ABC Orders Full Seasons of Speechless and Designated Survivor

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ABC is keeping its new Wednesday night intact—the network has ordered nine additional episodes of the Minnie Driver-led Speechless and the Kiefer Sutherland-led drama Designated Survivor, bringing both freshman shows’ Season 1 episode count to 22.

MINNIE DRIVER, MICAH FOWLER, SPEECHLESS, season one

Speechless

Designated Survivor and Speechless are two of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the fall season,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, in a statement. “We’re very proud of the creative excellence in front of and behind the camera, and are thrilled to be giving our audience more episodes.”

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Designated Survivor follows a lower-level cabinet member (Sutherland) who becomes the president after a terror attack targets politicians during the State of the Union. Speechless is about a family with a special-needs child, and their attempt to settle into a new town.

These join NBC’s This Is Us as the first new shows of the season to receive full-season orders.

Speechless, Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30c, ABC.

Designated Survivor, Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC.