Kiefer Sutherland is returning to television, serving as both the executive producer and taking on the regular role of the President of the United States in ABC’s political conspiracy thriller “Designated Survivor”.
Sutherland plays a lower level U.S. Cabinet member suddenly appointed President after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession. The series also explores the impact of this extraordinary situation on his family.
Scoting a straight-to-series order, Simon Kinberg (“X-Men” films) will also executive produce aloingside documentary filmmaker David Guggenheim (“Waiting for Superman,” “An Inconvenient Truth”) penning the script. Mark Gordon Company (“Quantico,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) will produce the series.