Kiefer Sutherland’s Designated Survivor TV show is in search of its fourth showrunner, in hopes of scoring a season two renewal. THR reports Jeff Melvoin, who took over the series in December, will be replaced as showrunner. According to the news outlet, the political drama series is looking for a new showrunner, for an “expected” second season.
Airing on the ABC television network, Designated Survivor follows HUD Secretary Tom Kirkman (Sutherland). After an attack wipes out the presidential line of succession, this lower-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q.
The new EP will be the TV series’ fourth showrunner so far. Amy B. Harris first helmed the David Guggenheim drama. She left last May, when ABC ordered Designated Survivor to series, due to a change in creative direction. Next at bat was Jon Harmon Feldman Feldman previously worked on ABC’s cancelled series, Blood & Oil and No Ordinary Family. He exited in December due to his overall deal with ABC Studios.
Designated Survivor: A Look at the Ratings
Currently, the first season of Designated Survivor is averaging a 1.37 in the demo and 6.28 million total viewers. While those numbers are not so impressive for a first season broadcast network drama, the sorry state of ABC’s programming slate may be its saving grace.
What do you think? Have you been watching the Designated Survivor TV series? Should ABC cancel or renew it for season two?