• Designated Survivor Series

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    Key Information

    43 x 60′
    Year of production
    Country of origin
    United States of America
    Produced by
    The Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios
    New & Returning

    Language versions





    Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union.  In the hit ABC series Designated Survivor, Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.


    In Season Two, President Kirkman finds his feet as Commander-in-Chief as he closes the ring on the terrorists who destroyed the Capitol and manages the daily flow of crises inside the West Wing. He’ll take on some of the world’s most urgent and controversial matters with the help of his aides, including three new series regulars:  offbeat but brilliant Political Director Lyor Boone; the new resident legal eagle, White House Counsel Kendra Daynes; and British MI6 Agent Damian Rennett. 


    Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Maggie Q as Hannah Wells,  Kal Penn as Seth Wright, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, Paulo Costanzo as Lyor Boone, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Natasha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Zoe McLellan as Kendra Daynes, Ben Lawson as Damian Rennett and LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter.

    Additional Information

    • #1 most watched show of the 2016/17 season on ABC (USA) [P2+]

    • ABC's highest-rated series for over 10 years in its time slot (Wednesday 10pm) (A18-49)

    • "The best new network show" - The Huffington Post

    • "In Kiefer we trust" - The Hollywood Reporter


    Season Breakdown:
    • S1: 21 x 60 min (2016)
    • S2: 22 x 60 min (2017)

    Cast & Crew

    Paul McGuigan
    Key talent(s)
    Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Kal Penn, Adan Canto, Maggie Q, Italia Ricci, Virginia Madsen
    David Guggenheim