Designated Survivor (2016– )
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After 10 weeks of grief, the President's senior staff insists he see a therapist to help deal with his loss. Hanna and Aaron are part of a trade delegation to Cuba but the trip doesn't go well.


Timothy Busfield


David Guggenheim (created by), Keith Eisner | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom Kirkman
Paulo Costanzo ... Lyor Boone
Adan Canto ... Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci ... Emily Rhodes
LaMonica Garrett ... Mike Ritter
Zoe McLellan ... Kendra Daynes
Ben Lawson ... Damian Rennett
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Timothy Busfield ... Dr. Adam Louden
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Lisa Marcos ... Senator Sanchez
Chelsea Harris ... Tricia Sims
Miguel Pérez ... Ramon Bravo (as Miguel Perez)
Emiliano Díez ... President Ortega (as Emiliano Diez)


It's been ten weeks since Alex was killed in a tragic traffic accident. Since, Tom has been a ghost of a president, he not having made any significant decisions which is crippling the country. Although his senior staff realizes it, Tom himself doesn't, and as such they have recommended that he go into therapy with Dr. Adam Louden. The outcome of that therapy will be tested concerning a trade mission to Cuba organized between US Senator Sanchez and Cuban President Ortega. Beyond a bipartisan group of senators and congresspeople, the mission includes key business people hoping to do business in Cuba, with Aaron and Hannah, the latter on probation due to the point blank shooting of Damian Rennett, providing White House staff services. That mission turns into a crisis when the American trade representatives, including Aaron and Hannah, are taken hostage by a rebel group opposed to Ortega and his dealings with the Americans. The situation is already difficult enough due to the tenuous ... Written by Huggo

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English | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

28 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

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16:9 HD
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In addition to playing Dr. Louden, Timothy Busfield also directed the episode. See more »


The media in Cuba are controlled by the state since the country is a Communist dictatorship. Leaking information that would harm the Cuban government to them would be pointless, because they would and could not publish it anyway. See more »


Tom Kirkman: General, cancel the wire transfer.
General: Sir?
Tom Kirkman: How long will it take you to get your men ashore?
General: 45 minutes, sir.
Tom Kirkman: Bring the fleet in as close to land as possible. If a show of force doesn't get the insurgents to back down, send in the Marines.
General: Yes, sir.
Senator Sanchez: I'll have a Congressional statement of support ready to issue.
Tom Kirkman: Good.
[Sanchez leaves, and Kirkman follows her out]
Emily Rhodes: What the hell just happened?
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Features Designated Survivor: Line of Fire (2017) See more »


Designated Survivor Theme
Written & performed by Sean Callery
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Reasonable start
11 March 2018 | by KingslaaySee all my reviews

2018 kicks off with a slow and reasonable start for Designated Survivor.

The writers did a good job to show how Kirkman would react to the death of his wife. There were many ways they could have gone with such as him overcome with emotion but chose to go with someone finding it hard to embrace the loss.

I am a fan of the show will tune in to see how things build up and are laid out. This show has some great potential and acting power to deliver a strong punch.

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