Entertainment One has closed a deal with Netflix for a 10-episode Season 3 of “Designated Survivor,” which will become a global Netflix original. The political drama starring Kiefer Sutherland will be helmed by showrunner Neal Baer from global studio Entertainment One (eOne).
The core cast of the series, including Sutherland, Kal Penn, Adan Canto, and Italia Ricci, are set to return, with Maggie Q in talks to join them. Production on Season 3 is set to begin later this year for a 2019 premiere.
The first two seasons of “Designated Survivor” on ABC were co-produced by eOne and ABC Studios. Going forward, the series will be solely produced by eOne, with ABC Studios no longer involved.
Executive Producer Mark Gordon comments: “The continuation of the show via Netflix is a win-win for all involved. 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.”
Kiefer Sutherland says: “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.”
Netflix’s Bela Bajaria says, “Timely and gripping, ‘Designated Survivor’ has quickened the pulses of our Netflix members outside the US and Canada in its first two seasons. The international audience for the show drove our interest to bring the show to the world as a Netflix original for its third season and we are excited to bring the first two seasons to our US and Canadian members as well.”
The political conspiracy drama began its run as one of ABC’s most promising series in a long time. The network screened the entire opening act at its 2016 upfront presentation where former 24 star Sutherland was greeted by advertisers with a huge ovation. In its first months on the air, “Designated Survivor” drew large audiences, setting DVR lift records and snagging the Critics’ Choice award for most exciting new series in its first season.
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