'Designated Survivor' Taps 'Parenthood' Grad for Recurring Role

Bonnie Bedelia will play the mother-in-law to Kiefer Sutherland's character.
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Designated Survivor is adding a Parenthood alum for season two.

Bonnie Bedelia is set to recur on the Kiefer Sutherland political drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The actress will play Eva Booker, the mother-in-law of President Tom Kirkman (Sutherland). A widow for 20 years, she is fiercely devoted to her daughter (Natascha McElhone) and grandchildren and an unabashed fan of her son-in-law. Following her blue-collar upbringing, she spent her working life as a secretary to a Department of Defense contracting officer while her husband worked as a salesman. Described as beautiful with an easy elegance about her, Eva is also proud, self-reliant and independent. 

Bedelia is one of several new faces entering the mix for season two of the ABC series, including Royal Pains alum Paulo Costanzo, NCIS: New Orleans grad Zoe McLellan and The Deep End's Ben Lawson.

Additionally, season two will see The Good Wife vet Keith Eisner take over as showunner — the show's fourth in two seasons. Eisner exec produces with Mark Gordon, Sutherland, Simon Kinberg, Nick Pepper, Jeff Melvoin, Suzan Bymel and Aditya Sood. 

In addition to starring as family matriarch Camille Braverman on NBC's acclaimed family drama Parenthood for all six seasons, Bedelia is known for her roles in the first two Die Hard movies and Heart Like a Wheel. She is repped by Innovative Artists and Howard Entertainment.

Designated Survivor returns Wed., Sept. 27, at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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