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Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Kal Penn to star in an NBC comedy pilot from producer Michael Schur
The Designated Survivor star is teaming with Parks and Recreation and The Good Place writer Matt Murray on the untitled comedy pilot, portraying a "disgraced New York City Councilman and former baseball wunderkind Garrett Shah who finds his calling when faced with six recent immigrants in search of the American Dream." Penn and Murray are co-writing the potential series that has received a pilot commitment from NBC. The Good Place creator Schur will supervise as executive producer. Penn is expected to continue starring on Designated Survivor, which ABC canceled and Netflix resurrected for a third season. Penn is also hosting an Amazon docuseries on the world economy.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
Netflix adds Designated Survivor's first two seasons
The Kiefer Sutherland drama that ABC canceled is now available on Netflix in advance of the release of Season 3 on the streaming service.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 8:00PM EDT
Netflix revives Designated Survivor
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The streaming giant has ordered a third season of the Kiefer Sutherland political drama four months after ABC's cancellation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the third season will consist of 10 episodes, less than half the order for its first two runs on the Disney-owned broadcast network. The series will be produced as a Netflix original, meaning ABC Studios is no longer involved as a producer alongside eOne." Season 3, which will drop in 2019, will also have a new showrunner, Neal Baer, who becomes the show's fifth showrunner overall. "Timely and gripping, Designated Survivor has quickened the pulses of our Netflix members outside the U.S. and Canada in its first two seasons," said Netflix vice president of content Bela Bajaria. "The international audience for the show drove our interest to bring the show to the world as a Netflix original for its third season and we are excited to bring the first two seasons to our U.S. and Canadian members as well.” The core cast of Sutherland, Kal Penn, Adan Canto and Italia Ricci are all set to return. Sutherland said in a statement: "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.” Penn, meanwhile, reacted to the news on Twitter. "My mom is gonna be so relieved that I have a job for another few months," Penn tweeted, adding: "I AM SO EXCITED THAT WE CAN FINALLY TALK ABOUT THIS! Season 3 baby! Thank you to all the fans. We love you guys."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Designated Survivor's likely final episode had a baffling ending
Source: The A.V. Club
ABC's canceled Kiefer Sutherland series had a jumbled mess of a Season 2 finale that was likely the series finale.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Designated Survivor may be revived by Netflix
Netflix and entertainment distribution company eOne are in preliminary talks to bring back the canceled ABC Kiefer Sutherland presidential thriller, according to Deadline. But the talks are complex because Hulu has the American streaming rights to the first two seasons.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
Designated Survivor was canceled due to concerns about its "creative path forward"
“Creatively, we’ve had a lot of behind-the-scenes churn on the show in terms of the number of showrunners involved,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told reporters of the Kiefer Sutherland series. “We were less confident with the creative path forward than the other shows we brought back.”
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Designated Survivor was doomed by showrunner turnover, move to Los Angeles
A source tells Variety that star Kiefer Sutherland "was frustrated by the creative twists and turns that the series took — shifts that were no surprise given the number of changes behind the scenes." Had Designated Survivor been renewed for a third season, it would've had a fifth showrunner. Too many showrunners already resulted in a lack of cohesiveness for what was supposed to be a political thriller. Another issue was that Sutherland's contract called for production to move from Toronto to Los Angeles for Season 3, which would've made a third season more costly.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
ABC cancels Kiefer Sutherland's Designated Survivor after two seasons
The political thriller's final episode airs on Wednesday.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Here are all the network shows that are still on the chopping block
Designated Survivor, For the People and Superior Donuts are among the nearly 30 network shows still on the bubble for the 2018-2019 season.
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Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
What is with TV presidents and the 25th Amendment?
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
The 25th Amendment that was famously used on Scandal has been the subject of storylines this year on shows from Designated Survivor to Madam Secretary.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Michael J. Fox is recovering from spinal surgery that's "unrelated" to his Parkinson's disease
“Michael J. Fox recently underwent spinal surgery unrelated to his Parkinson’s,” the actor's spokesperson said. Fox's surgery comes the same week he appeared on ABC's Designated Survivor.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Check out the reunion of Kiefer Sutherland and Michael J. Fox
Source: TV Insider
The Canadian-born co-stars of the 1988 film Bright Lights, Big City will appear together on this week's Designated Survivor.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Kiefer Sutherland expects Designated Survivor to be renewed for Season 3
Source: Digital Spy
"I do believe it is (coming back), but nothing is ever written in stone," he tells Digital Spy. "I think television is such an exciting format right now, and so much great work is being done. (But) I think networks are very challenged by how to keep up."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
USA Today's "Save Our Shows" survey of bubble shows topped by Designated Survivor, The Blacklist and Timeless
Source: USA Today
NBC cited the annual survey, which is in its 21st year, for its decision to un-cancel Timeless last year.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Michael J. Fox's first Instagram post is with Kiefer Sutherland from the Designated Survivor Oval Office
Fox posted a current pic and a throwback from the 1980s of him and Kiefer. "If 30 years ago these 2 Canadians knew they would be working in the Oval Office, they would have been on better behavior. Thanks Kiefer," Fox captioned the photos. No word yet on what Fox is doing on the Designated Survivor set.