Uh, oh! USA Network cancels 'Shooter' - No season 4 for the Ryan Phillippe drama

With an increasingly low viewership, USA Network seems to be chucking out all the unnecsessary things which apparently includes 'Colony' and 'Shooter.'


                            Uh, oh! USA Network cancels 'Shooter' - No season 4 for the Ryan Phillippe drama

Sad news for 'Shooter' fans, their favorite series has been dropped and will not be renewed for a fourth season. The USA Network has decided to cancel out the Ryan Phillippe drama just after three seasons, reports Deadline. The show which commenced in 2016 is currently airing its third season on Thursdays at 10/9c, with five episodes still to run. The third season's rating shot down to an average of 740,000 viewers and was under a 2.0 demo rating, much less than Season 2' 1.25 mil/0.35.

'Shooter,' an adaptation of Stephen Hunter's book 'Point of Impact,' follows the story of Bob Lee Swagger. The book was turned into a film in 2007 by Antoine Fuqua and shared the same name. A highly-considered Marine Corps sniper, played by Ryan Phillippe, Bob is pulled into the action when he is assigned by his commanding officer Issac Johnson (played by ER‘s Omar Epps) to protect the President of the United States from a possible threat. 

The series starring Ryan Phillipe will not be back for a fourth season. (IMDb)
The series starring Ryan Phillipe will not be back for a fourth season. (IMDb)

 

However, after Bob realizes that he's been framed for another murder, he immediately sets out on the mission to clear his name and save his family. The second and third seasons follows Bob's immediate clashes with one of his colleagues as he tries to find the truth regarding his father's death. In the meantime, his associates try to solve the case of a cabal known as Atlas. However, looks like a good storyline will not be enough to keep 'Shooter' afloat. After the cancellation of 'Colony' (also after three seasons), 'Shooter' has been the network's lowest-rated drama series among adults in between the ages of 18-49.

Bob came out in action when Isaac instructed him to safeguard the President. (IMDb)
Bob came out in action when Isaac instructed him to safeguard the President. (IMDb)

 

'Shooter' saw a rise in the number of episodes in Season 3 which aired up to 13 episodes as compared to Seasons 1 and 2, which had only 10. However, Season 2 had to drop the curtains just after the eighth episode since Phillippe injured himself during the shooting of the ninth episode of Season 2. USA Network, along with Paramount TV and Universal Cable Prods, decided to put up just the episodes which were already shot, making Episode 8 the season finale.  Season 3 of Shooter is based loosely on the second book n the Bob Lee Swagger series 'Black Light.'

Alongside Phillippe, the show also saw some talented actors including Shantel VanSanten ('One Tree Hill') as Bob’s wife Julie, Cynthia Addai-Robinson ('Arrow') as FBI Agent Nadine Memphis, Eddie McClintock ('Bones') as the infamous figure Jack Payne, Josh Stewart ('The Punisher') as a sniper named Solotov, Jesse Bradford ('The West Wing') as Harris Downey, and Gerald McRaney ('This Is Us') as Red Bama Sr.

Watch the trailer for Season 3 below: