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New ABC Show Designated Survivor Makes Kiefer Sutherland the President After Capitol Blows Up

The Capitol building explodes in the start of ABC's Designated Survivor.

Kiefer Sutherland is back to keeping America safe in Designated Survivor, an ABC series lined up for this fall. An intense two-and-a-half minute trailer debuted earlier today, featuring dramatic swiveling chairs, a bespectacled Kiefer Sutherland, plenty of “Mr. Presidents,” and the US Capitol building blown to smithereens.

The first few seconds shows Sutherland’s character saying goodnight to his wife and daughter, played by Natasha McElhone and Mckenna Grace of Mad Men, respectively, followed by a dark screen and what is, presumably, the beginning of a State of the Union speech by the current president. To the backdrop of this speech, is this foreboding factoid: “During the State of the Union, one cabinet member is taken to an undisclosed location. In the event of an attack on our government, that person becomes our new president.”

That person is Kiefer Sutherland. Fingers crossed he brings back Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) to align those satellites. Stat!

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Hayley is an Associate Editor at Washingtonian Weddings. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.