‘Designated Survivor’ Season 3 Gets Premiere Date at Netflix

Watch Kiefer Sutherland recap first two seasons of former ABC drama

Last Updated: April 24, 2019 @ 3:13 PM

President Tom Kirkman is setting up his new office at Netflix, as Kiefer Sutherland’s “Designated Survivor” has finally received a Season 3 premiere date from the streaming service.

The former ABC drama will debut its 10-episode third season June 7 on Netflix, Sutherland said in a video tweeted Wednesday. In that same two-minute clip, the series’ lead took it upon himself to recap the political drama’s first two seasons for users who haven’t been following along with Kirkman’s journey.

Watch the date announcement below.

“Designated Survivor” was revived for a third season by Netflix last September, with its fifth different showrunner in “ER” and “Law & Order” vet Neal Baer. The streaming service had been in talks with eOne, which produces the show, since it was canceled by ABC back in May. The political thriller was one of many broadcast TV shows to get the ax last spring during the pre-upfronts bloodbath.

The drama stars Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union. Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.

In the third season, President Kirkman (Sutherland) will face a political necessity — campaigning. What does it take to make a leader? What price will he be willing to pay? This season will explore today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and “fake news.” Democracy, as we know it, will hang in the balance.

Along with Sutherland, “Designated Survivor” also stars Kal Penn, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci and Maggie Q. The series was created by David Guggenheim, with Gordon, Sutherland, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah as executive producers.

“Designated Survivor” Season 3 launches June 7 on Netflix.