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Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

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SERIES PREMIERE

KIEFER SUTHERLAND RETURNS TO SERIES TELEVISION IN THE THRILLING NEW DRAMA, 'DESIGNATED SURVIVOR,' WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, ON ABC


"Pilot" - Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union, on the highly anticipated ABC series "Designated Survivor," airing WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. EDT). In this dramatic thriller, Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.

"Designated Survivor" stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter with Kal Penn as Seth Wright and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells.

Guest starring Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman, McKenna Grace as Penny Kirkman, Kevin R. McNally as Harris Cochrane, Malik Yoba as Jason Atwood, Arjay Smith as Nolan, Alex Quijano as Lawrence, Richard Bekins as President Richmond, Elias Zarou as Ambassador Ahmed Fayad, Peter Outerbridge as Charlie Langdon, Rothaford Gray as Acting Defense Secretary, Krista Morin as Acting FBI Director, Catherine Tait as Acting Health & Human Resources Secretary, Matthew Olver as Acting Transportation Secretary, Michael Kinney as Acting Treasury Secretary, Dan MacKay as Air Force Major, Doug MacLeod as Acting Secretary of State, Robin Cunningham as Major Scott Cameron, Darlene Cooke as DC Appellate Judge and Tyler Burton as Caleb West.

"Pilot" was written by David Guggenheim and directed by Paul McGuigan.







Probably my most anticipated drama of the Fall.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

I had this one set on my DVR due to the mostly good reviews. But then I started reading more about the story and things like (I'm paraphrasing) a right-wing military leader who advises bombing the Middle East to the stone age, but Maggie Q suspects the enemy may be closer to home, and I realized the series was going to find some "safe target" for the cause of the attack and all the subsequent villainy and I realized I just didn't want to get involved in that again. I mean "24", and any number of other series are guilty of that, too, -but maybe that's why I'm tired of it.

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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

Will check this out for Kiefer... but like Touch... I'm sure I will drop it. Kiefer should get off network and get on to cable.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

Have this set to record, although probably won't be able to watch until the weekend.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

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Will check this out for Kiefer... but like Touch... I'm sure I will drop it. Kiefer should get off network and get on to cable.
A network TV paycheck is much bigger than cable. Kiefer is also Executive Producer of this and 24: Legacy next year. He's making a very handsome amount of money this TV season after taking a paycut to do Live Another Day.

But I agree with you that Kiefer would be great taking his talents to say FX or maybe Cinemax and doing a grittier show.
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Gotta support my boy, Kiefer.

Better be kick ass!
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

Decent pilot. I like all the actors so far. I'm hoping the action won't be corny and terrible like Quantico. I don't watch many ABC shows, but if the action shows are the quality of Quantico, it would be disappointing.

I can see some Jack Bauer aggression coming out later.

Didn't realize Sean Callery (24 composer) is working on this show
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

This wasn't very good. The villainous General alone (cliches anyone?) wants me to drop this show already, but I'll give it a few more episodes to see if it gets any smarter.

Glasses on: Unsure Kirkman
Glasses off: Presidential Kirkman

It's like watching Clark Kent/Superman
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

The general was ridiculous, and I already hate they're doing the 'troubled teen son' trope... which can only lead to annoyingly stupid subplots. That said, I enjoy the core of the show. I also like that they have established two shows in one here, with the 'new President thrown into the fire' side and the 'Maggie Q investigating the terror attack' side.

I do still question what the shelf life of this show will be, however. At some point he either has to get good enough at his job that the way he got it is a non-issue (making it just another Presidential show), or he has to get kicked out of office (at which point the show is essentially over). Because if they get to a third season it just won't make sense for him to still be fumbling his way through the job. And honestly, why would viewers want to root for him if he was?
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

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I do still question what the shelf life of this show will be, however. At some point he either has to get good enough at his job that the way he got it is a non-issue (making it just another Presidential show), or he has to get kicked out of office (at which point the show is essentially over). Because if they get to a third season it just won't make sense for him to still be fumbling his way through the job. And honestly, why would viewers want to root for him if he was?
That's what I wondered too. Didn't they mention it was 3 years into the term. So I guess S1 is uncovering the plot. S2 is election season (if not already at this point).

As for the General, of course, they'd have a warmonger general there. Very predictable.

And the teen asshole son....ugh.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

I am in for keifer
Cliche city, but I still liked it.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

Good start. Will continue tuning in. Had no idea Maggie Q was in this! That's a bonus.
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I thought it was interesting. Sticking around for now.

I do hope they throw a little Easter egg in there and have CTU mentioned in a throwaway line. Something like: 'The CIA, NSA, CTU & the FBI are investigating the threat Mr. President'
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hmm, I didn't catch that CTU easter egg.

I thought his birthday would be an easter egg (Dec 29, 1967 on this show). However, Jack Bauer's birthday is Feb 18, 1966.
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There wasn't any that I heard. I HOPE they put one into an episode.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

at the evil general who wants Kirkman's job.

Is this the first show to actually refer to a potential Middle East country threat by name? They actually mentioned Iran here. Most shows seem to make up fake Middle East countries.

I agree with DRG. I liked seeing the two separate plots. Kirkman, who is a glorified real estate agent , overwhelmed with his new job and Maggie Q investigating the bombing.

Liked seeing Italia Ricci again after Chasing Life and Supergirl.

I'm thinking the bombing is probably an act of domestic terrorism within the government.
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I thought the 2nd bomb was going to go off after the FBI bomb squad thought they diffused it. I was imagining the bomb squad guy giving a thumbs up, the camera does a wide shot, then an explosion goes off.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

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at the evil general who wants Kirkman's job.
Yeah that was pretty funny, guy's in office for 12 minutes and evil general wants to start a coup.

I thought it was a good start, Keifer is always awesome, and I'm a big fan of McElhone.
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Basic problem was they had him in DC. You would think the DS would be in some WVA bunker or something just in case something like this did happen. If it were a nuke then everyone in DC would be dead.
Then after the attack they whisk him and his family to what is probably the #2 target, the White House. That should be the last place the designated survivor is taken to, at least until they have a better handle on the situation.
Hopefully we do things different, a lot different, in this scenario. I would think putting him on AF1 would be a good choice.

As to the show, does he get to pick his VP? I suspect that's going to be tense as well.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

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As to the show, does he get to pick his VP? I suspect that's going to be tense as well.
Yes. The 25th amendment establishes the procedure to fill a vacancy in office of Vice President. The president would simply nominate someone with an approval vote from Congress. In the realm of this show, that means the appointment would have to wait until a new Congress is elected or appointed.

This procedure is how Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller became Vice Presidents.

As for the show, I didn't love it, but I liked it enough to keep watching.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

Should have made this a two part premier. Most of the first episode was already outlined in the trailer, so it came off to me "as expected."
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I really liked this, very strong cast. I hope they don't do too much of mole type storylines like in 24
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The ultimate plot twist would be if Kiefer's character was the mastermind behind the attack so he could become president
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

Thought he was in a bunker.

I'm good for the full season seems fun.

Also what if Kirkman did it.

Well Desmond and I posted almost at the same time.
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Re: Designated Survivor (S1E01) -- Series Premiere -- "Pilot" -- 9/21/16

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The ultimate plot twist would be if Kiefer's character was the mastermind behind the attack so he could become president
Well, he was in danger of being fired.

Unlikely, but I heard it being thrown out there.

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