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 US Capitol during the State of the Union, on the highly anticipated series Designated Survivor. In this dramatic thriller, Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.
Did You Know?
, who plays a White House staffer in this show, has actually worked as a White House staffer in his real life. In 2009, his character on House M.D.
(2004) was killed off so that Penn could take a job as Associate Director of the Obama administration's White House Office of Public Engagement (working there under his birth name, Kalpen Modi). He took a leave from that job in June 2010 to film A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
(2011) and returned to the White House after filming ended, in November 2010. He also worked for Obama's reelection campaign and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. See more
President Kirkman never travels with "the Beast". Instead the presidents motorcade consist of Tahoe and Suburbans. See more
You're still on my side?
I'm always on your side, Mr. President.