Netflix pulls Designated Survivor from the wreckage of its own cancellation

In what we can only assume was some sort of perverse challenge to America’s embattled entertainment headline writers, Netflix has abruptly announced that it’s chosen ABC’s long-canceled Designated Survivor to, uh…designatedly survive? The Kiefer Sutherland political thriller was kicked out of office back in May,…

Designated Survivor is back, and is still trying to be two shows at once

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The world is full of stories that have already been told. It’s nearly impossible, in fact, to avoid all tropes and formulas when you’re making something new, because those familiar elements of storytelling are part of a language we all speak. It becomes a problem only when it’s a) plagiarism, or b) when it so lacks…

Designated Survivor's still not great, but it has its moments

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To say that Designated Survivor still doesn’t know what kind of show it wants to be would be inaccurate. It wants to be all kinds of shows—The West Wing and 24 are the obvious options, but it would also really like to be Scandal, and maybe also NCIS, and probably some other things that I’m forgetting. Hey, that’s OK.…