Designated Survivor: 60 Days

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Designated Survivor: 60 Days
Promotional poster
Hangul60일, 지정생존자
Based onDesignated Survivor
by David Guggenheim
Developed byStudio Dragon
Written byKim Tae-hee
Directed byYoo Jong-sun
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Running time63-85 minutes
Production companyDK E&M
Original networktvN
Original releaseJuly 1 (2019-07-01) –
August 20, 2019 (2019-08-20)
Related shows Designated Survivor
External links
Production website

Designated Survivor: 60 Days (Korean60일, 지정생존자; Hanja60日,指定生存者; RR60Il, Jijeongsaengjonja) is a 2019 South Korean television series based on the 2016–2019 American television series Designated Survivor.[1][2] It stars Ji Jin-hee, Heo Joon-ho, Kang Han-na, Lee Joon-hyuk and Bae Jong-ok.[3] The series aired on tvN and Netflix from July 1 to August 20, 2019.[4][5]


Park Mu-jin (Ji Jin-hee) is the South Korean Minister of Environment, with little ambition as a politician. After a diplomatic incident involving free trade negotiations with the United States, and Park's dispute over numbers provided by its Environmental Protection Agency about pollution caused by imported cars, President Yang Jin-ma (Kim Kap-soo) dismisses him from the office.

The next day, as the President announces to the National Assembly that he is making peace with North Korea, the building explodes, killing all of the South Korean line of succession. Park Mu-jin, whose resignation had yet to become effective, survived the accident. He is sworn in as Acting President for 60 days, and starts uncovering the truth behind the bombing.




Park Family[edit]

  • Kim Gyu-ri as Choi Kang-yeon, First Lady of South Korea, Park Mu-jin's wife and a human rights lawyer. She is the equivalent of Alex Kirkman from the US version.
  • Nam Woo-hyun as Park Si-wan, Park Mu-jin's teenage son. He is the equivalent of Leo Kirkman from the US version.
  • Ok Ye-rin [ko] as Park Si-jin, Park Mu-jin's daughter. She is the equivalent of Penny Kirkman from the US version.

The Blue House[edit]

  • Son Seok-koo as Cha Young-jin, Presidential Office Senior Administrator. He is the equivalent of Aaron Shore in the US version.
  • Choi Yoon-young as Jung Soo-jung, secretary of Park Mu-jin. She is the equivalent of Emily Rhodes in the US version.
  • Lee Moo-seang [ko] as Kim Nam-wook, Presidential Office Administrator and later Acting Press Secretary, former defector from North Korea. He is the equivalent of Seth Wright from the US version.
  • Kong Jung-hwan [ko] as Kang Dae-han, Presidential Security Service Agent. He is the equivalent of Mike Ritter from the US version.
  • Lee Do-yub [ko] as An Se-young, Chief of Civil Affairs.
  • Baek Hyun-joo as Min Hee-kyung, Presidential Secretary.
  • Park Keun-rok [ko] as Park Soo-kyo, Presidential Office Administrator.
  • Park Choong-seon [ko] as Ko Young-mok, Director of the National Security Office.
  • Song Yoo-hyun [ko] as Kim Eun-joo, administrator of the second subdivision office.[6]

National Intelligence Service[edit]

  • Kim Joo-hun as Jung Han-mo, NIS Terrorism Task Force Chief. He is the equivalent of Jason Atwood from the US version.
  • Jeon Sung-woo as Seo Ji-won, NIS Terrorism Task Force Cyber Specialist. He is the equivalent of Chuck Russink from the US version.
  • Kim Jin-geun [ko] as Ji Yoon-bae, NIS Deputy Director. He is the equivalent of John Forstell in the US version.
  • Lee Ha-yool as Kim Jun-oh, NIS agent.

Republic of Korea Army[edit]

Presidential Candidates[edit]

  • Ahn Nae-sang as Kang Sang-goo, former three term Mayor of Seoul. He is the equivalent and composite of Governor James Royce and President Cornelius Moss from the US version.

