The Carrie Diaries creator Amy B. Harris has come on board as executive producer and showrunner of Designated Survivor, ABC’s straight-to-series conspiracy thriller drama starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Written on spec by David Guggenheim (Safe House), the project, executive produced by Simon Kinberg (The Martian) hails from the Mark Gordon Company Studios and ABC Studios. In it, Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a lower level United States Cabinet member, is suddenly appointed President after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession. This is a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.
Creator Guggenheim executive produces alongside Harris, Kinberg, Sutherland and Entertainment 360’s Suzan Bymel.
For Harris, the showrunner gig stems from an overall deal she has with ABC Studios. She most recently served as showrunner of the studio’s ABC drama Wicked City. The Sex And The City alumna is repped by CAA and attorney Karl Austen.