The second season of KBS 2TVs Happy Sunday1N2D is scheduled to hit the small screens this March, and the line-up seems close to being finalized.
According to an insider, the new season will be similar to the first, in which the cast members will still embark on road trips. Like the format, the cast lineup wont be seeing too many changes.
A KBS insider informed Star News on January 27th that Original members Lee Soo Geun, Uhm Tae Woong, and Kim Jong Min have plans to stay on, while MC Kim Seung Woo, singer Sung Si Kyung, and actor Joo Won will be joining the lineup. Whether or not any additional recruits will be added is still being considered.
By keeping some of the old members and adding new ones, the staff of 1N2D are trying to kill two birds with one stone. They want the stability of the old show, while offering a fresh spin with the new season. But this could be a gamble, as viewers have been loyal to 1N2D for five years, and they may not like any changes to the program.
Theres a valuable lesson to be learned from SBSs Family Outing, which came to an end in 2010 after boasting some of the highest TV ratings. The second season featured some of todays hottest stars, such as 2AMs Jo Kwon, Girls Generation member YoonA, 2PMs Taecyeon, and Super Juniors Kim Heechul; however, it just didnt seem to catch on with the general public.
This failing is mostly due to the combination of a familiar concept with new faces. Variety programs are all about the different personalities on the show, and so even when the program and the activities on the show are the same, viewers enjoy watching the cast sharpen their wit on national television.
Once those cast members get switched out, however, theres a danger of fans leaving with them because they arent able to connect with the new members.
1N2Ds decision to retain Lee Soo Geun, Uhm Tae Woong, and Kim Jong Min gives the program some stability to start. The insider remarked, 1N2D was a popular program, but the second season will not be the same. We are preparing to show you a much more advanced and developed 1N2D than the previous program.
The new cast members are also heightening the expectations of the viewers. Kim Seung Woo is currently serving as an MC on Win Win, and hes developed a strong following with his sharp wit. Sung Si Kyung has also showcased his variety show skills on previous episodes of 1N2D, and is expected to make a very natural transition on the program.
Actor Joo Won who has taken up roles in Baker King Kim Tak Goo and Ojakgyo Brothers will also be showcasing his easygoing personality on the show.
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