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Tell Your Mom: Netflix Has Saved Designated Survivor

It's about damn time!

Kaitlin Thomas

Just when your mom and dad finally gave up hope of ever seeing Designated Survivoragain, Netflix went and saved the former ABC show from cancellation. The political drama, which stars Kiefer Sutherland as the president of the United States, will return for a 10-episode third season under new showrunner Neal Baer, the streaming service announced Wednesday.

Baer (Under the Dome) is the series' fifth showrunner (!!!) in three seasons, which probably isn't surprising given that ABC wasn't too thrilled with the show's overall creative direction. It's one of the reasons it canceled the show. According to Netflix, the new season "will explore today's world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and 'fake news.'" Basically, Netflix saved Designated Survivor so it could take on the Trump Era? We get it. You do you, Netflix. Also, President Kirkman can now actually swear? This is getting better and better.

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Designated Survivor limped to the end of its run on ABC with a mish-mash of storylines, most notably one which saw President Kirkman (Sutherland) announce that he was running for reelection after we initially thought he'd be one-and-done. Hannah (Maggie Q) also found out that Emily (Italia Ricci) may have been working with the bad guys.

Production on the third season will begin later this year. New episodes will launch in 2019. Until then, you can watch Seasons 1 and 2 exclusively on Netflix.