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“Designated Survivor” Season 2 Spoilers

The worst is yet to come, or so it seems when the season 1 finale of ABC’s political thriller series “Designated Survivor” aired last week. What new conspiracies will President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) and FBI Agent Wells (Maggie Q) be battling against in the forthcoming second season?

In season 1’s final episode, an email from Atwood (Malik Yoba) finally led to the unmasking and consequent capture of the White House mole, Whitaker (Richard Waugh), along with more than 200 of his co-conspirators across the country. This victory, however, was very quickly dampened by the fact that Lloyd (Terry Serpico) was still at large and even has gained access to the Pentagon’s most highly classified server.

This development does not only set the stage for the second season’s potential main antagonist, but it also brings to light the fact that there really is more to the conspiracy than what meets the eye. What were Whitaker, Lloyd and Lozano really planning to do? Were they at the topmost part of the villainous tier or had they merely been acting on orders from a more powerful source?

Aside from the brewing conspiracy, President Kirkman will also have to struggle through and eventually rise above more challenges and oppositions to his presidency. According to TV Line, during ABC’s Upfronts presentation last week, Sutherland shared that season 2 will see the addition of “no less than three principal characters” to help further flesh out the complexities of running the White House.

The second season will also be featuring more of the personal lives of the main characters and may even show “a midseason event that I believe will knock the socks off our audience.”

“Designated Survivor” will be holding out the same Wednesday time slot of 10 p.m. ET when it returns later this year. Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment Group, shared in a statement about ABC’s 2017–2018 programming that she’s been “incredibly proud” of the series’ storytelling.

Moreover, season 2 will also be ushering in the series’ fourth showrunner in former “The Good Wife” executive producer Keith Eisner.

Kiefer Explains How ‘Designated Survivor’ Is Taking on Trump

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?

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24: Legacy Welcomes Kiefer Sutherland

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.

Kiefer Sutherland reveals who he’s playing in the ‘Flatliners’ reboot

Kiefer Sutherland has revealed he will reprise his original character in the new Flatliners film.

The 49-year-old actor will be returning as former medical student Nelson Wright in the new reboot.

Sutherland told Metro: ‘I play a professor at the medical university. It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original Flatliners but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film.’

Kiefer starred alongside Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Julia Roberts and Oliver Platt in the 1990 film but he’s the only original cast member who will be back in the remake.

The film revolved around a group of students, led by Nelson, who carried out dangerous experiments in an attempt to prove there is an afterlife – with terrifying consequences.

Sutherland added: ‘I loved making the first film and when I was asked if I would be interested in taking part in this, it didn’t take more than a minute to say yes.’

The reboot stars War And Peace star James Norton, Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page and Kiersey Clemons.

Flatliners arrives in US cinemas on August 18, 2017 with a UK release yet to be announced.

Kiefer Sutherland wanted to kill off Jack Bauer on ‘24’

Kiefer Sutherland wanted to kill off “24’s” Jack Bauer, but Fox dramatically staged an intervention to keep the icon alive.

“24” co-creator and writer Howard Gordon said, “Kiefer actually wanted Jack Bauer to die, and we had many conversations about it … many of us, including his agent, tried to talk him out of it, but then there was an edict from very high up [within Fox] and Jack Bauer is still alive.”

Gordon said Sutherland’s desire to kill Bauer was inspired by the actor’s ambition to “do something different,” but also his somewhat “self-destructive personality.” But he added, “We were ready to move on. We all felt that character’s story has been told.” The last season saw Bauer hand himself over to the terrorists.

Sutherland had said last year, “’24’ is definitely over now for me … It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given as an actor. But it’s moving on without me.” However, earlier this year, he softened his stance, saying, “I’ve learned enough over the last few years to not say ‘never.’”

Multiple Emmy-winning TV writer and producer Gordon spoke at a 21st Century Fox luncheon at the Cannes Lions festival hosted by executive chairmen Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch.

He discussed the spinoff “24: Legacy” that won’t star Sutherland — instead Corey Hawkins headlines as Bauer’s CTU successor — but said he hopes Jack Bauer could make a cameo. “There’s always a chance he could come back.” Fox green-lit the series in April with a 12-episode order.

Gordon, who also co-created and wrote “Homeland,” continued: “Jack Bauer has cast a very long and powerful shadow … Carrie Mathison [Claire Danes’ character in ‘Homeland’] was born out of Jack Bauer. So was Corey’s character. We are fishing in the same pond for stories … Jack Bauer is the atom.”

He added, “When ‘Homeland’ came, at the end of ’24’ … I realized there was no soldier represented on television who had come home from war, so that was the genesis of that.

“It was 10 years after 9/11 and the questions I was asking, was that we are 10 years later and well into two wars, what is the price we have paid for it, what does it mean to be afraid? Good drama is not answering the questions, but helping you pose the questions, and having the right characters to tell the story.”

“Designated Survivor” Time Slot on ABC

Designated Survivor is set to premiere on ABC at 10/9c on Wednesdays this fall!

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