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Netflix Revives Designated Survivor

Just two seasons ago, ABC premiered their Kiefer Sutherland-starring vehicle Designated Survivor. In it, Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member who becomes President of the United States when everyone above him in the line of succession is killed in a terrorist act at the State Of The Union. The show opened with very high ratings on its first night but continued to falter as the series continued. In May, ABC announced the cancelation of the series as it finished its second season.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Netflix will be renewing Designated Survivor on their streaming service. The third season will be a 10-episode run with the project’s fifth new show runner in place, Neal Baer. Baer is known for his work on Under The Dome, ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He will be taking the reins from exiting showrunner Keith Eisner (The Good Wife).

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“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 Netflix Vice President of Content Bela Bajaria said. “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.”

Sutherland, who plays President Kirkman on the show and executive produces the series, had this to say about a third season:

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season three 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.”

The deal with ABC will also allow Netflix to stream the first two seasons of the series on their service and label the third season as a Netflix Original, which will debut in 2019.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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