TBN Station[edit]

  • Choi Jin-ho as Kim Dan, Director of Station.
  • Oh Hye-won as Woo Sin-young, journalist. She is the equivalent and composite of Elizabeth Vargas, Lisa Jordan, and Abe Leonard from the US version.

Special appearances[edit]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Designated Survivor: 60 Days OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists

Part 1[edit]

Released on July 9, 2019 (2019-07-09)
1."My Hope"Cha YeoulFreeLeoCha Yeoul3:43
2."My Hope" (Inst.) FreeLeo 3:43
Total length:7:26

Part 2[edit]

Released on July 23, 2019 (2019-07-23)
  • Tae Bong-i
  • Han Rim
  • Tae Bong-i
  • Sung Hyun-taek
Gonne Choi4:12
2."Tomorrow" (Inst.) 
  • Tae Bong-i
  • Sung Hyun-taek
Total length:8:24

Part 3[edit]

Released on August 6, 2019 (2019-08-06)
  • 12wol32il
  • Tae Bong-i
  • Sung Hyun-taek
  • Tae Bong-i
  • Sung Hyun-taek
2."Faith" (Inst.) 
  • Tae Bong-i
  • Sung Hyun-taek
Total length:6:20


Designated Survivor: 60 Days : South Korea viewers per episode (thousands)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research.[7]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[8]
Nationwide Seoul
1 July 1, 2019 Day 60: The Acting President 3.383% 3.974%
2 July 2, 2019 Day 60: Commander-In-Chief 4.157% 4.446%
3 July 8, 2019 Day 59: Maintaining Status Quo 4.336% 4.436%
4 July 9, 2019 Day 58: Confession 4.155% 4.330%
5 July 15, 2019 Day 57: A Good Person 4.277% 4.832%
6 July 16, 2019 Day 52: Command 3.843% 4.118%
7 July 22, 2019 Day 49: Governance 4.057% 4.326%
8 July 23, 2019 Day 42: Doubt 4.172% 4.433%
9 July 29, 2019 Day 41: Scandal 4.031% 4.387%
10 July 30, 2019 Day 40: Accomplice 4.421% 4.576%
11 August 5, 2019 Day 39: The Acting President, Oh Yeong-seok 4.488% 5.034%
12 August 6, 2019 Day 37: Answer 4.771% 5.205%
13 August 12, 2019 Day 35: Presidential Candidate 4.778% 4.875%
14 August 13, 2019 Day 34: The Outcome 4.948% 5.484%
15 August 19, 2019 Day 32: The Trap 5.434% 6.067%
16 August 20, 2019 Day 31: The Last Choice 6.178% 7.181%
Average 4.464% 4.857%
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • 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[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Lee Joon-hyuk Nominated [9]
Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Adaptation of an Existing Format Designated Survivor: 60 Days Won [10][11]


  1. ^ "'Designated Survivor' Gets A Korean Twist With 'Designated Survivor: 60 Days'". Forbes. July 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Political dramas hit TV screens as elections draw closer". Yonhap News. July 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Yeo Ye-rim (March 19, 2019). "tvN names 'Survivor' remake cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "지진희, '60일, 지정생존자'로 화려하게 컴백…대통령 권한대행 변신 완료" (in Korean). June 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Designated Survivor: 60 Days, A Korean Adaptation of Designated Survivor, Comes to Netflix in Summer". Netflix Media Center. May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Hwang, Hye-jin (July 9, 2019). "'지정생존자' 송유현, 김규리 비서로 첫 등장…걸크러쉬 매력". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Nielsen Korea". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  8. ^ "Nielsen Korea". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "'2019코리아드라마어워즈(KDA)' 연기대상 후보..김해숙·최수종·염정아·조정석 등". Sedaily (in Korean). September 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "2019 Asian Academy Creative Awards Regional Winners".

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