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Designated Survivor 

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A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

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David Guggenheim
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Series cast summary:
Kiefer Sutherland ...  Tom Kirkman 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Adan Canto ...  Aaron Shore 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Italia Ricci ...  Emily Rhodes 43 episodes, 2016-2018
LaMonica Garrett ...  Mike Ritter 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Kal Penn ...  Seth Wright 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Maggie Q ...  Hannah Wells 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Natascha McElhone ...  Alex Kirkman 31 episodes, 2016-2017
Jake Epstein ...  Chuck Russink 28 episodes, 2016-2018
Paulo Costanzo ...  Lyor Boone 22 episodes, 2017-2018
Zoe McLellan ...  Kendra Daynes 21 episodes, 2017-2018
Ben Lawson ...  Damian Rennett 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Tanner Buchanan ...  Leo Kirkman 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Reed Diamond ...  John Forstell 19 episodes, 2016-2018
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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. Written by ahmetkozan

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sobrevivente Designado See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Kal Penn, 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 »

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President Kirkman never travels with "the Beast". Instead the presidents motorcade consist of Tahoe and Suburbans. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Tom Kirkman: You're still on my side?
Alex Kirkman: I'm always on your side, Mr. President.
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Disappointing
6 October 2016 | by Demna JanelidzeSee all my reviews

It's simply unfathomable that America after such huge and unprecedented tragic attack would be so dull and relaxed. The series doesn't capture any of the drama in the aftermath of such occurrence. Apart from some shiny moments with Sutherland, the series is soapy, boring and stereotypical. The acting is mediocre and not very believable. The plot is thin and characters are shallow. Music (melodramatic phony songs) ridiculous and series original score absent. The sense of urgency is also missing, there's not swift reappointment of the cabinet or real talk about special elections to reinstate congress and resume legislative operations. The series is nothing like House of Cards, where even every subtle and tiny political act is thrill inducing and watch-worthy. I don't see how this series can progress from that. Absolutely detached from reality and soapy TV show while it could have been one of the best.


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