The massive conspiracy at the heart of Designated Survivor took a sharp turn in the past two episodes of the ABC drama, which culminated with Peter MacLeish (Ashley Zukerman), a veritable Manchurian Candidate recently appointed to the role of vice president of the U.S., getting shot to death by his own equally traitorous wife — who proceeded to then turn the gun on herself.
It was a massive moment for the ABC political thriller, an escalation of the stakes when the stakes were already tremendously high. After all, the series rests on the premise of the U.S. government’s destruction paving the way for the untested low-level secretary Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) to become the president, despite his almost complete lack of political experience.
During a panel discussion with Sutherland and series creator David Guggenheim following a screening of the episode, ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas was quick to point out that it’s not just the world of Designated Survivor that features a man without political experience as commander in chief — such is the case in the real world as well, with the election of Donald Trump. Given that parallel, and the resulting breaking news that’s occurring on a near-daily basis, how is it possible for the modern political landscape to not impact the Designated Survivor writing process?
With a film and television career that has seen him face his fair share of perilous situations while portraying action heroes and the occasional villain, all it takes for Kiefer Sutherland to showcase his most vulnerable side is the subject of love – or the lack thereof. In the tender video for “I’ll Do Anything,” Sutherland’s unvarnished vocals blend with the song’s impassioned, take-me-as-I-am message, delivering a sweet, romantic Valentine that’s all about finding the perfect love in the last place you’d think to look.
“What I discovered when writing this song,” Sutherland tells Rolling Stone Country, “was that one gets to a point in life – hopefully earlier than later – when everything you need is already around you … if you’re lucky.”
Penned by Sutherland with his longtime friend – and co-owner of their Ironworks record label – Jude Cole, “I’ll Do Anything” is featured on Down in a Hole, the Americana-flavored LP he released last August. The veteran actor admits that when he began performing songs from the project for audiences, the intimacy of the situation was unexpected.
“One of the things that surprised me the most is that when we went to play our first show, I’d go to explain where a song came from and I didn’t realize how personal that was going to be — how open you have to be to try and make that work,” Sutherland told Rolling Stone Country last year. “But I really enjoyed it. We were playing bars with 250 to 300 people and there was something nice that happened at the end: the audience would understand that there’s not that much different between you and me, regardless of what their perception was when they walked in. The songs did that.”
Sutherland and his band will hit the road Saturday, February 18th, with a show in Niagara Falls, New York, and another the following day in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. More dates are scheduled for the spring, including the Stagecoach Festival on April 30th, in Indio, California, and throughout May.
24: Legacy is coming to the small screen in 2017. The spinoff of the hit series 24 promises more action scenes with actor Corey Hawkins. Kiefer Sutherland will be very much involved in the upcoming show.
The aforementioned actor who starred in 24 as Jack Bauer will still be part of 24: Legacy. However, he will not be playing the lead character of the highly anticipated series. He will work as an executive producer and not as part of the cast. The action star is part of the team who will work hard to make the spinoff series a hit.
Kiefer Sutherland has earlier stated that he very excited for 24: Legacy. He is positive about the show and promises to support by being one of the viewers. During an interview with TV Guide, he said, “I’ve always believed very strongly that the star of 24 was the idea.”
He did an excellent job in the original series so fans are hoping for him to reprise his role as Jack. But there is a great chance for the EP to appear in one of the episodes of the upcoming show. Fans will surely be happy to see him on the small screen again as the famous counterterrorism agent.
Meanwhile, 24: Legacy will focus on a new character named Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) who is an Army Ranger. He will be fighting terrorists who are targeting him and the rest of his squad for killing a terrorist leader.
Other cast members include Miranda Otto, Anna Diop, Jimmy Smits, Teddy Sears, Dan Bucatinsky, Ashley Thomas and many others. The 24: Legacy is expected to premiere on Feb. 5, 2017, on Fox. For the meantime, watch the video trailers below for a sneak peek of the upcoming television series.