Netflix Could Save “Designated Survivor”

While “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was saved, all the other shows in last week’s bloodbath of cancelled series look like they are done and dusted… but one might yet live on.

The cancellation of ABC’s “Designated Survivor” starring Kiefer Sutherland was a real surprise. The show has had some talked about behind-the-scenes issues since its inception with showrunners entering and leaving it as frequently as American GI’s visit a brothel.

That said, it had a lucrative deal with Netflix in international markets and is big overseas, while the US audience had declined but weren’t disastrous either. Now the show’s production company eOne is said to be in talks with Netflix about the series getting picked up for another season.

Deadline reports that the talks are only in early stages, and there’s a big complication – Hulu has the streaming rights to the first two seasons of the series in the United States (Netflix has the rights to everywhere else). Thus Netflix would have to pay Hulu for the domestic rights.

eOne also says they are in active discussions with other parties for further series of the show, so Netflix may not be the only place it ends up.