Articles about Designated Survivor
As the newly appointed showrunner of White House drama Designated Survivor, Keith Eisner is taking the series in a new direction. He tells DQ about his plans for the ABC show, comparisons to The West Wing and making a political drama in the era of Donald Trump.
Rise of the celebrity showrunner
In this special film, some of the biggest names in US drama tell DQ about the changing role of the showrunner.
Hello Mr President
US star Kiefer Sutherland reveals why he elected to play the president in US drama Designated Survivor and what he learned from working on 24.
Stranger than fiction?
As Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House, Stephen Arnell questions the future of political dramas under the new president.
The politics of TV writing
To mark Donald Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election, we look at the writers behind some of the country’s political TV drama series.
Victoria’s reign extended by ITV
ITV’s hit period drama Victoria has been given a second season and looks like it is bedding in for a lengthy run. Also, a planned reboot for Magnum PI continues US TV’s IP-mining trend.
US network shows prepare for lift-off
The autumn season has just started in the US – which means TV executives around the world will be watching with interest to see which new dramas live up to their pre-launch hype. This week, we look at some of the network shows that are buzzing.
Gilligan brings cult following to HBO
Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan is writing a miniseries about the Jonestown massacre for HBO. There’s also news this week of a boy-band drama from Dick Wolf – involving ex-One Direction pop star Zayn Malik.
Nashville gets encore on CMT
Country-and-western drama Nashville has found a new home, The Last Kingdom has a new US coproducer and StudioCanal has licensed a slate of French and UK shows.
Mercurio’s Duty calls for viewers
Jed Mercurio’s Line of Duty is further evidence of a showrunner at the top of his game, while writers in the US wait to see if their pilots will be picked up as series and Korean writer Han Sang-Woon earns a second US adaptation gig.
Starz shines in Golden Globe nominations
Starz is celebrating a brace of nominations at this year’s Golden Globes for projects penned by Ronald D Moore and Moira Walley-Beckett. Meanwhile, David Guggenheim is writing a new thriller series for Jack Bauer himself Kiefer Sutherland.