Kiefer Sutherland Will Be the President of the United States in New ABC Drama, Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/2014 Getty Images

Now, instead of protecting those who run the country or those who wish to run the country, Kiefer Sutherland will just run the country. Deadline reports the 24 alum is returning to TV as the star of ABC's Designated Survivor, a thriller that has the badass formerly known as Bauer playing a low-ranking cabinet member turned POTUS. The promotion reportedly occurs after a disastrous attack kills all of Sutherland's onscreen superiors. This idea was written on spec by David Guggenheim (Safe House), and received a straight-to-series order because who doesn't want to see Sutherland finally do this. The actor's also attached to EP, alongside Simon Kinberg, Suzan Bymel, and Guggenheim. No word yet, though, on the production time line or who is going to protect President Bauer. SOS.