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“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.


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.


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?


Kiefer Sutherland Previews “24′s” New Day, Teases a Villainous Twist

It was a scene, early into the second hour of Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, when Jack truly came back for Kiefer Sutherland.

Plowing through anyone who gets in the way of his quest for intel, Jack Bauer — whom we last saw on screen nearly four years ago, at the conclusion of Season 8 — storms the secret base for an elite Wikileaks-style team of uberhackers, one Chloe O’Brian included.

“There was something about the vocal dynamic” during what then follows that best reintroduced Sutherland to his iconic TV character, the actor says. “He comes in really hot … and then kind of goes down to really kind of almost a whispering tone, and that triggered something for me. It kind of made me feel really comfortable and at ease, and then we kind of took off from there.”

In 24: Live Another Day (which has a two-hour premiere on Monday at 8/7), Jack remains a man on the run, even all this time after the events of Season 8 made him a fugitive from his own government. As such, he has been distanced from not only his country but his daughter — quite the payback for a guy who has saved the world probably, I dunno, a half-dozen times.

The incomprehensible dis is not lost on the disgraced former CTU head.

“On an intimate, character level, Jack Bauer is angrier than he’s ever been,” Sutherland suggests. “He’s had to hide in Eastern Europe for four years, he’s been estranged from his daughter and his grandchildren, he has not been able to go back to the country that he feels he served, and that kind of isolation has made him really hard. And that is something that you’ll see very early on in the first episode, in the dramatically dynamic shift between the relationship between him and Chloe.”

Mary Lynn Rajskub‘s snarky computer specialist — now outfitted to perhaps earn the nickname Chloe With the Dragon Tattoo — is but one of the familiar faces on board for Jack’s next very bad day. William Devane is back as James Heller, now President of the United States, while Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy) reprises her role as his daughter Audrey aka Jack’s old flame, now wed to the White House chief of staff (played by Tate Donovan, Damages). Other new faces include Benjamin Bratt (Private Practice) and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) as CIA agents struggling to figure out what Bauer is up to when he pops back up on the grid in London. Though for now, they’ll of course just hunt him down like a rabid dog.

Swinging Jack back into action is his discovery of intel that an attempt will be made on President Heller’s life during his visit to London for some very delicate talks regarding (of course) drones. Jack, though — more than ever — is a man without a country and thus is laboring to save the day as some sort of “freelancer” for the free world.

“Jack Bauer usually started off every season working within the infrastructure of whatever government agency he’s a part of, or in line with the President of the United States,” Sutherland reminds. “But this season, not only is he not working within the context of that infrastructure, he’s actually working on his own — and the people he’s trying to help are trying to either kill him or arrest him. So that’s a really interesting dynamic.”

Who is behind this possible assassination attempt, which Jack posits would trigger no less than World War III? All signs point to the stone-cold widow of a notorious terrorist, played by Game of Thrones‘ Michelle Fairley. But this is 24, folks — things are oft not as they seem, and allegiances can change in a heartbeat. “This year, all I can tell you is [the villain] will surprise you, I think, and it’s multi-layered,” Sutherland teases. “It’s more than one person.”

That Live Another Day will unspool its 24 hours (over the course of 12 episodes) in London is, in the series lead’s mind, most fitting. Reflecting on when the clock first started ticking for 24, back in November 2001, Sutherland notes, “It was a hit out of the box in London,” making England’s capital city “instrumental in the longevity of the show.”

“Picking a show up for a second season is a monumental investment by a network… and 24‘s success in other places in Europe, and ultimately in Japan as well” made the decision easy for Fox. “So, when I heard that we were going to shoot it in London, there was part of me that felt that that was very fitting…. It made me smile. I mean, if there was a place that I thought deserved our attention, I thought London was it.”

As for the prospects of another Another Day — meaning, an installment of the series beyond this one — Sutherland is taking a wait-and-see approach, watching for the critical and audience reaction while perhaps forever ready to bark out another “Dammit!” as needed.

“I feel very, very strong about the first eight episodes that we have completed” through late April, Sutherland shares. “Now, we just need to really bring it home, and then we’ll see where we’re at.”


