Network television shows have been dropping like flies for the last couple of weeks with a few being picked up by others outlets. The trend may be continuing as Netflix has expressed an interest in putting life back into the Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor.
Deadline.com is reporting that eOne, producer of show, has been in talks with the streaming service. All parties involved are adamant this is only discussion. Rival service Hulu owns the right to the first two seasons of the show in the U.S. but Netflix owns international rights.
Reports from eOne noted that the show had been doing well in delayed viewing but had a tough time with the live numbers in the 10 p.m. slot. A life on streaming services could benefit the show in the long run. ABC President Channing Dungey noted the struggles of the show on the creative front, “Designated Survivor went through four showrunners for its two seasons on the air, and had a deal a place with a fifth to run the show in Season 3. I hear the new executive producer will likely continue if the series gets a third season elsewhere.”
After it’s debut in 2016, Designated Survivor was touted as one the most promising shows for ABC. Setting recording records, the show also picked up an award from Critics Choice in its first season.