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Sutherland to star in ABC thriller, part of new season

Kiefer Sutherland will play a low-level Cabinet member who suddenly becomes president on a new ABC drama this fall, and the network plans to add a second night of comedy to its schedule.

ABC has also given the go-ahead to another drama from the prolific creator Shonda Rhimes and a comedy where Minnie Driver plays a mom fighting for her special-needs child.

ABC was to present its new schedule to advertisers on Tuesday, the first under the stewardship of its new entertainment president, Channing Dungey. She replaced Paul Lee as the network, which generally fights with NBC for second place behind CBS, tries to improve sagging ratings.

While Sutherland's new series,...