Is Tom Kirkman the man to lead the U.S. through this unspeakable nightmare? Has the Designated Survivor TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on ABC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Designated Survivor season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?
What’s This TV Show About?
A political thriller, airing on the ABC television network, Designated Survivor follows HUD Secretary Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland). After an attack on Capitol Hill, during the State of the Union Address, wipes out the presidential line of succession, this lower-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States. Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart — while navigating the highly-volatile political arena. In addition, he must lead the search to find who is responsible for a horrific attack. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q.
Season One Ratings
With all the death and destruction on this show, you might expect to find this humble vulture in the midst of a gluttonous gorge. It seems, however, that Designated Survivor could find itself safe for a second season, despite its performance. Mirroring its lead character’s journey, this TV series finds itself in its present position, largely due to the catastrophic state of ABC’s drama slate.
Although it has been on hiatus since mid-December, Designated Survivor will not return until March 8th. That means the network is keeping it off the air, during Nielsen’s crucial February ratings sweeps. In addition, back in December, Jeff Melvoin boarded as the third showrunner — replacing Jon Harmon Feldman, who in turn, replaced Amy B. Harris. While I’ll remain on my perch for now, I’m keeping an eye on this one. It looks to me as though the network is trying to shore up this series and doing what they can to help it be a success.
5/11 update: ABC has renewed Designated Survivor for a second season. Details here.
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