With the success of “24” still fresh in the minds of viewers everywhere, you can expect plenty of enthusiasm for a new Kiefer Sutherland series filled with terrorist plots and political intrigue. That’s exactly what you’ll get when “Designated Survivor” comes to CTV this fall. “Kiefer Sutherland returns to primetime in a conspiracy thriller as Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington,” explains CTV in a press release. “Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is only the beginning of what is to come.” The stakes are high—and so is the likelihood of the show’s success. Here are five reasons you should be excited about “Designated Survivor.”
1. Kiefer Sutherland
Sutherland proved he’s a TV force with “24,” which ran for almost a decade and earned the actor countless awards, including an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award. So yes, he’s back in his comfort zone.
2. Plenty of support
While Sutherland is undeniably “Designated Survivor’s” main attraction, the supporting cast features several actors (including Natascha McElhone, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q) who could carry shows of their own.
3. A blockbuster secret weapon
(Courtesy of Fox)
Executive producer Simon Kinberg knows a thing or two about blockbuster entertainment. In the last year alone, he’s had a hand in “The Martian,” “Deadpool,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” He’s also attached to the Logan’s Run remake and an untitled “Star Wars” spin-off. How he found time for a TV show, we’ll never know.
4. Everybody wants some
Broadcasters know more about upcoming TV series than anyone. With that in mind, it’s encouraging to learn that “Designated Survivor” inspired a bidding war
among Canadian broadcasters.
5. The United States of Canada
If you’ve spent any time in Ontario’s capital, you are likely to notice some familiar terrain in “Designated Survivor,” as the show’s unmistakably American events are shot in Toronto.
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