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Designated Survivor Season 2 Cast Adds New Series Regular As Virginia Madsen Leaves

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Another shakeup has come to Designated Survivor’s way. Virginia Madsen, known as Kimble Hookstraten on the show, has confirmed on Twitter the sad news that she won’t be returning in the series’ sophomore run. But it looks like the show has found another actor to fill in the cast vacancy.

Paulo Costanzo has been confirmed to be the latest addition to the Designated Survivor Season 2 family. According to Deadline, the 38-year-old actor has been added as a series regular on the series. He will play the oddly named Lyor Boone, a social media savvy whiz youngster who is brought in by Italia Ricci’s Emily to help President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) deal with his image problem.

His character will basically attempt to convince the Americans to believe in the government again. But as the stereotype of Baby Boomers dealing with Millennials goes, the POTUS won’t be completely sold on following the unfamiliar ways of Boone.

Costanzo previously starred on USA Network’s Royal Pains for eight seasons.

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His addition came on the heels of Virginia Madsen’s announcement that she won’t be reprising her role of politician Kimble Hookstraten in Designated Survivor Season 2.

Virginia Madsen Out

Madsen’s excellently-named Congresswoman character started in the show looking like one of the main rivals for Kirkman. By the end of the first season, however, she had struck a deal with the president to become his new Secretary of Education. But that’s apparently not going to happen now.

The actress did not offer any explanation for her departure. But speculations are rife that the shake-up could have something to do with the change in showrunner ahead of the second season.

As previously reported, the show has hired The Good Wife’s Keith Eisner as the new showrunner, replacing Harmon Feldman’s who left for his other ABC projects. As new showrunners come with new creative directions, it seems like Madsen’s Hookstraten isn’t in the mix for whatever will happen with Sutherland’s President Kirkman going on to the next season.

Designated Survivor has already been given the go-ahead for Season 2, which will air on ABC on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m this fall.

Also Read: Designated Survivor Season 2 New Characters’ Roles Revealed Ahead Of Casting

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