denials, which always makes me wonder at which point it’s safe to wade in and share the news (inevitably as soon as it goes up, the story changes). (Honestly, I had to make three different photo montages because the stories kept changing.)
In any case, I do believe this is the most up-to-date version of the casting story: New members will be Kim Joo-hyuk (Gu-am Heo Jun), SHINee idol Min-ho, singer Jung Joon-young, and singer John Park. The last new member was to be Rose Motel guitarist Yook Joong-won, but he has cancelled at the last minute, stating that he’s going to focus on his band activities instead.
I really love the idea of Kim Joo-hyuk joining the show, because he’s hilarious and charismatic, and if his energetic stint hosting SNL Korea was any indication, he’s perfect for off-the-cuff broadcast appearances. I do like the music of the singer bunch but can’t say I know anything of their on-air personalities, but just looking at the lineup it seems obvious KBS is making an effort to go younger and, dare I say, hipper?
Kang Ho-dong, Defconn, Yook Joong-won
Of the old members, only Cha Tae-hyun and Kim Jong-min will be remaining. Ho-dong has apparently been approached to rejoin the show, but his reps took a cautious line regarding a possible comeback. For the moment he’s unable to join 1N2D because of his other show commitments hosting Our Neighborhood Variety Sports and Barefoot Friends. But even after the latter ends (it was recently cancelled), he’s aware that jumping from one show directly to its rival show would be sort of a dick move. So nobody hold any breaths.
The latest name to be mentioned as a possibility for the last slot is rapper and TV personality Defconn, though that talk seems to be merely in preliminary stages. All I know is, this production is coming off a lot like a yard of chickens with their heads cut off, saying a bunch of stuff without assurance that what they’re saying is accurate. And I know calls to cancel the show are basically beating a dead horse at this point… but you know, sometimes a dead horse needs beating. Otherwise how will the other horses learn?
1N2D’s first episode with the new cast will film on November 22. Er, which is in three days. Hopefully they’ll have a cast set by then?
- Kim Jong-min and Cha Tae-hyun stick with 1 Night 2 Days
- 1N2D loses more members, recasts for Season 3
- Travel-docu-turned-home-cooking show Barefoot Friends gets axed
- Joo-won to quit 1 Night 2 Days
- Variety Roulette: Our Neighborhood Variety Sports
- Variety Roulette: Barefoot Friends
- Yoo Hae-jin to be newest member of 1 Night 2 Days
- Kim Seung-woo and Bird PD leave 1 Night 2 Days, search is on for new members