"Designated Survivor" is a drama series on ABC starring Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Kiefer Sutherland ("24").

This conspiracy thriller follows Tom Kirkman, 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 cast includes Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Maggie Q as Hannah Wells, Kal Penn as Seth Wright, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as James Ritter, and Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman.

"Designated Survivor" is from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. David Guggenheim is creator and executive producer. In addition to Guggenheim, the series is executive produced by Simon Kinberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, and Aditya Sood. Paul McGuigan directed the first episode.

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Network: ABC
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: September 21, 2016
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
The Mark Gordon Company
ABC Studios

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