Designated Survivor Season 3 heading to a pickup by Netflix!
Fans will be delighted to hear that Designated Survivor will live up to its title, thanks to a bit of real life Deus ex Machina, courtesy of a certain series-rescuing streaming giant. While ABC cancelled the Kiefer Sutherland vehicle after two seasons, the studio behind the series, eOne, immediately went into talks with Netflix – who already carried international streaming rights for the series – about picking up Designated Survivor Season 3; talks that ultimately proved successful.
Kiefer Sutherland and the cast will return to the series under the purview of a new showrunner in Neal Baer, an executive-producing veteran of shows such as Under the Dome, A Gifted Man, Law & Order: SVU and ER.
Baer is the fifth boss in the show’s short life; a musical chairs testament to the behind-the-scenes tumult that led to its ABC cancellation. Thus, Netflix’s selection of Baer was designed to put the series in a pair of steady hands in the rescue endeavor. He will follow former showrunners in Amy B. Harris (Wicked City, Sex and the City), John Harmon Feldman (Blood & Oil, No Ordinary Family), Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives, Alias) and Keith Eisner (The Good Wife, Law & Order).
Designated Survivor Season 3 Trailer
The trailer for the Netflix-rescued third season of Designated Survivor is here!
Designated Survivor Season 3 Release Date
Designated Survivor Season 3 will arrive on Netflix on Friday, June 7.
Designated Survivor Season 3 Cast
There have been no major casting additions announced thus far but the whole crew from the ABC years is expected to return: Kal Penn, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Maggie Q, Italia Ricci, Anthony Edwards, Julie White, Elena Tovar and Ben Watson.
Designated Survivor Season 3 Story Details
With the rescue comes an official plot synopsis for Designated Survivor 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.
Netflix released a helpful video catching up viewers with the events of the series thus far.
As star Kiefer Sutherland states of the rescue by Netflix:
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season 3 of Designated Survivor with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer. 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.”
We’ll keep you updated on Designated Survivor Season 3 as it makes its Netflix migration.