Kim Raver joins the series in the second half of season 2. She and Kiefer Sutherland previously worked together on “24.”
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A "24" reunion is happening in "Designated Survivor" when it returns on ABC after the holidays. Kiefer Sutherland, who plays President Tom Kirkman, will be reunited with a former TV flame in Kim Raver. Will romance spark between them?
Raver, whose casting on "Designated Survivor" was announced in November, is no stranger to playing Sutherland's love interest. The two actors worked together for several years as on-again-off-again lovers in the popular series "24" on FOX as Audrey Raines and Jack Bauer.
The actress will debut as an Elon Musk-inspired character, Andrea Frost, on "Designated Survivor" season 2, in the episode airing Feb. 28. Her inclusion in the show comes just as Natascha McElhone, who played the First Lady Alex Kirkman, decided to exit the series. Writers wrote her character's death in the last episode that aired on Dec. 13.
Showrunner Keith Eisner confirmed that Raver's Frost will strike a friendship with Sutherland's President Kirkman. But the widowed president won't likely entertain thoughts of romance just yet.
"We don’t have an interest in throwing this president into bed with someone else, immediately," Eisner told TV Line. "We don’t feel that’s real, and Kiefer doesn’t either. Kiefer feels like [Alex] is his life companion who has been taken from him, and he’s not going to just start running around with other people.”
Eisner previously told TV Guide that President Kirkman will have to deal with becoming a widow, a single parent and the leader of the free world all at the same time before he finds new love again. His new challenges will bear both personal and professional effects that will become the story arc for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, the ABC series significantly rose in the ratings with delayed viewings. The show ranked at number three in total viewership and number five in its demographic (ages 18-49) following "The Good Doctor" and "This Is Us" after 10 weeks.
“Designated Survivor” airs Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. EST on ABC. New episodes for season 2 will kick off on Feb. 28.