The 24: Live Another Day alum will star in Designated Survivor, a dramatic thriller that has been ordered straight-to-series at ABC,The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Designated Survivor centers on a lower-level United States cabinet member (Sutherland) who is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the presidential line of succession. The series, which does not yet have an episode count, is described as a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.
The series hails from the Mark Gordon Co. Studios (Quantico, Grey's Anatomy), and marks the banner's first series pickup since it was launched as a stand-alone company based at Entertainment One. ABC Studios will co-produce alongside MGC; eOne will handle international distribution.
For Sutherland, the role marks his latest TV foray since he reprised his role as Jack Bauer in Fox limited series24: Live Another Day. The drama comes as Fox has expressed interest in continuing the 24 franchise —without Sutherland.
Crime and military thrillers are among the biggest trends this development season as networks look to build on the success of Serial and American Sniper.