The whole saga involving the casting for the new season of “1 Night 2 Days” has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. Initial news confirmed that Kim Jong Min and Cha Tae Hyun will be staying on with KBS’s flagship Sunday variety show. However after that initial news, there has been a constant stream of what ifs and speculation about how the new staff team will be filling the rest of the cast line up. However an exclusive report by TV Report has revealed that one of the stars supposedly being considered, SHINee’s Minho, has never actually been discussed for the show. It also appears that higher ups in the KBS chain of command have been busily running around to try and get “1 Night 2 Day”s Season 1 MC, Kang Ho Dong, to re-appear on the show.
As previously stated, the cast line up for the new season of “1 Night 2 Days” has been clouded in mystery since the announcement was made that the show will be entering its third season. Various names have been mentioned for the cast list including stars such as Defconn, Rose Motel’s Yook Jong Hwan, Jung Joon Young, Kim Joo Hyuk, John Park, Minho and Kang Ho Dong. Previous reports have supposedly stated that Kim Joo Hyuk and Jung Joon Young were confirmed for the show while an earlier report has revealed that John Park will unfortunately not be joining the show.
One of the names that have been mentioned since the very beginning of the “1 Night 2 Days” Season 3 casting musical chairs has been SHINee’s Minho. While it initially looked like he might be one of the stars joining the show, an exclusive report by news media outlet TV Report has revealed that he was never even being considered for the show. According to their sources, Minho will not be appearing on “1 Night 2 Days” and that “Right from the outset, he was never considered for the new show. It appears that his name was being mentioned due to various speculative reports.”
So that brings an end to rumours about Minho joining the show but what about the other really big name being discussed for the show. By that I mean the MC of “1 Night, 2 Days” Season 1 and the person that most people would associate with “1 Night 2 Days,” Kang Ho Dong. There has been various reports about KBS’s efforts to try and convince Kang Ho Dong to join the show. However what is interesting about these reports is that most of the effort to try and get Kang Ho Dong to rejoin the show appears to be carried out by the higher ups within KBS and not the new staff lineup for the show.
Reports have revealed that high ranking officials from KBS (Such as the head of the variety show division and the Director of KBS) have met with Kang Ho Dong to try and convince him to rejoin the show. However a report by Star News claims that sources close to the show have revealed that the new staff line up, consisting of ex-Gag Concert PD Seo Soo Min and ex-1 Night 2 Days PD Yoo Ho Jin, are not favourable towards the idea of getting Kang Ho Dong back into the show. They state that the reason behind this is their desire to show something fresh to the viewers.
Sources close to Kang Ho Dong have also stated that it’s unlikely that the venerable MC will rejoin the show any time soon, especially when it’s only been a few short weeks since the end of his previous Sunday variety show, SBS’s “Barefoot Friends,” which runs in the same time slot as “1 Night 2 Days.” SM C&C, Kang Ho Dong’s agency, have also confirmed reports saying that the star has indeed been meeting with higher ups from KBS regarding the show but they also state that they are currently not in a situation to be making a decision regarding the casting.
Either way, we will soon find out who the final cast line up is, with the show expected to hold its first recording on November 22 at an unknown location.