Designated Survivor (ABC-September 21, 2016) A political thriller drama created by David Guggenheim. Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Maggie Q. Plot: At the State of the Union address, an explosion kills the President and all members of the Cabinet except for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman. Tom is named the designated survivor, and sworn in as President. He is unaware that the attack is just the beginning.