Designated Survivor
High Def

In Production

21 episodes - 60 Minutes

Plot Summary

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.

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), and is directed by Paul McGuigan (Scandal, Sherlock).


Kiefer Sutherland (24)
Natascha McElhone (Californication)
Kal Penn (House)
Adan Canto (Narcos)
Italia Ricci (Chasing Life)
Maggie Q (Nikita)


  • ABC
  • CTV