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[Current Drama 2019] Aide/Chief of Staff season 1& 2, 보좌관 - Mon & Tue @ 21:30 KST - Season 2 premieres on November 11th

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Oh man. I sort of had in inkling about how JTJ character will be as goes for his ambition and how he would evolve once he gets power.

 

I'm going to quote myself just because.....

 

On 7/10/2019 at 1:50 AM, jongski said:

 Politicians a love to make promises  for the betterment (is that a word? hehe) of nation and it's people but once in power, greed and corruption and ambition takes over and.. gone are the promises for a better nation. LSM wants JTJ to succeed as he believes in his moral convictions. But JTJ is ambitious too.  I just hope when he gets the powerver and  get to see and do meetings as an assemblyman ..or even higher he  stays gounded with his morals and ideals.  Once a person has power.. the mindset and perception changes. 

 

 When he wants that power to do something good but but got there the wrong way. What's redemption again? Ha. I just hope Season 2 he's going to ged rid of evil politicians who mistreats the system and embrace greed to further themselves.

 

Friends here.. thank you for your post, so insightful to read your take on the episodes and drama as a whle because.. I don't have the eloquence to exactly put my thoughts out here

 

Can we have Season 2 already?! I agree with @triplem it breaks that exciting momentum this drama has given us. Thumbs up for this drama as whole plus characters, more political in ways I can't explain ( or how it's written I guess). So yeah, I actually prefer this drama  and I'm more impress than Designated Survivor . But that's just me. 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, 40somethingahjumma said:

The more I think about it, the more I am inclined to think that there wasn't a lot else TJ could have done... if he wanted to stay in game. Sure, he could have thrown in the towel and walked away but then we wouldn't have a S2 to look forward to ;) but more importantly it would also be an admission of defeat, a sign he was giving up. I don't think he disposed of Chief Go... that's more the MO of someone like OWS but hey, it's not impossible either.

 

I agree. If Tae Joo would have take the hardest and honest road, maybe he may have reached his dream of being an assemblyman in a few years. Or he would have gave up and walked away, defeated. Like we already saw, being an assemblyman does not guarantee to successfully promote a law. You need a party. I understood Tae Joon`s dillema. It was hard for him, especially after he lost a dear friend. He did not want to lose the battle. 

I don`t think he was guilty of murder, especially a friend. He said to his dead friend, Lee Sung Min, to forgive him just one time. He is not perverted to the evil for good. Of course, one you cross the line to the dark side, you can do other bad things, but I still think Tae Joon did not murder Go Suk Man. I bet on Lee Chang Jin. We`ll see if season 2 will shock us. 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, jongski said:

 

Friends here.. thank you for your post, so insightful to read your take on the episodes and drama as a whle because.. I don't have the eloquence to exactly put my thoughts out here

 

Can we have Season 2 already?! I agree with @triplem it breaks that exciting momentum this drama has given us. Thumbs up for this drama as whole plus characters, more political in ways I can't explain ( or how it's written I guess). So yeah, I actually prefer this drama  and I'm more impress than Designated Survivor . But that's just me. 

 

 

I feel the same. I also think this is the better drama of the two in part because the writing is simply better and partly because this drama is far more focused. It's not constantly doing a balancing act between being about the growth of a political figure and being a detective drama. In general the pacing is better here as well.

For me, I much prefer watching smart people trying to outdo each other than seeing good people being kicked around for doing the right thing or at least trying to. It's so painful especially when you know that much of it could have been avoided.

 

I would put it this way... the only kind of redemption I need from TJ is that he takes down the some of the bad and the powerful. I don't know if he can do it all but if he can dispatch those who were involved in LSM's fall and demise, that would be good enough for me.

 

8 hours ago, Yippeun_eonnie said:

 

 @40somethingahjumma eonnie, I always love how you put attention to details to all drama you've watched. I even amazed how you explain everything so all become make sense to me... see you in another drama..:heart:

 

Awww... you're so sweet. Thank you dear for your kind words. That's what I'm here for.

 

4 hours ago, larus said:

 

I agree. If Tae Joo would have take the hardest and honest road, maybe he may have reached his dream of being an assemblyman in a few years. Or he would have gave up and walked away, defeated. Like we already saw, being an assemblyman does not guarantee to successfully promote a law. You need a party. I understood Tae Joon`s dillema. It was hard for him, especially after he lost a dear friend. He did not want to lose the battle. 

