Designated Survivor resurrected as Netflix picks the series up for a 10 episode third season
Murder Sutherland's political drama has been saved. After being cancelled due to falling ratings by ABC, Deadline has confirmed that streaming giant Netflix has resurrected the show. Following lengthy negotiations, Entertainment One has secured a third season consisting of 10 episodes.
The third season will have a new showrunner in Neal Baer, the fifth in total since the show began. Returning with Sutherland will be core cast members Kal Penn, Adan Canto and Italia Ricci. Maggie Q is also in talks to return. Production on the third season will begin later this year and stream on Netflix in 2019.
The show's star Kiefer Sutherland, who is heavily involved in the creative decision making on Designated Survivor, made the following statement:
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season 3 of ‘Designated Survivor’ with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer. 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.”
Netflix streamed the first two seasons internationally and representative Bela Bajaria also commented on the season three pick up.
“Timely and gripping, Designated Survivor has quickened the pulses of our Netflix members outside the US and Canada in its first two seasons. 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 2 seasons to our US and Canadian members as well.”
Designated Survivor executive producer and eOne President Mark Gordon also added:
“The continuation of the show via Netflix is a win-win for all involved. 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.”
The first two seasons of Designated Survivor are available to watch on Netflix now.