ABC Officially Orders Kiefer Sutherlands “Designated Survivor” to Series

designated-survivorDesignated Survivor centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history. The series features a supporting cast of established actors that includes Natascha McElhon, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett and Tanner Buchanan.

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ABC has officially picked up conspiracy thriller drama Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland to series. The project, from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, had a straight-to-series order by ABC but I hear there was an out option after the pilot, written by David Guggenheim and directed by Paul McGuigan. However, I hear the pilot came in very strong, getting arguably the most enthusiastic reaction among all ABC drama pilots this year.

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ABC has officially picked up conspiracy thriller drama Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland to series. The project, from ABC Logothe Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, had a straight-to-series order by ABC but I hear there was an out option after the pilot, written by David Guggenheim and directed by Paul McGuigan. However, I hear the pilot came in very strong, getting arguably the most enthusiastic reaction among all ABC drama pilots this year, thus cementing its series status. Along with the formal pickup news, ABC has released a teaser trailer for the show as the network will likely start promoting the return to primetime of 24 star Sutherland right away, including during its NBA playoffs coverage.

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The series follows Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland), a lower cabinet member who is thrust into the presidency after an attack on Washington. Kirkman will attempt to keep the country (and his own life) together in the aftermath.

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As we’re currently in the middle of an out of control election season, what could be better than watching Kiefer Sutherland becoming the President of the United States? Not that he’ll be elected into office. The name of the show refers to the story-shaping event in the first episode, where Washington D.C. is the target of a massive attack, and Sutherland’s Tom Kirkman is the person who has to take over as POTUS when there’s no one left as his superior. Few situations can possibly put someone under more pressure, and Kirkman immediately has to focus on protecting both the country and his family while staving off widespread panic.