It was kind of a barrier for him. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. "For a black Jamaican mom, it's a process," said Watson. Watson recalled the hope that was ignited after Barack Obama was elected, and he believes another victory from a member of a marginalized community would send a powerful message to the world about LGBTQ equality. I want to find a husband and have kids and a dog and travel the world and create a business. I want to see Dontae interact more with the White House. I mean, Lorraine is a pisser. Other, previously announced castings for Season 3 include Elena Tovar (General Hospital) as Isabel, the White House’s director of social innovation. Zalben's review concluded with this recommendation: "There's a reason Designated Survivor wasn't just the top pick across all of our Editors' lists, but also on the list compiled from TVGuide.com viewers' Watchlist adds: this is a show that delivers on its premise, feels timely, and most importantly, is a ton of fun. Were you surprised by how out front it was? The series was renewed for a second season on May 11, 2017, which premiered on September 27, 2017. Club wrote positively about the show and the premiere, praising Sutherland's performance and commented on the symbol of Sutherland's glasses as he said, "The glasses he's wearing serve as a way to tell us this is a different kind of hero, but they're also a form of camouflage, making it easier for us to understand why so many people would underestimate this man. Benjamin Charles Watson joined Designated Survivor this season, and told Netflix Life how playing Dontae Evans was a great opportunity for him. Eight days later, a full season order was announced. "Hopefully, that comes across as very loving to everyone that's watching it.".
The character is gay, but his sexual orientation — revealed in a scene through a casual kiss with his partner — is not his defining characteristic.
He essentially had to come out to his mother a second time — with a better reaction — and happily, he now describes their relationship as "best friends.". The representation of a character who is both black and HIV-positive is important to the media landscape — in the real world, half of black gay and bi men will get HIV in their lifetimes, yet their experiences are still rarely seen in television and film. ABC aired the series with a TV-14 rating, while Netflix applied a TV-MA rating on the show's third and final season. It’s hard. ", On the other hand, after watching the first episode of the first season, The Guardian's Brian Moylan criticized the dialogue, writing in his review that "this drama needs dialogue that won't make the citizenry's eyeballs roll", adding that the show features "meaningless platitudes" of a "we're going to do this my way" attitude, and concluded by writing, "All we're left with is a really great concept without the backing of a real leader behind it." Designated Survivor has added NCIS alum Lauren Holly as well as former L.A. Complex resident Benjamin Watson for Season 3, which will stream on Netflix. Fox Joining 'Designated Survivor' For Arc", "Netflix brings new life — and faces — to 'Designated Survivor, "Kiefer Sutherland To Star In 'Designated Survivor' Series On ABC", "Kiefer Sutherland's POTUS Drama Designated Survivor Ordered to Series at ABC — Watch a Teaser", "Kiefer Sutherland's 'Designated Survivor' to Premiere This Fall on ABC — Watch First Teaser", "Designated Survivor, Speechless Snag Full-Season Pickups at ABC", "Kiefer Sutherland ABC Drama 'Designated Survivor' Gets Formal Series Pickup, First Trailer; Eyes Jon Feldman As Showrunner", "ABC Sets Fall 2017 Premiere Dates For TGIT, 'Black-ish', 'The Good Doctor' & 'The Gospel Of Kevin', Which Gets New Title", "ABC's Kiefer Sutherland Drama Casts Maggie Q, Kal Penn – 'Designated Survivor, "Low Ratings, Behind-the-Scenes Turnover Felled ABC's 'Designated Survivor, "Kiefer Sutherland stars in one of two ABC shows being filmed in Toronto", "Designated Survivor: 5 Things We Learned About Kiefer Sutherland's Explosive New Drama", "Kiefer Sutherland's New ABC Serial Thriller Designated Survivor Blends 'West Wing, House of Cards, Homeland, "ABC Orders 'Designated Survivor' Series Starring Kiefer Sutherland From David Guggenheim, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg", "Designated Survivor: Virginia Madsen Joins ABC's Kiefer Sutherland Drama", "Netflix's Edgier 'Designated Survivor' Will Share DNA From 'West Wing,' ' ER' & 'SVU, "Canadians Unveil New U.S. Shows After Bidding Against Netflix at L.A. New on Netflix this week: Mary Poppins Returns, Point Blank and more, Tom Felton wants to return to The Flash and he definitely should, Stranger Things 3: Why the women are the MVPs this season. As reported by our sister site Deadline, Holly will recur as Lynn Harper, the wife of President Kirkman’s new Chief of Staff, Mars Harper (played by ER vet Anthony Edwards). Kal Penn, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, and Maggie Q also return as series regulars. In May 2018, ABC canceled the series after two seasons. Watson taped the groundbreaking gay series and watched the show when his parents would leave the house. "I just want everyone who is struggling with their sexuality to just know, one, it gets better. So while coming on was scary, I knew Italia and I had a lot of scenes with Italia, so she kind of took me under her wing and showed me the ropes, which I found phenomenal because I haven’t shot a full series since, like, 2011, 2012. UK Sales Firm Mise En Scene Launches Ahead Of AFM With Slate…, Bookmakers Struggling to Determine Value of Home-Field Advantage…, 'Come Play' Wins Halloween Weekend with $3 Million and Sets a…, Sophia Loren on Her Triumphant Return to Movies With Netflix's…, The Clutch V2 is the World's Thinnest Portable Charger and a…, Copyright © 2020 TVLine Media, LLC. He is a brother. Designated Survivor Debate: Do You Back Kirkman's Season Finale Decision? Watson also landed smack dab in the middle of some of the more mature themes that Season 3 embraced in its new, more liberal Netflix home — whether partaking in the saltier language or breaking down the complexities of an undetectable, HIV-positive status.
Benjamin Charles Watson didn’t just join Designated Survivor for Season 3. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. And coming out was probably the greatest thing I've ever done in my entire existence.". There are some states in the U.S. where if you don’t disclose [your HIV-positive status], you can be criminally charged.
"It's getting a lot of people talking.
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