“There are times when we make history, and there are times when history makes us.” That’s the foreshadowing prologue to Designated Survivor, ABC’s new drama about how cabinet member Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is forced into the presidency after a catastrophic attack.

Designated Survivor has all the makings of an irresistible network drama. The stakes are high, the characters have clear morals (or lackthereof), and it’s grounded in all-American ideas like family, freedom and the quest for truth. Don’t expect the intensity of Game of Thrones or the nuance of The Leftovers, but Designated Survivor is everything it promises to be. Read more…

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‘Designated Survivor’ will be a heavy, hokey hit