Kiefer Sutherland as the Designated Survivor

By Henry Hanks

Henry Hanks spent 11 years at CNN, covering a wide variety of topics for the network's website, with special focus on pop culture.

Actor Kiefer Sutherland may not be returning to Fox’s new iteration of its hit show “24” (more on that in a future column), but he will return to TV in a much-hyped Washington DC based series, which was snatched up by ABC.

This fall, Sutherland plays a low level cabinet member who sits out the President’s State of the Union address as the “Designated Survivor” (also the show’s title). The series creates the worst case scenario in which the Capitol is bombed and no one in line for the presidency survives the attack.

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