Sunday, January 12, 2014
Running Man (Korean:런닝맨) is a Korean variety show; a part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup, along with Barefooted Friends. It was first aired on July 11, 2010. This show was classified as an "urban action variety" a never-before seen new genre of variety shows focused in an urban environment.The MCs and guests complete missions in a landmark to win the race. The original members of Running Man are Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Joong-ki, and Gary.Song Ji-hyo was originally a guest for the second (episode 2-3) and third landmark (ep 4-5). She officially joined the program in the fourth landmark (ep 6) but was unable to attend until the fifth landmark (ep 7).Lizzy was also originally a guest for the eleventh (ep 13) and twelfth landmark (ep 14). She officially joined the program in the sixteenth landmark (episode 18).However, she has not been seen since episode 26. In February 2011, it was revealed that she was only a long-term guest and has left the program. Producer Jo Hyo-jin has stated that she is welcome to return at any time.In April 2011, Song Joong-ki recorded his last episode and as of May, and has left the program to focus on his acting career but returned on episode 66 as a guest after leaving for almost half a year. The only current female member of the show and initially only appeared as a guest but was added to the main cast in episode 6. During the earlier episodes, Song Ji-hyo was often known to swear during broadcasts especially towards Haha and Lee Kwang-soo. She is also known to be often seen with confused or blank facial expressions a lot of the time. Throughout the series, she has been involved in the official loveline of the show alongside Gary. She is one of the strongest players during race missions with similar running and catching capabilities as well as comparable intelligence to Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Jong-kook.
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