Designated Survivor Season 3: Everything We Know So Far

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In September 2018, it was announced by Netflix that they had picked up fan favorite Designated Survivor for season 3. There’s a lot of changes going to be happening for season 3 of the ex-ABC show but here’s everything we know including the production status, who’s appearing, when it’ll be dropping and how.

Designated Survivor is a Netflix Original fictional political show that is centered around US politician Tom Kirkman. After a terrorist attack on Capitol Hill destroys the US Senate and the entirety of the US cabinet including the President of the United States, Kirkman as the designated survivor is sworn in to become the acting President of the United States.

The series originally aired on ABC and ran for two seasons before cancelation. This sent Twitter into meltdown as fans demanded that someone come along and save the show. Designated Survivor already had a fanbase on Netflix as the series was classed as an Original outside of the US. In the end, reviving the show was an easy decision for Netflix.

It came after a string of Netflix revivals including reviving Lucifer from Fox which is due out in May.

Reaction to Netflix reviving season 3 of Designated Survivor

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

“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.”

Who’s in the cast of Designated Survivor Season 3?

Most of the cast from the first two seasons will be returning for the third season of Designated Survivor:

RoleActor/ActressWhere have I seen/heard them before?
President Tom KirkmanKiefer Sutherland24, Mirrors, Phone Booth
Aaron ShoreAdan CantoX-Men: Days of Future of Past, Narcos, The Following
Emily RhodesItalia RicciChasing Life, Supergirl, Don Jon
Seth WrightKal PennHarold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Van Wilder: Party Liason, House
Hannah WellsMaggie QDivergent, Die Hard 4.0, Insurgent
Mike RitterLaMonica GarrettSons of Anarchy, Clemency, The Last Ship
Kendra DaynesZoe McLellanDungeons & Dragons, Deadly Honeymoon, Mr. Holland’s Opus
Lyor BoonePaulo Costanzo40 Days and 40 Nights, Road Trip, Splinter
Penny KirkmanMcKenna GraceThe Haunting of Hill House, I Tonya, Gifted

Previously Michael Ausiello from TV line reported some new casting information. He had this to say:

With production on the Netflix-saved Season 3 set to start up in mid-October, casting is underway for some new roles: a campaign manager who appreciates the pitfalls as well as the historical value in stumping for an Independent incumbent, and the new Chief of Staff she will butt heads with; a gay, black male who runs the West Wing’s digital team; and a quirky geneticist who factors into Hannah’s new mystery to solve.

The Chief of Staff role has been confirmed to be Anthony Edwards (ER, Top Gun). Meanwhile Julie White (Transformers, Monsters vs. Aliens) will portray Kirkman’s new campaign manager Lorraine Zimmer.

Michael J Fox may return to reprise his role as Ethan West. The actor joined the cast in the latter half of Season 2 but confirmation on his return is yet to be announced.

What is the plot of Designated Survivor Season 3?

The previous two seasons have seen President Kirkman battling off threats from abroad and on home soil. From terrorists to political threats, the man who would be President has persevered and shown he is the correct politician to lead his country.

The third season will focus on President Kirkman on the campaign trail in the run-up to the presidential elections.

Where is the production of Designated Survivor Season 3 up to?

Thanks to Italia Ricci we now know that Season 3 is in post-production.

With filming having wrapped up in the middle of February, post-production will be in full swing.

Photos of Designated Survivor Season 3

We are yet to receive any photos on the upcoming season. The closer we get to the release date the likely some stills will be released. What we can report on though is the fact that the cast of Designated Survivor looks like a tight-knit bunch. After viewing plenty of photos of their off-screen antics they the cast and crew look like an amazing and hilariously fun bunch to work with!


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How many episodes can we expect from Designated Survivor Season 3?

Netflix is known for not overproducing episodes for their titles and this trend will carry on with Designated Survivor.

Unlike the first two seasons, which had over 20 episodes each (Season one had 21, while Season two had 22) the third season of Designated Survivor will have 10 episodes in total. Fans need not be dismayed by this news in the drop episodes. While the quantity may have dropped, there’s not a chance the quality will have dropped as well.

All 10 episodes will arrive on the release date, so this time fans won’t have to wait for each new episode week to week.

Is there a trailer for Designated Survivor Season 3?

Finally, the trailer is here for Designated Survivor Season 3!

When is the release date for Designated Survivor Season 3?

The release date for Designated Survivor has been confirmed! The third season will arrive on Friday, June 7th! Kiefer Sutherland’s recap of the series confirmed the release date.

Is Designated Survivor releasing everywhere on Netflix?

Absolutely. The first two seasons obviously released on ABC in America and was broadcasted without Netflix in Canada too. That won’t be the case with season 3 as the show is now a full Netflix Original. That means all episodes at once simultaneously around the world.

Are you excited for the release of Season 3 of Designated Survivor? Let us know in the comments below!