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Designated Survivor: Is the ABC TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on ABC?

Vulture Watch How long will President Kirkman preside over our long, national nightmare? Is the Designated Survivor TV show cancelled or renewed for a third season on ABC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Designated Survivor season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? A political thriller airing on the ABC television network, Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Lamonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace. The conspiracy drama series centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland). After an attack on Capitol Hill wipes out the line of succession, this Hud Secretary becomes President of the United States.
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Film News Roundup: Japanese Animated Film ‘Fireworks’ Gets North American Release

Film News Roundup: Japanese Animated Film ‘Fireworks’ Gets North American Release
In today’s film news roundup, Japanese animated film “Fireworks” will be released in North America, a Rose Marie documentary gets bought and Casey Cott gets a movie role.

Acquisitions

GKids has acquired the North American distribution rights to Japanese animated drama “Fireworks,” from director Nobuyuki Takeuchi and general director Akiyuki Shinbo.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Eric Beckman of Gkids and Rui Machida at Toho Co., Ltd. GKids will release the film theatrically in the summer.

The story involves a shy boy who discovers a multi-coloured ball in the sea with the power to turn back time, to give him the chance to be with the girl he loves. However each reset brings further complications and moves the couple further away from each other until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

GKids released “The Breadwinner,” which received an Oscar nomination in the animated category this year.
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18 new Us TV shows for 2018: sci-fi, fantasy, comic book

Louisa Mellor Mar 1, 2018

Wondering what to watch next? Here’s our pick of 2018’s new Us sci-fi, fantasy and geek-appeal TV shows...

In addition to everything you’ve already been watching for yonks (The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones), and a bunch of returning shows that only debuted in the last couple of years (Westworld, Legion, The Handmaid’s Tale, the whole Netflix/Marvel shebang), 2018 has a pile of brand new TV in store.

See related Alan Rickman interview: A Little Chaos, villains, Doctor Who

The selection below isn’t even the half of it, they’re just the ones with a sci-fi, fantasy or horror bent, or other cult-appeal. Here’s our pick of what awaits from the United States…

Krypton

Starting on Syfy in the Us on the 21st of March is David S. Goyer’s Krypton, set on Superman’s doomed home planet years before his fateful journey to Earth.
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Designated Survivor: Michael J. Fox to Guest on ABC Political Drama Series

Michael J. Fox is returning to the small screen. Recently, ABC announced the Good Wife star will guest on season two of Designated Survivor.The political drama centers on Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a low-level cabinet member who becomes President of the United States after a massive attacked on the capitol. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Lamonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace.Read More…
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Is Recreating 24's Romantic Past the Plan for Designated Survivor's Future?

Will ABC’s Designated Survivor take a(nother) page from 24‘s playbook and mine one of that Kiefer Sutherland-fronted drama’s love stories for future fodder?

RELATEDDesignated Survivor Boss Breaks Down Alex’s Tragic Death (How Random Was It?), Previews Difficult Transition Ahead

After all, if Designated Survivor Season 1 was equal parts Battlestar Galactica and 24 (with a splash of Dave thrown in), and this fall’s run was straight West Wing, the events of the midseason finale — in which President Tom Kirkman’s wife, Alex (played by exiting cast member Natascha McElhone), was killed in a car crash — would
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Vikings creator developing Ronin TV series

THR is reporting that Michael Hirst, creator and showrunner of The Tudors and Vikings, has launched his own independent production company Green Pavillion Entertainment, which has signed a first look deal with MGM Television and aims to produce high end dramas for global markets.

The first project from the company will be a TV adaptation of the 1998 action thriller Ronin, which followed a group of mercenaries hired to steal a metallic briefcase from a heavily armored convoy. Robert De Niro led a cast that also included Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean and Jonathan Pryce.

