Designated Survivor Series Premiere - Wednesday, September 21st at 10pm ET/9pm CT about Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union. Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack. production The series was sold to ABC in December 2015, created by David Guggenheim, with Sutherland attached to star, and is executive produced by Simon Kinberg, Sutherland, Suzan Bymel, Aditya Sood, and Nick Pepper. Paul McGuigan directed the pilot episode. Amy B. Harris was set to be the showrunner in February 2016, but after the series' official pick-up in May, it was announced she would be stepping down due to creative differences, and that Jon Harmon Feldman was in talks to replace her. In July 2016, Feldman was confirmed as showrunner/executive producer. Kal Penn, formerly associate director in the White House's Office of Public Engagement, will also serve as a consultant for the series. meet the cast President Tom Kirkman, the former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the designated survivor who finds himself thrust into the role of President. Played by Kiefer Sutherland Alex Kirkman, Tom's wife and an EEOC attorney. Played by Natascha McElhone Aaron Shore, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff who advises Tom following the attack. Played by Adan Canto Emily Rhodes, Tom's Chief of Staff. Played by Italia Ricci Mike Ritter, Tom's Secret Service agent who struggles to protect the Kirkman family following the attack. Played by LaMonica Garrett Leo Kirkman, Tom and Alex's teenage son. Played by Tanner Buchanan Seth Wright, Tom's speechwriter who has strong doubts about his superior's ability to lead the country. Played by Kal Penn Hannah Wells, an FBI agent assigned to investigate the attack who suspects that the perpetrators are not yet finished. Played by Maggie Q Mckenna Grace as Penny Kirkman, Tom and Alex's daughter. Malik Yoba as Jason Atwood, the Deputy Director of the FBI who spars with Hannah as she investigates the attack. Virginia Madsen as Kimble Hookstraten, a conservative Congresswoman and the designated survivor for the rival political party who supports Tom's authority while secretly harboring her own agenda. Ashley Zukerman as Peter MacLeish, an Afghan War veteran and popular third-term Congressman from Oregon who becomes a national hero following the attack.