Designated Survivor Saved! Netflix Rescues Axed Kiefer Sutherland Drama

It appears there has been a recount! As foreshadowed by our August 13 Blind Item, the Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor — cancelled last May at ABC — has been resurrected by Netflix, with the streamer ordering a 10-episode Season 3. Netflix confirmed the news late Wednesday, while also announcing that Neal Baer (Law & Order: SVU, […]

Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Designated Survivor’ May Get Saved by Netflix After ABC Cancellation

Last week brought dozens of cancellations by TV networks clearing the path for new shows hitting the air for the new 2018-2019 television season. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was lucky enough to be saved with a last minute renewal, and now one more has been given a new lease on life after being canceled. Designated Survivor is […]

Designated Survivor: ABC Boss Was Concerned About Show's 'Creative Path Forward,' Prompting Cancellation

The decision to cancel Designated Survivor was not purely ratings-driven, per ABC president Channing Dungey. During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, the exec cited the series’ anemic “live” ratings as only part of the Kiefer Sutherland drama’s woes. “Creatively, we’ve had a lot of behind-the-scenes churn on the show in terms of the number […]

Ratings: Designated Survivor, Empire Eye Lows; Code Black Returns Down

Designated Survivor this Wednesday drew 3.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating, ticking down on both counts and hitting a new demo low. Elsewhere on ABC, two Alex Inc. episodes did 3 mil/0.7 (at 8:30/7:30c) and then 2.5 mil/0.6 (giving Dez a markedly measlier lead-in). RELATEDMay Sweeps Preview: Get 110+ Spoilers, Exclusive Photos! Over […]

TVLine Items: The Matthews Serve Wine, a Designated Russian and More

Matthew Rhys and Matthew Goode are ready to give you a heavy pour. Season 1 of Ovation TV’s lifestyle series The Wine Show, with Rhys (The Americans) and Goode (The Crown) exploring some of the best affordable wines Italy has to offer, will make its Stateside television debut on Wednesday, April 18 at 10/9c. Rhys’s past TV credits […]

Designated Survivor Sneak Peek: Can 24's Kim Raver Help Save the Day?

The clock is ticking, a crisis is brewing and Kim Raver is at Kiefer Sutherland’s side. Sound comfortably familiar…? Tonight on Designated Survivor(ABC, 10/9c), 24 alum Raver makes her debut as Dr. Andrea Frost, an Elon Musk-type tech entrepreneur whom President Kirkland turns to for solutions when a missile tasked with delivering water to astronauts […]

Designated Survivor season 2 Netflix release date: When will it be back on Netflix?

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Designated Survivor seasons 1 and 2. What has happened so far in season 2 of Designated Survivor? Netflix’s season two of Designated Survivor reached a dramatic mid-season finale with a devastating death that will set tee tone for part two of the season. The ABC production is about a […]

Is Recreating 24's Romantic Past the Plan for Designated Survivor's Future?

Will ABC’s Designated Survivor take a(nother) page from 24‘s playbook and mine one of that Kiefer Sutherland-fronted drama’s love stories for future fodder? RELATEDDesignated Survivor: Breckin Meyer to Play Widowed POTUS’ Brother But as for any temptation to lean into the romantic chemistry Raver and Sutherland shared on 24, Eisner offered this: “Here’s what I […]

Designated Survivor Boss Breaks Down Latest Tragedy (How Random Was It?), Previews Difficult Transition Ahead

The following contains spoilers from the Designated Survivor midseason finale. ABC’s Designated Survivor closed the first half of its sophomore season by dealing President Tom Kirkman his most devastating, soul-crushing blow to date, in a tragic twist that has been on the books since last spring. RELATEDWhen Will Your Favorite Shows Return From the Holidays? […]