ABC has officially picked up a second season for political thriller Designated Survivor, its lone new drama success this year. Despite the ratings taking a sharp dive from the immensely promising opening weeks, Designated Survivor eventually found a pretty decent level and stuck to it, weathering a several month hiatus only to slightly weaken in the face of repeat lead-ins.
Created by David Guggenheim (Safe House) and going into its second season with a fourth showrunner, Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sutherland (24) as Tom Kirkman, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who is forced to become President of the United States after a terrorist attack kills the sitting president and wipes out the rest of the cabinet. Though dealing with the immediate aftermath of the attack is almost overwhelmingly challenging, Tom’s greatest difficulties come when he realizes that the attack was the first in a long line of obstacles seemingly designed to test his mettle.
In addition to Sutherland, Designated Survivor stars Natascha McElhone (Californication), Italia Ricci (Chasing Life), Maggie Q (Nikita), Adan Canto (Blood & Oil), Kal Penn (House), and LaMonica Garrett (Sons of Anarchy).
Part of a drama slate that includes Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, among others, Designated Survivor airs Wednesdays at 10:00 on ABC. The network will announce its full fall 2017 schedule on Tuesday, May 16th.