Shooter, a USA Network thriller drama starring Ryan Phillippe, has not been renewed for a fourth season. Shooter has now shown six of its thirteen scheduled episodes for Season 3, so the decision comes at a fitting time. According to what I’ve heard, the show’s major producer, Paramount Television, is currently selling it around to various networks.
I’ve heard there have been discussions, and the logical destination is the sibling Paramount Network, which was relaunched as Viacom’s leading brand for original scripted shows, but they seem to have stopped.
About the Shooter Series
Shooter is an American drama television series based on the 2007 film of the same name as well as the first three novels in Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger series. Played by Ryan Phillippe, Swagger is a former Marine Corps Scout Sniper from MARSOC who has been living in seclusion but is persuaded to return to duty after learning of a plot to assassinate the President.
USA Network picked up the pilot in August 2015 and ordered the series in February 2016. Five Dallas police officers were killed on July 7, delaying the series’ original premiere date of July 19.
Why Did USA Network Cancel Shooter?
Low critical acclaim and viewership were major factors in the decision to end production. Shooter reportedly had the lowest ratings of any USA Network show. Several viewers were deeply saddened by the show’s demise, while critics were generally unimpressed by Shooter. The network’s decision to cancel the show was prompted by this development.
With the recent cancellation of Colony after three seasons on the USA, Shooter is the network’s lowest-rated drama series among adults 18-49. Through the first half of the season, Shooter has drawn an average of 471 000 in the 18-49 demographic and 1.506 million viewers in Live+3, both significant drops from the Season 2 norms.
The breakout smash Shooter didn’t come out until after the 2016 presidential election due to the timing of real-life mass shootings. Although it received mixed reviews, fans (especially those in the Midwest) flocked to watch it, and the show quickly rose to the ranks of USA Network’s most popular shows.
The plot of Shooter centers on Bob Lee Swagger (Phillippe), a decorated war veteran who is persuaded to return to active duty to foil a conspiracy to assassinate the President. Following a request for his services by his old commanding officer, Isaac Johnson (Omar Epps), Swagger (Tyrese Gibson) learns that he has been framed and must do all it takes to defend his family and clear his identity.
Season 3 has 13 episodes, which is an increase over the 10 episodes ordered in both Seasons 1 and 2. When Phillippe injured his leg last summer, Shooter was in the middle of filming the ninth episode of its 10-episode second season, thus the show ended up broadcasting an eight-episode second season instead. USA, in conjunction with Paramount TV and Universal Cable Prods., decided to only air the full episodes, with Season 2’s finale airing as Episode 8.
Shooter’s third season takes inspiration from the second novel in the Bob Lee Swagger series Black Light. Bob Lee is trying to put a stop to the events of season two when an adversary of his exposes shocking information about the death of Earl, Bob Lee’s father.
What Are the Shooter Reviews?
There’s much thrilling action and suspense in The Shooter. The acting and storyline are both highlights for me. It is elegant and intricate, yet only slightly realistic, giving off the vibe of a standard Hollywood production. There are way too many last-minute miracles. To put it bluntly, this makes it less realistic. The characters’ excessive vigilance and perceptiveness of their situations make it feel like you’re watching Final Destination.
All the while, the characters are one step ahead of the plot. Yet, it succeeds in keeping your attention. First, I was skeptical. The movie “Shooter” is impossible to top. The story could have benefited from starting with the veteran already enjoying his life, with flashbacks included at appropriate points. The first season as a whole was just too long to spend on the backstory for him.
Only IMDb has rated the show thus far, and it has a 7.5/10 rating there. In the event that the show’s rating changes, we will make sure to reflect that on our site.
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