No Season 3 for the Kiefer Sutherland drama.
May 11, 2018
ABC has reportedly cancelled Designated Survivor after two seasons. The sad news comes with only one episode remaining in the political drama's sophomore run, which will now act as its series ender.
The Kiefer Sutherland-led series premiered in 2016 as one of the network's best-performing new entries of the season, attracting a sizeable audience and even picking up Critics' Choice award. Viewers didn't stick around for long though, as its numbers dipped in Season 2 after the show's main plot wrapped up.
Designated Survivor marked Sutherland's first return to a TV starring role since his career-reviving role as Jack Bauer in Fox's 24 franchise. Sutherland plays a Cabinet member who is unexpectedly thrust into the role of President of the United States after a bombing at the Capitol kills a number of key government figures. After being sworn in as President, he starts to learn that the catastrophic attack was only the beginning of a much larger plan.
The series finale of Designated Survivor airs on May 16.
Gone are the days of Episodic TV shows, where the next episode was NOT dependant on the last.
don't leave us hanging but rather actually have it conclude with the last episode.
But they wrapped up the main storyline, which is what made it unique. The first season was all about trying to keep the entire nation from collapsing due to the deaths of the President, all but one of the cabinet, and almost all of Congress. It devolved into just another routine political except with writers who weren't nearly as good as those who worked on The West Wing. Now the only thing at stake week to week is President Kirkland's public opinion poll numbers.
It also became really kind of depressing seeing a decent, honourable president with a competent staff and then coming back to the grisly clown show that is actual reality.