USA Today: Kiefer Sutherland is ABC’s ‚Designated‘ star

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Kiefer Sutherland is ABC’s ‚Designated‘ star

BEVERLY HILLS — Designated savior.It is not, to say the least, the most exciting of new fall lineups that the broadcast networks have coming your way. But ABC’s Designated Survivor seems to be generating some positive pre-fall energy, thanks in large part to Kiefer Sutherland.The former 24 star returns to TV as Tom Kirkman, a low-level Cabinet official thrust into the presidency when the entire government is wiped out in an attack during the State of the Union address. It’s Kirkman to the rescue — but this quiet, thoughtful family man is a very different hero than 24’s Jack Bauer.“The show is really the journey of this man as he grows into the man he didn’t know he could be,” said executive producer Jon Harmon Feldman at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday. But there’s also an “aspirational aspect” as the country comes to realize that this soft-spoken, decent man is just what we needed. Producers say you can also expect a bit of The West Wing and House of Cards and a touch of Frank Capra films, all wrapped around a family drama.


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