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Designated Survivor Season 4: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

July 25, 2019
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‘Designated Survivor’ is an American political thriller drama that airs on the ABC. It first premiered on September 21, 2016. While the first two seasons aired on ABCNetflix picked the show from the third season onwards. After two successful seasons, ABC had canceled the show due to drop in ratings, but Netflix came in and rescued it.

How would life be if the United States Capitol Building was blown up and the designated lone survivor is sworn in as the President overnight? This show is all about how the new President deals with life, with his inexperience and unaware of what is lying in wait. Created by David Guggenheim, the show includes elements of conspiracy thrillers as well, making it a riveting watch. Needless to say that the fans have taken a liking to it, which led Netflix to pick up the show in the first place. Critics too have lauded the show for the elements of drama in the narrative and the way the political thriller unfurls over the seasons.

The show has seen a total of three seasons so far. Here’s what we know about its next season.

Designated Survivor Cast: Who is in it?

The cast of ‘Designated Survivor’ is led by Kiefer Sutherland who stars as the titular designated survivor, Thomas “Tom” Kirkman, the former secretary of housing and urban development, who is sworn in as the new President of the United States of America when the President and all his successors in line were killed in a blast.

Natascha McElhone plays Alexandra “Alex” Kirkman who is an Immigration Lawyer. Adan Canto plays the role of Aaron Shore, who is the White House Deputy Chief of Staff and resigns after the killing of the President. Italia Ricci essays the role of Emily Rhodes who becomes the Advisor to the newly sworn in President. LaMonica Garrett plays Mike Ritter, the Secret Service Agent who is in charge of the protection of the President and his family, especially after the bombing. The main cast is bolstered by the presence of a strong supporting set of characters and guest stars.

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Designated Survivor Plot: What is it about?

‘Designated Survivor’ begins on the fateful night of the State of the Union, when a bomb blast kills everyone who is in the United States Capitol Building. The President and his family along with all the successors in line fall prey to the blast. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the Designated survivor. Soon after, he is sworn in as the President of the United States. He is forced to take up the responsibilities without having any prior experience. Also, he constantly fears for his family’s safety. However, Kirkman has no idea of what is headed his way, as he takes up the position in a situation of crisis.

What stands out about the show is how efficient and engrossing it can be despite being evidently cheesy. The plot ticks off everything expected from a political drama, right down to the unwilling but efficient leader. The emotions are sometimes exaggerated deliberately, but it all makes for a series that has had a very strong run on the network. Moreover, the timing of the show’s release is remarkable as it manages to capture the fear and uneasiness of the American public during the 2016 election. The series perhaps offers a weird solution to the hopes and fears, by blowing up the entire echelons of the American political system, literally removing them, so that a candidate who is nice, but inept at playing power politics can lead the nation. It is a utopian dream, but the thriller manages to package it well, and we sit attentively following the events as they unfurl.

The implications of the show lie in the portrayal of the kind of president the nation wants at a time of crisis, and while the politics of the said president might be to the liking of viewers, a nuanced critique would be to question the inevitable choice of falling back on a white male to lead the nation, especially in a post-Obama America.

Designated Survivor Season 4 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Designated Survivor’ Season 3 premiered on Netflix on June 7, 2019.  As far as the next season goes, we have bad news for the fans. On July 24, 2019, Netflix announced cancellation of the show.

“We are proud to have offered fans a third season of Designated Survivor, and will continue to carry all three seasons for years to come,” Netflix said in a statement. “We’re especially thankful to star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, who brought passion, dedication and an unforgettable performance as President Kirkman. We’re also grateful to showrunner/executive producer Neal Baer for his guiding vision and steady hand, creator/executive producer David Guggenheim and EPs Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah along with the cast and crew who crafted a compelling and satisfying final season.”

Even though the announcement is definitely disappointing, fans should hope that some other network picks up the show and revives it. While chances of that happening are slim, we will keep you posted with anything we hear on ‘Designated Survivor’ Season 4.

Designated Survivor Trailer:

While we wait for any positive news on season 4, check out the season 3 trailer below. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.

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