Kiefer Sutherland to Play President in ABC Drama Series ‘Designated Survivor’

Kiefer Sutherland is returning to a tiny screen.

The 24: Live Another Day alum will star in Designated Survivor, a thespian thriller that has been systematic straight-to-series during ABC, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The play will be created by David Guggenheim (Safe House), who will exec furnish alongside Simon Kinberg (The Martian, X-Men) and his Genre Films banner, Sutherland and Entertainment 360’s Suzan Bymel. 

Designated Survivor centers on a lower-level United States cupboard member (Sutherland) who is unexpected allocated boss after a inauspicious conflict during a State of a Union kills everybody above him in a presidential line of succession. The series, that does not nonetheless have an part count, is described as a family play wrapped around a swindling thriller about an typical male in an unusual situation.

The array hails from a Mark Gordon Co. Studios (Quantico, Grey’s Anatomy), and outlines a banner’s initial array pickup given it was launched as a stand-alone association based during Entertainment One. ABC Studios will co-produce alongside MGC; eOne will hoop general distribution.

The play outlines ABC’s initial new scripted array further for a 2016-17 promote season. Designated Survivor, holding a pretension from a U.S. Presidential Succession Act put in place to strengthen a sequence of succession, becomes the latest straight-to-series sequence as promote networks demeanour to captivate tip concepts, stars and producers amid an increasingly rival scripted landscape. 

For Sutherland, a purpose outlines his latest TV incursion given he reprised his purpose as Jack Bauer in Fox singular array 24: Live Another Day. The play comes as Fox has voiced seductiveness in stability a 24 authorization — without Sutherland.

Crime and troops thrillers are among a biggest trends this growth deteriorate as networks demeanour to build on a success of Serial and American Sniper.

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