Renewed: Netflix rescues Designated Survivor

Good news for fans of President Kirkman with axed series thrown a lifeline for a third season.

Netflix has thrown a lifeline to Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor after it was axed by ABC (US).

It will return for a third season of 10 episodes in which President Kirkman (Sutherland) will face a political reality… campaigning. What does it take to make a leader? What price will he be willing to pay? This season will explore today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and “fake news.” Democracy, as we know it, will hang in the balance.

Kiefer Sutherland said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season 3 of Designated Survivor with Netflix, eOne and (showrunner) Neal Baer. I believe this format will allow us to continue to delve deeply into storylines and issues concerning the American electorate that were not previously possible.”

Executive Producer Mark Gordon said, “The continuation of the show via Netflix is a win-win for all involved. The story of President Kirkman and those around him has not been fully told and we look forward to working with our new partner in continuing the show for a global audience.”

For Australian fans there will be no change given the series was already available via Netflix.

Season 3 will go into production later this year and launch in 2019.

6 Responses

  1. Designated Survivor was pretty much written for Kiefer Sutherland’s understated style as an actor as have been most of his other shows which he also produced, all the same it is consistent watchable entertainment which is very much what Netflix needs to keep their numbers up. It’s a shame that Colony was not also spared even as a limited series, a conclusion was needed to complete the story. Colony was shown on Netflix too.

  2. This is great news. Netflix must have looked at how well the show does with it’s overseas audiences to come to this conclusion.

    I’m sure it will be a massive hit for them in the USA.

    This is a great show with a gripping storyline. It’s much better in my opinion than House of Cards.

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