'Designated Survivor' Will Breathe New Life on Netflix for Season 3

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR - “Family Ties” - When a Turkish activist ignites protests in the U.S., Turkey’s president demands his extradition while the first family unknowingly finds themselves in the center of a battle that could threaten Leo’s future, on ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” airing WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST). (ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg) KIEFER SUTHERLAND
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Netflix announced Wednesday that it ordered a third season of the political drama Designated Survivor.

"Netflix has picked up #DesignatedSurvivor for a 10-episode third season that will launch in 2019 and revolve around President Kirkman campaigning for re-election," the streaming service tweeted.

Kiefer Sutherland plays Kirkman, the fictional secretary of housing and urban development who became president of the United States when a terrorist attacked Washington, D.C., during the State of the Union address, killing everyone ahead of him in the line of succession.

ABC announced in May it wasn't bringing the show back for a third season. Season 2 co-starred Kal Penn, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Maggie Q, Kim Raver, Michael J. Fox, and Breckin Meyer.

Could 'Designated Survivor' Be Saved by Another Network?

Could 'Designated Survivor' Be Saved by Another Network?

A Canadian entertainment distribution company is reportedly interested.

"I am so excited that we can finally talk about this! Season 3 baby! Thank you to all the fans. We love you guys," Penn tweeted after the renewal news broke.

"My mom is gonna be so relieved that I have a job for another few months," Penn added.

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.