Chief of Staff (TV series)

Chief of Staff[1] (Korean: 보좌관; RR: Bojwagwan; lit. Aide) is a 2019 South Korean television series starring Lee Jung-jae, Shin Min-a, Lee Elijah, Kim Dong-jun, Jung Jin-young, Kim Kap-soo, Jung Woong-in and Im Won-hee. The first season aired on JTBC from June 14 to July 13, 2019. The second season aired from November 11 to December 10, 2019.[2][3]

Chief of Staff
Promotional poster
Hangul보좌관
GenrePolitical drama
Written byLee Dae-il
Directed byKwak Jung-hwan
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Producer(s)
  • Kim Woo-taek
  • Jang Gyeong-ik
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Next Entertainment World
DistributorJTBC
Release
Original networkJTBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJune 14 (2019-06-14) 
December 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)
External links
Website

Synopsis

The story of politicians and their aides who try to climb up the political ladder.

Cast

Main

Supporting

  • Kim Hong-pa as Jo Gap-yeong
  • Lee Chul-min as Kim Hyung-do
  • Ko In-beom as Seong Yeong-gi
  • Yoo Sung-joo as Lee Chang-jin
  • Jeon Jin-ki as Lee Gwi-dong
  • Jun Seung-bin as Kim Jong-wook
  • Do Eun-bi as No Da-jeong
  • Park Myung-shin as Yeo Sook-hee
  • Kim Seo-ha as Lee In-soo
  • Kim Ik-tae as Lee Sang-gook
  • Nam Sung-jin as Ahn Hyeon-min
  • Park Geon as Seo Hyung-chul
  • Lee Sun-won as Lee Hyung-sa
  • Yoo Ha-bok as Park Jong-gil
  • Ji So-yeon as Kim Mi-jin

Special appearances

Production

Original soundtrack

Season 1

Chief of Staff: People who Make the World OST
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released2019 (2019)
GenreSoundtrack
Language
LabelMusic&NEW

Part 1

Released on June 14, 2019[12]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Rainfall"Hana
  • Kim Young-sung
  • Seo Jae-ha
Chen (EXO)3:21
2."Rainfall" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Young-sung
  • Seo Jae-ha
 3:21
Total length:6:42

Part 2

Released on June 21, 2019[13]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Black Sky"Hana
  • Jung Sung-min
  • Shin Ji-hoo (Postman)
Kim Jae-hwan3:31
2."Black Sky" (Inst.) 
  • Jung Sung-min
  • Shin Ji-hoo (Postman)
 3:31
Total length:7:02

Season 2

Chief of Staff 2: People who Make the World OST
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released2019 (2019)
GenreSoundtrack
Language
LabelMusic&NEW

Part 1

Released on November 11, 2019
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."The End"
  • Song Yang-ha
  • Kim Jae-hyun
  • Song Yang-ha
  • Kim Jae-hyun
Kim Yong-jin (Bohemian)3:02
2."The End" (Inst.) 
  • Song Yang-ha
  • Kim Jae-hyun
 3:02
Total length:6:04

Part 2

Released on November 18, 2019
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Deep Sorrow" (한숨만)
  • Kim Chang-rak
  • Kim Soo-bin
  • Kim Chang-rak
  • Kim Soo-bin
Ben4:04
2."Deep Sorrow" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Chang-rak
  • Kim Soo-bin
 4:04
Total length:8:08

Part 3

Released on November 25, 2019
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Can't Let Go" (놓을 수 없다)Taibian
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
The One4:41
2."Can't Let Go" (Inst.) 
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
 4:41
Total length:9:22

Chart performance

Title Year Peak
positions
Remarks Ref.
KOR
"Deep Sorrow"
(한숨만) (Ben)
2019 158 Part 2 [14]

Ratings

In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Season 1

Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[15]
Nationwide Seoul
1 June 14, 2019 6g Badge
(6g의 배지)
4.375% 5.592%
2 June 15, 2019 Rupture
(파열)
4.545% 4.675%
3 June 21, 2019 Reason for Selection
(선택의 이유)
4.436% 4.637%
4 June 22, 2019 Domino
(도미노)
4.398% 4.532%
5 June 28, 2019 Dilemma
(딜레마)
4.012% 3.786%
6 June 29, 2019 Firelight
(불빛)
4.039% 3.904%
7 July 5, 2019 Knot
(매듭)
4.087% 4.091%
8 July 6, 2019 Decapitation
(낙화)
4.974% 5.090%
9 July 12, 2019 6g's Price
(6g의 대가)
4.379% 4.185%
10 July 13, 2019 Irreducible
(돌이킬 수 없는)
5.314% 5.616%
Average 4.456% 4.611%

Season 2

Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[15]
Nationwide Seoul
1 November 11, 2019 Ecdysis
(탈피)
4.166% 4.544%
2 November 12, 2019 Dog
(독니)
4.104% 4.350%
3 November 18, 2019 Swamp
(늪)
3.475% 3.220%
4 November 19, 2019 Achilles Tendon
(아킬레스 건)
3.912% 3.821%
5 November 25, 2019 Shadow
(그림자)
3.819% 4.081%
6 November 26, 2019 Maze
(미로)
4.446% 4.720%
7 December 2, 2019 Scapegoat
(희생양)
4.665% 4.981%
8 December 3, 2019 Hunt
(사냥)
4.844% 4.994%
9 December 9, 2019 Hibernation
(동면)
4.659% 4.661%
10 December 10, 2019 6g Weight
(6g의 무게)
5.340% 5.458%
Average 4.343% 4.483%
  • This drama aired on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Lee Jung-jae Nominated [16]

References

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