An action thriller running on cable has just been picked up for a second season. Announcing the renewal for USA Network’s “Shooter” was Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
The series stars Ryan Phillippe and Omar Epps. “Shooter” is USA Network’s No. 1 new series year-to-date among viewers age 18 to 34, and the combination of “WWE Smackdown” and “Shooter” has made USA the No. 1 ad-supported entertainment cable network on Tuesday nights from 8-11 p.m.
“Bob Lee Swagger’s story in season one of ‘Shooter’ has no shortage of thrills, suspense, drama, and all-around badassery. Now, as an early Christmas gift for ‘Shooter’ fans, USA Network has announced a season two pick-up of the action series,” the network said in announcing the pickup.
The announcement adds: “Based on the bestselling novel ‘Point of Impact’ by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg, ‘Shooter’ follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger (Phillippe), a highly decorated veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the president. When Swagger’s former commanding officer, Isaac Johnson (Epps), solicits his expertise for a clandestine operation, Swagger discovers that he has been framed and must do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name.”
Said McCumber: “John Hlavin and the team behind ‘Shooter’ have delivered a compelling action thriller that consistently engages a strong and loyal audience. We look forward to partnering once again with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions as we follow Bob Lee into his next chapter.”