As a lower-level cabinet member, Tom Kirkman never imagined something would happen that would catapult him to the oval office. When a devastating attack on the night of the State of the Union address claims the lives of the president and most of the Cabinet, the Housing and Urban Development secretary — who was named the designated survivor in case of such an event — finds himself promoted to leader of the free world. Suddenly thrust into his new position of power, Kirkman struggles to keep the country from dissolving into chaos and must adjust to his new normal, unaware of what fresh horrors may await the United States.(source:wikipedia)
Premise: Kiefer Sutherland becomes the President of the United States after a terrorist attack kills all higher-ranking government officials during the State of the Union address, leaving him as the designated survivor.
Tierney Bricker: One of my favorite new shows of the fall, the pilot delivers on the premise, with Kiefer Sutherland showing off a whole new side (Bye, Jack Bauer!) and proving why he’s one of TV’s best leading men. Gripping and intriguing, I’m excited to see Sutherland’s new term get off to such an epic start.
Chris Harnick: Perhaps the best new pilot of the season, I was instantly intrigued to see more. Given the scale and scope, I expected more from the sets (the wreckage is LOL-inducing), but I guess that can be forgiven for now…
Billy Nilles: Perhaps one of the freshest concepts of the season, this show hooked me right from its very terrifying cold open. Seeing Kiefer Sutherland play someone low on the totem pole thrust into leadership is a neat subversion of expectations for the man who kicked ass as Jack Bauer. And I’m always here for a good conspiracy. Consider me all in.