Netflix has announced the return of President Kirkman and his re-election team on Designated Survivor with a release date set for June 7th.
The political thriller drama focusing on Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) was picked up by the streaming-service giant eight months ago after ABC dropped the series after two seasons.
Former 24 star, Sutherland, said the following regarding the unexpected revival:
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season three of Designated Survivor with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer. I believe this format will allow us to continue to delve deeply into storylines and issues concerning the American electorate that were not previously possible.”
Neal Baer, known for rising through the producing ranks of medical drama ER, will take over as showrunner for the show’s third season from several predecessors originally being Amy B. Harris (Wicked City) who was replaced upon the show’s pickup with Jon Heldman Fordman (Blood & Oil), who then left mid-Season 1 and was replaced by Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives) until stepping down before Season 2 with Keith Eisner (The Good Wife) becoming showrunner up until the series’ axing.
As well as Sutherland, returning cast members are Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Tanner Buchanan, Kat Penn, Maggie Q, Paolo Costanzo and Zoe McLellan reprise their roles.
Meanwhile new cast members Anthony Edwards (ER), Lauren Holly (Picket Fences), Julie White (Nurse Jackie), Benjamin Watson (The LA Complex) and Elena Tovar (General Hospital) all join Season 3’s ten episode run.
Season 3 of Designated Survivor premieres June 7th on Netflix worldwide.