The wildly popular South Korean variety series Running Man has been revived for a continued run! Since news of the show’s impending cancellation broke late last year, broken-hearted fans have petitioned against its end, with many leaving heartfelt messages about how Running Man has been an integral part of their lives over the past seven years. Buoyed by the immense amount of support streaming in from all corners of the world, it was announced on 24 January that the production team has decided to continue the show with its current cast. The current cast consists of six of the original members: Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Jong Kook, HaHa, Lee Kwang Soo, Ji Suk Jin and Song Ji Hyo.
“In view of the overwhelming response by local and International fans, we have decided to continue the Running Man series with the original cast members,” said Creator of the hit variety show who is also the Chief Producer of Seoul Broadcasting System’s (SBS) Variety Team. “I sincerely thank the Running Man members who made the difficult decision to stay on the show. And in order to repay fans who have continuously showered us with love and support through the past 7 years, we will continue to do my best to make Running Man even more enjoyable,” he added.
On ONE HD, Running Man has long been an anchor programme on the channel; in both Malaysia and Singapore, ONE HD is the top pay TV channel during Running Man’s premiere telecast slot on Fridays at 11pm. In Malaysia, the show has been and continues to be the top-rated programme not just on ONE HD, but also amongst the four Korean entertainment channels in the country.* It is also the no.1 variety programme among the 4 Korean entertainment channels in Singapore.
Fans can continue to watch the latest episodes of Running Man on ONE HD, Astro Ch 393, every Friday at 11pm, within one week of its Korean telecast. ONE HD also airs classic episodes of Running Man in a throwback slot every Saturday night at 11pm.
*Source: Kantar Media Malaysia DTAM, 2015-2016 & Singapore SG-TAM, Oct-Dec 2016, Consolidated activities, Target: Pay TV 4+, Combined ONE Mandarin/Malay and Oh!K Malay/Mandarin rating in SG