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Kiefer Sutherland hopes ‘Designated Survivor’ can make America less politically divisiveBy Paulette Cohn Published August 04, 2016 FoxNews.comFacebook Twitter Email PrintCast member Kiefer Sutherland attends a panel for the television series “Designated Survivor” during the TCA Disney ABC Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California U.S., August 4, 2016.
Cast member Kiefer Sutherland attends a panel for the television series “Designated Survivor” during the TCA Disney ABC Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California U.S., August 4, 2016. (Reuters)LOS ANGELES
– In a political season that has seen non-stop controversy on the part of both Republicans and Democrats and a hunger by American voters for outsider candidates, ABC is introducing “Designated Survivor,” starring Kiefer Sutherland.
It’s the story of a low-ranking cabinet member who becomes president of the United States by an act of terrorism rather than through the election process.”What I hope this show manages to achieve is that we have a less divisive conversation about what’s really important,” Sutherland told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
“I think anybody who’s watched this last election cycle, it has become like a name-calling, children’s spat. I don’t see a lot of interest in discussion.””Designated Survivor” is going to combine elements of “The West Wing” in having a thinking president; an aspect of “Homeland” as the investigation into the act of terrorism continues; and “House of Cards” as newly anointed President Tom Kirkland (Sutherland) learns the business of government and deals with relevant issues.”
It has the thriller aspect and family drama as it looks at what happens when overnight you go from a very structured life to being the most powerful man, and it also allowed itself the format to discuss politics that we need to have in a rational way,” Sutherland says.a brutal show, like Sutherland’s previous TV entry “24.” Rather, he hints it will not go where everybody expects.
As a Canadian, Sutherland has never thought about what it would be like to hold the most powerful office in the world. He can’t even vote in the election. But, as an actor, he was intrigued by playing someone who has that much power.”
It is an incredible responsibility to be the president, but every situation can be dealt with, with common sense and patience, so I love breaking that job down,” Sutherland said. “Instead of making it political, Kirkland is someone approaching it with common sense. He is not looking at it from a political angle but the human point……………