“Designated Survivor” lives on. The Kiefer Sutherland-led political drama, which was cancelled by ABC back in May, has been picked up for a third season by streaming giant Netflix.
When the series was first launched, it was one of the first to be a part of an increasingly common practice of series which stay on their original broadcasters in North America but are released episode-by-episode, within hours of them airing in the U.S., in the rest of the world’s markets via a major streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon.
Netflix pays a huge licensing fee to do this, in many cases covering most if not all the show’s budget which often will get the series greenlit. “Star Trek Discovery,” “Riverdale,” “Better Call Saul,” “Black Lightning,” “Shooter,” “Dynasty” and the upcoming “Nightflyers” and “Snowpiercer” have since all adopted the same model.
When ABC axed the series, the show’s producer eOne stated it was trying to do a deal with Netflix to allow the series to continue with Netflix taking on not just overseas rights but domestic as well. They’ve succeeded with the third season to consist of a shorter ten-episode run, while at the same time Neal Baer will join the series as showrunner for the third season.
In the new season, 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’.
The new season will go into production later this year for a 2019 launch, with the first two seasons finally set to arrive on Netflix in the United States this Fall.