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Designated Survivor 

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A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

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 Tom Kirkman (34 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Alex Kirkman (26 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Aaron Shore (26 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Emily Rhodes (26 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Mike Ritter (26 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Seth Wright (26 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Hannah Wells (26 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Jason Atwood (17 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Leo Kirkman (15 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Kimble Hookstraten (15 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 John Forstell (14 episodes, 2016-2017)
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A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

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Natascha McElhone and McKenna Grace play mother and daughter in Designated Survivor. They both starred in Mr Church (2016) but had no scenes together. Natascha was McKenna's grandmother in the movie. See more »

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[from trailer]
Tom Kirkman: Mike, please, just tell us what you know.
Mike Ritter: Capitol's been attacked. Congress, Cabinet... Eagle is gone. Sir, you are now the President of the United States.
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IM a DC guy and LOVE Jack Bauer as President, but the writing is the absolute worst.
3 October 2016 | by (DCish) – See all my reviews

I was involved with the first Clinton administration and was on Capital Hill during the anthrax letter freak out and on 911 and believe me, when people think they may be killed in DC they panic a lot more than this show portrays.. Be sure, if the capital got blown up and the entire congress and cabinet and the VP and the Supreme Court and the MEDIA got zapped by terrorists - there wouldn't be one smile or soft moment at the White House, for weeks and weeks and weeks. It would be as tense as piano wire - times 10. In this show, there are numerous lil jokes and "cute" family moments just hours after the world is turned entirely upside down. That is just stupid.

The kernel of an idea behind this show was just great, Jack Bauer is a real fun TV choice for President, but the writing is simply just dreadful.

It is so bad it makes the entire cast look clunky and false and that is just absolutely unfair.

David Guggenheim should NEVER write one more word of any teleplay or fiction of any kind. He is surely the worst writer of dialogue I have experienced in eons. Actually ever. Full stop.

His writing makes the dialogue from 'Threes Company' and 'Sabrina:the Teenage Witch' sound like Chekhov.

I came searching for an online forum to say this and I have never done this before, but this show's idiotic writing actually ticked me off. The idea that so many millions were spent on this and lives and careers bet on same is depressing. I'm a Gore guy and thank this show's creator/producer for getting Al a Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth', BUT he's obviously become quite a LA/Hollywood egoist - I mean he just HAD TO hire himself to write these amazingly crappy scripts.

This show will never survive them.

Ego and vanity are such killers.

As Clint said: "A man's got to know his limitations."

I just saw Keifer in an interview where he said he could see himself playing this role for the next decade of his life. With even average competent writing, this show could have gone on for years and years and hundreds of people would have had good steady jobs and millions would have been entertained and hopefully enlightened, but for the shallow conceit and arrogance of David Guggenheim.

This show's initial high ratings may get it a second season - but if Guggenheim doesn't fire himself and bring in skilled, seasoned, thoughtful writers and completely get himself out of the writing process, it will never see a third and most likely the network will just dump season two online.

Sad and embarrassing.


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