Every year when the President gives the State of the Union Address, there’s always one person in the presidential line of succession who does not attend so that if tragedy strikes, he or she can step in and become President. That’s the premise behind the new ABC drama Designated Survivor, which sees 24 alum Kiefer Sutherland starring as a low-level cabinet member named Tom Kirkman who becomes President after an attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union.

According to ABC, “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 for who is responsible for the attack.”

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Here are photos from the series premiere of Designated Survivor:

Tom Kirkman is Rushed to the White House After the US Capitol Attack


Kirkman Takes the Oath of Office


Kirkman, His Wife and Seth Wheeler Discuss Their Next Steps


Kirkman’s Children Leo and Penny


The FBI Investigate the Attack


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James Ritter


Kirkman Prepares to Speak on TV


President Kirkman Addresses the Nation


Emily Rhodes and Kirkman During a Meeting


Kirkman at the End of a Stressful First Day as President


Designated Survivor premieres Wednesday, September 21 at 10pm on ABC.

(Images courtesy of ABC)

Jeff Dodge

Staff Writer, BuddyTV

Jeff Dodge, a graduate of Western Washington University, has been a TV news editor for many years and has had the chance to interview multiple reality show stars, including Randy Jackson, Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum, Mel B and John Cena.