Kiefer Suther­land


The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

As you started Sea­son 3 of “Des­ig­nated Survivor” for Net­flix, did it feel as if you had done it for the show’s for­mer first-run home, ABC?

Yes, ex­cept in­stead of hav­ing just one script and see­ing what was go­ing to come, we had a few more scripts this time. I think ev­ery­body was very ex­cited about the di­rec­tion in which the show was go­ing to go.

As an au­di­ence mem­ber, when you can de­cide how and where and when you want to watch some­thing, it does af­fect your en­joy­ment of it ... so I’m very ex­cited that all 10 episodes of this (third sea­son) came out at the same time.

Though we saw your Tom Kirkman as the U.S. pres­i­dent from vir­tu­ally the start of the se­ries, we haven’t seen him as a cam­paign­ing can­di­date un­til he now seeks another term. How do you view him in that light?

I think it’s the first real strike against him. He had a sense of civic duty and moral obli­ga­tion to come to his coun­try’s call when he was needed, but it com­pletely de­stroyed his fam­ily and up­rooted his life – which, from the first few scenes of the pi­lot, you got a sense that he loved.

The choice to go from “I’ve ful­filled my obli­ga­tion” to some­one who is ac­tively pur­su­ing the job is a bit of a strike against his in­tegrity, in my opin­ion. We see if he starts to make bar­gains with the devil in or­der to be pres­i­dent, if he makes morally re­spon­si­ble choices. That is cer­tainly the cru­cible he faces in the course of this third sea­son.

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