Netflix adds to its ever-growing list of revived shows, picking up a 10-episode season 3 of Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor. While Netflix as a service has become more and more reliant on its original programming offerings to keep subscribers hooked, not all of its series are actually original. In recent years, Netflix has made a habit of reviving or rebooting shows that had once been canceled or ended, hoping to use their name value to draw in an energized fanbase.
The most famous example of this is probably Netflix's rescue of canceled FOX comedy Arrested Development, which sports one of the most cult-like followings in TV history. Two new seasons have so far been produced, although controversy surrounding series star Jeffrey Tambor might make another unlikely to materialize. Netflix also recently swooped in and picked up DC-based drama Lucifer for season 4, following its FOX cancellation. Popular 90s sitcom Full House also found new life in sequel series Fuller House, while CW fan-favorite Gilmore Girls returned for a well-received revival.
As reported by THR, the latest canceled show to be resurrected by Netflix is Designated Survivor, a political drama/conspiracy thriller created by David Guggenheim, and starring Kiefer "Jack Bauer" Sutherland. The plot focuses on unassuming H.U.D. Secretary Thomas Kirkman (Sutherland), who suddenly ascends to the office of U.S. president after everyone above him in the line of succession is killed in an apparent terrorist attack. Designated Survivor aired for two seasons on ABC, before being canceled in May.
While Designated Survivor fans are sure to be thrilled by the news that the show is coming back, there's some other important information concerning the renewal. For one, season 3 will consist of only 10 episodes, a sharp drop from seasons 1 and 2, which consisted of 21 and 22 episodes, respectively. Also, most recent ABC showrunner Keith Eisner (The Good Wife, Law & Order) is out, and Neal Baer (Under the Dome, ER) is set to take over as creative leader of the series. Designated Survivor has gone through showrunners at a fast clip, with Baer being the fifth person to hold the job so far.
For those who've yet to check out Designated Survivor, don't fret, as Netflix has also landed the streaming rights to seasons 1 and 2 as part of the deal. Previously, the series was only available to subscribers outside the U.S. and Canada, as existing streaming deals made by ABC had prevented Netflix from offering Designated Survivor in those markets. Like all Netflix original productions, the series will be available globally going forward, and seasons 1 and 2 will arrive in the U.S. and Canada sometime in the fall.
Designated Survivor season 3 premieres on Netflix in 2019.