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Producer of 'Running Man' explains the recent controversial issues of the show

By yckim124   Saturday, April 30, 2016   220,941   10,742   232
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One of the most popular variety shows in Korea, SBS's 'Running Man', is being criticized for its continuous changes. Complaints keep growing regarding the absence of the show's signature name tag race, casting stars from rival broadcasting station dramas, and failure to air the most recent collaboration episode with the Chinese 'Running Brothers'. The show's new producer Lee Hwan Jin has stepped up to provide some explanation to the recent controversies. 


First, he spoke up about the absence of name tag races. Lee Hwan Jin PD responded, "Recent episodes such as the 'A/S special' were created because I think focusing on the members is necessary. Name tag races are a signature of 'Running Man', but it is not everything regarding our identity. The members, who have stayed on the show for the past 6 years, make up the identity itself, and I think we need time to focus on them. I also think this is part of the recovery process." 


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He continued, "It is not that I favor indoors. I would appreciate it if viewers can think of it as a brief break. We have checked the members' sincere thoughts, so now we only have to go forward. Viewers will soon be able to watch even better episodes of 'Running Man'." 


Next, he talked about his decision to cast rival broadcasting drama actors, Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won from KBS drama 'Descendants of the Sun'. Lee Hwan Jin commented, "Casting actors from different broadcasts depends on the situation, and this time I focused on inviting stars that the citizens desired to see. There was no pressure or restriction between the stations, and I thank the actors for putting hard efforts for our show." 


Lastly, on the collaboration episode with the Chinese 'Running Brothers', he responded, "It is highly likely that you will not see the collaboration episode in Korea. The concept of the two versions are very different. Also, setting the airing date is difficult, and the language barrier were hard to overcome. The Korean members joined the Chinese version only to support them. There is not enough content to air it as a full episode." 


Did that clear up some of your own questions? 



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just_lovin_kpop Saturday, May 28, 2016

I honestly like the change because previous episodes were legit: blah blah rip off name tags, blah blah rip off name tags, blah blah rip off name tags, and this was pretty much all there was for over 100 episodes (one of the previous PDs, not the recent two).

hiroonakamura Tuesday, May 3, 2016

running man has done better every week in the ratings for the last 3 weeks. set year high ratings in all previous 3 weeks so hopefully things can continue getting better!

bafabifi Monday, May 2, 2016

In general, I don't think RM is all about name tag ripping. There were other games/mission that I enjoy watching - like the baseball game, crossing han river, find the guests (ok this one is partly name tag ripping), those running olympics and the list goes on. Sadly, lately I think the mission is not as interesting as it used to be. They look tired and not as enthusiastic. The jokes feel flat and not as funny. I just hope they can figure things out and continue on. The last episode with descendant of the sun guests are quite funny and entertaining though. Hopefully they can keep this up.

toeferitasditas Sunday, May 1, 2016

Plus I dont think they can ever show RM China because of Luhan...SM has may not have much power in China but in Korea their power is very scary sometimes...

Sapp_VIXX toeferitasditas Monday, May 2, 2016

SM has power when it comes to music shows. Music show program wants popular singers on their show. While in variety shows, its more for the public. Variety shows would invite who ever is more popular at the moment. Variety shows cater to their own citizens.

toeferitasditas Sapp_VIXX Monday, May 2, 2016

So does that mean that JYJ chose not to appear on any variety shows too? (this is an honest question btw not a sarcastic one :D )

Sapp_VIXX toeferitasditas Monday, May 2, 2016

They haven't promoted in a long time in Korea. Why would they be invited? Like I said, variety shows invite people who are popular at the moment. JYJ has no activities and people don't know them except their fans.

toeferitasditas Sapp_VIXX Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ohhhhh OK hahahaha

stvnylnt Sunday, May 1, 2016

Imo its not really that funny anymore. Watched some of the recent ep stressed me out tbh(thats not what variety show for rite?). I was a gr8 fans but stop watching it for more than a month now. its ok if they try to do more indoors, at least make it fresh and fun. Sorry to compare, but i really enjoyed IC eventho its a mostly indoor show. They have good ideas and maybe it also depends on how its members handle the situation. idk am not a pro. Just hope rm will find a way back from its struggle.

mrsleejoon Sunday, May 1, 2016

Anyone else find it fishy that they aren't airing the collaboration episode besides the reasons the PD stated? I wouldn't be surprised if SM Ent. had something to do with it seeing as how Luhan is a member of Running Brothers.

bafabifi mrsleejoon Monday, May 2, 2016

But they also didn't show the first collaboration in Korea though, so I just think the local viewers have no interest in the Chinese version despite having the original RM members guesting. I watched and enjoyed both but I think the style is really different and the RM China really suits the Chinese audiences (no formalities, seniority and the jokes are different too). Hard core RM fans tend to dislike the Chinese version too.

PiggyKid Sunday, May 1, 2016

You don't know how much I hope for a Reply series special.... But that's not gonna happen....

likethis Sunday, May 1, 2016

why gong yoo even on the picture with the other RM members?

kpoplolipop Sunday, May 1, 2016

RM is a game show, but recently it's been like a variety talk show. There are already shows like Happy Together, Radio Star, Healing camp etc. but I don't think RM was created to be like that. The RM games I guess was what made it different from other shows. When you take that away... it's like , it's no longer running man..... It didn't seem to me that RM was a deep show where we wanted to learn about the private lives of the members...it was more like a light-hearted and hilarious show.

syadjhs Sunday, May 1, 2016

what does he means when he said that the concept of the two programme is different  and anybosy know where can i watch running brother with sub??? from the comment i can sense that the pd is confident and he know what he is doing..

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