Kiefer Sutherland Stars In The Latest Show To Feature A Presidential Plot

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Actor Kiefer Sutherland in a still frame from the new ABC series "Designated Survivor," which premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 21. (Courtesy ABC via Facebook)

During the State of the Union address, someone in the presidential line of succession sits in a secure, distant location. That person is the designated survivor in case of an attack on the Capitol.

In a new ABC drama, Kiefer Sutherland stars as a designated survivor — who becomes president.

NPR’s Eric Deggans joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss “Designated Survivor” and the many shows across television networks that feature the President of the United States as a key character.



Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic. He tweets @Deggans.

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