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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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)