ABC announced plans today to bring back the Kiefer Sutherland drama series “Designated Survivor” for the second half of its sophomore season on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The announcement comes as the series is set to air its winter finale tonight.
“On tonight’s winter finale episode … titled ‘Line of Fire,’ it’s Christmas time and President Kirkman is alerted to a group of religious extremists who refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin,” ABC notes in today’s announcement. “Deploying Emily and Aaron to help defuse the situation, Kirkman must act quickly to save multiple lives at stake. Meanwhile, the first lady finally gives her testimony to the FBI director, while what happens next changes the lives of the Kirkman family forever.”
“Designated Survivor” stars Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Paulo Costanzo as Lyor Boone, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter, Zoe McLellan as Kendra Daynes, Ben Lawson as Damian Rennett, Kal Penn as Seth Wright and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells.
“Line of Fire” was written by Keith Eisner and directed by Chris Grismer.
The series comes from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. David Guggenheim is creator and executive producer. In addition to Guggenheim, the series is executive produced by Mark Gordon, Kiefer Sutherland, Simon Kinberg, Nick Pepper, Jeff Melvoin, Suzan Bymel, Aditya Sood and Keith Eisner, who serves as showrunner.