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TV Netflix Picks Up "Designated Survivor" Season 3

"Designated Survivor" Saved with Netflix Pickup after ABC Cancellation; Season 3 to Tackle Fake News
by Nellie Andreeva
Sept. 5, 2018



After very lengthy negotiations, Entertainment One has closed a deal with Netflix for a 10-episode Season 3 order of "Designated Survivor", which will become a global Netflix original.

The Kiefer Sutherland-starring series will have a new showrunner, "Law & Order: SVU" alum Neal Baer, who had been tapped for the job last spring before ABC made the decision in May not to renew the political thriller. He is the series’ fifth showrunner.

He and Sutherland are said to have hit it off and had been discussing the Season 3 creative direction while talks with Netflix were going on, with excitement among the show’s producers about what a premium version of the broadcast drama may look like.



The core cast of the series, including Sutherland, Kal Penn, Adan Canto and Italia Ricci, are set to return, with Maggie Q in talks to join them.

Production on Season 3 is set to begin later this year for a 2019 premiere. Also, Seasons 1 and 2 of "Designated Survivor" will come exclusively to Netflix in the U.S. and Canada this Fall.







In Season 3, President Kirkman (Sutherland) will face a political reality… campaigning. What does it take to make a leader? What price will he be willing to pay? This season will explore today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and “fake news.” Democracy, as we know it, will hang in the balance.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season 3 of ‘Designated Survivor’ with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer,” Sutherland said. “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.





Timely and gripping, Designated Survivor has quickened the pulses of our Netflix members outside the US and Canada in its first two seasons,” said Netflix’s Bela Bajaria.

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.





The continuation of the show via Netflix is a win-win for all involved,” said series executive producer and eOne president Gordon.

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.

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