Running Man Philippines ?
The popular South Korean variety show Running Man is set to air in the Philippines next year!
On February 11, SBS TV Network signed a contract with the Philippine TV network GMA7 to co-produce one of South Korea’s longtime running variety show.
Running Man is a top-rating Sunday variety show in South Korea that features performances and games played by celebrity guests and hosts.
Some of the show’s regular mainstays include South Korean celebrities Lee Kwang Soo, Kim Jong Kook, Ji Suk Jin, Song Ji Hyo, Haha, Jeon So Min and Yang Se Chan. The hosts was recently set to visit their fans in the Philippines on February 9 at the Mall of Asia Arena. However, due to the global outbreak of novel coronavirus, the fan meeting was moved to June 21.
This will be SBS’s first ever co-production with a Philippine network. They recently franchised production of Running Man in several Asian countries such as China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia
In 2013, SBS TV network announced the Running Man in Asia will be one of their big projects and many other Asian countries continue to franchise the said variety show including Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
Aside from the upcoming show Running Man Philippines, GMA was also behind the hit TV series My Love From The Star, The Legend of the Blue Sea and While You Were Sleeping. The network currently airs the Philippine adaptation of Descendants of the Sun which is a hit drama series produced by South Korean network KBS2 in 2016.
Running man has been running on SBS since July 2010. It features its hosts and celebrity guests competing in different games and races in a different locations in South Korea. Since then, the show has been classified as an urban action variety which is a genre of variety shows in an urban setup. The hosts and celebrity guests need to complete a series of missions at a particular landmark in order to win the race.
It shifted to a reality-variety show focusing mainly on games. Running Man also garnered lots of attention when Yoo Jae-suk made a comeback through the hit variety show, as the show’s main host.
Because of the shows popularity not just in Asian countries but even online through Hallyu fans, the show has been fansubbed into various languages like Persian, Russian, French, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Malay, English, Arabic and Turkish.
Now, the hit show will finally have a Philippine touch as the two networks announced the show’s co-production. Just like the South Korean Running Man, Filipino celebrities will play weekly challenges and games that will channel their strength, endurance, teamwork and mental fitness.
Filipino fans are already anticipating the show and mentioned several stars to be tier hosts. Some of the celebrities fans want to host the variety show are popular Filipino comedians Michael V., Jose, Wally Bayola and actress Maine Mendoza.
Because of its huge success in different Asian countries, Running man Philippines is also expected to make it one of the top-rating shows.