• Designated Survivor Series

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    Key Information

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

    Language versions





    Designated Survivor, starring Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Kiefer Sutherland (24), is a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.

    In the series, a lower-level United States Cabinet member, Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), is suddenly appointed President after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.

    The series features a stellar cast including Kal Penn (House) as Kirkman’s speech writer, Adan Canto (Narcos) as his senior advisor, Italia Ricci (Chasing Life) as his no-nonsense Chief of Staff Emily, Maggie Q (Nikita) as Hannah, the lead FBI agent on the bombing of the Capitol, and Natascha McElhone (Californication) as Kirkman’s wife, an equal employment opportunity attorney and Academy Award-nominated Virginia Madsen (Sideways) as the Republicans' Designated Survivor, Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten.

    The primetime series for ABC (USA) is produced by The Mark Gordon Company (Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan, Quantico, Criminal Minds), and ABC Studios (Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder) created by David Guggenheim (Safe House, Bad Boys 3), executive produced by Simon Kinberg (The Martian, X-Men), Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy) and Nicholas Pepper (Quantico) alongside showrunner Jon Feldman (Dirty Sexy Money).

    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)

    Cast & Crew

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