Designated Survivor

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ABC

Designated Survivor, Kiefer Sutherland's follow-up to 24, imagines the actor as Tom Kirkman, a mild-mannered minor Cabinet member—he's the secretary of housing and urban development—catapulted into the presidency after nearly everyone else in the federal government is killed in a State of the Union night attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Debuting in September 2016, the first half of the ABC series has played out as almost as much of a libertarian fantasy as The West Wing's president was a progressive one. As Kirkman—who describes himself as "a registered independent"—works to find and punish the perpetrators, rebuild the ranks of the federal government, and restore some semblance of normalcy to America, he opposes rash militarization, eschews "enhanced interrogation," welcomes Syrian refugees, prizes practicality over partisanship, reveres due process, and has little time to focus on any but the most limited and essential of government functions.

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  1. Something tells me this is a little wishful thinking.

    1. It is. I watched the first six or so episodes — he definitely has some stances that libertarians can agree on, but he’s a lefty, no question. And the show is still preachy as hell, particularly in one episode about refugees.

  2. catapulted into the presidency after nearly everyone else in the federal government is killed in a State of the Union night attack on the U.S. Capitol.

    More pandering to wish fulfillment fantasies.

  3. I thought it was a picture of Matt Welch for a second.

  4. The Grateful Dead were boring as hell. Somebody had to say this.
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