Sandra Oh takes on the prickly world of academia in first teaser for the Netflix dramedy The Chair – Daily Mail

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Sandra Oh is set to star in the lead role of a new dramedy series The Chair.

And Netflix gave fans a taste of what’s to come in the first official teaser on Wednesday.

Oh plays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female and woman of color to lead the English department, and all of its high demands and expectations, at the fictional Pembroke University. 

First taste: The first teaser for the Netflix dramedy series The Chair, starring Sandra Oh dropped on Wednesday

First taste: The first teaser for the Netflix dramedy series The Chair, starring Sandra Oh dropped on Wednesday

First taste: The first teaser for the Netflix dramedy series The Chair, starring Sandra Oh dropped on Wednesday

The project was written and produced by Amanda Peet, who also serves as showrunner.

Game Of Thrones famed creators, producers and writers – David Benioff and D.B. Weiss –  are also producing, in what turns out to be the first series as part of their $200 million, multi-year deal with Netflix.

The trailer opens with steady orchestral music setting a tone of prestige and honor.

It then kicks off with Dr. Kim seemingly arriving for her first day of work on campus; slowly making her way up the walkways leading into the snow-covered university.

Once inside, Dr. Kim continues her way through the hallowed halls until she briefly pauses in front of her new office to marvel at her name plaque -Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, Chair, Department of English – on the door. 

New role: Oh plays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female and woman of color to lead the English department, and all of its high demands and expectations, at the fictional Pembroke University

New role: Oh plays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female and woman of color to lead the English department, and all of its high demands and expectations, at the fictional Pembroke University

New role: Oh plays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female and woman of color to lead the English department, and all of its high demands and expectations, at the fictional Pembroke University

On the job: Dr. Kim seemingly arriving for her first day of work on campus

On the job: Dr. Kim seemingly arriving for her first day of work on campus

On the job: Dr. Kim seemingly arriving for her first day of work on campus

Walking with pride: Dr.Kim slowly makes her way up the walkways leading into the snow-covered university as students and faculty make their way around campus

Walking with pride: Dr.Kim slowly makes her way up the walkways leading into the snow-covered university as students and faculty make their way around campus

Walking with pride: Dr.Kim slowly makes her way up the walkways leading into the snow-covered university as students and faculty make their way around campus

History: Once inside, Dr. Kim continues her way through the hallowed halls

History: Once inside, Dr. Kim continues her way through the hallowed halls

History: Once inside, Dr. Kim continues her way through the hallowed halls

Recognition: Dr. Kim pauses in front of her new office to marvel at her name plaque -Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, Chair, Department of English - on the door

Recognition: Dr. Kim pauses in front of her new office to marvel at her name plaque -Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, Chair, Department of English - on the door

Recognition: Dr. Kim pauses in front of her new office to marvel at her name plaque -Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, Chair, Department of English – on the door

And although Oh’s character doesn’t utter one single word in the sneak peak, the nameplate left as a wrapped gift on her desk speaks loudly to what viewers can expect from her and the series.

‘F**ker in charge of you f***ing f**ks,’ it reads, which garners are sly grin from Dr. Kim that transforms into a smile.

She then proceeds to sit down with pride at her large desk to try it on for size as the chorus of orchestral music plays with prominence.

But just as she starts to survey the room, looking as though she’s pondering all the hard work and successes she endured to get this this point, the left arm rest on the chair breaks off and she falls to the floor.             

The new head of the English Department soaks in her new office

The new head of the English Department soaks in her new office

The new head of the English Department soaks in her new office

The educator notices a wrapped gift on her desk

The educator notices a wrapped gift on her desk

Dr. Kim smiles after she unwraps the gift on her desk

Dr. Kim smiles after she unwraps the gift on her desk

Hilarious: Dr. Kim offers a sly grin and smile when she unwraps a nameplate on her desk that reads: ‘F**ker in charge of you f***ing f**ks’

Prideful: She then proceeds to sit down at her large desk to try it on for size

Prideful: She then proceeds to sit down at her large desk to try it on for size

Prideful: She then proceeds to sit down at her large desk to try it on for size

The new Chair: The new head of the English Department starts to survey the room

The new Chair: The new head of the English Department starts to survey the room

Down she goes: Just as she appears to ponder all the hard work and successes she endured to get this this point, the left arm rest on the chair breaks off and Dr. Kim falls to the floor

Down she goes: Just as she appears to ponder all the hard work and successes she endured to get this this point, the left arm rest on the chair breaks off and Dr. Kim falls to the floor

The new Chair: The new head of the English Department starts to survey the room

Knockout: The teaser ends with Dr. Kim on the floor and out of view

Knockout: The teaser ends with Dr. Kim on the floor and out of view

Knockout: The teaser ends with Dr. Kim on the floor and out of view

Along with Oh, the series also stars Jay Duplass as Professor Bill Dobson, Holland Taylor as Professor Joan Hambling, Bob Balaban as Professor Elliot Rentz, Nana Mensah as Professor Yaz McKay, David Morse as Dean Paul Larson, and Everly Carganilla as Ju-Hee ‘Ju Ju’ Kim, among others.     

The Chair, which will consist of six, half-hour episodes, will be the first time Peet has served on a production as a writer or as a showrunner. 

Peet, best known to most fans as an actress in such films as The Whole Nine Yards (2000), Saving Silverman (2001), Something’s Gotta Give (2003), Syriana (2005), and the HBO series Togetherness (2015-2016), also happens to be married to Benioff. 

The Chair is set to drop on Netflix on August 20.   

Oh, 49, took to her Instagram page earlier this month to share the news of the premiere, writing, ‘Change in plans – the Chair premieres Aug 20th on Netflix @netflix @itsnanamensah @hollandvtaylor.’       

Tease: Oh, 49, has been sharing teasers for the news series on Instagram

Tease: Oh, 49, has been sharing teasers for the news series on Instagram

Tease: Oh, 49, has been sharing teasers for the news series on Instagram

Coming: The Chair is slated to premiere on Netflix August 20

Coming: The Chair is slated to premiere on Netflix August 20

Coming: The Chair is slated to premiere on Netflix August 20

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