Protect the Boss

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Protect the Boss
Protect The Boss-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Protect the Boss
Also known as Defend Your Boss
Genre Romance, Comedy, Action
Format Television series
Written by Kwon Ki-young
Directed by So Jung-hyun
Starring Choi Kang-hee
Ji Sung
Kim Jaejoong
Wang Ji-hye
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 18[1]
Production
Executive producer(s) Choi Moon-suk
Producer(s) Lee Sang-baek
Location(s) Korea
Running time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Broadcast
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Original run 3 August 2011 (2011-08-03) – 29 September 2011 (2011-09-29)
Chronology
Preceded by City Hunter
Followed by Deep Rooted Tree
External links
Website

Protect the Boss (Hangul: 보스를 지켜라; RR: Boseureul Jikyeora) is a 2011 South Korean workplace romantic comedy television series starring Choi Kang-hee, Ji Sung, Kim Jaejoong, Wang Ji-hye, and Park Yeong-gyu.[2][3][4] It aired on SBS from August 3 to September 29, 2011 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55.[5][6]

Among its early working titles were The Boss Has Changed (Hangul: 보스가 달라졌어요) and The Last Secretary (Hangul: 마지막 여비서).

Plot[edit]

Cha Ji-heon (Ji Sung) is an incredibly immature young man who is useless at his job as a director at DN Group, where the chairman is his father (Park Yeong-gyu). Ji-heon has a longstanding rivalry in work and love with cousin Cha Mu-won (Kim Jaejoong), as Mu-won is a mature, hardworking, and seemingly perfect executive, and the two both have a romantic history with Seo Na-yoon (Wang Ji-hye). Spunky and tough Noh Eun-seol (Choi Kang-hee) is struggling to find full-time work because of her juvenile delinquent record and poor academic background. After giving the hiring directors a piece of her mind during a job interview at DN Group, she is surprised to find herself hired by Mu-won (who was captivated by her interview) to be the secretary to Ji-heon. Determined not to be fired from her first professional job, Eun-seol works diligently at putting up with Ji-heon's childishness and keeping him in check. As their working relationship progresses, they earn each other's trust and friendship, and Eun-seol helps Ji-heon deal with his phobias and prove himself capable of becoming DN Group's successor. Things get more complicated when Ji-heon and Mu-won both fall for Eun-seol, who doesn't want to get mixed up with either of them... or does she?

Cast[edit]

  • Wang Ji-hye as Seo Na-yoon[14]
  • Park Yeong-gyu as Chairman Cha, Ji-heon's father
  • Cha Hwa-yeon as Shin Sook-hee, Mu-won's mother
  • Kim Young-ok as Mrs. Song, Ji-heon and Mu-won's grandmother
  • Ha Jae-sook as Lee Myung-ran, Eun-seol's best friend
  • Jung Kyu-soo as Noh Bong-man, Eun-seol's father
  • Kim Hyung-bum as Secretary Kim
  • Kim Ha-kyoon as Secretary Jang
  • Kim Chung as Hwang Kwan-jang
  • Kim Seung-wook as Park Sang-mu
  • Lee Hee-jin as Yang Ha-young
  • Ahn Nae-sang (cameo)
  • Oh Hyun-kyung (cameo)
  • Yoon Gi-won (cameo)

Episode ratings[edit]

Date Episode # TNmS Ratings (%)[15]
Nationwide Seoul
8/3/2011 1 12.1% (6th) 14.5% (4th)
8/4/2011 2 13.4% (4th) 16.3% (4th)
8/10/2011 3 15.3% (4th) 18.3% (1st)
8/11/2011 4 15.3% (3rd) 17.6% (2nd)
8/17/2011 5 15.7% (4th) 19.2% (1st)
8/18/2011 6 16.1% (4th) 19.0% (3rd)
8/24/2011 7 14.0% (4th) 17.8% (3rd)
8/25/2011 8 15.6% (4th) 18.7% (3rd)
8/31/2011 9 14.0% (4th) 17.2% (4th)
9/1/2011 10 14.5% (4th) 17.5% (3rd)
9/7/2011 11 13.2% (5th) 15.5% (5th)
9/8/2011 12 13.4% (5th) 16.2% (4th)
9/14/2011 13 13.9% (4th) 18.1% (4th)
9/15/2011 14 13.3% (5th) 15.8% (5th)
9/21/2011 15 13.5% (6th) 16.9% (4th)
9/22/2011 16 12.9% (8th) 15.4% (5th)
9/28/2011 17 14.1% (4th) 17.1% (4th)
9/29/2011 18 14.6% (4th) 18.1% (4th)
Average 14.1% 17.2%

