It's bad enough for a television show to get canceled once, but imagine having to get the ax twice. After Designated Survivor was canceled on ABC, it made the jump to Netflix for another season, where it's now been canceled for the second time in two years. Poor fictional President Kirkman just can't catch a break.
"We are proud to have offered fans a third season of Designated Survivor, and will continue to carry all three seasons for years to come," read a statement from Netflix. "We're especially thankful to star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, who brought passion, dedication and an unforgettable performance as President Kirkman. We're also grateful to showrunner/executive producer Neal Bear for his guiding vision and steady hand, creator/executive producer David Guggenheim and EPs Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood, and Peter Noah along with the cast and crew who crafted a compelling and satisfying final season."
Following Season 2 of the series, ABC pulled the plug on it before Netflix stepped in to give it a 10-episode third season, which premiered just last month. According to Variety, it was canceled for the first time due to high showrunner turnover and failing ratings, and even with a few retools for the show on Netflix, it still just wasn't cutting it for viewers.
The third season of the show followed Kirkman's bid to retain the presidency and keep his cabinet intact, which he successfully does. The show also starred Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q.