Fall premiere report:
Designated Survivor. Keifer Sutherland plays a disgraced Secretary of HUD who's selected to sit out the State of the Union as per normal procedure. Someone blows up the Capitol and Keifer is the last man standing and, so, the new POTUS.
Meanwhile,his perfect family is having first world problems, the people who staged the attack are scary and mysterious, Maggie Q is a Fed at the scene of the crime who, the last of the joint chiefs is coup-crazy, and shit's pretty awful.
It's quite good! The way they handle the attack is well done. We sort of see it as we would see it -- from glimpses of the TV, on the DC skyline as people gather and stare at the plume of smoke. Very 9/11-esque. A bigger, badder version of the smoke plume from the Pentagon that we all stared at in horror.
Keifer is playing a mousy intellectual who can barely control a room, or keep his lunch down. The stage is quickly set that whoever is responsible for this attack isn't finished. That this is only the beginning. The season trailer at the end of episode one shows us plenty of action interspersed with troubled family interludes that are indistinguishable from any other show.
Prediction: I can't see this surviving one season unless the bad guy is actually an immortal Bond villain who always manages to escape in the final reel. Also, I'm already tired of the family problems and the pilot only devoted about three minutes of screentime to that subplot.