Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 17 “The Ninth Seat” Synopsis

Designated Survivor is an American political drama television series created by David Guggenheim, starring Kiefer Sutherland, airing on ABC. The project skipped the pilot stage and was ordered straight to series on December 14, 2015, followed by a formal announcement on May 6, 2016. The first episode premiered on September 21, 2016, with a full season order of 22 episodes coming eight days later.

Kiefer Sutherland as President Thomas Adam
Natascha McElhone as First Lady Alex Kirkman
Adan Canto as Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci as White House Chief of Staff Emily Rhodes
LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter
Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman
Kal Penn as White House Press Secretary Seth Wright
Maggie Q as Hannah Wells

On the night of the State of the Union address, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of his Cabinet except for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman, who had been named the designated survivor. Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is just the beginning of what is to come.

Theme music composer Sean Callery

Sean Callery
Robert Lydecker

Executive producer(s)
Mark Gordon[2]
Nicholas Pepper
Jeff Melvoin
Jon Harmon Feldman
Kiefer Sutherland
Suzan Bymel
Paul McGuigan
Amy Harris
Aditya Sood
David Guggenheim
Simon Kinberg

Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Original network ABC

ABC has released the episode description for the 17th episode of Designated Survivor season 1. The episode is titled “The Ninth Seat”.

In this episode of Designated Survivor, Virginia Madsen guest stars as Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten, Mark Deklin guest stars as Senator Jack Bowman and Rob Morrow guest stars as Abe Leonard.

As President Kirkman struggles to put together a new Supreme Court, FBI Agent Hannah Wells goes undercover and discovers much more than she ever could have imagined. Meanwhile, Seth Wright has to contend with journalist Abe Leonard, who returns from the Middle East with an explosive story.

Fred Toye directed the episode written by Paul Redford. Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 17 airs on April 19 at 10|9c on ABC.