‘Designated Survivor’ Finale: A Long List Of Problems, But Kirkman Knows Best

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the season finale of Designated Survivor.
It may be the last term for President Tom Kirkland. Unless those rumors about eOne shopping the series and Netflix picking it up provide another season, tonigh…

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the season finale of Designated Survivor. It may be the last term for President Tom Kirkland. Unless those rumors about eOne shopping the series and Netflix picking it up provide another season, tonight marked the end for the struggling Designated Survivor. Despite the ratings melting from season one to season two, there are still many stalwart fans of the show hoping to see this universe continue, a program which…

‘Designated Survivor’: Netflix Is in Talks to Pick Up ABC Drama After Cancellation

“Designated Survivor” may survive after all.

Netflix is in very early talks with producer eOne to get the Kiefer Sutherland-led drama picked up by the streaming service less than a week after it was canceled by ABC, an insider with knowledge of the discussion tells TheWrap.

The political thriller was one of many broadcast TV shows to get the ax last Friday during a pre-upfronts bloodbath, with the Disney-owned network also canceling “Ten Days in the Valley,” “Quantico,” “Alex, Inc.,” “The Crossing,” “Deception,” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” and “Marvel’s Inhumans.”

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To-date, the ongoing Season 2 has averaged a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, which is the core demographic for broadcast primetime advertisers, which includes a week of delayed viewing for episodes old enough to tally. That puts it near the top of the list of highest-rated shows to be canceled for the 2018-19 season — so far.

The drama stars Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union. Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.

The cast also includes Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter, Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman; with Kal Penn as Seth Wright and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells.

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“Designated Survivor” hails from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. David Guggenheim is the creator and executive producer. Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Jeff Melvoin, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, Aditya Sood and Kiefer Sutherland are executive producers.

eOne and Netflix declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

“Designated Survivor” airs its Season 2 — and now series — finale Wednesday at 10/9 c on ABC. Unless it gets picked up by Netflix, or someone else, that is.

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“Designated Survivor” may survive after all.

Netflix is in very early talks with producer eOne to get the Kiefer Sutherland-led drama picked up by the streaming service less than a week after it was canceled by ABC, an insider with knowledge of the discussion tells TheWrap.

The political thriller was one of many broadcast TV shows to get the ax last Friday during a pre-upfronts bloodbath, with the Disney-owned network also canceling “Ten Days in the Valley,” “Quantico,” “Alex, Inc.,” “The Crossing,” “Deception,” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” and “Marvel’s Inhumans.”

To-date, the ongoing Season 2 has averaged a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, which is the core demographic for broadcast primetime advertisers, which includes a week of delayed viewing for episodes old enough to tally. That puts it near the top of the list of highest-rated shows to be canceled for the 2018-19 season — so far.

The drama stars Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union. Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.

The cast also includes Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter, Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman; with Kal Penn as Seth Wright and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells.

“Designated Survivor” hails from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. David Guggenheim is the creator and executive producer. Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Jeff Melvoin, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, Aditya Sood and Kiefer Sutherland are executive producers.

eOne and Netflix declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

“Designated Survivor” airs its Season 2 — and now series — finale Wednesday at 10/9 c on ABC. Unless it gets picked up by Netflix, or someone else, that is.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Jimmy Kimmel's Best Jokes From ABC Upfront: 'Goodbye to Shondaland … Headfirst Into Roseanne-istan'

Watch Trailers for ABC's New Fall TV Shows: 'The Rookie,' 'Single Parents,' 'The Kids Are Alright' (Videos)

ABC Boss Talks Losing 'Last Man Standing' to Fox, 'Roseanne' Moving Away From Politics in Season 2

ABC Shifts 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' to Summer

‘Designated Survivor’ Taps New Showrunner As Jon Harmon Feldman Exits

Designated Survivor showrunner Jon Harmon Feldman has exited the ABC drama after 8 episodes and will be replaced in the job by Jeff Melvoin, former Executive Producer of Lifetime’s Army Wives, Deadline has confirmed. Feldman was Designated Survivor‘s second showrunner, taking over the job from Amy B. Harris who left the series after it was picked up to series in May, due to creative differences.
Feldman isn’t out at ABC however – he’s nearing a new development deal with…

Designated Survivor showrunner Jon Harmon Feldman has exited the ABC drama after 8 episodes and will be replaced in the job by Jeff Melvoin, former Executive Producer of Lifetime’s Army Wives, Deadline has confirmed. Feldman was Designated Survivor‘s second showrunner, taking over the job from Amy B. Harris who left the series after it was picked up to series in May, due to creative differences. Feldman isn’t out at ABC however – he’s nearing a new development deal with…

’24’ alum Carlos Bernard To Reprise His Role In Reboot ’24: Legacy’–NY Comic-Con

Tony Almeida is back. Carlos Bernard is set to return in Fox’s upcoming 24:Legacy, said exec producers during their stop New York Comic Con. Bernard’s character died in Season 5 but resurfaced as the antihero in Season 7 where he was last seen being hauled off the jail in the finale. “He was imprisoned for doing very terrible things again and again. When we did the show in London, on the DVD, there’s a little short where he arranges his escape so this has been planned for…

Tony Almeida is back. Carlos Bernard is set to return in Fox’s upcoming 24:Legacy, said exec producers during their stop New York Comic Con. Bernard’s character died in Season 5 but resurfaced as the antihero in Season 7 where he was last seen being hauled off the jail in the finale. “He was imprisoned for doing very terrible things again and again. When we did the show in London, on the DVD, there’s a little short where he arranges his escape so this has been planned for…