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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – December 19, 2016– USA Network today announced a second season pick-up for SHOOTER. A co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions, SHOOTER comes from executive producers Mark Wahlberg (“Ballers,” “Boardwalk Empire”) of Closest to the Hole Productions, Stephen Levinson (“Ballers,” “Boardwalk Empire”) of Leverage Entertainment, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Transformers,” “The Real O’Neals”), and executive producer/showrunner John Hlavin (“The Shield”). Starring Ryan Phillippe (“Secrets and Lies”) and Omar Epps (“House”), the series currently airs on USA Tuesday nights with the season one finale set for Tuesday, January 17 at 10/9c.
A top 10 first season scripted drama series on ad-supported cable, SHOOTER is averaging 974K P18-49, 1.090MM P25-54 and 2.6MM P2+ in L7s and is USA’s #1 new series year-to-date among P18-34 and P2+. Additionally, the combination of WWE SMACKDOWN and SHOOTER has made USA the #1 ad-supported entertainment cable network on Tuesday nights from 8-11PM, with the series retaining 78% of its WWE lead-in.
“John Hlavin and the team behind SHOOTER have delivered a compelling action thriller that consistently engages a strong and loyal audience,” said Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We look forward to partnering once again with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions as we follow Bob Lee into his next chapter.”
SHOOTER is based on the best-selling novel “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 Paramount film starring Wahlberg. The series 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.
The series also stars Shantel VanSanten (“One Tree Hill”), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (“The Accountant”) and Eddie McClintock (“Bones”). Notable guest stars this season include WWE Superstar Randy Orton (“WWE Raw”), William Fichtner (“The Dark Knight”), Desmond Harrington (“Dexter”) and Beverly D’Angelo (“Entourage”).
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About USA Network:
USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals in more than 102 million U.S. homes. The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. USA’s award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com.
About Paramount Television:
Paramount Television develops and finances a wide range of creative television programming across all media platforms. Its robust slate of programming with top distributors includes the 5 Emmy® Award winning live musical event GREASE: LIVE (FOX), which holds the record-breaking telecast title with more than 17MM viewers worldwide and is ranked as the No. 1 most social live musical event ever, the Emmy® nominated Nickelodeon hit SCHOOL OF ROCK, Tom Clancy’s JACK RYAN (Amazon), THIRTEEN REASONS WHY (Netflix), MANIAC (Netflix), SHOOTER (USA), BERLIN STATION (EPIX), THE ALIENIST (TNT), FATAL ATTRACTION (FOX), GALAXY QUEST (Amazon), VARSITY BLUES (CMT) and THE WARRIORS (Hulu). Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) has developed series such as BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$ (NBCUniversal’s Seeso), HOTWIVES OF ORLANDO and HOTWIVES OF LAS VEGAS (HULU), RESIDENT ADVISORS (HULU), BEEF (Fullscreen) and the one hour special, CRASH TEST (Comedy Central and Vimeo). Paramount Television and Paramount Digital Entertainment are part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.
About Universal Cable Productions:
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Playing House,” “Shooter” and “Suits” on USA Network; “12 Monkeys,” “Incorporated,” “Killjoys,” and “The Magicians” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” on Bravo; “The Royals” on E!; “Difficult People” on Hulu; and “HarmonQuest” on Seeso. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.