The political drama will return for Season 3.
September 5, 2018
It's official: Designated Survivor will be returning for a third season. The cancelled political drama has been revived by Netflix with a 10-episode order for next year. The surprise announcement comes after a prolonged negotiation effort between the streaming service and the show's Canadian-based production company, Entertainment One.
The Kiefer Sutherland-led series premiered in 2016 on ABC and was one of the network's best-performing new entries of the season, attracting a healthy audience and even picking up a Critics' Choice award. The initial interest didn't last long, though, as its numbers dipped in Season 2 after the show's main plot wrapped up. The decline in viewership resulted in its eventual cancellation back in May.
When the series returns on Netflix in 2019, look for the plot to pick up where it left off, with President Kirkman campaigning for re-election. Along with Sutherland, key cast members Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, and Adan Canto are also set to return. One notable change going forward will be another new showrunner - its fifth overall. Replacing the departing Keith Eisner will be Neal Baer, who has done work on ER, Law & Order: SVU, and Under the Dome.
Designated Survivor is Sutherland's first return as a lead in a TV series since his career-reviving role as Jack Bauer in Fox's 24 franchise. In the show he 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.
09/08/18 at 04:56pm
Why? It'll be canceled by Netflix after one season.
09/08/18 at 05:42am
Agree with @Dan: I'm not paying for subscription tv service. I pay enough for cable. Yeah, I'm a luddite. Also, with all the 24/7 political channels (they're not news channels really), this show looks like just another one of them.
09/07/18 at 03:22pm
Was probably too close to the real life playing out now, that's why people lost interest. To bad, really like the show..
09/07/18 at 09:42am
Lost interest in it the second season. Netflix should have kept Bloodline going.
09/06/18 at 07:33pm
Awesome...now Timeless...come on Netflix you can do it!!!
09/06/18 at 03:11pm
Sorry. They ruined this show at the start of season 2. Stopped watching after they killed <spoiler alert>. Can't believe Netflix revived this and not Timeless.
09/06/18 at 09:49am
It's good that "Designated Survivor" is back even though it will be on a streaming network rather than a traditional over-the-air one. I apologize if I sound old-fashioned, but I'm not buying into subscription television services.
09/06/18 at 07:43am
I really enjoyed the first season of this show. The second season was good although it started going off in some weird directions. The season finale really had me wondering where they were planning on taking the series. Hopefully the new showrunner will help reinvigorate the show.
09/06/18 at 05:35am
Hooray!!!! I love the idea of protagonists who try to do the right thing even when under trying circumstances.
Now, if only Netflix or Amazon would make my day by saving Timeless. Please?
09/06/18 at 02:22am
That's surprising. I know there were negotiations but usually they lead to nothing. A 10 episode season sounds about right. It's not the best show ever but it has entertainment value so let's see where they take the story. But maybe they should consider a plot that ends after this. I always saw this show with a limited number of episodes.
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