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I watched the premiere of ABC TV’s Designated Survivor, with Kiefer Sutherland, and feel it is both predictable and unsettling, well thought out and entertaining. The new drama centers on a man who is on his way out of the cabinet, but becomes president, after a frightening and abrupt series of events.
Like many television shows these days, Designated Survivor seems to be light on plot content. The program could provide a few seasons of compelling storyline, but does not appear to be set up like a “Law and Order” type show, where the thread could stretch out over many years.
When catapulted to power, Sutherland’s character, former housing secretary Tom Kirkman faces adversity in many forms: a general who wants him ousted for being a greenhorn; a son who is in trouble with drugs; and friends who now relate to him and his family with formality due to their position.
Despite some cliches, Designated Survivor has an interesting premise, and I think I’ll enjoy at least one season watching Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, and Italia Ricci join forces to maintain the state of the Union.
(the premiere contained mild language, some violence, some sexual content, and some drug content)