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USA Cancels ‘Shooter’ After Three Seasons

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Nearly one month after USA Network decided to pull the plug on their original series Colonythey’re calling it quits on another staple, canceling Ryan Phillipe’s drama Shooter after just three seasons. The series is currently in the midst of airing its third, and now final, season on Thursdays with five episodes left. The season 3 finale will now serve as Shooter’s series finale.

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Shooter, which is inspired both by the 2007 Mark Wahlberg movie of the same name and Stephen Hunt’s novel Point of Impact, follows Bob Lee Swagger (Phillipe), a highly-decorated war veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent an assassination attempt against the President. Soon after he discovers that he’s actually been framed for another murder and embarks on a new mission to ensure the safety of he and his family.

When the series first premiered on USA Network in 2006 it quickly became one of their highest rated series, but after three seasons Shooter has fallen from grace to become USA’s lowest-rated remaining drama series amongst the coveted 18-49 category. Season three is averaging around 740,000 total viewers, which is much lower than season two’s 1.25 million.

Photo by: Eddy Chen/USA Network

While the show’s doomed future at USA is final, there still could be some hope for the series to live on at another network. Deadline reports that the Shooters’ leading producer Paramount Television is attempting to shop the series at other networks, including their new Paramount Network, which currently houses western drama Yellowstone

The series also stars One Tree Hill and The Flash alum Shantel VanSanten as Bob’s wife Julie, Arrow’s Cynthia Addai-Robinson as FBI Agent Nadine Memphis, The Punisher’s Josh Stweart as Solotov, Bones’ Eddie McClintock as Jack Payne and This Is Us’ Gerald McRaney as Red Bama Sr.

Shooter is currently airing its final season Thursdays on USA Network (10-11 p.m. ET).

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