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On "Designated Survivor," Tom Kirkman, a lowly Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is the sole survivor of a mass terror attack that leaves nearly entire U.S. government dead. Kirkman must take command of the nation even though he's never run for office. The grisly premise lets Sutherland play an idealistic, principled Commander-in-Chief struggling to cope with grief, paranoia, and looming disaster. 

It's "The West Wing" meets "Homeland."

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Laura Roslin is another compelling and heroic outsider, a former schoolteacher turned Secretary of Education who, after a Cylon attack obliterates 99 percent of humanity, must assume the presidency and lead the survivors during a vicious dystopian war. 

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Could President Kirkman cope with an interstellar holocaust that destroys the Twelve Colonies and nearly all of their human inhabitants? President Roslin has become a feminist icon, and for good reason:

"In 'Battlestar Galactica,' a woman is president—and she’s the best president ever. Laura Roslin is a ruthless protector of civil rights and the only person who has the guts to go toe-to-toe with the military commander, Bill Adama. She’s pragmatic but not unemotional. And while she’s making all the hard decisions, she’s also battling recurring breast cancer."
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Watch the moment where the unassuming Kirkman finds out the entire U.S. government has been assassinated, and he alone has to deal with the crisis. If it doesn't give you chills, you may be dead inside.

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Roslin defended democracy fiercely, but she also didn't hesitate to eliminate those who threatened the surviving remnants of the human race. She was ruthless when she had to be. You gotta give it up for a president who makes "airlock" into a verb.

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Legions of "Battlestar Galactica" fans long for a President Roslyn IRL. In fact, McDonnell was recently introduced as "the president wish we had" at a BSG reunion.

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But Kirkman has loyal fans as well. The fact that he is abruptly thrust into a position of ultimate power, one he didn't even want, makes him an even more compelling and reluctant hero.

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Horror guru Stephen King is #TeamKirkman.

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Liberals love how Tom Kirkman fights for gun control, minority rights, free speech, and the truth.

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