ABC Are Not Renewing 'Designated Survivor' For A Third Season

So, you've probably noticed that there is quite a lot of upheaval in the world of TV shows just now. It's the season in which companies decide which shows they are keeping on and which they are binning off.

We've already had the high drama of Brooklyn Nine Nine getting cancelled, then revived again, and there will definitely be new series for shows like Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, and The Simpsons.

One show that is destined for the scrap heap however, is Designated Survivor.

The show, in which Kiefer Sutherland plays a man who becomes the President of the United States of America after everyone who would have been in the line of succession is killed in a big fiery explosion, will not be returning for a third season.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Don't worry, we're certain that the irony of a show called Designated Survivor failing to survive is not lost on the people who work for the show. They're still out of a job though.

The show is made by ABC and - for whatever reason - it is really big in Ireland. Netflix had been showing episodes of it on a week to week basis, but that won't be happening for much longer as the episodes will have run out. They are currently showing the second season, so they're nearly all out.

On top of that, ABC have also announced that they are going to be cancelling their FBI drama series Quantico.

Designated Survivor has been beset by quite a few issues over its relatively short existence. It has had four different showrunners in just two seasons. If there had been a third season, that would have been under the watchful eye of yet another showrunner.

Credit: ABC
Credit: ABC

As we've covered, it ain't happening.

There is still hope, though, if you're a huge fan of the show.

Once the announcement was made about Brooklyn Nine Nine the show's loyal supporters started kicking up stink about the decision. There was petitions to get Netflix to take over the show, and eventually NBC rode in on a white horse to rescue the production.

That seems a bit less likely to happen in the case of Designated Survivor. Brooklyn Nine Nine is a vastly more popular show and has more viewers. Actually, cancelling that show seemed like a bad decision in the first place.

Sadly, for hardcore Kiefer Sutherland fans, this decision might just be the right one.

Back to watching re-runs of 24 it is, then.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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