“‘Designated Survivor,’ a show about power battles and complicated plots, kept fans of political dramas on the edge of their seats. But as time passed, people began to wonder what would happen to the show. “Designated Survivor” had turns and twists that left fans wondering what happened to this exciting show.
In this summary, we look at the story of “Designated Survivor” and explain the events that led to the show’s twists and turns, ultimately deciding its fate in television.
What Happened to Designated Survivor?
The 2017 ABC premiere of “Designated Survivor” mainly received positive reviews; according to the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, “Kiefer Sutherland skillfully delivers the drama in Designated Survivor, a fast-paced, quickly engrossing escapist political action fantasy.”
The show was given a second season because of the favourable ratings. But things weren’t perfect in the country of “Designated Survivor”. ABC cancelled the show after its second season, and Variety said that “a revolving door of showrunners” was a factor in the behind-the-scenes issues.
Sutherland, the show’s star, was also dissatisfied with the “creative twists and turns that the series took” as it “zig-zagged from being a political thriller to a more earnest look at the struggles of Sutherland’s Tom Kirkman and his family amid the fishbowl of living in the White House.”
In other words, the program initially had one identity, but as the plot developed, a mutation caused by the constantly changing behind-the-scenes circumstances caused the show to change.
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The issue of location was another. Sutherland wanted to shift the production to Los Angeles, which would have increased the cost of production because the series was initially shot in Toronto.
All of these elements influenced a show’s cancellation on network television. But Netflix intervened to salvage the day, so all was not lost for the series.
The win for Netflix was ABC’s loss. The massive streaming service resurrected the cancelled program and released a third season with ten brand-new episodes. But sadly, this was only a momentary reprieve. The Netflix series “Designated Survivor” was again cancelled after one season.
On Scala Radio, Keifer Sutherland stated, “I don’t think [season 4] is going to happen,” according to Digital Spy. “Netflix gave us an incredible experience and a lovely sense of independence.
However, the reality is that they didn’t book a lot of the actors who were on the show and they accepted other jobs because the contracts were so convoluted and different from network television to Netflix. I don’t even really blame them for it.