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'Designated Survivor' cancellation: ABC wasn't "confident about the creative path"

'Designated Survivor' cancellation: ABC wasn't

ABC recently canceled the political drama series starring Kiefer Sutherland after two seasons, but Deadline is reporting that Canadian entertainment distribution company, eOne, is interested in picking the show up for another season.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and while a deal is still far from completion - the series is an expensive one to make and the streaming rights now belong to Hulu in the USA - it's a very intriguing prospect.

On a conference call, ABC president Channing Dungey offered some rationale behind the cancellation decision: "Creatively, we've had a lot of behind-the-scenes churn on the show in terms of the number of showrunners involved". In its first months on the air, Designated Survivor drew large audiences, setting DVR lift records and snagging the Critics' Choice Award for most exciting new series in its first season. While they've declined in the second season, the delayed viewing numbers are promising, which also bodes well for the streaming service. "We were less confident about the creative path forward than the other shows we brought back".

If the show gets a third season, a new showrunner would be introduced, marking the show's fifth person in the job.

Sutherland stars in the series alongside Natasha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn, Maggie Q and Paulo Costanzo.



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