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Why did Designated Survivor get canceled?

Designated Survivor has been canceled yet again, as Netflix follows in the footsteps of ABC; however, fans will still be able to watch all three seasons of the series on the giant streaming platform.

Designated Survivor is a political thriller and drama television series created by David Guggenheim. The first and second season of Designated Survivor originally aired on ABC. Shortly after, Netflix bought the exclusive rights to season three, which is now the finale season.

ABC canceled the series on 11 May 2018, due to a high turnover of showrunners and declining ratings. Not long after, eOne announced that it was in active discussions with other networks to revive the show. On 5 September 2018, Netflix confirmed that it had picked up the series for a third season with 10 episodes.

In July 2019, Netflix announced that it would not be renewing the series for a fourth season. The news came as a shock to fans, who were still recovering from ABC’s previous announcement.

Netflix expressed, “We are proud to have offered fans a third season of Designated Survivor, and will continue to carry all three seasons for years to come.” Adding, “We’re especially thankful to star and executive producer, Kiefer Sutherland, who brought passion, dedication and an unforgettable performance as President Kirkman. We’re also grateful to showrunner and executive producer Neal Bear for his guiding vision and steady hand, creator and executive producer David Guggenheim and EPs Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah along with the cast and crew who crafted a compelling and satisfying final season.”

Netflix, claimed it cancelled the show due to complications with the actors’ contracts and stated that fans did not have a positive reaction to the show. Studio Dragon developed a South Korean remake of the show, titled Designated Survivor: 60 Days, which premiered on TVN in South Korea and on Netflix.


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