Source: TNmS Media Korea

Soundtrack[edit]

Track listing[16]
  1. "우리 그냥 사랑하게 해주세요" (Please let us love) – A Pink
  2. "잘 알지도 못하면서" – Lyn
  3. "지켜줄게" (I'll protect you) – Kim Jaejoong[17]
  4. "묻는다 – 엠스트리트" - M.Street
  5. "그대만 보여요" (I can only see you) – Yewon of Jewelry and Hwang Kwanghee of ZE:A[18]
  6. "슬픈 노래는" (Sad song) – Heo Young-saeng[19]
  7. "너 때문에" – Hyu Woo
  8. "이제야 알겠어" (Now we know why) – Son Hyun-woo
  9. "우리 그냥 사랑하게 해주세요" (instrumental)
  10. "잘 알지도 못하면서" (instrumental)
  11. "지켜줄게" (instrumental)
  12. "묻는다" (instrumental)
  13. "그대만 보여요" (instrumental)
  14. "슬픈 노래는" (instrumental)
  15. "너 때문에" (instrumental)
  16. "이제야 알겠어" (instrumental)

Awards[edit]

2011 SBS Drama Awards[20]

International broadcast[edit]

The series was popular in Japan[13] and aired on multiple channels, including: paid satellite channels KNTV,[21] DATV, KBS Japan, BS Japan TV,[22] and major broadcaster TBS.[23]

Remake[edit]

Ukrainian remake Спасти Босса ("Save the Boss") aired on channel Kanal Ukraina in 2012.[24][25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Han, Yeo-wool (14 September 2011). "Protect the Boss confirmed for 2 more episodes". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (2 August 2011). "Hot-blooded secretary meets clumsy boss in new SBS drama". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ Hwang, Hyo-jin (28 July 2011). "PREVIEW: SBS TV series Protect the Boss". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (1 October 2011). "Protect the Boss Proves It's Not Just About the Ratings". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ Kim, Jessica (4 August 2011). "REVIEW: SBS TV series Protect the Boss - 1st Episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Kim, Jessica (30 September 2011). "REVIEW: SBS TV series Protect the Boss - Final Episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Choi, Min-ji (30 September 2011). "Choi Kang Hee Shares Her Feelings About Wrapping Up Protect the Boss". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (6 October 2011). "Interview: Choi Kang Hee, Unaffected By Men and Time". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (14 October 2011). "Interview: Ji Sung Aims for the Far Future". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ Lee, Ga-on (18 October 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Ji Sung - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ Lee, Ga-on (18 October 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Ji Sung - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  12. ^ Choi, Min-ji (2 September 2012). "Kim Jae Joong Has Officially Caught the Acting Bug". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  13. ^ a b Ho, Stewart (27 September 2012). "JYJ Kim Jae Joong's Protect the Boss Voted Most Beloved K-Drama in Japan". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  14. ^ Lee, Ga-on (31 August 2011). "MY NAME IS: Wang Ji-hye". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  15. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to the current day's ratings; select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). 
  16. ^ "Protect the Boss Original Soundtrack info". YesAsia. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  17. ^ Park, Hyun-min (12 August 2011). "Kim Jae Joong and Kim Junsu Reign On Top". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  18. ^ Choi, Min-ji (19 August 2011). "Kwang Hee & Ye Won Come Together for Boss OST: I See Only You". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  19. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (7 September 2011). "Brian Sings For Protect the Boss OST". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  20. ^ Kim, Jessica (2 January 2012). "Han Suk-kyu reclaims glory at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  21. ^ "Protect The Boss will air in Japan via KNTV starting November". Prince JJ. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  22. ^ "Protect the Boss will be broadcast in BS Japan TV Channel". Jaejoong-Yoochun-Junsu. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  23. ^ "JYJ Jaejoong's Protect the Boss is Extremely Popular in Japan". Soompi. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  24. ^ "Ji Sung, JYJ Kim Jae-joong's Protect the Boss sold to Ukraine". 10Asia. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  25. ^ http://spastibosa.kanalukraina.tv/ru/

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