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Kiefer Sutherland's Designated Survivor cancelled after two seasons

Designated Survivor: Season 1

Story by Jack Foley

KIEFER Sutherland’s Designated Survivor has been cancelled by ABC after two seasons.

The May 16 second season finale will now serve as the series finale.

The political conspiracy drama stared its life as one of ABC’s most promising new shows, nabbing the Critics’ Choice award for most exciting new series in its first season.

However, as it embarked on its sophomore run, the show saw a ratings decline, albeit one that was buoyed slightly by strong DVR lifts.

In a bid to keep it going, the series underwent a behind-the-scene turnover with a slew of showrunner changes over its projected three-season run.

However, the changes have not proved enough as ABC has now come to the conclusion to terminate.

Designated Survivor saw Sutherland starring as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union.

Kirkman, now faced with a role he never wanted, must attempt to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while simultaneously navigating the political arena and trying to find out who is responsible for the attack.

The series also starred Natasha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn and Maggie Q.