Netflix’s Designated Survivor Has Been Cancelled

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Bad news folks! The TV gods might have saved Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but they’ve also decided to take away Designated Survivor.

The show, which airs in America on ABC, centred on Kiefer Sutherland, who ended up as President of the USA after an explosion killed every other person in line for the top job.

The show enjoyed two seasons of success, especially thanks to Netflix, who distributed the show worldwide to positive reviews.

As it stands, the final episode of season two is set to air on May 16, which will also serve as the season finale, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show has apparently not had a good run at things behind the scenes, and has had four show runners in its two-season run.

One of the show’s stars, Italia Ricci, wrote on Twitter:

That you to all of the Designated Survivor fans. You’ve been passionate and engaging. I have had an amazing time being a part of this show. Wish we had more to tell. Until I see you again. xo

The news comes amid the series of cancellations and renewals for the upcoming year’s network TV.

News recently broke of the cancellation of fan favourite, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the Fox cop comedy starring Terry Crews and Andy Samberg.

However, early this morning, (May 12), news broke via Samberg’s Twitter account, the show had been picked up by NBC for one more season.

Taking to Twitter in the early hours of this morning to make the big reveal, the American actor, comedian, filmmaker and musician, wrote:

So happy to announce:


As you can imagine, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans were quick to react, expressing their joy in response to Mr Samberg – a former cast member of Saturday Night Live.

This was quickly followed up with another tweet from Andy, where he thanked fans for their support following the initial news Brooklyn Nine-Nine was going to be cancelled.

He tweeted to his half a million, plus, followers:

Thank you to everyone for the crazy outpouring of support. It means the world to us. It wouldn’t have happened without you.

The reason for the axe was said to be due to dwindling ratings. While the show received rave reviews, the ratings continuously dropped.

On average, season four was receiving around 2.9 million viewers per episode, whereas season five dropped just below this to 2.7 million.

According to The Hollywood ReporterHuluNetflix and TBS were also said to be among those outlets who reached out to Universal TV after the cancellation.

A day later, a potential revival looked bleak after Hulu — which retains SVOD rights to Brooklyn — and Netflix both passed on a potential sixth season. Hours later, NBC swooped in to renew the series for an ‘abbreviated 13-episode season’.

NBC Entertainment Chairman, Robert Greenblatt said:

Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home.

While it’s great news about Brooklyn, we should all take a moment to mourn the loss of Designated Survivor.

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