“Green Pavilion has been a long time in the making,” said Hirst. “Everyone involved in this new venture has experience developing and making premium content which appeals to international audiences. Having MGM Television as an ally in this venture will help us to build on our strengths and draw the best writers, directors
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Peter Jackson Rebukes Harvey Weinstein After He Denies Blacklisting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino

Last week director Peter Jackson confirmed that Harvey Weinstein blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino and kept them from being cast in The Lord of The Rings by telling Jackson that they were difficult to work with. Since then, Harvey Weinstein denied the claims. Peter Jackson wasn't having it, and he wrote a letter rebuking Weinstein and going in-depth telling the whole story of what happened. He also explains his side of the story and also apologizes for being "unwitting accomplices in harming their careers." After you read this letter, you see that Jackson is a class act. He also reveals a full list of alternate actors that he was looking to cast in the film! Here's his full statement:

Aspects of Harvey’s denial are insincere. He is basically saying that “this blacklisting couldn’t be true because New Line cast the movie”. That’s a deflection from the truth.
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Designated Survivor Boss Breaks Down Latest Tragedy (How Random Was It?), Previews Difficult Transition Ahead

Designated Survivor Boss Breaks Down Latest Tragedy (How Random Was It?), Previews Difficult Transition Ahead
The following contains spoilers from the Designated Survivor midseason finale.

ABC’s Designated Survivor closed the first half of its sophomore season by dealing President Tom Kirkman his most devastating, soul-crushing blow to date, in a tragic twist that has been on the books since last spring.

RELATEDWhen Will Your Favorite Shows Return From the Holidays?

As this week’s episode neared its end, First Lady Alex (played by Natascha McElhone) brilliantly torpedoed Forstell’s investigation into the bribery allegations made against her, by making an opening statement — on the public record — in which she disclosed that the FBI Director
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Designated Survivor: When Will the ABC TV Show Return?

Mark your calendar. Recently, ABC announced the midseason premiere for season two of Designated Survivor.The political drama follows Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a lower-level Cabinet member who ends up becoming the President of the United States after an attack on Washington D.C. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Lamonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace.Read More…
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Designated Survivor's Big 'Midseason Event,' 7 Months in the Making, Is Here

Designated Survivor's Big 'Midseason Event,' 7 Months in the Making, Is Here
On May 14 of this year, Kiefer Sutherland appeared on stage at ABC’s Upfront presentation to reflect on Designated Survivor‘s freshman run and then tease of Season 2 — quite far in advance — a “midseason event that I believe will knock the socks off of our audience.”

Well hold onto your Hanes, because that time arrives on Wednesday at 10/9c.

RELATEDWhen Will Your Favorite Shows Return From the Holidays?

“We have been thinking about this [storyline] for a very long time,” showrunner Keith Eisner tells TVLine with a nod to Sutherland’s seven-month-old promise. Without spoiling the twist, he teases: “It’s
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Film Review: ‘Slumber’

Film Review: ‘Slumber’
A not-uncommon condition in which awakening sufferers are conscious but unable to move, sometimes while experiencing fearsome hallucinations, sleep paralysis is natural fodder for horror movies. Its treatment so far has been uninspired, with the partial exception of director Rodney Ascher’s 2015 “The Nightmare,” a semi-documentary in which real-life patients were interviewed, and their waking dreams limned by actors. The phenomenon itself has existed throughout recorded history, inevitably tempting supernatural explanations — a leap that’s easy to fathom, since so many of the afflicted report being menaced in their altered state by ghostly “shadow men.”

Purportedly “inspired by real accounts,” as an opening text duly informs, “Slumber” looks for a while like an above-average treatment of the subject in genre terms. Director/co-writer Jonathan Hopkins sets his tale primarily in the milieu of medical sleep-disorder research, imbuing that environment with a chilly unease, while a cast led by executive producer Maggie Q treats the scenario with admirable
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Designated Survivor: Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash) to Recur on ABC Series

Breckin Meyer is headed to ABC. Deadline reports the Franklin & Bash star will recur on season two of Designated Survivor.The political drama follows Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a lower-level Cabinet member who ends up becoming the President of the United States after an attack on Washington D.C. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Lamonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace.Read More…
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Designated Survivor: Breckin Meyer to Play Kiefer's Brother in Season 2

Designated Survivor: Breckin Meyer to Play Kiefer's Brother in Season 2
President Tom Kirkman’s first family is about to get a little bigger.

