Kiefer Sutherland's POTUS Drama Designated Survivor Ordered to Series at ABC — Watch a Teaser

ABC has officially endorsed Kiefer Sutherland for president.

TVLine has learned that the network has formally handed a 13-episode series order to Designated Survivor, a conspiracy-drama that stars the 24 vet as an unlikely POTUS. The early pickup (ABC doesn’t unveil their fall lineup until May 17) would seem to confirm buzz that the project tested extremely well.

Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. Season 1 will find him struggling to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history.

The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett and Tanner Buchanan.

Watch the just-released Designated Survivor teaser above, and then hit the comments with an answer to this question: Will you elect to watch the premiere this fall?

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  1. Daniel says:

    Ehm, this was already ordered months ago Michael. The teaser is new, but the series had already been ordered months ago.

    • J says:

      Although ABC ordered this straight to series, the network still had an out clause after the pilot presentation if they chose not to move forward with the show.

  2. Candice says:

    Yes I will watch. It is a fresh concept.

  3. Melisa says:

    Yes we will watch the show loved him in 24

  4. Miss Ellys says:

    I am onboard. Seems fresh and non soapy

  5. Dennis says:

    What about CASTLE?!?
    Ahhhhh we find out today, don’t we?

  6. Kevin K says:

    Great to see Kiefer Sutherland back on TV. Wonder if Jack Bauer might make a cameo in 24: Legacy.

  7. Broadwayfan says:

    I’m ready to give it a try. I like Kiefer S. Although ’24’ was too much for me. This could be good.

  8. Hellas13 says:

    Put it up against the new 24 so it dominates it.

  9. RedReddington says:

    Sounds like Battlestar Galactica and what happened to President Roslin, the difference being BSG was a sci fi series and set in space. (I’m well aware the shows are different, the concept just made me think of BSG) Miss that show a lot. 😕

  10. satireknight says:

    Sounds like a good, original, complicated concept. I’ll definitely watch it.

  11. James D says:

    yup love it already. gimme gimme gimme

  12. Sharon says:

    I would watch any show with Kiefer Sutherland.

  13. mikefrommarkham says:

    Not an original concept (see “The Man” by Irving Wallace, 1964) but intriguing nonetheless… Glad to see Kiefer Sutherland back on the small screen again.

  14. Linda says:

    Sounds like Jack Ryan in a Tom Clancy book back in the 90’s. Great concept!

    • Mel says:

      Ditto! They should take a page (rather pages) out of Tom Clancy’s Executive Orders. Kiefer Sutherland could definitely do justice to Jack Ryan’s speeches from that book.

  15. Lucille de la Chevrotiere says:

    for sure I will be watching it.

  16. christopher bee says:

    MCElhone, Maggie Q. Kal Penn and Italia Ricci are a reason alone to watch this show. I´m tempted.

  17. Maria says:

    I’m all in.

  18. Christian says:

    Reminds me of that book – Trevayne – by Robert Ludlum (who wrote the Jason Bourne novels). Would love the show if it was (even partially) based on this

  19. Faye says:

    I will definitely be checking this out. Looks to be a fresh idea.

  20. it has kiefer. nuff said.

  21. JeffM says:

    You had me at Kiefer.

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  23. Rene says:

    Heck yeah! Kiefer’s GOT to be as good or better than the people running in real life! And I will go a far piece to watch Kiefer act

  24. Shirley Medd says:

    I will definitely watch. I’ma big Kiefer Sutherland fan.

  25. Beatrice Sehl says:

    Can’t wait for this show. Love Maggie Q. Looks like a winner to me. All great actors. Preview peeked my interest. Tiered of reality shows. Need a good show now that their screwing up Blacklist.