South Korea’s Minister of Environment is suddenly sworn in as the Acting President of the country following a horrific terrorist attack that has killed the President and other high-ranking government officials in the presidential line of succession. He is subjected to mounting pressure upon his assumption of the presidency as he needs to find immediately the perpetrators of the crime while managing other important issues of the frightened nation within 60 days.
- Official Title: Designated Survivor: 60 Days
- Also Known As: Designated Survivor
- Genre: Thriller, Political
- Director: Yoo Jong-seon (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim)
- Writer: Kim Tae-hee (Beautiful Mind)
- No. of Episodes: 16
- Broadcast Period: July 1 to August 20, 2019
- Time Slot: Monday & Tuesday @ 21:30 Korean Standard Time
- Running Time: 60 minutes
- TV Network: tvN (cable)
- Production Company(s): Studio Dragon
- Preceded by: Abyss
- Followed by: The Great Show
- Other Facts:
- This series is a remake of the American series Designated Survivor whose two seasons aired from 2016 to 2018 on ABC.
Cast & Characters
Ji Jin-hee as Park Moo-jin, the Minister of Environment and a university professor who has no political greed or ambition but has to assume the presidency to lead his nation after a deadly terrorist attack.
Kang Han-na as Han Na-kyung, an agent of the National Intelligence Service task force investigating the terrorist attack on the National Assembly.
Heo Joon-ho as Han Joo-seung, the Presidential Secretary for Political Affairs who guides the inexperienced acting president in doing his duties.
Bae Jong-ok as Yoon Chan-kyung, an experienced politician and leader of the opposition party.
Lee Joon-hyuk as Oh Young-suk, a former naval officer and independent member of the National Assembly. He is a rising politician who receives love and attention from the public.
Son Seok-gu as Cha Young-jin, a former political science professor and the chief presidential secretary of the previous administration.
Choi Yoon-young as Jung Soo-jung, Presidential Secretary for Policy.
Kim Gyu-ri as Choi Kang-yun, Park Moo-jin’s wife and a human rights lawyer.
Nam Woo-hyun as Park Shi-wan, Park Moo-jin’s son.
Ok Ye-rin as Park Shi-jin, Park Moo-jin’s daughter.
Choi Jae-sung plays Lee Kwan-mook, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
Kim Joo-heon plays Jung Han-mo, the chief of the National Intelligence Service.
The following figures are nationwide TV ratings from Nielsen Korea.
- Episode 1 (July 1, 2019) — 3.383% (LOWEST)
- Episode 2 (July 2, 2019) — 4.157%
- Episode 3 (July 8, 2019) — 4.336%
- Episode 4 (July 9, 2019) — 4.155%
- Episode 5 (July 15, 2019) — 4.277%
- Episode 6 (July 16, 2019) — 3.843%
- Episode 7 (July 22, 2019) — 4.057%
- Episode 8 (July 23, 2019) — 4.172%
- Episode 9 (July 29, 2019) — 4.031%
- Episode 10 (July 30, 2019) — 4.421%
- Episode 11 (August 5, 2019) — 4.488%
- Episode 12 (August 6, 2019) — 4.771%
- Episode 13 (August 12, 2019) — 4.778%
- Episode 14 (August 13, 2019) — 4.948%
- Episode 15 (August 19, 2019) — 5.434%
- Episode 16 (August 20, 2019) — 6.178% (HIGHEST)
- AVERAGE — 4.464%