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Designated Survivor Season 3 – Netflix Info!

Designated Survivor tells the story of Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), an unassuming Secretary of Housing and Urban development, who is suddenly catapulted to being President of the United States after a mass terrorist attack on the State of the Union address in Washington leaves him – the Designated Survivor- the highest ranking politician in America.

A mix of political drama and anti-terror action, the show immediately drew comparisons to both 24 (in which Sutherland starred as action-hero Jack Bauer) and Aaron Sorkin’s long-running US political drama The West Wing and with international broadcasts on Netflix attracted a loyal fanbase around the world to watch Tom Kirkman’s fragile administration attempt to battle dark and present terrorist plots while keeping American politics afloat.

Is Designated Survivor returning for season 3?

Yes! Although Designated Survivor was dropped by original US Network ABC after an initial two season run, streaming giant Netflix announced in September 2018 that they would make a third season of the show as a “global Netflix Original.”

Kiefer Sutherland, star of the show said at the time: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season three 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.”

The new run will have 10 episodes and is to be helmed by showrunner Neal Baer.

What might happen in Designated Survivor season 3?

The official Netflix synopsis for season three says: “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.”

“Next season would undoubtedly have to be the beginning of an election [campaign] – just the timing alone would dictate that,” Sutherland exclusively told RadioTimes.com. “And then I think you’re going to have to deal with a character who has to make the decision if he really wants to run in the first place.”

He added: “He’s gone through the loss of his wife. He’s spent less and less time with his children, and the one thing that character valued more than anything at the very opening of that show was his family – and it’s been not that slowly pulled apart. So, there’s more decisions that will have to be made.”

Cast member Kal Penn called the first Netflix season “edgier” than what had gone before as he prepared to film his final scenes.

“Definitely put the kids to bed before watching the new episodes,” he added.

‘Designated Survivor’ Season 3 Awaited Premiere To Unravel Very Soon

Netflix has officially extended and completed the third run of Designated Survivor. After the popular TV and film streaming franchise took over from the ABC network, actor Kiefer Sutherland will continue to be at the helm as US President Tom Kirkman.

The upcoming 10-part episode season has just been concluded around the middle of February 2019 in Toronto. Judging from the four million weekly views the show garnered during season two, the excitement is on as to how it will sustain the volatile handling of a terrorist-intruded political drama.

Although the average ratings had been down after season one, Sutherland has been optimistic and confident that a third stretch under the limelight is in tow following an interview with Digital Spy in April last year. With that in mind, season three is finally underway and ready to go.

Coming back for another run are Kal Penn, Maggie Q and Adan Canto as Seth Wright, Hannah Wells, and Aaron Shore, respectively. Italia Ricci will also continue playing Emily Rhodes. Meanwhile, noteworthy additions from last season Zoe McLellan and Paolo Constanzo will also be back.

Of course, Natascha McElhonne, who portrayed First Lady Alex Kirkman, will no longer be on phase three after being killed last season. However, there are a couple of interesting characters to build on from the second stretch.

First, Sutherland gets reunited with 24 co-star Kim Raver who assumed the entrepreneur role for Andrea Frost. However, there is no guarantee if the plot surrounding her will be sustained into the new season. Still, it will be quite interesting how the relationship with Kirkman will play out.

Second, the Emily Rhodes character is worth following. Her abrupt decision to severe ties with the administration during the second season can turn out to be a nail-biter judging from a captured secret data exchange between her and a Russian spy named Valeria.

Overall, season three of the Designated Survivor will revolve around a political minefield where sustaining the President’s works and stature become the main focus and concern. There is more character building here considering the circumstances which Tom Kirkman had undergone in parts one and two.

Netflix has pointed out that maneuverings or machinations in the bureaucratic state will spell the Presidency of Kiefer Sutherland. Pretty much, the realities of political campaigns will be tackled and delved into.

Taking a cue on what actor Kal Penn has noted, there is a tense tone heading into the down-the-wire scenes of the new season Designated Survivor.

“Designated Survivor” Moving to Netflix for Season 3!

“Designated Survivor” is officially moving from ABC to Netflix for its third season, Variety has learned.

The political drama starring Kiefer Sutherland was cancelled by ABC back in May, but rumors began to swirl almost immediately that series producer eOne were looking to continue the show with the streaming giant. Neal Baer will join the series as showrunner for the third season, which will consist of 10 episodes. Baer will now be the fifth showrunner on “Designated Survivor” since it began.

