‘Designated Survivor’ Seeking A New Life at Netflix After ABC Cancellation

Days after ABC surprisingly canceled Designated Survivor, the Kiefer Sutherland starrer may be the latest series to be revived.  Sources say Netflix, which is the international SVOD home for the Entertainment One drama, is mulling a potential third season for the drama. Sources note a deal is still far from done as the series is an expensive undertaking and streaming rights with Hulu — which has the series in the U.S. rights to the first two seasons — would still have to be sorted out.

At the time of its cancellation, Designated Survivor was in talks with a new showrunner to take over the series. That would have been the fifth showrunner to take over the series. Sources say that should Netflix revive the series, the new showrunner would replace


Keith Eisner (The Good Wife) in the top behind the scenes post.


During a Tuesday press call with reporters, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey noted that the Disney-owned network had creative concerns about the series as the primary reason for its cancellation. “The show had a lot of behind-the-scenes churn with the number of showrunners,” Dungey noted of the drama, which burned through four showrunners in two seasons.


Should Netflix close a deal for the drama, Designated Survivor would become the third canceled series to find another home after NBC rescued Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Fox revived Last Man Standing a year after ABC’s cancellation. (In the latter two cases, NBC and Fox’s studio counterparts own the shows.)


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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