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'Designated Survivor' renewed for a second season

By
Karen Butler
Actor Kiefer Sutherland speaks onstage during the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 18. Sutherland's political thriller Designated Survivor has been renewed for a second season. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Actor Kiefer Sutherland speaks onstage during the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 18. Sutherland's political thriller "Designated Survivor" has been renewed for a second season. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

May 16 (UPI) -- ABC said Tuesday it has ordered a second season of Kiefer Sutherland's political thriller Designated Survivor to air in the 2017-18 television year.

Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a low-level Cabinet member suddenly appointed president of the United States after an attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union kills most members of the government.

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Season 1 -- in which Kirkman learns to lead while also trying to figure out who was behind the atrocity -- is to wrap up Wednesday.

The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Kal Penn and Maggie Q.

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