[OP-ED] Running Man: How it was revived from the dead | allkpop
South Korean actor Song Joong-ki shot to fame in the recently Song Joong-ki and Song Ji-hyo shared a brief onscreen romance and fans. The actress dated C-JeS Entertainment CEO Baek Chang Ju from to Fans also speculated that Song Ji Hyo might be secretly dating the popular variety show's Sparta Kim Jong Kook and dubbed them as Spartace. Song made the comment about her dating choices when she was Actors who have a crush on actress Song Ji Hyo, are out of luck. Song has been single since July when she confirmed that she broke up with Baek Chang Joo, . Song Joong-ki's Well-Preserved Good Looks, Same as 6 Years Ago.
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But how is this even possible? This show, just about this time last year, was just about to be scheduled for its on-screen death: However as the years passed, domestic interest in the show plummeted.
Although, 'Running Man' still was internationally acclaimed and is still one of the biggest popular variety shows overseas, South Korean viewers often talked about how childish the variety had become. There was even a saying that the only Korean population base that watched 'Running Man' were elementary school students.
And the rough patch continued. The last couple of years before the new castmates, Jeon So Min and Yang Se Chan, arrived; the national ratings were in the low single digits. Overwhelming negative comments flooded in, as expected from a program that seemed to solely function, at the time, on the chemistry of the cast. Long story short, season 2 was scrapped and 'Running Man' was slated to be canceled in the first few months of But then miraculously, 'Running Man' was given its second chance, through the newly added members: And this change was instrumental to the re-founded success the show now has, cancelation status now completely cleared.
Obviously, the new angle that the producers and writers created after the new members came in, was another element that helped the program.
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However, after sticking with 'Running Man' from its first episodes in to now inI would have to argue that the main reason for the public's re-founded interest is the additional cast members.
It was a fresh idea and watching celebrities fight over trying to be number one, in this mock scenario, using their wits and strength, was amusing.
Yet after the initial interest in the game wore off, what was left were the cast members and their chemistry. The cast boasts good friendship and it showed in the roles they played in the variety system. Their interactions were what made the show such a gem. Yet, a show can only last so long on relationships, especially a South Korean variety show. South Korea's variety shows work in a very specific manner where each person has a role to play.
For example, Kim Jong Kook is the strong warrior, never to be out won in strength or Kwang Soo is the betrayer that always betrays. But once these roles have been established, it is extremely hard to break out of or create a new character.
However, Song Ji Hyo also stated that she has not declined any role given to her. With that in mind, we could also assume she's simply not being offered very many roles. The show got mediocre ratings, between eight and nine percent for the most part.
The Jackal Is Coming had a mediocre box office reception despite the presence of one of the biggest idols in Korea, Kim Jaejoong. Many credit the popularity of Running Man for that and I agree that the show has greatly contributed to her getting noticed by producers, writers, and directors.
Running Man is on its fourth year and she is undeniably one of the cornerstones of the show.
Her primary selling point is her partnership with Kang Gary, a rapper and half of the extremely successful duo, LeeSsang. Some are so devoted, they create videos like the one above. As silly as it may sound because both parties made it clear that the romance is only for the showmany fans felt that Song Ji Hyo had led on Kang Gary.
The Monday Couple broke up on the show but has since reconciled. Netizens are always abuzz whenever Song Ji Hyo and Kang Gary display some form of sweetness on the show. Some even speculate that they might have real feelings for each other or are even dating.
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In fact, her role in Emergency Man, Woman was the very role of a cute and lovesick woman she swore never to play. The show had some success but she has yet to get a follow-up project. Could it be that fans are rejecting her partnership with actors because they can only see her with Kang Gary? Could it be that her character in Running Man as the ace and the Monday Girlfriend is so strong that fans are having a hard time seeing her any other way?
He started at the bottom, with no label or management company willing to take him in. To get started, Kang Gary and Gil invested their own money to record their first album and did live concerts to promote themselves because no TV show would pay attention to them.
It was a long haul to success, but one that eventually paid off. In other words, Kang Gary was already successful in his field before Running Man, and the show only helped him become more mainstream. By that time, however, his credibility, skill, and reputation as a rapper and musician had already been solidified.
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Unconsciously or consciously, Kang Gary was also able to differentiate his career as a musician from his persona as a variety star. It was only recently that he accommodated Song Ji Hyo-related questions in his LeeSsang interviews and even then it was quite brief. Because he was already established, he will have no problem continuing with his career as a musician either with or without being identified with Song Ji Hyo. They see her only as a great variety star and find it hard to detach themselves from that image.
In the past, there have been other actresses who suffered the same fate. Park Ye Jin was a character actress highly respected for her acting skills.