Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland

Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor is an American political drama television series created by David Guggenheim that aired on ABC. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Thomas Kirkman, an American politician named the designated survivor for the State of the Union address, who suddenly ascends to the position of President after an explosion kills everyone ranked ahead of him in the line of succession. Kirkman deals with his inexperience as President while looking to uncover the truth behind the attack.

The project skipped the pilot stage and was ordered straight to series on December 14, 2015, followed by a formal announcement on May 6, 2016. The first episode premiered on September 21, 2016, with a full season order coming eight days later. The series was renewed for a second season on May 11, 2017, which premiered on September 27, 2017. On May 11, 2018, ABC canceled the series.

However, on September 5, 2018, Netflix and Entertainment One (which both held the international & distribution rights to Designated Survivor) picked up the series for a third season of 10 episodes, to be released in 2019 with production being solely handled by Entertainment One.

  • First Aired:  21st September 2016
  • Created By:  David Guggenhelm
  • Kiefer Sutherland: Thomas Kirkman

Designated Survivor

On the night of the President’s State of the Union address, an explosion destroys the United States Capitol building and claims the lives of the President and everyone in the line of succession except for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Thomas Kirkman, who had been named the designated survivor. Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is just the beginning of what is to come.

 

 

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There are 2 comments on Designated Survivor

  • Christian Brauckmann on

    Dear Mr. Sutherland,

    I just want to say Thank You for DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. It’s a great pleasure to watch it. The best for your acting and your music.

    Christian

  • Dear Kiefer,

    Thanks for playing the character of Tom Kirkman. You must wonder sometimes how the fictional characters you play can influence the audience. As someone who is always looking for anyone, but particularly leaders, who are human, and have integrity, AND who are finding ways to act from it, I have just dealt with a very difficult situation very differently than I would otherwise, after watching Tom Kirkman in a particular episode. Weird, no?

    Happy that Netflix and Entertainment One have picked up your series for a third season – congratulations!

    Best regards, Nick

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