Designated Survivor Season 1 EP 01
Designated Survivoris an American political drama television series created by David Guggenheim, starring Kiefer Sutherland , airing on ABC . The project skipped the pilot stage and was ordered straight to series on December 14, 2015, followed by a formal announcement on May 6, 2016. The first episode premiered on September 21, 2016, with a full season order of 22 episodes coming eight days later.
On the night of the State of the Union address , an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of his Cabinet except for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman, who had been named the designated survivor . Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is just the beginning of what is to come.