Amazon-Video Comedy Central Showtime Apple TV+ DC Universe Disney Plus YouTube Premium HBO Max Peacock Netflix Vudu HBO Go Hulu Plus Amazon Prime CBS All Access Verizon

Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Kiefer Sutherland Will Play the President in ABC Thriller Designated Survivor

No word yet on who's gonna protect Kiefer Sutherland here

Liam Mathews

Kiefer Sutherland is returning to TV as the kind of person Jack Bauer once protected: The 24 star will play the President of the United States in Designated Survivor, a thriller that has received a straight-to-series order from ABC, Deadline reports.

On Designated Survivor, Sutherland will play a lower-level Cabinet member who is appointed President after a terrorist attack during the State of the Union address kills everyone ahead of him in the presidential line of succession. This is exactly the type of thing Jack Bauer wouldn't let happen.

Watch This Now

Looking for your next binge? TV Guide editors handpick the shows that are actually worth watching and deliver daily recommendations straight to your inbox.

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy. You may unsubscribe at any time.

A 24 spin-off may be in the works - but where's Jack Bauer?

There is another project called Designated Survivor -- the term used for a member of the Cabinet who is hidden away in a safe location when the president and other top officials are gathered in one place so that there's someone to take the reins if there's a catastrophic event such as this -- in development at Fox. Since ABC has picked up Sutherland's Designated Survivor straight to series, the Fox project will probably be affected.

Do you think Jack Bauer would make a good president?