Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Netflix Revives 'Designated Survivor' for 10-Episode Third Season

Another recently cancelled show is being saved by another network. Several months after ABC cancelled the drama, Netflix has today confirmed an order for a 10-episode third season of the original drama series Designated Survivor. Furthermore, Neal Baer (Under the Dome, Law & Order: SVU) will replace Keith Eisner as the drama's fifth overall showrunner.

The new season will debut as a Netflix global original in 2019. The streaming service has also landed U.S. and Canadian streaming rights to the first two seasons of the drama as a part of the deal. The seasons were previously available on Hulu. However, ABC Studios will no longer be involved as a production company alongside eOne.

Season 3 will see President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) exploring today's world of campaigning, smear tactics, debate, campaign finance and "fake news."

Executive producers for the new season include Baer, Sutherland, David Guggenheim, Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah.

"Timely and gripping, Designated Survivor has quickened the pulses of our Netflix members outside the U.S. and Canada in its first two seasons," said Bela Bejaria, Vice President of Content, Netflix. "The international audience for the show drove our interest to bring the show to the world as a Netflix original for its third season and we are excited to bring the first two seasons to our U.S. and Canadian members as well."

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season three of Designated Survivor with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer," added Sutherland. "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."