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Old 09-15-16, 01:33 PM   #1
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Designated Survivor - ABC Wednesday


Spoiler: Show Premise
On the night of the State of the Union, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of the Cabinet except for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman, who had been named the designated survivor. Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is just the beginning of what is to come.Source


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Kiefer Sutherland as President Tom Kirkman: the former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the designated survivor who finds himself thrust into the role of President following an unprecedented attack.

Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman: Tom's wife and an EEOC attorney.

Adan Canto as Aaron Shore: the White House Deputy Chief of Staff who advises Tom following the attack.

Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes: Tom's personal Chief of Staff.

LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter: Tom's Secret Service agent who struggles to protect the Kirkman family following the attack.

Kal Penn as Seth Wright: Tom's speechwriter who has strong doubts about his superior's abilities to lead the country.

Maggie Q as Hannah Wells: an FBI agent assigned to investigate the attack who suspects that the perpetrators are not yet finished.Source
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Re: Designated Survivor - ABC Wednesday

This show premieres September 21. I'm going to check it out. I like Kiefer Sutherland and I think the premise has potential. I think I will enjoy the initial crisis and the immediate aftermath, I just hope the show will be able to keep my interest after that has passed.
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Re: Designated Survivor - ABC Wednesday

I'd be more excited if this was a mini-series but I'll check it out
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Re: Designated Survivor - ABC Wednesday

I'm on board. Kiefer Sutherland? Political intrigue? Thriller/suspense? I'm there!
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Re: Designated Survivor - ABC Wednesday

I've always loved Kiefer Sutherland, since the "Brat Pak" days.

This series also stars, Maggie Q. Some of you may remember her from the series of a year ago, Stalker.

She's going to play an FBI agent that's tasked with finding out who's involved with the bomb assassinations. Her background gives me a Quantico vibe.

But, with Sutherland involved and his background with 24, I'm on board.
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Re: Designated Survivor - ABC Wednesday

I'm planning on watching...love Kiefer Sutherland.


Is that a real thing? Do they actually have a designated survivor in real life?
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According to this it is a real thing.
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Old 09-21-16, 10:42 AM   #8
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Designated Survivor
SERIES PREMIERE

S01E01, "Pilot"
Wednesday - September 21, 2016
10/9c - ABC



Spoiler: Promo and Episode Description





"Tom Kirkman, a lower level United States Cabinet member, finds himself suddenly appointed president of the country after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession in the series premiere of this dramatic thriller."Source
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Re: Designated Survivor - ABC Wednesday

Damn that ABC! Of all the shows getting a 2 hour premiere -- this one didn't and I wasn't ready for it to end after only one hour. In other words -- I loved it!

Kiefer Sutherland was awesome as the little-known and not - respected successor to the Presidency. He displayed just enough self-doubt -- just enough confusion -- and just enough steel to come across as potentially a great president.

Somebody needs to shoot that General and they need to shoot him now. Treasonous war-monger! Already he wants to remove the new president and there's only one way to do that right now.

Which reminds me -- the FBI woman agent running the bomb site is concerned that there is no chatter from terrorist groups and there should be as there always has been in the past when something like this happens. She suspects that whoever is responsible for the bombing is just beginning. But, what if whoever is responsible doesn't belong to a known terrorist group? What if the bombing was by an entity wanting to destroy the current government power roles and replace them with their own people? So, I guess the question is -- Was this bombing caused by enemies foreign -- or domestic?
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Damn that ABC! Of all the shows getting a 2 hour premiere -- this one didn't and I wasn't ready for it to end after only one hour. In other words -- I loved it...
I wasn't ready either, Sandi. Although, I did like the way the episode ended, with the new President addressing the nation. "My fellow Americans..."


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...Kiefer Sutherland was awesome as the little-known and not - respected successor to the Presidency. He displayed just enough self-doubt -- just enough confusion -- and just enough steel to come across as potentially a great president...
It was hard getting used to the mild-mannered, upchucking guy we saw. We're so used to the 24 Hours character, who kills everything in his sight.

I also liked his wife and daughter. His son is another thing. Curious whether the Secret Service guy is going to tell his father/President he's selling drugs?


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...Somebody needs to shoot that General and they need to shoot him now. Treasonous war-monger! Already he wants to remove the new president and there's only one way to do that right now...
Honestly, I'm more afraid of the Aid. The guy made my stomach turn.

You mentioned whether the lack of chatter is because the bomber doesn't belong to a known terrorist group. What if the bomber is part of the current Government? Like the Aid. He gives me the creeps.

I thought it was a pretty good Premiere. I was immediately invested with the new President mostly because of the Domestic changes he wanted to make.
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