Breckin Meyer has signed on to join the Season 2 cast of ABC’s Designated Survivor, according to our sister site Deadline, in a recurring role. He’ll play Tom’s younger brother Trey Kirkman, a successful finance whiz who’s an outgoing free spirit — in other words, not a lot like Tom. He and Tom have been estranged for years, but he becomes an important confidante for his brother after they reconnect.

RelatedDesignated Survivor Season 2 Review: The West Wing Minus 24 Equals…?

Meyer, known best for film
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Designated Survivor: Season Two Viewer Votes

How well does President Kirkman preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States in the second season of the Designated Survivor TV show on ABC? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show Designated Survivor is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all the Designated Survivor season two episodes below. An ABC political drama, Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Lamonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Malik Yoba, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Mckenna Grace. The conspiracy thriller series centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland). After an attack on Capitol Hill
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Designated Survivor Stages 24 Reunion: Kim Raver Set for Big Season 2 Arc

Designated Survivor Stages 24 Reunion: Kim Raver Set for Big Season 2 Arc
It’s the Jack-Audrey reunion 24 fans never thought they’d see: Kim Raver is returning to Kiefer Sutherland’s orbit with a major arc on ABC’s Designated Survivor, TVLine has learned exclusively. The casting comes just weeks after word leaked that the sophomore series’ current leading lady, Natascha McElhone, will exit at midseason.

RelatedDesignated Survivor Shocker: Is This the Big ‘Twist’ Kiefer Sutherland Has Been Teasing?

According to sources, Raver will play Andrea Frost, a wunderkind engineer and entrepreneur whose company, Apache Aerospace, is at the apex of high-tech industry. Frost is a woman with unshrinking confidence and
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‘The First’: Anna Jacoby-Heron To Co-Star In Hulu Series From Beau Willimon

Anna Jacoby-Heron (Relationship Status) has been cast opposite Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone in The First, Beau Willimon's straight-to-series drama slated to premiere on Hulu and U.K.'s Channel 4 in 2018. Written by Willimon, The First follows the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground…
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TVLine Items: Zach Knighton's Vegas Flight, Blindspot's Dark Fixer and More

TVLine Items: Zach Knighton's Vegas Flight, Blindspot's Dark Fixer and More
Zachary Knighton, you are now free to move about the cabin.

The Happy Endings alum will guest-star on Fox’s upcoming airline-centric comedy La to Vegas, EW.com reports. Knighton will play a Sin City chef who’ll be a love interest for Kim Matula’s Ronnie. He’ll appear in multiple episodes.

Knighton’s past TV gigs also include Parenthood, The Catch, Fresh Off the Boat and The Good Fight.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter) will recur in Season 3 of Blindspot, per EW.com. Lemke’s character, Victor, is a charismatic
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Hannah Ware Cast In Beau Willimon’s ‘The First’ TV Series For Hulu & Channel 4

Former Betrayal star Hannah Ware has signed on for a key role in The First, Beau Willimon's straight-to-series drama slated to premiere on Hulu and U.K.'s Channel 4 in 2018. Written by Willimon, The First follows the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth. Natascha McElhone
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The First: Oded Fehr (Covert Affairs) and James Ransone (Bosch) Join Hulu Series

Hulu's new series has some new company. Deadline reports Oded Fehr and James Ransone have joined the streaming service's upcoming TV show The First.From Beau Willimon, the drama “will follow the first human mission to Mars exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization.” Sean Penn, LisaGay Hamilton, and Natascha McElhone also star.Read More…
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