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Paramount+, Sutherland team up for spy drama

Kiefer Sutherland in Designated Survivor

ViacomCBS-owned Paramount+ is moving forward with an as-yet-untitled espionage drama with Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) playing the lead.

Produced by CBS Studios and distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, the eight-episode show will stream exclusively on Paramount+ in 2022.

It sees Sutherland play a private espionage operative in the middle of a battle over the preservation of democracy in a world beset by misinformation, behavioural manipulation and the surveillance state.

Sutherland is best known for his award-winning portrayal of agent Jack Bauer in hit Fox series 24, for which he received a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy and two SAG Awards.

He will executive produce the drama, alongside writer/directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, plus Charlie Gogolak and Suzan Bymel.

It marks the latest tentpole scripted series for ViacomCBS’s streaming service, which launched in the US, Canada and 18 countries in Latin America earlier this year.

“Kiefer Sutherland and powerful, heart-pounding dramas go hand in hand. We’re thrilled to have him and master storytellers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra at the helm, taking us on a very personal ride to uncover the truth,” said Julie McNamara, executive VP and head of programming at Paramount+.

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