An Open Letter from Actor Kiefer Sutherland: ‘Dear Hollywood, This is My Apology’

-By Warner Todd Huston

Hey, Wizbang fans. Warner Todd Huston here, just stopping by to share this sort of satirical review of the TV show “Designated Survivor” for you all. It’s been quite some time since I last jumped on the ol’ Banger, so here is hoping you are all doing as well as I am.

Recently an envelope was found on the sticky floor of a coffee house in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and when opened it was discovered that a letter from actor Kiefer Sutherland was tucked inside. The letter appears to be an apology from the actor to his pals in Hollywood and we have the exclusive contents only right here.

Sutherland is in Toronto filming his latest political thriller TV series for ABC entitled, “Designated Survivor.”

The show features Sutherland as a lowly federal government cabinet member who is thrust into the presidency after the entire U.S. Capitol building is blown up during the president’s address to a joint session of Congress. Being chosen to stay away from the capitol as the nation’s designated survivor in case disaster strikes, Thomas Kirkman (Sutherland) suddenly finds his world forever changed.

The show follows Kirkman, a political novice and idealist, as he learns the ropes of being president on the job. The show also follows the investigation into those responsible for blowing up the capitol and killing 90% of Congress including the president and vice president, every cabinet member but Kirkman, the whole U.S. Supreme Court, and most of the nation’s Senators and Representatives.

The show has sparked some controversy — notably a recent anti-gun episode steeped in liberal claptrap about the Second Amendment — but for the most part it has gotten fairly good ratings and reviews.

But the show is nothing like actor Sutherland’s last political action show, Fox’s “24,” and therein lies the topic of the lost letter we now present as an Opened Letter from Kiefer Sutherland.

To My Dear Hollywood Friends,

I am in Canada filming my latest epic TV series, “Designated Survivor,” seen on ABC, Wednesdays at 9PM eastern, and I really do hope you are all watching it. After all, I am making it for you, my dear, dear Hollywood friends. It is my apology for making that dismally racist “24.”

In my new series, (“Designated Survivor,” ABC, Wednesdays, 9PM eastern) I play a nice wholesome, far left liberal who hates Washington and politics and only ended up in a presidential cabinet position because everyone knew how wonderful and selfless I was. And that I am an extremely liberal, milquetoasty kinda fellow.

But, in the show (“Designated Survivor,” ABC, Wednesdays, 9PM eastern) I suddenly become president when the whole U.S. Capitol building is blown up. Yes, like you I feel a bit of glee to be in a show that kills most every politician in Washington, especially the Republicans, and in the very first episode, yet.

Now, here is the great part. When I become president I am in a position to do all sorts of wonderful things. Why, I fund a kids music program, I work to undermine that damn gun amendment in the Constitution so that we can begin taking people’s so-called “rights” away, and all sorts of other liberal stuff.

Then I get to stare down some ignorant Republicans and even almost send one to jail for defying my liberal ideas. Also, we have made the bad guys a bunch of white people who clam to be patriots. I mean, we all know that every conservative/Republican/”patriot” would love to kill everyone that disagrees with them, right?

Islamic terrorism, schmerorism, right? RIGHT?!

Oh, yeah, and I even made sure that the Muslim that the bombing was blamed on in the first few episodes is shown to be completely innocent. So, yeah, white “patriots” are the real danger to America, as we all know. I mean, white people, especially men, are an enemy to the whole human race, amIright?

So, yeah, in this age o so-called Islamic terror all the evil killers in this show are white people. We all had a good laugh about that in the writer’s room, I’ll tell you what.

It’s all great fun, I have to say, but that brings me to the point of this letter to you, my dear, dear Hollywood pals.

This new show (“Designated Survivor,” ABC, Wednesdays, 9PM eastern) is my apology for that damned “24.” In that stinker I played a racist killer of innocent Muslims and I really hate it that my name is so connected to that show.

Heck, that thing would never even have become a hit that made me millions of dollars if those damn right-wingers didn’t cozy up to it so tightly. I was really hoping that one would last one season and then get forgotten.

But, noooo. There it is like a millstone around my neck, ruining my Hollywood credentials. It is a burden I don’t wish on any of you, my dear, dear Hollywood pals.

Anyway, I have made sure to be as far left as I can in my new show (“Designated Survivor,” ABC, Wednesdays, 9PM eastern) to make up for the horrible, right-wing things my character was doing in that last abomination.

So, please, dear, dear Hollywood friends, watch my new show (“Designated Survivor,” ABC, Wednesdays, 9PM eastern) because it is my apology to you for being so damned Republican in that last one.

Well, there you have it, TV fans. This opened letter is quite an opus, isn’t it? And so is “Designated Survivor.”

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  • Retired military

    I actually like the show despite some of the crappy stuff that gets espoused.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      I feel the same about NCIS and Elementary

  • Scalia

    Thanks for the post, Warner. I hope to see more from you on Wizbang.

  • Vagabond661

    Not to mention covering for Jessup on the Code Red which killed poor Hispanic Santiago.

  • jim_m

    Haven’t watched it and won’t. This is just another example of how network TV has nothing that could possibly interest me.

  • Mark Vargus

    I stopped watching any network series. I occasionally watch a movie or a sports event, but that is the absolute limit I have. American TV tends to be so poorly written that I’m convinced you could allow 100 chimpanzees to bang on computer keyboards for a year and find enough scripts to fill the next years prime time schedule with better written stuff than what is produced today.

    • Rock ThisTown

      Wouldn’t it be great if we could shop for TV the same way we shop for groceries? Imagine going to the grocery store & they tell you, “OK, you can buy these M&Ms, chips, popcorn & Snickers bars, but must buy broccoli & carrots, too.” That’s basically what TV providers do – you’re forced to pay for crappy channels (not to name names, but they start with ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC) you never watch, and thus you end up subsidizing the crap. And that doesn’t even address our tax dollars that go to PBS. The crappy channels would fold like lawn chairs just as AirAmerica radio did if we weren’t forced to subsidize them through bundling.