Designated Survivor: Netflix revives the series

Netflix has granted new life to ABC’s formerly cancelled political drama, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland, it’s been reported.

A 10-episode third season will now premiere on the streaming service next year with filming set to commence before 2018 is up. Kiefer Sutherland will, naturally, return and he’s set to be joined by series alum Kal Penn, Italia Ricci, and Adan Canto. Maggie Q, who played plucky FBI agent Hannah Wells, has also entered talks to return.

Designated Survivor will continue where the second season finished – with President Kirkman set to run for re-election against bitter ex-President Moss. Netflix have kindly released a synopsis, which looks like this:

“President Kirkman 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.”

Kiefer Sutherland also had this to say about returning:

“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 news regarding Designated Survivor season three.

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