More runners for SBS’s Running Man
Yang Se-chan, Jeon So-min
SBS has announced that comedian Yang Se-chan (Comedy Big League, Doctor House) and actress Jeon So-min (1% of Anything) have been added to the lineup for its flagship Sunday variety program Running Man. They will be joining the original cast members Yoo Jae-suk, Haha, Kim Jong-kook, Ji Suk-jin, Lee Kwang-soo, and Song Ji-hyo as they transition into a new format this spring.
The two new maknaes joined the cast for their first shoot today (April 3), and sources reported that the chemistry between the new additions and the original members was great. I’m actually quite excited to see the two newbies on the show: Yang Se-chan’s older brother Yang Se-hyung recently joined Yoo Jae-suk’s Infinity Challenge over on MBC to great effect, and Jeon So-min’s recent guest appearance on Running Man showed pretty great variety potential (in the space of five minutes, she betrayed her partner Kwang-soo, revealed that she had stolen money from him before leaving, and then ended up losing anyway because she has no luck AT ALL, lol).
I have to say that as a fan since the first episode back in 2010 (Has it really been that long? Man, I feel old…), I’ve felt that some of the Running Man magic that hooked me all those years ago has been missing recently, what with Gary’s departure and all the off-camera drama with members being fired, the program being canceled, and then revived (seriously, I’m still feeling the emotional whiplash).
To be perfectly honest, I expected the worst when I first saw the headlines announcing a cast change, but it was welcoming to hear that the cast was being expanded AND that the producers first consulted with the original cast members about the change (they’re learning! Miracles do happen). I’m hoping against hope that these new additions and the format change will inject some much needed new energy into the program. Also, does this mean they might bring back the tag ripping? Please let this mean they’ll bring back the tag ripping. What is the point of the name tags if they aren’t being ripped off?!
Via Sports Chosun