Netflix revives Designated Survivor following ABC cancellation

This marks the second time this year that a streaming giant has picked up a Toronto-shot series after it was cancelled by its U.S. network.
Designated Survivor

Netflix has commissioned a third season of eOne-produced drama Designated Survivor after ABC cancelled the show in May.

The streaming giant ordered a 10-episode third season (seasons one and two each ran for 22 episodes), with production set to begin this fall. New episodes of the Toronto-shot political thriller will launch on Netflix globally in 2019, while seasons one and two of the show will land on the streamer in Canada and U.S. this fall.

The show stars Kiefer Sutherland as a low-level cabinet member who becomes president after an attack claims the lives of most of the government. Executive producers are Mark Gordon, Sutherland, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood, Peter Noah. Creator David Guggenheim and showrunner Neal Baer also serve as exec producers.

“The continuation of the show via Netflix is a win-win for all involved,” said eOne’s president and CCO of film, television and digital Mark Gordon. “The story of President Kirkman and those around him has not been fully told and we look forward to working with our new partner in continuing the show for a global audience.”

Designated Survivor isn’t the only Toronto-shot U.S. series to be revived by a streaming giant this year. Earlier in the summer, Amazon Studios revived the sci-fi series The Expanse, which shoots at Cinespace, after U.S. net Syfy cancelled it after three seasons.