Created by David Guggenheim, Designated Survivor centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a lower-level cabinet member who, as a “designated survivor”, unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington during the State of the Union. Madsen will play Kimble Hookstraten, the “other” Designated Survivor during the State of the Union address — but for the rival political party. A sharply intelligent and politically astute conservative Congresswoman, she makes it clear that, in the aftermath of the Capitol attack, she supports President Kirkman’s (Sutherland) authority as the country’s new Commander in Chief, until her true agenda is revealed and she emerges as his chief political rival.
Madsen recently wrapped production on CBS’ new summer series American Gothic. She also will be returning to CBS’ Elementary for a guest stint, reprising her role as Paige, Captain Thomas Gregson’s (Aidan Quinn) girlfriend. Madsen is represented by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
Guggenheim executive produces Designated Survivor with Simon Kinberg, Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, and Aditya Sood. Paul McGuigan directed the pilot, and Jon Feldman serves as showrunner on the series. Entertainment One, which is backing the Mark Gordon Co., is handling international rights. At MGC, the series is overseen by Jacqueline Sacerio.