The canceled ABC prime-time show Designated Survivor lived up to its name when the series was picked up this week by Netflix, which ordered a truncated third season of 10 episodes starting in 2019. Conservative viewers had hoped that the participation of Kiefer Sutherland – the actor and producer who portrayed heroic counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer for eight seasons on the popular Fox program 24 – would give the audience a fair representation of both conservative and liberal political views.
You might recall that ABC’s Designated Survivor was one of many shows this season that have offered up a plot involving the removal of a president from office. Now, the series has changed tactics by simply introducing a potential indictment to tarnish the president's administration and dissuade him from running for reelection. One way or another, I guess liberals are determined to take down a president, especially since it’s not working in real life.
Now that the matter of presidential removal has been covered, ABC’s Designated Survivor can go back to what it’s best at: promoting the liberal agenda. When it’s not overtly defending liberal values, the show usually spends time demeaning political opponents, and this week’s story is probably the dumbest attack I’ve seen this season. Forget ISIS or even Antifa, the real threat to our nation’s stability could just be a libertarian.
When it comes to liberal shows, the rule of thumb seems to be that no matter how bad the situation is, Republicans are still the worst. Even in a life-threatening scenario, Republicans can always find a way to make it worse. ABC’s Designated Survivor takes this to an extreme with a Republican congressman in a disastrous hostage situation on foreign soil.
For this past fall season, ABC’s Designated Survivor hasn’t been too shy about its liberal bias. From gun control arguments to racism to Republican slamming, there is no question where the show stands politically. However, when it comes to the United States overseas, President Kirkman might just lean a little to the right.
After two pretty straightforward, non-controversial episodes, the third episode of ABC’s Designated Survivor’s second season suddenly packed three episodes worth of liberal politics into one. Wednesday’s episode “Outbreak” had everything, from a deadly superbug, to an evil pharmaceutical company, to a Confederate statue debate, to a “sexually ambiguous” frog.
Wow, is liberal Hollywood predictable or what? Back in early November, when all indications were that it was an Islamic terrorist group that bombed the U.S. Capitol and took out the entire government during the State of the Union (except, of course, designated survivor then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Tom Kirkman), I predicted the mid-May ending of ABC’s Designated Survivor.
The Wednesday, April 5, episode of ABC’s conspiracy drama, Designated Survivor, may as well have been written by the Brady Campaign, or any one of Michael Bloomberg’s consortium of anti-Second Amendment organizations. For those unfamiliar with Kiefer Sutherland’s new role as President Tom Kirkman, he seems to have done a complete 180 from his days as 24’s Jack Bauer.
For the second time this season, President Kirkman on ABC’s Designated Survivor has been compared to President Ronald Reagan. On Wednesday's episode, "Warriors," Kirkman is recovering from a sniper assassination attempt. After learning both the country and stock market are in a panic, he is determined to restore their confidence and does so by waving to the public from his hospital room window.
In my previous installment chronicling 2016's most outrageous instances of liberal bias in scripted primetime television, I talked about how some entertainment programming from the broadcast networks often featured some of the most in-your-face political lectures Hollywood puts out.
This may be about a week early, but it's way too much fun to wait.
The good folks at Rebel Christmas Card 2009 have created a fabulous video short of America's favorite counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer interrogating Santa Claus.
Before Bauer begins using his knife to find out what Santa is doing in the country, Claus marvelously says, "Think about what you're doing, Jack. No present for you this year" (video embedded below the fold, h/t Instapundit via Ed Morrissey):
Jim Treacher at DailyGut.com has an excellent slam of how loopy and left-wing Fox's "24" is becoming with its carbon-neutral push for Season 7.
Six Ways Jack Bauer Will Fight Global Warming:
(I'm doing my part by recycling this post!)
- Travel from one end of LA to another in 15 minutes on a bicycle.
- Replace power-sucking PDA with pad of Post-Its and No. 2 pencil. ("Chloe, send it to my sticky note.")
- Yelling releases excess carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Interrogations will be conducted via sign language and harsh glaring.
- After torturing terrorist with plugged-in lamp cord, buy carbon offsets to make up for wasted electricity.
- All explosions will be rendered South Park-style with red, yellow, and orange construction paper (recycled).
- Cancel the show because it sucks now anyway.
My working theory is that the show's creators have been cowed into making penance to the Left for hanging out with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Thoughts?