Yes, there is such a thing as a designated survivor.

A designated survivor (or successor) is someone in the presidential line of succession, who sits at a distant & secure location when the President and the country's other top leaders gather at a single location. In the event of a catastrophic event, the designated survivor, would become the Acting President of the United States under the Presidential Succession Act.

Designated Survivor on ABC, stars Kiefer Sutherland as the successor who is shuttled off to a secure location during a State of the Union address. The poetic part of the story in this premiere is that Tom Kirkland (Sutherland) was on the outs with the staff and was relegated to the successor position to keep him out of the address. It was this situation that put in the position of acting President.

So far, Sutherland is delivering a great character. Someone who accepts his newest situation, but isn't sure he's the man for the job. And it doesn't help when people on his newly formed staff also don't believe he's the right man for the job.

But then there are moments when Kirkland makes a decision and is stunning to watch his resolve.

At the offset, this show looks like it's going to be a fun ride to watch. I can't wait to see how it pans out for the season and how this will carry on beyond the first season, if successful enough.

Rotten Tomatoes critics gave the show an 84% score, while the audience over on IMDb rated it at 8.3/10. Wait...  holy crap... these two metrics agreed???

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