Monday 26 August 2019

Netflix cancels Designated Survivor and animated series Tuca & Bertie

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Netflix has announced the cancellation of Designated Survivor and animated series Tuca and Bertie.

The third series of Designated Survivor had just launched on the streaming service in June.

Tuca and Bertie ran for just one series and had received rave reviews when it arrived on Netflix in May.

Designated Survivor starred Kiefer Sutherland as the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who finds himself thrust into the position of President of the United states after an explosion kills everyone ahead of him in the line of succession.

Netflix had picked it up for a third series after it was axed by ABC in the US after its first two series.

The streaming service issued a statement reading, “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.

"We’re also grateful to showrunner/executive producer Neal Bear for his guiding vision and steady hand, creator/executive producer David Guggenheim and EPs Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah along with the cast and crew who crafted a compelling and satisfying final season.”

Tua & Bertie charted the lives of a two best bird friends, a free-spirited toucan and self-doubting song thrush voiced by Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish.

“Lisa Hanawalt created a relatable yet whimsical world in ‘Tuca & Bertie,'” Netflix said in a statement.

“We’re grateful to Lisa, and her fellow executive producers Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and EPs/stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, along with all of the writers and animators for sharing the funny and dynamic female bird duo of Tuca and Bertie with the world.

"While Tuca & Bertie won’t have a second season, we’re proud to feature this story on Netflix for years to come.”

Netflix previously breathed new life into Lucifer, which originally ran for three seasons on Fox before being picked up by Netflix for a fourth season which landed on the service in May.  A fifth and final season was green-lit last month.

Previously Gilmore Girls was given a four episode run on Netflix nine years after it had wrapped on The CW and Arrested Development was given a fourth and fifth season by Netflix after it ran for its first three seasons on Fox.

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