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Kiefer Shows ‘How It’s Done’ with Latest Country-Rock Single

Kiefer Sutherland is ready to show the music world how it’s done.

On Friday (March 8), the actor and musician shared the latest single, “This Is How It’s Done,” from his forthcoming sophomore album, Reckless & Me, due out April 26 through BMG.

The black-and-white video for the country-rock track shows Sutherland and his crew in full rock star mode, performing passionately for fans and giving a peek into life on the road. Watch below.

Produced by Jude Cole, Reckless & Me is the follow-up to Sutherland’s 2016 debut, Down in a Hole. The set debuted at No. 18 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart and No. 35 on Top Country Albums.

U.S. tour dates will be announced soon.

Sutherland, 52, is known widely for portraying Jack Bauer on Fox’s hit TV series 24. His extensive filmography also includes key roles in Stand by Me (1986), The Lost Boys (1987), Flatliners (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), The Vanishing (1993), Dark City (1998) and Phone Booth (2002).

Check out the Reckless & Me track list below.

  • “Open Road”
  • “Something You Love”
  • “Faded Pair of Blue Jeans”
  • “Reckless & Me”
  • “Blame It on Your Heart”
  • “This Is How It’s Done”
  • “Agave”
  • “Run to Him”
  • “Saskatchewan”
  • “Song for a Daughter”

Designated Survivor Season 3 – Netflix Info!

Designated Survivor tells the story of Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), an unassuming Secretary of Housing and Urban development, who is suddenly catapulted to being President of the United States after a mass terrorist attack on the State of the Union address in Washington leaves him – the Designated Survivor- the highest ranking politician in America.

A mix of political drama and anti-terror action, the show immediately drew comparisons to both 24 (in which Sutherland starred as action-hero Jack Bauer) and Aaron Sorkin’s long-running US political drama The West Wing and with international broadcasts on Netflix attracted a loyal fanbase around the world to watch Tom Kirkman’s fragile administration attempt to battle dark and present terrorist plots while keeping American politics afloat.

Is Designated Survivor returning for season 3?

Yes! Although Designated Survivor was dropped by original US Network ABC after an initial two season run, streaming giant Netflix announced in September 2018 that they would make a third season of the show as a “global Netflix Original.”

Kiefer Sutherland, star of the show said at the time: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season three of Designated Survivor with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer. I believe this format will allow us to continue to delve deeply into storylines and issues concerning the American electorate that were not previously possible.”

The new run will have 10 episodes and is to be helmed by showrunner Neal Baer.

What might happen in Designated Survivor season 3?

The official Netflix synopsis for season three says: “President Kirkman will face a political reality… campaigning. What does it take to make a leader? What price will he be willing to pay? This season will explore today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and ‘fake news.’ Democracy, as we know it, will hang in the balance.”

“Next season would undoubtedly have to be the beginning of an election [campaign] – just the timing alone would dictate that,” Sutherland exclusively told RadioTimes.com. “And then I think you’re going to have to deal with a character who has to make the decision if he really wants to run in the first place.”

He added: “He’s gone through the loss of his wife. He’s spent less and less time with his children, and the one thing that character valued more than anything at the very opening of that show was his family – and it’s been not that slowly pulled apart. So, there’s more decisions that will have to be made.”

Cast member Kal Penn called the first Netflix season “edgier” than what had gone before as he prepared to film his final scenes.

“Definitely put the kids to bed before watching the new episodes,” he added.

“Designated Survivor” Moving to Netflix for Season 3!

“Designated Survivor” is officially moving from ABC to Netflix for its third season, Variety has learned.

The political drama starring Kiefer Sutherland was cancelled by ABC back in May, but rumors began to swirl almost immediately that series producer eOne were looking to continue the show with the streaming giant. Neal Baer will join the series as showrunner for the third season, which will consist of 10 episodes. Baer will now be the fifth showrunner on “Designated Survivor” since it began.