Kiefer Sutherland Previews “24: Live Another Day” with The Canadian Press

There are times when Kiefer Sutherland barely resembles Jack Bauer.

For one thing, he smiles. Sutherland is charming and gracious as he sits with a small group of international reporters in what could pass for an interrogation room with better lighting. The room is upstairs in a converted warehouse studio in West London where Sutherland and the rest of the cast and crew are shooting 24: Live Another Day. The 12-episode, “special event” summer series begins Monday with a two hour premiere on Global.

The 47-year-old actor, dressed casually in a tapered black sweater, looks fit, healthy and relaxed — three words not usually associated with the heroic killing machine he played for eight real-time seasons.

Sutherland thought he’d left Bauer behind in 2010 when Season 8 came to a close. There had been plenty of talk about a movie, at one point to be shot between seasons of his next series, Touch. When that show was cancelled after two seasons, and the movie reboot stalled, Sutherland threw himself into other feature projects, including Forsaken a western shot in Alberta co-starring his famous father, Donald.

He didn’t have to play Bauer again. An executive producer as well as the star, he was among the highest-paid actors in television throughout the run of that series. Besides his steady feature film career, the actor could have made a nice living purring through car ads and other voice-over work.

But, dammit, something about Bauer pulled him back in.

When executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland) asked how he saw Bauer four years later, Sutherland replied, “harder and meaner.”

“Is that even possible?” came the reply.

Sutherland got why that would be the immediate reaction. Jack Bauer was killing friends and loved ones now to protect the world from terrorism.

Still, says Sutherland, “it’s always possible for someone to go darker.”

Look at Jack’s current predicament. At the end of Season 8, he was completely estranged with no hope of reconciliation with his daughter (played by Elisha Cuthbert). He has lost another person he cared for in FBI agent Renee Walker (played by Annie Wersching). On top of that, he had actually saved the day — “doing things that were seriously questionable, in all fairness, illegal and inappropriate,” allows Sutherland — but if Bauer hadn’t done them, nobody gets to live another day.

Yet there’s Bauer, alone, on the run, hunted by the government he had helped, left with “a huge sense of anger and frustration, self-loathing as well, and that has made for a kind of lethal mix.”

The only way to cope with that, feels Sutherland, “is just to block that all out — you become a really, really hard character.” When Bauer sees the impact of his actions this season, however, on reluctant accomplice Chloe O’Brian (a punked-out Mary Lynn Rajskub) and presidential daughter and former love interest Audrey Boudreau (with Kim Raver returning in that role), “you start to see him going from a very hard rock to being broken down into sand. That’s an interesting thing as an actor to play.”

Bauer turns up in London just as the president of the United States (William Devane) is scheduled to meet with the British prime minister (Stephen Fry). The CIA track him down, led by Steve Navarro (played by Benjamin Bratt).

Bratt had never met Sutherland before coming to London to work on “Live Another Day.” Years ago, both had, at separate times, been linked romantically to the same actress: Julia Roberts.

“He’s the engine that truly drives this show,” says Bratt, who feels all of Bauer’s deadly excesses “wouldn’t work without a great lead actor.” He calls Sutherland “the consummate professional” who “takes his work very seriously and yet he’s a gentleman.”

Ottawa-raised executive producer and director Jon Cassar says many associated with the series always felt the middle episodes “were kind of like treading water a little bit.” With this shorter, summer run, “you don’t get that,” says Cassar. “You’re gonna get 12 really great, tight hours.”

So the plan to bring the show back as a limited run series — not unlike Under the Dome — helped clinch the deal. Sutherland could commit to six months in England instead of the 11-plus he would spend helping to shape 24 episodes a year of 24.

A change of scenery, especially shooting in London, was also a factor. Besides the fun of having Bauer chasing terrorists in front of Big Ben or the Tower of London, the actor was back in the city of his birth. “It’s great,” he says, “when they let me go through the British line at customs.”

Finally, there was age. Sutherland could hear the 24 clock ticking louder than anyone. Already a grandfather at 47, he felt it was now or never.

The Canadian in Toronto-raised Sutherland would emerge in the pick-up hockey games he played in Los Angeles throughout the run of 24. Shooting in England has made that impossible anyway, but the other thing, as he says, is “I’m getting old.”