'Shooter' Canceled After 3 Seasons at USA Network

'Shooter' Canceled After 3 Seasons at USA Network

'Shooter' Canceled After 3 Seasons at USA Network

U.S. has canceled the Ryan Phillippe-led action series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show is now airing its third season. (Has USA set its benchmark for on-the-fence shows?) Moreover, just as with Colony, the ratings for Shooter - never overwhelmingly impressive - have started to slip overall in the June-launched, Thursday-slotted season 3, which is averaging (eight episodes in, ) 738,000 viewers, compared to season 2's 1.249 million and season 1's 1.449 million.

Deadline reports that there is hope the show could be revived elsewhere. I hear leading producer Paramount Television is shopping the series to other networks. Representatives for both Paramount Television and Paramount Network had no comment, but a source close to the deal confirms the pick-up is "unlikely as conversations have all but stalled", while another party involved says talks are still moving forward.

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Season two, which jumped 133 percent in the demo and 96 percent among total viewers, The Hollywood Reporter writes, was cut short by two episodes after star Phillippe broke his leg. The Sept. 13 Season 3 finale will also serve as the series finale.

Based on the book series by Stephen Hunter, Shooter starred Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) as highly-decorated Marine Corps sniper Bob Lee Swagger, a man who was pulled back into the fray when his former commanding officer Isaac Johnson (played by ER's Omar Epps) asked for his assistance in preventing an assassination plot against the President of the United States. But when Swagger discovers that he has been framed, he must do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name.

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