The political drama is axed for the second time.
July 24, 2019
Word is out that Designated Survivor has been cancelled once again - this time by Netflix. The move comes the month following the political drama's third season release, which ends up as the only one ordered by the streaming service after being revived last fall.
The Kiefer Sutherland-led series premiered in 2016 on ABC and was one of the network's best-performing new entries of that 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 main plot wrapped up. The decline in viewership resulted in its eventual cancellation.
Netflix stepped in and ordered a 10-episode third season of the show, which was its shortest outing by more than half. Still, fans got to see the story progress to follow President Kirkman's campaign for re-election. But the writing was on the wall that Season 3 would be the end after some key cast members started moving on to other projects.
Designated Survivor was 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.
09/05/19 at 05:32pm
As the majority have already spoken, Neflix turned the "little church girl" series into "Season 3: prostitute on the street corner". What a way to mess up something good.
08/28/19 at 03:35pm
This was a disappointment. First two seasons were pretty good but Netflix really screwed this up. Way to much political correctness. Every liberal view was front and center. If I wanted to watch crap like this I would have tuned into watch Rachel Maddow. Hannah Wells was the best character, sad they cut down her part to make way for the gay characters and the foul language. They say in Hollywood if you can't figure out a good plot, just have the character say a curse word in every sentence. That they did, my wife would not watch the show or stay in the room when I watched it.
I have to say Amazon produces better shows that do not have to resort to gimmicks like these writers did.
08/16/19 at 09:21pm
Season 3 was way too preachy. If I wanted to watch GOP is Elul white men I will watch tv news. The stories could have been fun but they chose to push an agenda in every episode. It was not subtle or hidden. That made it boring. If Netflix had not pulled the plug I would not have watched another season.
08/16/19 at 02:11pm
I'm a prolific cusser but they had to cram the word fuck into every sentence like they were making up for lost time or something
08/12/19 at 09:04pm
Netflix TOTALLY ruined this show. It went from suspenseful and interesting to a soap opera catering to political correctness. In season 3 the characters were lifeless and unbelievable. They didn't cancel this show, they put it out of its misery.
07/30/19 at 02:20pm
Let it finally RIP ⚰️
07/29/19 at 09:11am
First two seasons were pretty good. This last season lacked the same strong story line and instead became more of what you see in the political news today. Too bad, actors were likeable and Keiffer Sutherland has been one of my favorites since 24.
07/26/19 at 01:45pm
netflix is shying away from saving tv shows lucifer is also going down after one more season amazon prime still has the expanse though. but I think , the lets save network tv shows thing is gone for good now. the orvilled chose to go to hulu it was not cancelled. and marvel and star wars are doing fine. netflix cancelled their marvel properties due to lack of support from disney who wants their own channel.
Edward L Gordon
07/26/19 at 12:01pm
Hey boss, you mentioned the "MCU and Star Wars debacles." I agree with the star wars part but what are you referring to when you say that about the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is it the Captain Marvel situation or that one scene a end of 'End Game' that had nothing but the female heros in it for like 15 seconds. Because those things HARDLY made the MCU a "debacle." So please elaborate.
07/25/19 at 06:21pm
The show definitely went into a different direction in the third season. I agree with an earlier comment about the episodes started to become a soap opera.
I started fast forwarding for scenes with Hannah because It was the only storyline that would be interesting. But they were so short and then they killed off her character.
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