ABC has upped the ante with the Keifer Sutherland starred, Designated Survivor. The show centers around Tom Kirkman, a lower-level White House cabinet member who is appointed the “DS” title. The Designated Survivor is a person who has sequestered away from the U.S. Capitol Building during a President’s State of the Union address in case an awful event happens where the important government officials are killed.
As we saw in the previews (on one of the best cinematic scenes we saw in a while), Washington is hit and down goes everyone forcing Kirkman, who was just fired that morning to become the new President of the United States. We get the notion that it’s not a great decision by the comments of other characters, making way for possible back-stabbing, side deals, threats and best of all, some action.[embedit snippet=”2″]
The promo doesn’t show it but this is still Sutherland aka Jack Bauer, and a show with him has to have some ** kicking to it. Now, what I did notice during the promo was Maggie Q, aka Nakita. If this turns out to be some West Wing deal were it’s all dialogue I will be highly upset. There is no way you can have Bauer and Nakita in the same show and not provide fans with some of the best actions scenes we should see in years.
The outline of Designated Survivor has legs, as far as drama goes you can feel the tension in the White House as what will look like a coup against Kirkman will take place, drawing a line in the sand for sides to be taken.
ABC is entering the big leagues now with a drama that will try to cut off the rating of NBC’s Chicago PD and CBS’ Code Black. With Sutherland and Maggie Q at the helm, the potential to succeed is there but viewers at the time slot will be searching for a little action after dealing with dialogue shows starting at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Can they pull it off?