The television business is turning into a big game of musical chairs. Some shows are canceled by one network only to be picked up by another network or streaming service. This can sometimes be a good thing, as in the case of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was picked up by NBC after getting the ax from FOX, and sometime’s it’s not so great, as in the case of Last Man Standing, which should have just gone away after bering canceled by ABC, only to be picked up by FOX.
The latest show shuffle is the Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor. The show was canceled in May, in the network bloodbath that also took Great News, The Mick, Timeless and Last Man on Earth from us (and many of your other favorites). After months of negotiations, it’s set to return for a 10-episode third season on Netflix. Production is set to begin later this year and the new episodes will premiere sometime in 2019.
According to Deadline, in the new season, Kiefer’s character Tom Kirkman, a lower level cabinet member who became president after an attack took the lives of the President and most of the cabinet, will hit the campaign trail, and the season “will explore today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and ‘fake news.’”
The show’s executive producer, Mark Gordon, said that moving the series to Netflix is “a win-win for all involved,” adding that, “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.”
On Wednesday, Kiefer said he was “thrilled” to continue working on the show, adding, “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.”
I haven’t watched Designated Survivor yet, but this new season sounds like it could be interesting. At least I have some time to catch up, as seasons one and two will be streaming on Netflix prior to the debut of season three. I feel another binge coming on. I’m not supposed to say that, am I?
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