 

 

Because TJ is an intelligent man and sharp political operator I believe if he could have done it differently, he would have. He was trying to for 9 episodes and even longer than that. He has always known that it would be difficult to get to the place we see him at the end of Episode 10. He told KSY that it was a long, hard road ahead. It's mighty difficult to run as a independent much less affect any change as one. In general I don't vote for independents in the lower house even if they're good because unless we have a hung parliament or minority government, their ability to do anything helpful is limited. Here in Oz we have an upper house as well and that's where independents can be much more effective in terms of ensuring that bills go through rigorous scrutiny. But they can also get in the way of the government doing their job. 

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1 hour ago, 40somethingahjumma said:

 

I feel the same. I also think this is the better drama of the two in part because the writing is simply better and partly because this drama is far more focused. It's not constantly doing a balancing act between being about the growth of a political figure and being a detective drama. In general the pacing is better here as well.

For me, I much prefer watching smart people trying to outdo each other than seeing good people being kicked around for doing the right thing or at least trying to. It's so painful especially when you know that much of it could have been avoided.

 

 

You took the words right out of my mouth! I love it when all the main characters are smart, which is one reason why I too prefer this drama to Designated Survivor (not that I actually follow DS; only watched the first ep and dropped because I didn't get hooked like I did with Chief of Staff).

 

I saw you in the Doctor Prisoner thread as well, and I'm guessing you like that drama for the same reason that I do ;)

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3 hours ago, 40somethingahjumma said:

I would put it this way... the only kind of redemption I need from TJ is that he takes down the some of the bad and the powerful. I don't know if he can do it all but if he can dispatch those who were involved in LSM's fall and demise, that would be good enough for me.

 

I think that TJ would remember CEO Lee, whom he saved from being fired from his job as CEO by destroying the stick that the DK gave him which DK got from the employee working with the worker who died because of a faulty machine and then not taken to the nearest ER but put in a car to take to a designated hospital an hour away. Then CEO Lee turned and became a witness for Song to put all the blame on TJ to detract the questioning of LSM during Song's nomination hearing. Song then sent the prosecutors to arrest TJ. I think he will also remember Song was so willing to rid of him to save himself. And most of all he will remember OSW who did nothing really good or contributed anything good for the Assembly but to  get something only for himself. What in the world was OSW doing guarding the girl who had the abortion? He could have researched the law and also the background of Ah then maybe he would have known that Ah was not the person to have an on air discussion with SY. OSW also took advantage of DK to do his dirty printer business. TJ knew his stuff and so did his sidekick Hye Won. I also think TJ was the one who gave Go the information regarding the campaign speech on abortion of Assemblyman Ah. I remember when he went into SY's bedroom say goodbye he saw the papers on her bed about the abortion law and when he was outside he called someone. I can't wait to see the battles. TJ said though that season 2 will be darker. I am thinking TJ will be a real badass the next season 

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July 16, 2019

 

Unstable, anxious character reminds actor of early years after debuting

 

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Actor and singer Kim Dong-jun meets with reporters after finishing the first season of the JTBC drama "Chief of Staff," Friday, in Sinsa, Southern Seoul. Courtesy of MAJOR9


By Lee Gyu Lee The Korea Times

 

After the first season of JTBC's political drama "Chief of Staff" wrapped up with moderate success last week, actor and singer Kim Dong-jun said his role in the drama has some parallels with the early years in his career. 

 

Kim plays Han Do-kyung who has just stepped into the "real world" as a legislative intern for a ranking lawmaker. His character is full of enthusiasm, yet he is an inexperienced newcomer to the legislature.

 

Before debuting as a member of K-pop boy band ZE:A, Kim followed the typical process of becoming an "idol" ― spending time as a trainee and competing with others to make it into the debut group.

 

He said he had gone through long periods of instability and anxiety as he was always competing with fellow trainees. "The role aligns with when I first started my career in the sense that I was always anxious about everything and was so clueless," said Kim in an interview with the reporters, Friday, in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul. 