In the new season, President Kirkman (Sutherland) 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.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season 3 of ‘Designated Survivor’ with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer,” Sutherland said. “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.”

Along with Baer and series creator Mark Guggenheim, Mark Gordon, Sutherland, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood, and Peter Noah will all serve as executive producers. The new season will go into production later this year for a 2019 launch, with Seasons 1 and 2 of the show coming exclusively to Netflix this fall.

As Variety reported at the time of the ABC cancellation, the show was ultimately axed by the broadcaster due in part to a potential significant rise in production costs going into the third season as well as declining ratings.

The Season 3 pick up for the show marks the second time in just three months that Netflix has saved a broadcast show after its cancellation. Back in June, Netflix ordered a fourth season of “Lucifer” after it was cancelled by Fox.

Kiefer Sutherland explains ’24’ departure

Actor Kiefer Sutherland quit hit show 24 because he wants to work on other TV projects.

The Lost Boys star has played the show’s main character, agent Jack Bauer, for more than a decade, but producers recently confirmed 2014’s mini-series 24: Live Another Day would be his last outing.

Kiefer has now declared he is glad to finally leave Bauer behind because he longs to tackle other TV roles.

“24 is definitely over now for me,” he tells the BBC. “It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given as an actor, but it’s moving on without me, I want to do other things… I want to do more television. My experience of 24 was unbelievable… I don’t think there’s a better medium than television out there at the moment. So I think I want to do more of it and look for projects where I can repeat my experience.

“You have to take your time though to find something like it – and that means you have to work less. So I’ll be waiting for something that’s worth it, with the potential for the kind of audience access that 24 had.”

However, Kiefer admits he may still make a guest appearance in the revamped show, adding that he has not “ruled out a cameo”.

24 premiered in 2001 and became a huge international success, winning 20 Emmy Awards over the years.

It racked up eight full seasons, as well as 2008 TV movie 24: Redemption and the shortened 24: Live Another Day series.

Kiefer Sutherland will only make guest appearances in 24 spinoff with new male lead

Kiefer Sutherland will only make guest appearances in a new version of 24, according to executive producer Howard Gordon.

The producer confirmed media reports that a spinoff of 24 is in the works from franchise veterans Manny Coto and Evan Katz, with a new male hero being introduced at the center of the series.

Gordon told TV Line that the proposed spinoff will pair this agent with an older, experienced female partner for an entirely new adventure.

Sutherland is being eyed to make a few appearances as Counter Terrorist Unit operative Jack Bauer (Sutherland) during the season.

This 24 is initially planned as a one-off event like the Live Another Day miniseries, but Gordon hinted that it could grow into a long-running series.

Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman revealed in May that his network was in the “early” stages of creating a spinoff to the main 24 program.

Earlier this year, it was suggested that 24 might return without Sutherland, as he previously admitted that he couldn’t see himself returning to the series.

Fox later clarified that Sutherland would always be welcomed back to the franchise.

Canadian Labor Board Blocks $1.7M In Film Credits For Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Forsaken’

When Kiefer Sutherland and the producers of Forsaken pulled up stakes in Alberta, Canada two summers ago, they allegedly left town owing a lot of money to local vendors and crew members. And now the Alberta Labour Relations Board has ruled that the producers won’t get access to some $1.7 million in Alberta film grants until the workers and suppliers are paid.

The troubled Western, which has yet to be released, stars Sutherland as a quick-draw killer who returns to his hometown to repair his relationship with his estranged father, played by his real-life dad, Donald Sutherland.

When the production company left town, the Directors Guild of Canada and Alberta IATSE Local 212 brought the matter to the attention of the Labour Board, which has now ruled that four of the Canadian companies involved in the film’s production, including Kiefer Sutherland’s Camel Entertainment, will not be allowed to take receipt of the film credits until the Labour Board completes its investigation or orders otherwise.

“A number of proceedings have been brought at the Alberta Labour Relations Board after the producers of the film went into major default while undertaking principal photography in Alberta in the summer of 2013,” the IATSE said in a statement. “Large amounts of money remain owing in respect of cast and crew benefits, and many local vendors remain unpaid. Post-production work on the film continued in other jurisdictions, despite the large debts left behind.”

