Unfortunately, no. The series was canceled back in July 2019 by Netflix; therefore, the fourth season of Designated Survivor is not happening. The series has a total of three seasons and an overall episode of 53 that ran from September 21, 2016, to June 7, 2019. Let’s find out in detail below:
Designated Survivor Season 4 Cancellation: Will Season 4 Happen?
Despite its cancellation fans are still hopeful for its return although it’s unclear at the moment.
The cancellation news obviously came as a shock to fans after the lead star Kiefer Sutherland who played Tom Kirkman dropped the news to Digital Spy but at the same time, he was positive about the show’s return in the future.
The previous two seasons of Designated Survivor were regulated by ABC and for the third season, the series shifted to Netflix releasing ten new episodes.
“The continuation of the show via Netflix is a win-win for all involved,” stated executive producer Mark Gordon.
But after only launching for one season, Netflix called it quits and decided not to return with season 4.
In a statement Netflix said: “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.
We’re especially thankful to star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, who brought passion, dedication and an unforgettable performance as President Kirkman.”
Are the ratings the reason behind the series cancellation?
We highly doubt it. Following its debut, Designated Survivor was pretty much one of the giant streamer’s most viewed shows. It was also well-applauded by critics, so why did Netflix ax the series?
We don’t know for sure yet, but star Kiefer Sutherland revealed in a chat with Simon Mayo on Scala Radio that the viewership ratings weren’t the major issue.
“I don’t think [season 4] is going to happen. We had an amazing experience with Netflix and a kind of freedom that was wonderful. But the reality is, because the contracts were so complicated and different from network television to Netflix, they didn’t book a lot of the actors who were on the show and they took other jobs. I don’t blame them for a second for that.”
He added “I think doing season four would be very complicated and difficult… I think it’s time for all of us to go and find something new to do.”
Nevertheless, Netflix has neither confirmed nor refuted those statements about contracts.
Is Netflix willing to return with Season 4?
It’s highly unlikely although Benjamin Charles Watson, who portrayed the role as officer Dontae Evans, recently revealed to Digital Spy that he was optimistic that the show would return.
“I’m really, really optimistic [the show will be back]… I feel like we will get one.”
Watson continued, “There are so many unanswered questions that need to be answered – even if we just get a fourth season to close everything that was left open in season three. I’m hoping! My optimism is high, but you never know.”
He added: “I’d want to have the ability to explore more ins and outs of the White House and how my character can grow within having a job at the White House. And also exploring more of LGBTQ issues and black issues in America.
“I want to explore a lot of those things. I think it’s so vital because I don’t see it being done much. I definitely want to tackle more of those issues.”
Much to the dismay of fans, it appears that Watson’s wish will never be granted. The series has come to an end after the third season.
Where to watch Designated Survivor?
All three seasons of Designated Survivor are available to watch on Netflix.