 

"But going through the struggle, I found meaning and happiness as I grew from my experiences," he said. 

 

At his age, he said most of his friends are job seekers or entry-level employees who are stepping into the real world. "I got a lot of help from my friends who have gone or are still going through a rite of passage for newcomers in real work," said Kim. 

 

He asked about the outfits they wore to work and tips on what attitude to have as a newcomer on the job. 

 

Kim tried his best to draw empathy among those who are in the transition to a working life. "I felt great when I found people's comments that they sympathized with the character," he said.

 

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A poster for the drama. Courtesy of JTBC

 

The drama revolves around Jang Tae-joon ― played by Lee Jung-jae ― who is chief of staff for a lawmaker named Song Hee-seob ― played by Kim Kap-soo. The story develops on the closed-door maneuvering among lawmakers and their staff at the National Assembly. As Jang chases a strong ambition to become a lawmaker himself, he faces betrayal and conspiracies. 

 

To play the unfamiliar role, Kim said that he did a lot of research to learn about the world inside the Assembly and politicians' offices. "I visited two National Assemblymen's offices to get realistic advice from the politicians and their staff," Kim noted. 

 

He even took subways to the National Assembly during morning rush hour to observe people on their way to work. "I tried my best to make my character as familiar and realistic as possible."

 

Most of the time, he barely put on any makeup to project the modest and work-focused personality of the character. 

 

"I know some men are taking time to groom themselves nowadays. But the director told me that this character isn't one of those and would put far less emphasis on looks."

 

The drama, directed by Kwak Jung-hwan, drew people's attention even before it was aired because this was the first TV series for actor Lee in 10 years. Kim shared his experience of what it was like working closely with him as his character works in Jang's office. 

 

"It felt so surreal to work with such an admirable veteran actor like Lee. The way my character looks up to Jang Tae-joon is much like how I feel about him." 

 

Ending with the TV series' highest viewership at 5.3 percent, the production company is preparing for the next season.

 

"It was a bit awkward to have a wrap-up party after the season because we were going to see each other the following week," said Kim. "As for soccer games, we have passed the first half and are in half-time, gearing up for the second half." 

 

The first season's last episode showed Jang yielding to power to work up the hierarchical ladder. "Season two will be filled with new stories and a new environment," said Kim. It is scheduled to air in November.

 

Kim debuted in 2010 as a singer in ZE:A, but began developing his career in acting in 2011 with the TV drama "Crossing the Yeongdo Bridge." He has since diversified his portfolio by taking part in musicals and reality shows. 

 

gyulee@koreatimes.co.kr 

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9 hours ago, zenya22 said:

. TJ said though that season 2 will be darker. I am thinking TJ will be a real badass the next season 

 

Sounds good. ;)

I'm really hoping that's the case. This is why I watch shows like this because I expect the show to take things and characters to their logical conclusion. I don't expect things to be pretty in any case but I do expect TJ to act consistently with his ambitious idealism. I don't think we should forget that TJ is an idealist even if his methods don't seem to his friends/allies to be consistent with his ideals. But as I've said previously, I think that his tactics have so far been quite consistent with his egotistical impulse to change the world. It will be interesting to see if his quest for power will consume him completely.

 

On the subject of OWS I think things could have turned out differently for Team TJ if OWS had not been in the picture. Things were going quite well for them before his unwelcomed arrival. It is as if Minister Song keeps him around to keep both men in check... like when kings of old maintained factional rivalries to keep the balance of power and to keep away potential threats to his throne by encouraging factional fighting.

Tactically I'm of the view that OWS needs to go before TJ goes after Song.

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Our smart chief of staff in suit

 

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Kim Dong Jun Talks About “Chief Of Staff,” Advice From Im Siwan, And More

Jul 20, 2019
by L. Kim

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The first season of Kim Dong Jun’s latest drama, “Chief of Staff,” recently came to a conclusion.

Following the ending, the idol-turned-actor participated in an interview to talk about various topics concerning his career.

First off, Kim Dong Jun talked about his anticipation for the viewership ratings of the second season of “Chief of Staff.” He said, “As season one ended in a dramatic fashion, I think you will look forward to [season two] more. If you’ve seen season one, you will have a better understanding [of the story], so please anticipate it. If I describe it as a sporting event, the first half is over and now it’s the halftime. This is the process of trying to get to the second half.”