In the new season, President Kirkman (Sutherland) will face a political reality–campaigning. What does it take to make a leader? What price will he be willing to pay? This season will explore today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and “fake news.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season 3 of ‘Designated Survivor’ with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer,” Sutherland said. “I believe this format will allow us to continue to delve deeply into storylines and issues concerning the American electorate that were not previously possible.”

Along with Baer and series creator Mark Guggenheim, Mark Gordon, Sutherland, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood, and Peter Noah will all serve as executive producers. The new season will go into production later this year for a 2019 launch, with Seasons 1 and 2 of the show coming exclusively to Netflix this fall.

As Variety reported at the time of the ABC cancellation, the show was ultimately axed by the broadcaster due in part to a potential significant rise in production costs going into the third season as well as declining ratings.

The Season 3 pick up for the show marks the second time in just three months that Netflix has saved a broadcast show after its cancellation. Back in June, Netflix ordered a fourth season of “Lucifer” after it was cancelled by Fox.

More ‘Designated Survivor’ Season 2 Spoilers

With Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) becoming the President of the United States come “Designated Survivor” season 2, the show will also make quite the transition.

According to showrunner Keith Eisner, as Kirkman gets ready to be the leader of the country, the show will reflect this change in the character’s life.

The show is going in a new direction this year. We’re keeping what people loved last year and just adding to it. It’s much more West Wing-focused, with a lot more characters, with standalone White House A-stories every week.

Eisner teased that “Designated Survivor” season 2 will be all about how “an outsider becomes an insider.” Helping him that is White House Political Director Lyor Boone to be played by “Royal Pains” star Paulo Costanzo.

Lyor is a whiz kid that has the credentials and the skills to make Kirkman the man he needs to be for America. However, the President himself is not quick to trust him.

Eisner also promised that “Designated Survivor” season 2 will not waste time in tying loose ends in the Patrick Lloyd (Terry Serpico) storyline.

In fact, the second episode will provide a “thrilling conclusion” to it. However, he teased that whatever that comes out of it might have a lasting effect.

There will be a hangover, and there will be a thread we’re drawing through from the whole Patrick Lloyd story as well.

From the looks of it, “Designated Survivor” season 2 will give fans a breather, but the danger might not be eradicated permanently just yet.

Lloyd remains a free man by the end of the first season, but it looks like things will soon change for him. However, it does not look like it will be downhill for him all the way.

“Designated Survivor” season 2 will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

‘Lost Boys’ celebrates 30th anniversary

[July 31st] mark[ed] the 30th anniversary of “The Lost Boys,” the stylish 1987 horror comedy film that some say reinvigorated the vampire genre for a new generation.

“The Lost Boys” made vampire films young and sexy, and predicted books and films like the “Twilight” series, and TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries” that have given the genre a youthful spin over the past few decades.

“The Lost Boys” was convceived as a “Goonies”-esque kids adventure film, according to IndieWire, but under the direction of then largely unknown director Joel Schumacher, the movie took its darker, R-rated turn.

The movie centers brothers Michael and Sam Emerson, played by Jason Patric and the late Corey Haim, respectively, who move to the fictional, sleepy beach town of Santa Carla, California with their just-divorced mom and move in with their oddball taxidermist grandpa.

Older brother Michael falls for a girl named Star, played by Jamie Gertz, who’s attached to Kiefer Sutherland’s David. He invites Michael into his group of unusual friends and, after a bizarre initiation, Michael unwittingly becomes one of them — a vampire.

Meanwhile, Sam meets Corey Feldman’s Edgar Frog, who manages a comic store with his brother, Alan. But it’s only a cover for their true calling: hunting Santa Carla’s vampires.

Michael must try to save himself from his bloodsucking fate while also freeing Star from hers, while Sam and the Frog brothers try to put an end to David’s murderous band.

“The Lost Boys” also boasted a hit soundtrack featuring INXS, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Foreigner’s Lou Gramm and others.

“The Lost Boys” was both a financial and critical success, and has since become a bit of a cult classic. Though a planned theatrical sequel starring Sutherland never took off, there were two forgettable, direct-to-video sequels, and even a few comic book sequels.

“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.”