The Board, which found that there was a danger of the film grant funds being removed from Alberta “with the stroke of a pen,” agreed with the unions’ argument that they would be harmed should that happen.

Sutherland’s spokesperson declined comment.

Kiefer Sutherland: ‘I don’t see myself going back to 24’

The sight of Kiefer Sutherland on screen holding a gun to a man’s head is not unusual. He spent nine series as Jack Bauer in 24 doing little else. But the sight of Kiefer Sutherland holding a gun to Stephen Fry’s head while Fry is lying on top of him wearing a Santa outfit, definitely is.

“He’s a big fella,” says Sutherland, with a gravelly laugh at the recollection. “I think he stands about 6’ 4” and he’s built – he’s not wire skinny. So when he landed on me I think the two of us laughed the first time. In fact, there were a couple of moments where we had to really focus because situations made us laugh so much.”

Just as you don’t think of Kiefer Sutherland with Stephen Fry on top of him, you don’t think of him in a comedy either. But Marked is a comedy, a standalone half-hour in Sky’s Playhouse Presents strand. It sees Sutherland play a middle-aged, browbeaten, debt-laden nebbish called James. When he is offered a “hit” to take out his neighbour’s archenemy it’s money he cannot refuse, but his efforts to do the deed soon descend in to a high – and festive – farce.

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Kiefer Sutherland working on secret project

Actor Kiefer Sutherland is re-teaming with his 24 co-star Stephen Fry for work on a secret film project.

The British actor joined the cast of Sutherland’s hit action drama for reboot series 24: Live Another Day, which has been filmed in the U.K., and Fry now reveals the pair is working together again on a short film.

Fry gave away the news in a post on his Twitter page on Friday, writing, “At secret place filming secret short film secretly with @RealKiefer in secret for @SproutPictures #secretsquirrel.”

Sprout Pictures is the independent Film and Television production company co-owned by Fry. The firm has produced Chris O’Dowd’s TV show Moone Boy and several installments of the Sky Playhouse Presents series.

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24: LAD Time Jump is Coming!

24: Live Another Day will have a time jump in its upcoming episodes.

Fox’s 12-episode action series will continue to span 24 hours like previous seasons, but has so far aired events in real time without any jumps in the day.

After seven episodes, there are still 17 hours to cover before the season ends on July 14.

Executive producer Howard Gordon has told TVLine that there will be several skips in time, but that he is “sworn to secrecy” about how this will occur.

Gordon and co-creator Robert Cochran also addressed whether Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) may be replaced by Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) in future seasons.

“I think it’s a possibility,” Cochran said. “There are no specific plans right now, but that’s the kind of thing we’d consider.”

Gordon added: “The format itself is very sturdy and with the right story it can be compelling. So if a [Jack-free] story presented itself to us, we would be open to it.”

24: Live Another Day continues tonight (June 16) at 9pm on Fox in the US. It next airs on Wednesday (June 18) on Sky1 in the UK.

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Also make sure to tune in tonight for the 200th episode in the 24 series!!! What a feat!

’24: Live Another Day’ Might Be Last of ’24’ Series

If you are a fan of Kiefer Sutherland playing the terrorism fighting Jack Bauer, you might like to know that there is a possibility that the new series of 24 might be the last time Sutherland plays Bauer.

Kiefer Sutherland was speaking at the launch of 24: Die Another Day the actor stated that head writer Howard Gordon revisited the show after four years to deliver a ‘sense of closure’ reports Onthebox.

Sutherland also commented that ‘condensing the 24-hour format into two-hours for the big screen was also unlikely to happen,’ so it seems fans can’t expect a 24 movie at some point in the future, but who knows.

The actor also remarked… “In season eight, when [Jack] looks up into that camera he’s given a 15-minute window to ‘go dark’ and disappear, that was the setup for a potential movie. I think one of the reasons why Howard wanted to do these 12 episodes and where the idea came for him to write was to end it and bring a sense of closure to the show. So I don’t see a film shaping itself around what we’re doing right now.”

Sutherland has believed that season eight would be the last, “We had put this to bed for a reason: Howard was tired. He had written 196 episodes – almost the equivalent of 100 films – in an eight-year period. I actually called to congratulate him on his Golden Globe win for Homeland, and he told me he was glad I’d done so as he wanted to talk to me about something. So it was a surprise.”

So there you have it, it looks like the new series of 24 just might be the last, disappointed?

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