When asked if he had any similarities to his character Han Do Kyung, he answered, “I thought a lot of times when I started as a trainee. It was the first step in society away from the fence of school, home and family. I think that’s when I started to be a trainee in my life. I could relate to why he was so nervous and hard-working. When I first came in as a trainee, I also didn’t want to miss out on the stories of each and every one of my the staff, senior artists, and junior artists. I was always tense. Therefore, I became very empathetic to those who are in the early years of society. The reason why interns make mistakes is because they don’t know anything. If they knew everything, the word ‘internship’ or ‘social beginner’ wouldn’t apply to them.”

Kim Dong Jun was asked how he prepared for his role, and he said, “I learned while visiting two offices of the National Assembly. I saw how things went. The aide explained that if you think about it simply, this is your company. I heard that interns go around many congressional offices to get a stamp on a royalty or joint venture. I tried to express myself that way after hearing the explanation that it’s a step-by-step process.”

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https://www.soompi.com/article/1340014wpp/kim-dong-jun-talks-about-chief-of-staff-advice-from-im-siwan-and-more

 

 

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August 3, 2019


Im Siwan Shows Love For Fellow ZE:A Member Kim Dong Jun On Set Of “Chief Of Staff” cuppa.gif

 

Source: Soompi by J. Lim

 

Im Siwan Shows Love For Fellow ZE:A Member Kim Dong Jun On Set Of âChief Of Staffâ

 

Im Siwan showed his support for his fellow ZE:A member Kim Dong Jun recently!

 

Kim Dong Jun’s agency Major 9 shared photos on their official social media account with the caption, “Experienced intern Jang Geu Rae from ‘Incomplete Life (Misaeng)’ has sent his witty and loyal support to dedicated intern Han Do Kyung from ‘Chief of Staff’! ‘The life of an intern is hard for everyone~ From experienced intern Jang Geu Rae.’ Sunny and dedicated intern who is willing to run wherever he is needed. How much will Do Kyung have changed by the next time you see him? One big step! Please anticipate season two of ‘Chief of Staff’ to see Han Do Kyung’s growth!”

 

The photos show Kim Dong Jun posing in front of a snack truck with a bright smile on his face. The banners on the truck read, “The life of an intern is hard for everyone~ From experienced intern Jang Geu Rae” and “Our Do Kyung has a very sunny personality, but he’s also good at his job! From Im Siwan.”

 

Both Kim Dong Jun and Im Siwan have been branching out into the acting world. Kim Dong Jun wrapped up his appearance in the JTBC drama “Chief of Staff” in July, and he is set to reprise the role when the second season premieres in November. Im Siwan is currently gearing up for his new drama, OCN’s “Hell is Other People,” which will premiere on August 31.

 

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Shin Min Ah Receives Sweet Support From Boyfriend Kim Woo Bin

Aug 12, 2019
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Kim Woo Bin sent a coffee truck to the set of “Chief of Staff” to support his girlfriend Shin Min Ah!

The coffee truck business Support Truck uploaded photos of the coffee truck with cool drinks and macarons and wrote, “A support truck full of Kim Woo Bin’s sincerity has arrived on the set of ‘Chief of Staff’ for the many members of the cast and crew.” Support Truck shared they heard Shin Min Ah was happy to see the banner reading “I support all the cast and crew of ‘Chief of Staff,’ especially Shin Min Ah,” which was written by Kim Woo Bin himself. According to them, Kim Woo Bin’s sweet gesture made her the center of envy.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1345013wpp/shin-min-ah-receives-sweet-support-from-boyfriend-kim-woo-bin

 

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It looks like they are filming for the second season. YAY.

 

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I miss this drama. I hope to see more information about the next season.

 

 

These drinks, churros and cute staff are what Lee Minho made to support actor Lee Jung Jae in his shooting schedule.

 

 

 

 

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Cofee & food truck for Shin Min Ah at Chief of Staff season 2 set. 

 

 

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Shin Min Ah, Coffee Tea Certification Shot during Chief of Staff 2

 

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Shin Min Ah shared a coffee tea certification shot.

Actor Shin Min-ah shared four photos on September 20 with the phrase "thank you" on her Instagram.

