‘Designated Survivor’s’ President Kirkman is a nice guy – and an awful president (TV commentary)

ABC’s “Designated Survivor” strained throughout its first season to show that President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is a good, decent and refreshingly different type of president. But because the show operates on a superficial level, it’s easy to expose the trick. Yes, he’s unquestionably – and boringly – a great guy; he loves his family, he treats everyone decently, he listens and learns, and so forth. But just as clearly, he’s as bad of a president as Bush, Obama and Trump.

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I owe an apology to the Fall TV season: It’s been pretty great (Commentary)

When I saw the lineup of new Fall TV shows, I thought it looked like the worst selection in recent memory: Lots of unnecessary remakes along with tired new shows that didn’t have hooks. I owe the Fall TV season an apology, because it has turned out to be the best in the past 10 years. Here’s a look at six standout freshman shows, in alphabetical order:

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First episode impressions: ‘Designated Survivor’ (TV review)

Two episodes into its run, “Designated Survivor” (10 p.m. Wednesdays, ABC) continues to pay lip service to the idea of a president who is in over his head. Indeed, President Tom Kirkman (“24’s” Kiefer Sutherland) SHOULD be overwhelmed by this job that he’s thrust into after the 10 people above him in the line of succession are killed when the Capitol blows up during a State of the Union speech.

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