Before ABC canceled Designated Survivor , showrunner Neal Bear pitched a frightening story line about a virus that infects and sterilizes people of color. As President Tom Kirkman Kiefer Sutherland runs for re-election, theories begin to surface that the mysterious outbreak was created for nefarious political reasons. That was Maggie Q 's story for the whole season that intersects with Kiefer's story line. Are we prepared for a pandemic? How are we going to deal with this?
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Fans of Designated Survivor rejoiced when Netflix snapped up the political thriller following its cancellation by ABC. The series, starring Kiefer Sutherland as President Tom Kirkman, spent two seasons on the American broadcaster before it was dropped for the first time. The news came as a surprise to viewers after its leading man exclusively told Digital Spy that he was optimistic about its return. But Netflix eventually swooped in , releasing 10 fresh episodes. But after just one season, Netflix has decided not to bring it back for chapter four. Following its premiere, Designated Survivor was sitting pretty on Netflix's most-watched shows ranking and it was well-received by critics, so why did the streaming giant decide not to continue? While we don't know how many people were tuning in to watch it and that is a big deciding factor for any streaming service or broadcaster , Sutherland revealed during a conversation with Simon Mayo on Scala Radio that viewing figures weren't the central issue. We had an amazing experience with Netflix and a kind of freedom that was wonderful.
Abruptly elevated to the presidency after a calamitous attack, Cabinet secretary Tom Kirkman must lead the nation through an ever-deepening crisis. When a bomb kills the president and other top politicians, demure Cabinet member Tom Kirkman must suddenly take the reins of a government in chaos. The day after the bombing, President Kirkman faces down a rogue governor, and a nascent conspiracy forms. The FBI begins its hunt for the bombers. Wells advances her theory of the bombing after a militant group claims responsibility, and Kirkman gets a taste of cutthroat political maneuvering. While a strike against Majid Nassar takes shape, treasonous provocations from a governor and military top brass challenge President Kirkman's resolve. While Kirkman tries to win over state governors skeptical of his legitimacy, Wells and Atwood squeeze Majid Nassar for the truth about the bombing. Atwood's suspicions about MacLeish walk a dangerously fine line, and an American hero arrested in Russia sparks an international espionage crisis.
Designated Survivor is an American political thriller drama television series created by David Guggenheim that aired on ABC for two seasons. Season three aired exclusively and globally on Netflix. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Thomas Kirkman, an American politician named as the designated survivor for the State of the Union address, who suddenly ascends from the position of U. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to President of the United States after an explosion kills everyone ahead of him in the presidential line of succession. Kirkman deals with his inexperience as head of state while looking to uncover the truth behind the attack. The project skipped the pilot stage and was ordered straight to series on December 14, , followed by a formal announcement on May 6, The first episode premiered on September 21, , to an audience of over 10 million viewers. Eight days later, a full season order was announced.