JTBC has announced on Tuesday that its political drama Chief Of Staff will return with a second season in November.
Chief Of Staff follows the life of a detective-turned-political-aide to a high-profile lawmaker as he does all sorts of tasks—including the dirty work—to serve his boss and tries to climb the political ladder. Lee Jung-jae starred in the series playing the titular role alongside Shin Min-ah, who portrayed his character’s love interest and a rookie lawmaker in the National Assembly.
The supporting cast of the series includes Lee Elijah, Kim Dong-joon, Kim Kap-soo, Jung Woong-in, and Im Won-hee.
The first season of the Friday-Saturday series consists of 10 episodes and was broadcast from June 14 to July 13, 2019. Its second season will return on November 11 as a Monday-Tuesday drama that will air from 9:30 p.m. Korean Standard Time, following the conclusion of the ongoing fusion sageuk Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency.
The main cast members of Chief Of Staff had hinted at a sequel when they bid farewell to season one in July. Lee Jung-jae shared that “a darker, more powerful, and fiercer story is likely to unfold” in season two while Shin Min-ah said, “I think there will be many interesting and fun stories in season two.”
Meanwhile, Lee Elijah commented, “Season two has many more fun and touching stories to tell, and I hope you look forward to it.”
Chief Of Staff is the latest Korean “Netflix original series” that has been aired almost simultaneously on the service and a TV channel in South Korea to have more than one season or “part.” Last month, the streaming giant released the third part of tvN’s Arthdal Chronicles whose original broadcast started in June and concluded in July.
If Netflix also picks up Chief of Staff 2, the drama will join the ranks of those called Netflix original series such as Vagabond, When The Camellia Blooms, Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung, Chief Of Staff 1, Arthdal Chronicles, One Spring Night, Abyss, Possessed, and Romance Is A Bonus Book.
Korean dramas are known for having a strictly one-season run but with Netflix producing more Korean content itself and teaming up with the major broadcasters such as tvN and JTBC, a multi-season Korean drama might become the norm soon.
Three original Netflix Korean dramas—Kingdom, My First First Love, and Love Alarm—had already been released this year and at least five more are coming in 2020 and 2021, including Round Six, Extracurricular, Me Alone And You, School Nurse Ahn Eun-young, and Kingdom Season 2.
Meanwhile, JTBC also released a 16-second teaser on October 1.