Designated Survivor is back, and is still trying to be two shows at once

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The world is full of stories that have already been told. It’s nearly impossible, in fact, to avoid all tropes and formulas when you’re making something new, because those familiar elements of storytelling are part of a language we all speak. It becomes a problem only when it’s a) plagiarism, or b) when it so lacks…

On The Late Show and Late Night, the Designated Survivor cast compares improbable White Houses

Sure, maybe ABC’s Designated Survivor—where Kiefer Sutherland’s low-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman is stuck with the job of president only after literally every other qualified human being preceding him in the line of succession gets blown up—operates on a level of improbable melodrama. But, as Stephen Colbert put…

Designated Survivor's still not great, but it has its moments

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To say that Designated Survivor still doesn’t know what kind of show it wants to be would be inaccurate. It wants to be all kinds of shows—The West Wing and 24 are the obvious options, but it would also really like to be Scandal, and maybe also NCIS, and probably some other things that I’m forgetting. Hey, that’s OK.…

Win a signed copy of Kiefer Sutherland’s debut album, Down In A Hole

Kiefer Sutherland might be back to protecting the nation from various threats (on TV), but he’s keeping one cowboy boot firmly planted in the music industry. Sutherland, who launched a record label while working on 24, released his debut album Down In A Hole just last month. It’s a folk-tinged and deeply confessional…

That Flatliners remake is actually a sequel, will still star Kiefer Sutherland

It’s been about five years since Sony announced its plans to remake Joel Schumacher’s psychological horror flick Flatliners, during which time you could be forgiven for thinking it was just another proffered remake that would ultimately collect dust on some producer’s shelf. But the project began to show new signs of…