Designated Survivor was one of the breakout series this past fall. It follows Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a low-level Cabinet member, who ends up becoming the president after a massive attack killed everyone in the presidential line of succession. The political drama’s pilot season got most viewers hooked, thanks to its twists and turns. No wonder it got the green light for a sophomore run on ABC even before its Season 1 finale.
Designated Survivor Season 2 release
Now, you may be wondering when Designated Survivor Season 2 premieres. The first season premiered on ABC Wednesday, Sept. 21 of last year, so the show will most likely return for Season 2 around the same time in mid or late September 2017. That’s if there isn’t anything that will delay the next premiere.
Change in showrunner
Details are currently scarce as to what Season 2 will bring us but it could be heading in a slightly different direction because of the behind-the-scene shake-up. For those who missed it, Designated Survivor confirmed Season 2 will have a new showrunner for the fourth time in its short history. According to Deadline, Keith Eisner, who’s famously known for executive producing The Good Wife, is taking over after Jon Harmon Feldman’s decision to leave for his other ABC projects.
Still, the change in showrunner should not totally alter the ongoing story: Who is behind the catastrophic attack that killed America’s highest elected officials, making the lowly Secretary of Housing and Urban Development the President? We can expect more challenges and oppositions to Kirkman’s presidency thrown into the mix as well which should lead to a very exciting new direction.
What to expect in Designated Survivor Season 2
At ABC’s Upfronts presentation last week, Sutherland said the series is adding “no less than three principal characters to round out the complexities of running the White House [and] allow us to delve more deeply into the lives of our main characters.” He even went so far as to promise “a midseason event that I believe will knock the socks off our audience.”
While Tom Kirkman is enjoying a surprising surge in popularity, the first season ended with Patrick Lloyd (Terry Serpico) getting away from the good guys to who knows where. But the bigger deal is we found out that Lozano was actually hacking a high-security server in Pentagon that had all sorts of sensitive information on it such as intelligence information, data on America’s armed forces, and such, then passed it all to Lloyd. What will he do with those data?
We’ll have to wait for Designated Survivor Season 2 release this fall. But we can imagine he’ll use it to tarnish the country’s faith in President Kirkman, laying the groundwork to swoop in on a fragile and frightened America by the end of the second run.