 

 

 

https://news.joins.com/article/23583068

 

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Our dreamy Chief of Staff Lee Jung-jae is nominated for the Top Excellence Award at the Korea Drama Awards!!! :glasses:

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12 hours ago, luvabe said:

Our dreamy Chief of Staff Lee Jung-jae is nominated for the Top Excellence Award at the Korea Drama Awards!!! :glasses:

 I think /hope he will win. :D But even if he will not take the award, it is good that he was nominated. Kim Dong-Wook is nominated again and he won an award already for his role in Special Labor Inspector Mr. Jo. We`ll see. Whoever will win, congratulation.

 

  The last script.

 

 

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Do Eun-Bi who plays a supporting character, No Da-Jung , last day of shooting and her birthday (on September 28)

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, luvabe said:

Our dreamy Chief of Staff Lee Jung-jae is nominated for the Top Excellence Award at the Korea Drama Awards!!! :glasses:

 

6 hours ago, larus said:

 I think /hope he will win. :D But even if he will not take the award, it is good that he was nominated. Kim Dong-Wook is nominated again and he won an award already for his role in Special Labor Inspector Mr. Jo. We`ll see. Whoever will win, congratulation.

 

Yes to LSJ KDW.  For award seasons we want awards given to thosr who excel and not because they're popular.  I also wish JiSung (from Doctor Yohan) is nominated too cause ..talk about excellent acting!

 

 Waiting for season 2 and I can tell you guys Aide is my fav drama of 2019  for me anway.  And that's only season 1 what more season 2.

 

I wonder what will happen to TJT. I mean it's hard to have moral integrity when in politics because there are temptations leading to power and corruption and blackmail but  you have to have conviction.   Excited  for Season 2.

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More group pictures as the drama has finished shooting

 

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Kim Dong-joon's fans cheer for the actor
We sent coffee tea present to drama <advisor> season 2 shooting room.

 

 

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11 hours ago, jongski said:

I wonder what will happen to TJT. I mean it's hard to have moral integrity when in politics because there are temptations leading to power and corruption and blackmail but  you

have to have conviction.   Excited  for Season 2.

 

I can`t wait to watch it as well. 10 episodes will pass so quickly. This second part will be like a resolusion of the events in first season.

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The first teaser of season 2. YAY!

 

 

 

 

 

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JTBC’s “Chief Of Staff” Announces Premiere Date For 2nd Season With Teaser Video

Oct 1, 2019

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“Chief of Staff” is returning with a second season!

On October 1, JTBC officially announced the second season of “Chief of Staff” by releasing a teaser video.

In the first season, Jang Tae Joon (Lee Jung Jae) was an ambitious senior aide of powerful politicians who graduated at the top of his class in the police academy but turned to politics to seek more power. The season ended with Jang Tae Joon announcing his candidacy for the National Assembly.

According to the teaser video, Jang Tae Joon will return as a member of the National Assembly for the second season. The upcoming season will tell the survival story of Jang Tae Joon as he begins his life as an Assembly man. The main cast remains the same with Shin Min Ah, Lee Elijah, Kim Dong Jun, Kim Kap Soo, and Jung Woong In. New actors joining the drama include Jung Man Sik, Park Hyo Joo, and Jo Bok Rae.

The production team said, “On November 11 at 9:30 p.m. KST, the first episode of ‘Chief of Staff 2’ will air. The key point to the second season is what kind of political path Jang Tae Joon, who has sacrificed and paid to become an Assemblyperson, will take as he is at the peak of having power.”

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1356130wpp/jtbcs-chief-of-staff-announces-premiere-date-for-2nd-season-with-teaser-video

 

 

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Episode 10 -- Did Taejun... actually have his friend killed? I'm completely shocked. Is he really walking down this path? What a development, but I certainly can't say that I'm happy with the way this is going. I am looking forward to season two, I wonder how he's gonna still be the 'good guy' protagonist. Every 'bad' thing he's done up until just now was either a temporary setback or mitigating disaster. Even the Seojuk market thing could probably be justified as he tries to explain. But this... I can't explain. I'm at a loss for words. I hope they concoct some way of him not knowing about it but that's just not realistic, right?

 
 
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