Following a steady decline in ratings, the USA Network has canceled the Ryan Phillippe led thriller Shooter after three seasons. Based on the book Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 Mark Wahlberg movie, Shooter hit our screens back in 2016 to mixed reviews, but a solid enough viewership to get picked up for a second batch of episodes.
Phillippe stars as Bob Lee Swagger, a former expert marksman who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy and is forced to go on the run to keep his family safe, and clear his name before time runs out. The second season was unexpectedly cut short by two episodes when Phillippe broke his leg in a non-filming related incident. While only eight episodes got produced, fans were rewarded with a bumper thirteen-episode third season, which may now turn out to be the last.
You're not mistaken, the end to the previous paragraph sounded vaguely optimistic as according to Deadline, Paramount Television is currently looking at finding the show a new home. Outside of the US, Netflix handles the international distribution with new episodes available shortly after the US broadcast. There are a number of financial hurdles to overcome for Shooter to become a true Netflix Original, but it remains unclear at this time if Paramount Television and Netflix are in discussions at all. Deadline also reports that the newly relaunched Paramount Network would be the most likely to pick the show up for the fourth season. Conversations are ongoing, so we'll have to wait and see if this is the end for Shooter.
News of the cancellation comes less than a week after USA Network axed the Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies led Colony after three seasons. Unlike Shooter, there are no plans to shop Colony around to other networks.
You can catch the remaining episodes of Shooter's third season on Netflix with new episodes available weekly.