One of the most popular variety programs in South Korea and generally in all of Asia will be remade in Vietnam, casting several top celebrities in the Southeast Asian country, South Korean media reported on Friday.
The variety show “Running man” by the South Korean national television network SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System) will be adapted to a made-in-Vietnam version by the major Vietnamese broadcasting station HTV7, according to the South Korea’s top-searched online news Naver.
Vietnam’s Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper also reported that the Vietnamese version of “Running Man” will begin filming in the country at the end of this month, with partnership from SBS’s production teams.
The show will air every Saturday at 7:30 pm on HTV7, starting from April 6, with the main cast consisting of stellar Vietnamese celebrities who are all known as some of the most popular stars in their respective fields.
Especially, SBS has officially asked head coach Park Hang-seo, who contributed to Vietnam’s recent football achievements, to make an official appearance as a special guest, according to Naver.
It is likely that the Vietnam football’s South Korean boss will fulfill this request after the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, which runs in UAE from January 5 to February 1. Vietnam will play the tournament opener against Iraq on January 8.
|Running man's scriptwriter (fourth right) takes a picture with Vietnamese celebrities. Photo: Vivo|
Recently, SBS was greatly welcomed by Vietnam for being the sole terrestrial TV channel in South Korea to save their main broadcasting schedule time for the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Championship finals, which ended with Vietnam returning to the ‘throne’ of regional football after ten years.
“Running man” follows a reality-variety show concept focused on games and missions that the casts and guests have to complete to win the race in each episode.
Reaching outside South Korea, the show has become popular in other parts of Asia and has gained online popularity among fans of Hallyu, meaning ‘Korean wave,’ having been subtitled into various languages, such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Burmese, Arabic, Russian, and Turkish.
The program also made it to the list of Business Insider’s 20 TV Shows of 2016.
The “Running man” crew also came to Vietnam to film two episodes of the show in 2013.