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Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor

  • Premiered: 
    September 21, 2016
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by David Guggenheim 
  • Subject Matter: Political
  • Tags: thriller

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  • Season 1
    • Amazon
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Plot Synopsis

Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member, is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union. Hours after the attack on the Capitol, President Kirkman steps into his role as Commander-in-Chief in the midst of chaos and confusion. Facing dangerous new challenges and adversaries, Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart -- all while navigating the highly volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack. Season 2 of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR premiered on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, with Paulo Costanzo, Ben Lawson, and Zoe McLellan joining the cast for the new season. In the season opener, "One Year In," now, one year into office, Kirkman is a Commander-in-Chief determined to rebuild the Capitol and capture the terrorists behind the catastrophic attack on the United States. When Ukrainian nationalists hijack a Russian Air flight, the president is faced with a hostage situation in which his diplomatic skills are put to the test.
On Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered "Line of Fire," the mid-season finale of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. It's Christmas Day and President Kirkman is alerted to a group of religious extremists who refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin. Deploying Emily and Aaron to help diffuse the situation, Kirkman must act quickly to save multiple lives at stake. Meanwhile, the First Lady finally gives her testimony to the FBI director, while what happens next changes the lives of the Kirkman family forever. DESIGNATED SURVIVOR will makes its mid-season return on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 10pm.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Mark Gordon Company
  • Produced by ABC Studios


  • - Washington DC USA