Netflix has swooped in at the last minute to save Designated Survivor from cancellation with a pick up for a shortened third season. ABC axed the Kiefer Sutherland fronted political thriller back in May, but the series producers were adamant they could find the show a new home. While it has taken longer than other prematurely canceled TV shows to score a revival, Designated Survivor managed it with just days left before the opinions ran out for the main cast.
Unlike the previous two seasons that ran twenty-one and twenty-two episodes respectively, the third season will be its shortest with just ten hour-long installments. Neal Baer (Under The Dome) has joined the creative team and will serve as the new showrunner following Keith Eisner exit. If you're keeping score, Baer is now the fifth showrunner that Designated Survivor has hired in just three years. Fingers crossed Baer will last longer than his predecessors.
Here's what producer and star Kiefer Sutherland had to say in a brief statement;
“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 was not previously possible.”
Production on the new episodes will start later this year with a possible launch being eyed for Spring 2019. Fans might have to wait a little longer for a resolution from the season two finale, but the take-home here is that it's not the end. Designated Survivor is the second canceled network series that Netflix has saved at the eleventh hour. Back in May, Fox gave Lucifer its marching orders to a deafening outcry from the loyal fans. After a month in limbo, Netflix snapped-up Lucifer for ten-episode fourth season that will hit the streaming service early next year.