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Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member, is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.
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Why 'Designated Survivor' Chose a Pandemic Storyline for Season 3

Neal Baer is among the few people in the world who can list “licensed physician” and “experienced showrunner” on his resume. With that background, it’s telling that Baer’s most recent TV effort — steering the third season of Kiefer Sutherland drama “Designated Survivor” — revolved around the theme of a pandemic breaking out in the U.S. The extraordinary global respo... more Comments

'Designated Survivor' Adds Michael J. Fox for Season 2 Arc

Five-time Emmy winner Michael J. Fox is about to make President Tom Kirkman's life even more difficult. ABC has revealed that the former Spin City star will join the cast of the Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor for vie episodes in season 2. Fox will play Ethan West, a competitive and wily Washington lawyer who the Cabinet names as ... more Comments

Is 'Designated Survivor' Pursuing a '24'-Inspired Romance Storyline?

There have been many TV presidents. Few, if any, however, have been widowers. This is one reason it was so shocking when Designated Survivor killed off Natascha McElhone's Alex Kirkman, the wife of Kiefer Sutherland's President Tom Kirkman. Yet it appears that the President won't be unattached for long. As was previously reported, ... more Comments

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Season 2 Episode 3 Photos Outbreak

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – “Outbreak” – President Kirkman is faced with a viral pandemic that threatens to kill countless Americans while FBI Agent Hannah Wells and M16 Agent Damian Rennett discover evidence that could change the lives of members of the first family forever, on “Designated Survivor ,” airing WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Season 2 Episode 3 Photos Outbreak ... more Comments

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Season 2 Episode 2 Photos Sting of the Tail

“Sting of the Tail” – FBI Agent Hannah Wells finally closes in on Patrick Lloyd, but when the president decides to take action during the White House Correspondents Dinner, members of the Homeland Security Council threaten to derail their plans, on “Designated Survivor ,” airing WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EDT). “Designated Survivor” stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone ... more Comments

Fall 2017 Calendar: Premiere Dates for New and Returning TV Shows

It's time for the fall TV season to begin! If you've been waiting for your favorite network, cable and streaming shows to return, then you're in luck. Just because Game of Thrones is over for the season doesn't mean there aren't plenty of dramas to check out. American Horror Story, This Is Us, ... more Comments

ABC Renews 'Designated Survivor,' 'SHIELD,' 'Black-ish' and More

With just a few days left until the networks announce their fall 2017 schedules, there's a mad scramble to renew and cancel their current shows before the Upfronts. If you're a fan of Designated Survivor, Agents of SHIELD, The Goldbergs,  Black-ish... more Comments

'Designated Survivor' Taps Fourth Showrunner -- Will This Be the End of the Series' Shaky Storylines?

Designated Survivor has tapped a fourth showrunner for season 2 after a series of internal restructuring that sent the popular ABC show off the rails its first season. "The Good Wife" alum Keith Eisner will take over for Jeff Melvoin, with the latter staying on board as an executive producer and training his replacement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Initially, Amy B. Harris was the series' showrunner, but was replaced in May 2016 by Jon Harmon Feldman, who left the... more Comments

Why 'Designated Survivor' Is Struggling to Find its Footing

While fans hang on to every twisted moment of ABC's political thriller Designated Survivor, behind-the-scenes the show is struggling to find its creative footing as the series searches for their fourth showrunner in a year. The Kiefer Sutherland-led series is making another change in its internal direction according to The Hollywood Reporter, by adding yet another showrunner and quite possibly, another change of direction for the drama. A showrunner is the person... more Comments

6 Reasons You Need to Catch up on 'Designated Survivor'

Designated Survivor is the ABC political drama that's had fans hanging on the edges of their seats with its every twist and turn during the first nine episodes of the show's freshman season. It's core story is that of Tom Kirkman, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who unexpectedly is sworn in as President of the United States after an explosion claimed the lives of the President and all members of his Cabinet. Kirkman is the designated survivor... more Comments

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