Kiefer Sutherland’s President Tom Kirkman won’t be stepping down any time soon. Although Designated Survivor was canceled by ABC last spring, the series has found new life on Netflix.
Via The Wrap, Netflix has renewed Designated Survivor for a shortened ten episode third season. That’s less than half of the episodes that were ordered for the first two seasons on ABC. Netflix also acquired the streaming rights for the series from Hulu. Under the deal, ABC Studios will no longer be involved with the show. Neal Baer, a veteran of Law & Order and ER, was named as the new showrunner for the third season. Baer will be the fifth showrunner since the series premiered in 2016.
Designated Survivor follows Sutherland’s President Kirkman after he was thrust into the role by a devastating terrorist attack. According to Netflix, the new season will resume with Kirkman preparing to fight for reelection. “Campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and fake news” will all be among the topics explored in season 3. And because every show needs a touch of melodrama, the description also said that “democracy, as we know it, will hang in the balance.”
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“The continuation of the show via Netflix is a win-win for all involved,” said executive producer Mark Gordon in a statement. “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.”
Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan;Kal Penn, and Maggie Q co-star in the series. Designated Survivor will resume production later this year, with a 2019 debut.planned for season 3.
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