Could Netflix Revive Designated Survivor?

“Designated Survivor”, a Netflix Original outside the US and Canada, was recently cancelled but apparently Netflix are in talks to take over the series for at least a 3rd season. The final episode of season 2 aired on ABC last night and is available on Netflix everywhere else today.

The rights for “Designated Survivor” are a little messy – in the US and Canada it airs on ABC but rival service Hulu have first streaming rights in America but Netflix have those rights throughout the rest of the world. So even if Netflix did get involved then they may not even be able to show it in America unless they can make some kind of deal with Hulu…

Contrary to popular belief, Netflix have actually only ever revived two shows even if every show that gets cancelled ends up with a related hashtag along the lines of “Netflix should revive xxx show!”. The two shows they have actually revived after network cancellation were “Arrested Development” (with season 4 and the upcoming season 5) and “The Killing” (the 4th and final season). This obviously doesn’t take into account the new and separate spin-off shows such as “Fuller House” and “Degrassi: Next Class” and we’re also excluding “Longmire” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” as these were not available globally as Netflix Originals.

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19 thoughts on “Could Netflix Revive Designated Survivor?

  1. I’m certainly no contract lawyer, but to me, logic would suggest that Hulu’s contract for the right to show it first was with ABC, and consequently ended when ABC cancelled the show. If Netflix pick it up, they get the rights, it becomes a Netflix show, and Hulu would need to negotiate with them.

    But then, the law isn’t necessarily renowned for being logical.

    Still, I hope they can do it… I really enjoy the show.

    1. The show was made by eOne though and not ABC so that could affect things. Also, it’s an added complication that a network already has an existing financial interest in it.

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