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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.

More ‘Designated Survivor’ Episode Stills Added!

Hey guys! I’ve just updated the gallery with the rest of the episode stills from season 2 of Designated Survivor. Hope y’all enjoy!


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‘Designated Survivor’ Episode Stills Added

Hey guys! So sorry for the lack of updates, but life’s been crazy busy for me! Well, I’ve just updated the gallery with some episode stills from season 2 of Designated Survivor and I hope to add more over the next coming week. Hope y’all enjoy!

‘Designated Survivor’ Episode Captures Added

Hey everyone. Sorry again for the delay. I’ve been dealing with a busy schedule on top of a horrible cold, which leads to not a lot of time spent on the computer. I’ve been keeping up with the Designated Survivor gallery over at Screencapped.net so if you’re desperate for caps, go ahead and grab them from there if I’m a little slow at uploading here. It takes a lot of time to cap each episode, sort out the blurry pics, upload to SCNET and then go back and sort the episode all over again to delete everything that isn’t Kiefer and upload here. So, I’m sorry if I’m not up to date each week. Anyway, I’ll be updating the screen captures over the next few days to get us back up to date. <3

‘Designated Survivor’ Episode Stills Added

Hey guys! I’ve just updated the gallery with episode stills from the next 2 episodes of Designated Survivor. Hope y’all enjoy!

‘Designated Survivor’ Season 2 Gallery Updates

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been pretty behind on the updates, but it was a crazy year! Over the last week or so I’ve updated the gallery with episode stills and promotional images from Season 2 plus I’m also working on getting Season 1 screen captures up to date. Enjoy!

More ‘Designated Survivor’ Season 2 Spoilers

With Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) becoming the President of the United States come “Designated Survivor” season 2, the show will also make quite the transition.

According to showrunner Keith Eisner, as Kirkman gets ready to be the leader of the country, the show will reflect this change in the character’s life.

The show is going in a new direction this year. We’re keeping what people loved last year and just adding to it. It’s much more West Wing-focused, with a lot more characters, with standalone White House A-stories every week.

Eisner teased that “Designated Survivor” season 2 will be all about how “an outsider becomes an insider.” Helping him that is White House Political Director Lyor Boone to be played by “Royal Pains” star Paulo Costanzo.

Lyor is a whiz kid that has the credentials and the skills to make Kirkman the man he needs to be for America. However, the President himself is not quick to trust him.

Eisner also promised that “Designated Survivor” season 2 will not waste time in tying loose ends in the Patrick Lloyd (Terry Serpico) storyline.

In fact, the second episode will provide a “thrilling conclusion” to it. However, he teased that whatever that comes out of it might have a lasting effect.

There will be a hangover, and there will be a thread we’re drawing through from the whole Patrick Lloyd story as well.

From the looks of it, “Designated Survivor” season 2 will give fans a breather, but the danger might not be eradicated permanently just yet.

Lloyd remains a free man by the end of the first season, but it looks like things will soon change for him. However, it does not look like it will be downhill for him all the way.

“Designated Survivor” season 2 will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

“Designated Survivor” Season 2 Spoilers

The worst is yet to come, or so it seems when the season 1 finale of ABC’s political thriller series “Designated Survivor” aired last week. What new conspiracies will President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) and FBI Agent Wells (Maggie Q) be battling against in the forthcoming second season?

In season 1’s final episode, an email from Atwood (Malik Yoba) finally led to the unmasking and consequent capture of the White House mole, Whitaker (Richard Waugh), along with more than 200 of his co-conspirators across the country. This victory, however, was very quickly dampened by the fact that Lloyd (Terry Serpico) was still at large and even has gained access to the Pentagon’s most highly classified server.

This development does not only set the stage for the second season’s potential main antagonist, but it also brings to light the fact that there really is more to the conspiracy than what meets the eye. What were Whitaker, Lloyd and Lozano really planning to do? Were they at the topmost part of the villainous tier or had they merely been acting on orders from a more powerful source?

Aside from the brewing conspiracy, President Kirkman will also have to struggle through and eventually rise above more challenges and oppositions to his presidency. According to TV Line, during ABC’s Upfronts presentation last week, Sutherland shared that season 2 will see the addition of “no less than three principal characters” to help further flesh out the complexities of running the White House.

The second season will also be featuring more of the personal lives of the main characters and may even show “a midseason event that I believe will knock the socks off our audience.”

“Designated Survivor” will be holding out the same Wednesday time slot of 10 p.m. ET when it returns later this year. Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment Group, shared in a statement about ABC’s 2017–2018 programming that she’s been “incredibly proud” of the series’ storytelling.

Moreover, season 2 will also be ushering in the series’ fourth showrunner in former “The Good Wife” executive producer Keith Eisner.