Cancelled Designated Survivor is picked up by Netflix

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Back in May ABC began it’s annual purge of network content, along with such shows as Lucifer and Shadow Hunters to the dismay of fans even Designated Survivor was included in the cull.

After almost immediately announcing the revival of Lucifer, fans of Designated Survivor have been screaming at Netflix for them to pick up the show. It’s taken some months but we can now confirm that Designated Survivor has been picked up by Netflix!

The news first broke late last night and Twitter is buzzing for more details on what to expect from season 3 of the show.

What we know so far

Previously having 22 episodes per season, for its 3rd outing Netflix is trimming the fat and condensing this down to 10 Episodes. While some fans may be upset with the idea of having fewer episodes this season, Designated Survivor could now be seen as the imminent replacement for House of Cards.

Keifer Sutherland will reprise his role as President Tom Kirkman, and the majority of the cast will reprise their roles in the show.

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

Netflix has also assigned a showrunner Neal Baer (Under the Dome, ER) replacing Keith Eisner. Along with picking up the show from ABC, Netflix has also confirmed that season 1 and 2 of the show will be available to stream on the United States in the fall of 2018. The show will now be released as a Netflix original with ABC no longer a producer in the show.

When could we expect a release date?

It has been revealed that we will see the release of Season 3 in 2019 but no clear date has been given as yet. We’ll keep you posted as more details are revealed.


Jacob Robinson

Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 and specialises in anime on Netflix. He's producing most of the previews of the upcoming shows and movies coming to Netflix. Resides in Norwich in the UK.